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United Way of Mower County Campaign Exceeds Goal of $1.1 Million

Posted on April 9, 2015 By Cameron Johnson

United Way of Mower County announced to a room full of stakeholders Wednesday that its 2014 Campaign brought in $1,145,920.00. The announcement came at the organization’s annual Victory Party held at the Hormel Historic Home.

2014 Campaign Thank You Billboard

“We did it,” said Diane Baker, United Way of Mower County’s Executive Director, of exceeding the organization’s $1.1 million goal. “How? One donor a time, one dollar at a time.”

The program highlighted outstanding corporate campaigns as well as campaigns with significant growth. Hormel Foods Corporate Office held its spot as the largest campaign donating $280,010. Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Austin saw the largest increase in donations while Austin City employees saw the largest increase in number of campaign participants. Mower County employees, McFarland Truck Lines, Inc., Grand Meadow Schools, Davis, Thoen, Kramer & Associates, as well as Hormel Foods Plant employees all received nods for double digit campaign growth.

The United Way will invest $947,006 of the funds raised back into the community – a $127,000 increase from last year.

Baker took her opportunity at the podium to thank everyone who participated in either a corporate or residential campaign. “We could not have achieved this spectacular result without you. Your contribution allows us to further our efforts in making Mower County a better community for us all.”

United Way of Mower County meets needs in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs by funding 57 vital community programs.


United Way Welcomes Ryan

Posted on February 27, 2015 By Cameron Johnson

Ryan McFarland

United Way of Mower County is thrilled to introduce our newest staff member, Ryan McFarland. She joins the team filling the role of Administrative Specialist.

Ryan is a graduate of Riverland Community College and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor’s program through the Center for Extended Learning at Bemidji State University, with a major in Accounting and minors in Business Administration and Fraud Examination. She has over 3 years of experience in the non-profit sector including payroll, budgeting, and financial reporting. Her work experience includes various financial, administrative and customer service positions in non-profit and for-profit companies. Ryan and her husband, Jesse, reside in Austin with their 3 children. She is excited about the purposeful work being done at United Way Mower County and looking forward to being a part of the team.


2015-2016 Preschool Open House & Registration Starts NOW!

Posted on February 3, 2015 By Cameron Johnson

It’s already time to start thinking about and making plans for the 2015-2016 school year. Local preschools are gearing up to host registration and open houses as early as today.

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Click on this link for more information – Preschool Registration Information 2015-2016.

At registration be sure to ask your preschool provider about Rainbow Route transportation – a service that provides rides to and from preschool to any Austin area child. You can also find more information about the Rainbow Route by clicking here.


United Way Welcomes Cameron

Posted on January 28, 2015 By Cameron Johnson

Cameron JohnsonWe are so excited to introduce the newest member of our UWMC team.  Cameron Johnson.

Cameron Johnson is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has over 4 years of experience in the non-profit sector including work in fundraising, program development and management. Her experience includes time at United Way of Brazoria County in Angleton, Texas where she served as Communication/Resource Development Manager. Cameron and her husband, Bryar, recently relocated to the area from Lake Jackson, Texas. She is passionate about and excited to be a part of the meaningful work   being done at United Way of Mower County.​

Cameron will be replacing Chris Grev as Project Coordinator.