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How United Way fulfills unmet needs

By Paul Thompson
Executive Director
United Way of McLeod County
The United Way of McLeod County recently kicked off its 56th annual campaign to raise funds for its 32 partner agencies and programs and its own Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Activities Scholarship Program. The need for the programs and services that our partner agencies provide remain at a high level.
While there has been better news on the jobs front and housing markets of late, living costs continue to rise. Demands on public agencies are high – and from people who have never requested assistance before. State funding to public and private agencies has been cut, at the same time that requests for assistance are increasing. United Way helps fill that gap.
First as the Hutchinson Area United Way and today as the United Way of McLeod County (UWMC), our organization has been a vital part of the fabric of the region. The UWMC supports programs in the areas of education, income and health. We don’t just provide a blank check to our partners; we fund specific programs with measurable outcome objectives ensuring the funds we invest on your behalf are making the greatest impact on community needs.
Our United Way has delivered over $500,000 in community investment to partner agencies over the last three years. Our 2017-18 campaign is underway, with a community need of $255,000.
We realize that you may be facing financial pressures in your own home. But, we hope you’ll give as generously as you can. We’re sure that you’re familiar with most of our partner agencies. In fact, we’re sure you know someone who has been helped by them – your neighbors, co-workers and possibly your own family.
We need your help this year. If you work for one of the businesses that allow you to donate through payroll deduction, that is the easiest way. If your employer doesn’t offer a workplace campaign, please ask if they will start one. If you’ve received our brochure in the newspaper, please reply. You can also donate online at: www.unitedwaymcleodcounty.org or by mail to 218 Main St. S, Suite 124, PO Box 504, Hutchinson, MN 55350.
Why Give to United Way?
• It’s efficient – over the last five years administrative and fundraising costs average 20 percent.
• It’s local – That means 80 percent of funds raised are used for programs that benefit McLeod County residents.
• All operating decisions are made by a board consisting of 11 McLeod County residents.
• It’s connected – Partners with area agencies that in 2015 provided services to over 7,500 people.
• It’s accountable – Each year we are independently reviewed by a local auditor.
• We are subject to stringent United Way Worldwide membership requirements.
Our theme this year is “Community is something we build together.” Whether you give your funds, your voice, or your time, you are making a difference for many in McLeod County. Please support United Way at the most generous level you can. Thank you in advance.