July 31, 2023 - Community Philanthropy in Action

July 31, 2023


Are you aware that we have a strong philanthropic focus in our communities and a desire to create positive change? This is something I have been able to witness as I visit more communities in our GWP footprint.


Many of our communities are putting their action into focus by partnering with us in our annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive campaign. Others have been generous in supporting our Summer Raffle fundraising efforts through purchases they made, direct ticket sales or through prize donations they have given.


We have also had a chance to celebrate a first-as two individual donors stepped up to support a Blue Bookshelf. We thank Neal and Kim Newman for being stewards of this educational initiative; and thank the YMCA for their partnership. 


As we continue to build upon our foundation and head into our campaign season, I will remain curious, open to engagement, and learn how we can best support each other and those that need a helping hand.


It is inspiring to see the growth. 



-Nicolle Mechelke

This week we joined Neal and Kim Newman to place a Blue Bookshelf at the YMCA.

This admirable sponsorship will make a great impact for the children in our communities.

Thank you to Neal and Kim Newman

and a big thank you Red Wing YMCA for hosting this shelf.

Click here to access our registry.

Items purchased on the registry will be delivered directly to our United Way office.

If you purchase items in person - feel free to drop at any of our public donation bins located at:

  • Merchants Bank - Red Wing
  • Merchants Bank - Cannon Falls
  • Red Wing Public Library
  • The Elks Lodge - Red Wing
  • United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties


Help spread the word!

Our distribution event details are below.

Click on the graphic above to save a PDF version of this flyer in English and in Spanish.

Volunteer Opportunities

DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Are you a party planner? Do you love planning social events and getting friends together? This is the committee for you! Meet once or twice a month with like-minded people to help plan and manage United Way Fund Raising and Community Events. Great way to learn about United Way and it's work without the commitment to being a board member. Sign up for the entire year or just for the events you want to be a part of. Call Alexa at 651-388-6309 or email at abjornstad@unitedwaygwp.org


Light Office Work/ Data Entry - Are you looking to help one or two hours per week? Do you like computers work? We need someone who can come into the office one morning per week to do some data entry and light filing. Will train on any software necessary, flexible scheduling. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, call Stacy at 651-388-66309 or email scoyle@unitedwaygwp.org




"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way."

Mary Anne Radmacher






Click the box above to visit our donation page today. United Way GWP makes it easy for you to make a difference in the community and to have an impact on the lives around you. All but 1% of your gift is used locally to improve the health, education or basic needs of people in this community.  Thank you!

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