July 25, 2022 - The Need is Real

July 25th, 2022
In a typical United Way July, we feature our Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive in just one of our e-newsletters. Last week we focused on why it is important for students to start the year with the correct tools. Normally, that would be enough. Normally the generosity of our communities would respond, and every child would have what they need.
But this year is not normal.
After two years of free school meals, the federal government ended that program on June 30, 2022. This means that parents will have to provide those meals again. Food prices have increased and many families who depended on those free meals to meet their children’s nutritional needs are now going to have to make their food dollars stretch even further.
In Minnesota our jobless rate is at a record low of 1.98%. That means everybody who can work is working, but wages have not kept pace with inflation. It costs more to get to work if you drive due to higher gas prices. Families are paying more in rent. More families are moving in with friends or relatives just to be able keep a roof over their heads. Waiting lists for housing are up to 12 months long.
One working mom who stopped into the United Way explained that she grocery shops with a list and a calculator, adding her purchases as she moves through the aisles. When she reaches the end, she has to circle back through the store to return things to the shelf that she cannot afford to buy. Her oldest son noticed this happening and without a word helped her put back products from their cart. How will they be able to add extras like school supplies? 

So, if you are some one lucky enough to share, pick up some extra school supplies and add them to your cart. There are hard working families that cannot afford those items and are so thankful that people like you are willing to help out. No parent wants to see their child miss out or be sad. Imagine what a few notebooks, folders and pens can do for a child. Imagine what we can do if we all work together.
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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
Office Support to Track Family Fare Receipts - 2-3 Hours Monthly
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 to help pack school supplies into Backpacks
Wed. Aug. 17th 5:30 - 7pm Red Wing Elks Club
Call United Way office at 388-6309
if you can help!
"About the time we can make ends meet,
somebody moves the ends."
Herbert Hoover
Thanks for sharing with families struggling to make ends meet and for helping children prepare for a new school year

Maureen Nelson