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United Way of Southwest Minnesota


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improve lives and strengthen

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United Way of Southwest Minnesota is a local autonomous 501 (c) 3 organization working to create lasting changes in people's lives and the communities in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood Counties of Minnesota.


The organization is led by a diverse group of volunteers from business, government, human services, education and the community.  United Way of Southwest Minnesota provides opportunities to be involved with and invest in local communities to help advance the common good.


Advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all.  When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.  We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable and when people have good health.  These results/changes have benefits that ripple out to the area as a whole.


United Way of Southwest Minnesota Mission:  Uniting people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in Southwest Minnesota.

Latest News
Clarkfield Children Graduate from 1,000 Books Before Kindergaraten! May-19-2015
Congratulations to Bella Goschey and Audrey Hanson on their accomplishment. They are the first two children to graduate from the program in Clarkfield. A special graduation celebration was held earlie
Student Emergency Fund Grants May-19-2015
This year marks twelve years of student emergency grant funding made available to schools in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota service area. Each spring all private, public and charter schools in
In Recognition May-15-2015
Thank you to everyone who donated food and/or monetary donations in support of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Letter carriers in this area, assisted by rural carriers, collected 3,002 pounds of food
United Way of SW MN to offer Board Governance Training Session May-15-2015
Board and staff working together can either be exciting or frustrating and challenging. The secret is to provide Board Governance training for your board and staff. The best way to ensure having
Letter Carriers to Help Stamp out Hunger on May 9 April-30-2015
Area residents have an opportunity to help Stamp Out Hunger by donating non-perishable, non-breakable food items on Saturday, May 9th.  Letter Carriers will collect these donated items as they ma
Nobles-Murray Rural Electric Trust Supports Imagination Library April-30-2015
Thank you to Nobles-Murray Rural Electric Trust for awarding United Way of Southwest Minnesota $225.00 of Operation Round-Up funds to benefit the Imagination Library program.

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Read for the Record April-28-2015
The 10th anniversary of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015.   This year's book is Not Norman: A Goldfish Story written by Kelly Bennett and il
It's A Great Time to Sign Up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten April-24-2015
The United Way of Southwest Minnesota announced its partnership with 15 area libraries last winter to bring the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program to our region.  Three of the area libraries
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