The United Way of McLeod County has kicked-off its’ 2014-15 campaign, and what better way to celebrate than a parking lot party. On Friday, September 26, Wells Fargo in Hutchinson (135 Main St. North) will host the 5th annual United Way chili feed. A variety of chili will be featured, including flavors from Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bump’s Family Restaurant, Country Kitchen, McCormick’s Family Restaurant, and Squeaky’s Grill and Bar. Additionally, corn muffins from Elena’s Bakery will be provided with the meal. H2O will be provided by our good friends at Tri-County Water Conditioning. Chili will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. that day. Cost of admission is $3 per bowl, or $5 to taste all the samples. We’ll see you there. Come hungry!
Today, the United Way of McLeod County announced that its Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program was awarded a $2,000 grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of the efforts of the United Way of McLeod County in child development, the grant will be used to support the nearly 1,100 children residing in McLeod County that are enrolled in the organization’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
“We are so grateful that Target has partnered with us to promote our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library initiative,” said Paul Thompson, Executive Director, United Way of McLeod County. “Time and again, Target and its employees have shown a philanthropic mind-set in their giving and volunteering throughout the area.”
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.
United Way of McLeod County Board President Dave Schwedler announced today, that Anita Messner and Beth Weseloh have recently been elected to serve three-year board terms.
“We are excited to add Anita and Beth to our board, as we know they will bring their own unique expertise, experiences, and abilities,” said Schwedler. “With the addition of these new directors, we feel that we continue to add talented board members from throughout McLeod County, which is a key to our organization’s growth.”
Messner has worked at Cash Wise in Hutchinson for nearly 22 years, and is currently the Personnel Coordinator and Senior Front End Manager. The rural Buffalo Lake native worked as a bookkeeper and in Grocery Stock Control, prior to taking her current position. Her responsibilities at Cash Wise include; payroll coordinator, scheduler, training coordinator, and customer and employee relations. She graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, with a Human Resource emphasis. Additionally, she has been actively involved in the community coaching Junior Olympic volleyball, and serving as a member of her church’s leadership committee, and praise and worship team. Messner lives in Hutchinson, with her husband, Kyle, and their four daughters.
A Dassel native, Weseloh has spent the last five years employed by Cedar Crest Estates in Hutchinson. However, she has been working in the health care industry for 16 years. Additionally, she serves as a part-time bartender at the Silver Lake Legion. Weseloh received her Associate of Arts in Human Services, and is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Phoenix. Weseloh lives in Silver Lake, with her fiancé, Tony Mikolichek, her two daughters, and his three children. She also acts as the Service Unit Manager for the Hutchinson Girl Scouts. Read the rest of this entry »
United Way of McLeod County Board President Dave Schwedler announced today that the regional non-profit will have an exhibit booth at the McLeod County Fair, which takes place August 13-17 in Hutchinson. The five-day run of the fair will serve as the kick-off period to the UWMC’s 2014-15 Campaign.
“The county fair is one of the most exciting times of the year for our organization, in that we get a unique opportunity to let people know who we are, and where we are going as a United Way”, said Schwedler. “We relish the fact that people from throughout the county have a chance to stop by our booth, and see the agencies and programs we are partnering alongside.” Read the rest of this entry »
United Way of McLeod County Board President Dave Schwedler announced today that the organization has successfully completed all of the United Way Worldwide membership requirements by their respective due dates. The requirements include Membership Requirements Certification, and the Database 2 Survey of Total Resources Generated.
“It is important for us to maintain high standards of accountability, and this is part of the process to confirm that our operations are transparent and meet or exceed membership requirements,” stated Schwedler. “The membership requirements must be certified annually in order for us to remain a member of United Way Worldwide.”
The board of the UWMC reviewed and approved the Membership Requirements Certification on May 13. The certification mandates completion of 13 requirements for United Way Worldwide membership along with verification of the status of 56 indicators that a United Way demonstrates the intent of the membership requirements. Read the rest of this entry »