August 22, 2022 - More than Crayons and Glue Sticks

August 15, 2022
We are already halfway through August and things are heating up in our office as our annual fall campaign is about to begin, and later this week, one of my favorite annual United Way events takes place, our school supply distribution event. So many people are involved in this event from each and every person who donates school supplies, to those people who coordinate the collection of supplies at their place of business. We rely on so many fantastic volunteers who set up the event, count and sort the supplies, serve the meal and pass out backpacks. We had an awesome group last weekend who all got up early to help us move all the backpacks and school supplies from our office down to the Elks club where the distribution will take place. All of this is terrific because it is a very tangible demonstration of how much our communities care for kids.
The start of a new school year and the United Way campaign go hand in hand as the United Way is dedicated to ensuring lasting, collaborative solutions to the critical problems that stand between all children and a better quality of life. Choosing the Education Focus Area on your annual pledge form, puts your money to work where it can do the most good for children in all seven school districts across our United Way GWP region. When kids fall behind in school, they get frustrated and check out before they drop out. We create, partner and invest in a range of programs that set students up to achieve now and in the future. Education is the best investment we can make to eradicate poverty, empower students to develop their full potential and build a strong talent and workforce pipeline.
A child’s earliest experiences – before they even enter school – can determine their ability to succeed for the rest of their lives. Under our Education Focus area, we work to promote kindergarten readiness and childhood literacy. We build educational success through partnerships with pre-schools, schools, and community organizations. This includes supporting programs and partners that provide tutoring, mentoring, in-school and out-of-school programming and social-emotional learning that bolsters school-day activities, helps keep kids on track, or develops life skills in order to improve their academic success.
United Way GWP’s focus on Education is so much more than the annual school supply drive, collecting crayons and glue sticks.  Your donations are directed toward programs delivered by partner nonprofit organizations with proven effectiveness in creating measurable and sustainable contributions to the success of children in our communities.  
Thank you to everyone who gives of their time and dollars to support our kids though the work of United Way GWP.
United Way GWP is seeking sponsors for Blue Bookshelves in
Cannon Falls, Lake City and Wabasha
We have bookshelves and books just waiting to find new homes. Your business, book club, church group or organization can ensure books get into the hands of children and provide a great volunteer experience when you choose to sponsor a Blue Bookshelf. For a one time fee of just $250, we will provide the shelf, signage, and books, books, books for children to take home.
Book shelves are to be placed in locations where children from marginalized families find themselves waiting. Coin Laundries, medical or dental offices, free clinics, etc. Sponsors supply the space and volunteer time to place the shelf and keep it filled and in good condition and United Way supplies the books.
Call our office at 651-388-6309 to become a sponsor in your community!
Resource Development Manager
Full Time/ Exempt
United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties seeks an experienced leader in resource development. Two years' work experience in resource development, grant writing or fundraising, preferably with a non-profit organization with a commitment to community or human services required. Bachelor’s degree preferred but not mandatory with acceptable experience. Competitive Salary and flexible schedule.
For More Information or a copy of full job description contact
Maureen Nelson
United Way of GWP
1755 Old West Main St.
Red Wing, MN 55066
United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties (UWGWP) is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, age or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, leave of absence, compensation, benefits and training. UWGWP makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit and business needs at the time
United Way Volunteer Needs
Fare For All Volunteers / Tues., Aug 30th 3:45-5pm in Red Wing
5 Volunteers Needed-Great Opportunity for Youth Group or Civic Club
Volunteers needed to help us create United Way Magnets! This is a job you can do from the comfort of your own home, we'll supply all of the necessary materials? Interested? Call the number below.
Call United Way office at 388-6309
if you can help!
Thanks for reading!
Maureen Nelson