Why does Greater Mankato Area United Way focus on basic needs, health and education? These are the three pillars that keep our region strong and balanced. Each of our 59 partner programs falls into at least one of these areas.

People who are in need of services require support in many areas of their lives to have long-term success. For example, someone seeking help with hunger may also require assistance with finding housing, employment opportunities, health support and child care. This is why our organization aims to have a broader reach than a single issue.

Our partner agencies do a fantastic job of working together to ensure an individual has access to comprehensive resources, giving them the tools for future success. All agencies that apply for Greater Mankato Area United Way funding are reviewed and vetted annually by more than 80 community volunteers. View the full list of programs at MankatoUnitedWay.org/partner-agencies.

Any one of us could be in need of services at any time, whether it’s a health issue or an unexpected life change. Our 2022 Campaign Chair Melanie VanRoekel of United Prairie Bank recently said it best: “It’s not ‘them’ or ‘those people’ that need these programs to stay strong. It’s me, and it’s my kids.”

There are many ways to get involved with this year’s campaign to ensure our local programs receive the funding they need.

Kickoffs: Thank you to everyone who attended our kickoff in St. Peter recognizing Mike Bresnahan of First National Bank Minnesota. Our next regional kickoff event takes place in Waseca. Join us Thursday, September 30 for a Bean Bag Tournament at The Mill from 3:30-5:30. $100 per team; two players per team. To register, contact Diane Beckmann with Thrivent at 507-835-9899.

Make a Gift: Donate online at MankatoUnitedWay.org/donate. You can also call our office at 507-345-4551 or send a check to Greater Mankato Area United Way, 127 S. 2nd St. #190, Mankato, MN 56001.

Hold a Workplace Rally: Employees learn about the impact of United Way’s work and can make a pledge if they choose. Contact the United Way office to learn more. We will make any time work, and are happy to be part of virtual meetings as well as in-person meetings.

Volunteer: Start by checking out our online volunteer platform, Get Connected, at GetConnected.MankatoUnitedWay.org.

Contact Greater Mankato Area United Way to learn more about the current needs and how to get involved as a business or individual.

Barb Kaus is CEO of Greater Mankato Area United Way, which covers Le Sueur, Nicollet, Waseca and Blue Earth counties.

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