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!
“The community members of Freeborn County are extraordinary. I am lucky to be a part of a community where people, for 80 years, have understood the profound impact that can be made when they choose to LIVE UNITED.”
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.
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
Originally called The Community Chest. Founded in 1927.
The number of programs supported grows from three to twelve.
World War II changes the community & workforce.
The baby boom shifts focus to youth and families.
Community Chest becomes the United Fund.
Responds to ethnic and social transformation.
The United Fund became the United Way of Freeborn County
Technology begins to change our world and the way we interact.
The United Way plans for a new millennium.
United Way Freeborn County takes on disaster response and mental health awareness.
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.
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.
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.
albert lea tribune: guest column
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AUG 16, 2019: Believing in people is certainly a treasure
AUG 2, 2019: Board member has an attitude of giving back
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.
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