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Uniting people and resources to improve lives. United Way of Freeborn County collaborates to connect people, resources and ideas to create a thriving community characterized by measurable and long-lasting improvements in education, income and health.

OUR COMMUNITY IS BETTER BECAUSE OF YOU.

HELP US REACH OUR 2019 CAMPAIGN GOAL

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

“We are very excited for the 2019 United Way of Freeborn County to start. We are adding some new and exciting events this year and we hope that you can be a part of them. Donating to the campaign is a great way to help those in Freeborn County who are in need of our agencies’ services.”

UWFC Chair, Joe Lubke

People like talking about the good ol’ days. It’s ingrained in our natures to reflect on the past. Others like talking about the future. That’s also ingrained in our natures, to look ahead at what’s to come. Here at UWFC, we’re going to be doing both this fall.

We’re looking to the future with a refresh of our website and social media. We’re laying a strong foundation with restructuring and updating our policies and forming new partnerships. We’re asking to hear about what our community needs are, and how we can help.

But with all this refreshing, it’s important to remember that our core mission is still the same as when the organization was called Community Chest in 1927. It’s the same as when the name evolved to Albert Lea United Fund. It’s the same as when Albert Lea United Fund merged with Freeborn Combined Charities in 1984 to become officially United Way of Freeborn County.

Community.

Giving.

We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel here. Instead, we’d like to remind our community of who we are, and what we stand for. So celebrate the many years of community giving with us this fall. Starting in September, we hope you’ll enjoy the retrospective of historical articles, the retro logos and graphics, and the “throwbacks” that you’ll see pop up around town and on social media.

 UNITED THROUGH THE YEARS

1920

Originally called The Community Chest. Founded in 1927.

1930

The number of programs supported grows from three to twelve.

1940

World War II changes the community & workforce.

1950

The baby boom shifts focus to youth and families.

1960

Community Chest becomes the United Fund.

1970

Responds to ethnic and social transformation.

1980

The United Fund became the United Way of Freeborn County

1990

Technology begins to change our world and the way we interact.

2000

The United Way plans for a new millennium.

2010

United Way Freeborn County takes on disaster response and mental health awareness.

THE FUTURE

UWFC is committed to bringing residents a brighter tomorrow.

What we do

We encourage all community members to join the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Freeborn County.

CREATING CHANGE

The rising income and opportunity disparities hurt us all. All of us contribute to help the 1 in 4 people in our community that live in poverty, so that everyone can reach their full potential through greater access to education, jobs and safety net services. 

EDUCATION & JOBS

Education and job training are essential for people to reach their full potential, leading to a living wage and a stronger economy. From cradle to career, we work to ensure that all people meet academic and developmental milestones that lead to success in college, career and life.

SAFETY NET

When basic needs are consistently met, children are ready for school and adults are ready to work. Safety net strategies help people and families get the support they need to stabilize their lives, move toward self sufficiency and reach their full potential.

What you can do

There are lots of creative ways to give and get involved through United Way of Freeborn County. Together with your help, we can transform the lives of children and families in Freeborn County.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteering your valuable time is one of the most impactful ways you can make a true difference in our community.

GIVE

There are lots of creative ways to give; workplace campaigns, planned giving, and personal gifts all add up to remarkable results!

PARTICIPATE

Show your support by joining us at our events, community impact efforts, and sharing our initiatives on social media.

programs you help fund by donating to uwfc

JOIN US!

Meet our Board of Directors

Behind all our work, there are people like you who get involved in big and small – but always significant – ways to ensure a better future for their family, friends, and for all of Freeborn County.

Joe Lubke - CHAIR

General Manager, Express Employment Professionals

Mark Heineman

President / CFO, Farmers State Bank of Hartland

Mary Johnson

Branch Manager, US Bank

Jeff Halverson

Assistant Principal, Albert Lea High School

Amanda Buchannan - VICE CHAIR

Director, NutraBoss

Tristan Tufte

Consultant, Larson

Sally Skrlin

Retired, Community At-Large

Deb Kolling

Business Analyst, Freeborn Mower Coop

Kevin LaFrance - TREASURER

Market Vice President, Home Federal Savings Bank

Nick Schiltz

Professor, Riverland Community College

Stuart Ness

IT Coordinator, Mrs. Gerry's

April Jeppson

Assistant Director, YMCA & Coach, Albert Lea Gymnastics Studio

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Diversity & Equality Opportunity. The United Way of Freeborn County values, champions, and embraces diversity in all aspects of UWFC activities. UWFC respects others without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, handicap, national origin or ancestry.