United Way of Southwest Minnesota unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in southwest Minnesota. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being.
- $3 per pay period covers the cost to purchase and deliver 35 age and developmentally appropriate Imagination Library books to the home of registered children (age birth – 5 years) to help them gain valuable school readiness skills each time an adult in their life takes time to read to them.
- $5 per pay period provides 130 books to be purchased for distribution through our Little Red Bookshelf program. This is an early literacy effort that places red bookshelves at key locations where children and families often visit. Take. Read. Share. Children can enjoy the books where they are or take a book home!
- $10 per pay period provides 26 children in our service area with a Wild About Kindergarten School Readiness Kit filled with supplies that children and their parents/guardians can use over the spring and summer to work on school readiness skills in preparation for kindergarten in the fall.
- $20 per pay period covers the cost to purchase 200 of each of the following: boxes of crayons; notebooks; folders; pens; pencils; book covers; and scissors to be combined with over 60,000 additional school supplies to be distributed as part of our Stuff the Bus initiative to ensure that more children can create and learn to their full potential without the worry that they don’t have the basic tools needed to reach their academic goals.
Affiliates: YES, we accept designations to affiliated community partner programs in our five priority areas: Health, Education, Financial Stability, Hunger and Safety and Well-Being. Designations are also accepted for internal programs such as Imagination Library and Stuff the Bus.
We accept designations to community partners and our five priority areas: Health, Education, Financial Stability, Hunger and Safety and Well-being.
- Power of Produce provided by Marshall Area Farmer's Market
- 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten by United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN)
- Beyond the Book Online Activity Center by UWSWMN
- Born Learning Trails by UWSWMN
- Get Wild About Reading Summer Programs by UWSWMN
- Imagination Library by UWSWMN
- Jumpstart's Read for the Record by UWSWMN
- Little Red Bookshelf by UWSWMN
- Reading Corps of ServeMinnesota
- Student Emergency Fund Grants - Public/Private/Charters Schools by UWSWMN
- Stuff the Bus School Supply Initiative by UWSWMN
- Wild About Kindergarten School Readiness Kits by UWSWMN
- Free Tax Preparation Clinics provided by United Community Action Partnership
- Junior Achievement K-12 Programs provided by Junior Achievement of Lyon County
- Supported Employment provided by Services Enterprises, Inc. of Minnesota
- The Refuge Emergency Shelter Program provided by United Community Action Partnership
- Food Shelf provided by Neighbor's United Resource Center
- Marshall Community Meal Programs provided by Loaves and Fishes
- Tracy/Marshall Kitchen Table Food Shelves provided by United Community Action Partnership
- Weekend Food Backpack Program provided by Marshall Food4Kids
- Yellow Medicine County Prairie Five Senior Nutrition provided by Prairie Five Community Action Council, Inc.
SAFETY AND WELL-BEING
- Community Support Programs provided by Western Mental Health Center
- Crime Victim Services Program provided by New Horizons Crisis Center
- Domestic Abuse Direct Service provided by WoMen's Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc.
- Parenting Time Program for self-pay families provided by New Horizons Crisis Center
- Youth Development Programs of United Community Action Partnership
- Get Connected Volunteer Opportunity Platform by UWSWMN
- Poverty Simulation Events by UWSWMN
- United Way 2-1-1
- Southwest Minnesota – we serve people living in the following Minnesota counties: Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood.
Sarah Kicmal, President & CEO