The United Way of Steele County announces a campaign record for the 2019 fundraising "shattering the previous total set in 2007," according to a post on Twitter. The group announced the official total of over $786,000 at their recent victory celebration at the Owatonna Country Club.

Additionally, Medford surpassed its community-based goal by raising more than $24,200, "107% of goal. Hats off to @MedfordTigers for increasing your gift by over 400%! Thank you to all of our Medford contributors!" The United Way of Steele County proclaimed in another tweet.

On their website, the United Way of Steele County's mission states, "To change lives by mobilizing and optimizing the caring powers of our community." Their vision statement is "A sustainable and vibrant community where residents enjoy an enriching quality of life, economic opportunities, self-sufficiency, and are secure knowing a network of human services agencies is ready to assist them if needed."

AmesburyTruth was the campaign team leader for the 2019 fundraising.

In 2018, 14,252 people in Steele County were assisted by an agency that works with the United Way of Steele County according to fundraising literature distributed during the campaign.

Health agencies that were funded in 2018 included Crisis Resource Center, Exchange Club Center for Family Unity, Free Clinic of Steele County, Healthy Seniors, Let's Smile, South Central Human Relations Center, and SEMCAC.

Income-based agencies that received funding in 2018 included Southern MN Regional Legal Services, Steele County Clothesline and Food Shelf (now called Community Pathways), Transitional Housing of Steele County, Cedar Valley Services, and Children's Remedial Fund.

Other agencies working with United Way of Steele County in 2018 included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota and Blooming Prairie Youth Club.

You can also find more information on United Way programs including Preschool Transportation, Boots to Work, Steele County Safe and Drug Free Coalition, and Dolly Parton Imagination Library on their website.


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