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5K Fun Run with proceeds benefiting youth experiencing homelessness. Friday, October 5, 2018 8:00 p.m. Blackberry Ridge Golf Course 3125 Clubhouse Road, Sartell, MN 56377 Click here to register or text MIDNIGHT to 30306. $40 Entry Fee $20 Entry Fee (17 and under) Entry fee includes swag bag and long sleeve t-shirt with registration before […]

UNITED WAY INVITES NEW & EXISTING NONPROFITS TO APPLY FOR FUNDING Competitive grants will be awarded to new and existing nonprofit organizations serving the United Way of Central Minnesota’s (UWCM) service area for funding in 2019-2021. Funding will be awarded within five goal areas: • Access to Food: Ensure that all people have food to […]

Chris Klimpel is dancing to support United Way Neighborhood Resource Centers! United Way believes that supporting parents will reduce stress at home and improve children’s chances for long-term education and employment. To do so, United Way has developed Neighborhood Resource Centers at Lincoln Elementary and Discovery Community School — where Community Resource Navigators are employed to […]

United Way of Central Minnesota (UWCM) announces that President and CEO Jon Ruis is leaving his role at the end of June to accept a position with Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. Brian Myres, CEO of Myres Consulting, LLC will serve as interim President and CEO. He has extensive experience in the St. Cloud area having […]

After school I would get off the bus and my mom would greet me with milk and cookies and ask me about my day. Our family ate together every day at 5:00 pm before milking cows on our dairy farm. Being a mother of three, after school activities were a bit different than my childhood. […]

Llama Llama Pajama Party Thursday, April 26, 2018 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. St. Cloud Public Library FREE event for families with young children Wear your favorite pajamas! Enjoy story time, crafts, snacks, llama drama, live llamas, local mascots, K9 units, and fire trucks. Prizes will be given away at the event. Prizes donated by Sartell Walmart. […]

  Growing up in rural Stearns County, I was fortunate enough to grow up on a small farm where I learned the importance of the work that goes into successfully growing a crop and or a garden. There is a certain amount of pride that goes into looking at the full basket of produce that […]

Kickball Tournament Join United Way of Central Minnesota for our kickball tournament to KICK SUMMER HUNGER! During the summer, more kids are at risk of experiencing hunger – in fact, here in Central Minnesota, food shelf usage among children increases by 40% in the summer. Spend the afternoon competing for glory on the kickball field […]

Saturday, April 14, 2018 & Saturday, April 21, 2018 Please join us for a unique dining experience to benefit Imagination Library! Your choice of different cuisines – 10 guest per cuisine – unless noted! Tickets: $125 Registration is NOW OPEN! To register, please complete the form below or call 320.229.3501. April 14, 2018 Reception hosted by Brad & Kathy […]

  We are celebrating all of the work our wonderful volunteers do for us! United Way volunteers are invited to a recognition thank you open house. April 12, 2018 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Urban Lodge Happy Hour (hors d’oeuvres and cash bar) and . . .  BINGO!   Please RSVP Below

Everyone thinks that their child is amazing, gifted and the best. As I stood at the Reception House for the Imagination Library Progressive Dinner last spring, I had all of those thoughts.  Watching my 6 year old daughter stand high above the crowd, mostly so that they could see her, I could not have been […]

Recently, I ran into a childhood friend at the grocery store. She mentioned how grateful she was that my parents helped her family in a time of need. Reflecting on my childhood, I have many memories of my parents helping families and friends when there was an illness, death in the family, or other hardship. […]

As we enjoy the holiday season and engage in the inevitable annual reflection, I find myself thankful for agents of positive change in our community. As understanding of increased social issues have been identified—such as the experience of homelessness, or poverty barriers to education—innovative leaders have recognized problems and taken action. In particular, the arena […]

In my early years, we only had a black and white television at home.  During an unfortunate hospital stay, one of my favorite movies came on tv: The Wizard of Oz.  The reason it was memorable was because for the first time, I saw Munchkin City as Dorothy did, in color! Something was different when I […]

Fifty years ago, United Way of Central Minnesota’s founders formed an organization to fundraise for only a handful of organizations. At that time, St. Cloud only had a few nonprofits. The sole purpose of raising money for a select few organizations was the intent of United Way for the first 10-15 years. Many nonprofits in […]

Every day, as my family returns home after school, childcare and work, there is a phrase spoken: Can I have a snack?  My son, a rapidly growing three-year-old, lets his dimples shine as he says “Please?” and I find it hard to say no. My family is fortunate enough to lead a life where this is […]

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there once was a . . .  “Alexis, are you paying attention?  What was the last thing I said?”  My red face as I stumbled to repeat what I thought my mom had just read to us was not an uncommon occurrence.  My imagination was always […]

  Happy New Year! Every New Year brings me such excitement: new resolutions, new aspirations and new ideas for the upcoming months ahead. I take this time to reflect on where I am: What are my challenges? What are my priorities? What is my plan?   Most people reading this are in some way vested […]

Thank you to all of our donors and friends for another year of improving lives in Central Minnesota. As the year draws to a close now is the perfect time to think about completing any remaining charitable gifts you planned for this year. There are many ways for you to accomplish your gift giving goals […]

My favorite time of year is fast approaching. Thanksgiving, birthdays, Christmas and the New Year are filled with family, friends, shopping, and holiday music. It’s a time to be thankful for what we have and hopeful for the upcoming New Year. The holidays can be hectic and overwhelming too and so I find time to […]