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3/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
United Way

To the Editor:

The 2014 Community Investment process at United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties is now complete! Community Investment is the collective process in which funding applications are submitted from area nonprofit programs who are addressing community needs in the goal areas of Education, Health and Basic Needs. United Way community volunteers then make funding decisions.

By recently transitioning to a three-year grant process, grantees now have the ability to secure funding farther into the future strengthening the financial health of their organization. This also reduces the amount of time and resources that are spent by applicants as well as United Way staff and volunteers on the application and allocation process, thus freeing more dollars to invest where it counts-community impact.

Additionally, thanks to the generosity of our donors, United Way had a successful campaign this year and therefore we are excited to report that more funds will be allocated to area non-profits making a difference in our community!

This year we had 29 volunteers from communities throughout our service area to help determine where United Way funds will be allocated.

These volunteers spend many hours in training, reviewing grant applications, attending site visits, listening to presentations and deliberating funding considerations with fellow volunteers and ultimately making funding recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors. The Community Investment volunteers are a great balance of people with diverse backgrounds, skill sets, passions, and areas of expertise. They donate time and energy to help determine how funds should be spent to advance the common good throughout our communities.

Local businesses are also getting involved to thank these volunteers for their hard work by donating funds to provide dinner during long meetings each evening. These generous businesses include Capital Safety, Smith Schafer & Associates, Randy's Restaurant, Ameriprise Financial, and Domino's Pizza.

This is what it means to live united. Businesses, individuals, donors and volunteers coming together to make a difference is the United Way. Together, we are improving the lives of everyone in our community.

Thank you.

Your friends at United Way,

Laura Prink

Diane Maurer

Maureen Nelson

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