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United Way adjusts to fill needs

To the Editor:

The past several years have seen an evolution at the United Way of Goodhue Wabasha & Pierce Counties.

Listening to donors, volunteers and residents, folks told us what they wanted to see us working toward. The data was clear too. People are concerned about education, financial stability, health and making sure that we provide basic safety net services.

The work United Way continues to do will focus on these building blocks of a good life.

United Way is also focused on developing strong partnerships with programs and agencies in the community. This focus includes a commitment to our partners to help them become strong, vibrant organizations that are making measurable changes in community conditions. These partnerships are critical to the success of our community.

Since our work is focusing on the things you told us are important, this means that some programs that may have received funding from United Way in the past may not receive funding in the future.

Beyond the dollars, though, the partnerships continue through coordinated work on efforts like volunteer matching through United Way's Volunteer Solutions, which is open to any organization using or seeking volunteers.

We've heard from United Way donors that changes in the community conditions are important. People who give money to United Way want to know that they are making a difference ... United Way is dedicated to doing just that in specific measurable ways.

Our mission is to improve lives. Our credo is to LIVE UNITED.

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties, thank you for the confidence you've placed in us.

Karen Main, chair

Gary Iocco, vice chair

Amy Nelson, past chair

Laura Blair, secretary

Arne Skyberg,

treasurer

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