United Way of Southwest Minnesota Announces 2018 Campaign Chair

United Way of Southwest Minnesota announces that Melanie Pedersen will chair this year’s United Way Campaign for the region. Pedersen is the Vice President/Director of Customer Service and Collections for U.S. Bank Equipment Finance. The United Way campaign officially kicks off in September when a variety of events and information sessions will be held. Pacesetter campaigns at various workplaces have started to kick off around the region. The theme of the campaign is Every Person-Every Community.

The communities that make up Southwest Minnesota continually demonstrate a spirit of unity and giving for the support of each other. I am excited to have the opportunity to support the success of the United Way 2018-2019 campaign and the mission of uniting people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in Southwest Minnesota. We are blessed to continue to have many generous donors, a passionate staff and strong leadership serving on our board of directors who support the United Way mission and enhance the impact for the wellbeing of all,” shared Pedersen. This crucial position provides leadership for the campaign itself and the resource development committee, a diverse group of volunteer leaders and board directors that shape and implement strategies to meet local yearly fundraising goals. 

Pedersen is the latest in a long line of local leaders who have chaired the position. Amy Herrick, North Star Mutual Insurance Company chaired the 2017-18 campaign; Lee Steffen, ADM and Julie Pederson Sanford Canby Medical Center co-chaired the campaign in 2016-17; Abby Wikelius, Lyon County Attorney’s Office chaired the campaign in 2015-16; Ben Alcorn, U.S. Bank chaired the campaign in 2014-15; and Matt Weller, Centrol Crop Consulting chaired the campaign in 2013-14. Pedersen resides in Marshall with her husband, Matt and two children, Halle (13) and Eli (11). 

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, United Way focuses on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being. For more information about your local United Way visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.