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United Way of Southwest Minnesota advances the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life - education, income, health, hunger, safety & well-being. Our purpose is to recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota is a local, autonomous organization that is not just about raising and distributing money. It's about creating opportunities for a better life for all.
Following are the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Goals for the Common Good. All grants, initiatives and work of this organization support these goals. CLICK HERE for a printable version of the Goals for the Common Good.
UNITED AGAINST HUNGER
Increase nutrition awareness and outreach
Connect with vulnerable seniors, disadvantaged or persons with
*Includes but not limited to elderly, non-English speaking, mental or
physical disabilities, lack of access to transportation, or other factors that
limit the ability to get help
Delivery (Meals on Wheels)
opportunities in smaller communities
participation in food support programs
Increase access to food
with and improve a network of area food shelves
donations of food items/food rescue
access to fresh produce
gardens, engage people/increase participation/extra row concept
and share hunger solutions through Fare For All, food distribution events
and other programs
meal programs for school aged children and families
programs for weekends
United Way of Southwest Minnesota encourages
food programs to:
Food shelves/pantries to be a member of
or comply with as many of the standards set by Second Harvest Heartland or
Emergency Foodshelf Network as possible;Where appropriate use screening tool
(e.g. Bridges to Benefits) to screen participants for Food Support. The screening tool may also help
determine potential eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and
other federal benefits; When appropriate provide up-to-date
information and referrals-where needed-for housing, job training,
financial counseling, tax preparation, etc.; Collaborate with other basic needs
focused organizations/food shelves, etc., when appropriate.
UNITED TO INCREASE SAFETY & WELL-BEING
awareness, education and respect for the consequences of bullying
Proactive and consistent parent and
Provide tools to model positive,
Teach respectful communication and/or
suicide prevention and awareness
support and prevention programs that target:
Mentoring, Youth Development
Providing safe places, i.e., Out of
School Time, Support groups
Engagement opportunities, community
Building Resiliency and Self-esteem
Increasing potential for success and
enabling others to thrive
Increasing awareness of resources
Outreach to those growing up or living
in disadvantaged circumstances
children and youth achieve their potential.
kindergarten developmentally on track in the areas of literacy and in social,
emotional and cognitive skills
achievement means elementary-age students are prepared to succeed in later
grades and to graduate from high school.
(18-24) are making the transition from high school to the working world.
financial stability and independence
Youth and adults
develop financial literacy skills.
individuals and families move toward financial stability.
have resources to overcome disasters and emotional or financial crises.
number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
Achieve a healthier
start to life.
conditions that support healthy behaviors.
eating and physical activity.
Seniors and people
with disabilities maximize their self-sufficiency.