October 3, 2023 - Uniting Our Community



October 3, 2023

As we kick off the month of October there are opportunities for all of us to be engaged and strengthen our communities.


If your workplace participates in our workplace giving campaign, we would be delighted if you would “Raise Your Hand” and invest in our communities through payroll contributions. These dollars stay in our communities and donating $1 a paycheck makes a great difference to neighbors in need.


Dollars given through workplace giving campaigns allow us to support 20+ nonprofit programs! Together we provide resources and solutions that matter to our communities.


Our Socktober campaign is also underway! We will be collecting socks and basic needs to distribute to our community. This year supplies will be put to good use as there will be two Project Community Connect days in both Wabasha and Goodhue counties. You can find drop-off locations in Red Wing, Cannon Falls, and Lake City.


On Monday, October 9th I would encourage all of you to participate in the Honoring Dakota Mural Wopida. There will be a ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. at the mural, followed by a community meal at the Red Wing Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. I hope to meet new community members and look forward to this gathering.


Later in this month we will have an Empty Bowl fundraiser to support our Packing for the Weekend program. Our goal is to ensure that no child living in our service area be without food during out of school time. Hunger and poor nutrition impact physical growth and brain development.


This event will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about Packing for the Weekend, support programming and enjoy delicious soups. There will be live music and a chance to win door prizes too. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Red Wing Arts Depot and the United Way office.

Please join us on October 22nd!



In gratitude,


Nicolle Mechelke 


Help our neighbors get ready for colder weather and get the basic supplies they need.

Wabasha County Project Community is back this year and we at the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties are raising our hands to help. We will provide basic needs supplies, resources, and program information. Several of our service area nonprofits, agency organizations and businesses are coming together to provide support.


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 Nicolle at 651-388-6309 or email at nmechelke@unitedwaygwp.org


Light Office Work/ Data Entry -Are you looking to help one or two hours per week? We need someone who can come into the office one morning per week to help with special projects. We will train and volunteer hours are flexible. If this sounds like something you might enjoy, call Stacy at 651-388-66309 or email scoyle@unitedwaygwp.org





"The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices."

Jimmy Carter






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