Twenty-eight Minnesota Girl Scouts just returned from the 13th Historically Black Colleges and Universities GIRL Tour put on by Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. The high school girls are all enrolled in ConnectZ — an education program funded by United Way of Mower County for low-income Girl Scouts from diverse backgrounds. Curriculum is delivered through troop meetings and girls also have the opportunity to participate in “beyond-the-troop” events like this college tour. The application process for girls to participate mirrored the college application process as they were required to participate in several meetings beforehand to prepare them. In addition, they visited the International Civil Rights Museum, a historic plantation, and a campus step show while on the trip. Three girls from Austin High School attended the tour. Below, enjoy the commemorative video that was created by several of the tour participants.
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.
“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.
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.
We 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.