Day of Caring is a community wide event where teams work together to complete projects for homeowners and organizations who are not able to complete the projects themselves. Most of our projects help senior citizens in our community remain independent and living in their own homes. Projects last from 2-4 hours. We start the day with a kick off breakfast at AHS Cafeteria and head out from there. Most projects happen rain or shine and it’s a great day for all.
Board Member – Commitment to attend 6 meetings throughout the fiscal year (Wednesday evenings from 4:00pm – 6:00pm), participate in the community investment process, assist with one of the United Way of Mower County initiatives. Minimum 20 – 25 hour commitment.
Community Investment Volunteer – Review grant applications for one of the United Way’s impact areas, participate in presentation of agencies to determine funding decisions, opportunity to learn in greater detail about programs that support our community and work to have a positive impacts in the lives of others. Minimum 6 – 8 hour commitment, generally in February & March.
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.