UW of Mower County annual fundraiser campaign underway
Published 5:29 pm Friday, September 17, 2021
The United Way of Mower County’s (UWMC) annual fundraising effort, which supports over 20 local nonprofits, has officially begun.
Each Community Campaign is vital in the way that funds raised ensure individuals in need can access critical resources. Like last year, the 2021 Community Campaign carries an added sense of urgency amid the continued COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraising goal has been set at $1,275,000.
“UWMC and our funded partners would like to thank the community once again for its support of the 2020 Community Campaign, which raised nearly $1,100,000. Your generosity allowed us to strategically reinvest those funds in 38 local programs that provide life-changing services throughout Mower County” said UWMC Executive Director Molly Lanke. “While we are proud of the results achieved throughout the past year, we know that the work does not stop there. Many individuals are still struggling and need our help, and many nonprofits rely on UWMC funding to be able to provide critical services to those in need.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s latest report on the socio economic impacts of COVID-19 in Minnesota: 24% of households are struggling to pay for basic expenses, 9% of families are experiencing childcare disruptions, 16% of individuals expect a loss of employment income, 6% of households are experiencing food scarcity and hunger, and 28% of households are likely to receive eviction notices in the next two months.
A donation to UWMC is an investment in programs that provide services in direct response to these statistics and impact community outcomes in a positive way. UWMC funded program examples include community meals, childcare scholarships, rent and utility assistance, and job training and placement.
Donations to UWMC go further than a donation to a single nonprofit can. UWMC looks for service gaps and duplications so that donor dollars go not only to the needs that everyone is aware of, but also to those that are less obvious but no less important. An investment in UWMC is one that benefits the entire community, not just one program, issue, or population.This support ultimately leads to a brighter future and a stronger place to call home.
When you give to the United Way of Mower County.
Children and youth are able to engage more in learning. With increased exposure to early educational experiences and out-of-school opportunities, more kids will enter schools with fundamental learning skills on a foundation for life-long success.
Individuals can connect with resources that increase their household income. When linked with training and employment opportunities, the unemployed or underemployed in our area obtain skills that can foster a career and ultimately kickstart their economic security.
People throughout the community become more self-sufficient. By getting easier access to affordable healthcare, stable housing and available food, neighbors of ours can overcome the stressful, daily challenges of meeting their basic needs.
Learn more at www.uwmower.org/campaign.
• Give: You can trust United Way to stretch your dollar to all corners of Mower County and invest it where the most significant impact will be made. Donate today for a better tomorrow at www.uwmower.org/donate.
• Workplace Campaign: The United Way workplace campaign unites employees in all sectors by allowing them to donate, volunteer, and speak out for causes that matter to them. Workplace campaigns are about more than just raising money for worthy causes; they also strengthen connections between employees and our community. Contact us for more information or to get started today.
• Volunteer: It’s not just about monetary donations. Whether you join in on campaign planning to provide strategic insights or spend a few hours a week preparing campaign materials, your time makes a difference.
• In-Kind Donations: As we said, all donations are valuable to the United Way! Please reach out if you have a non-monetary gift in mind.