What is the United Way?
United Way is a local nonprofit organization that engages community members in identifying local resources to address the greatest needs in Freeborn County.
United Way of Freeborn County is focused on the areas of Education, Income and Health.
Our mission is 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.
We have several committees formed of community members who volunteer their time to make sure United Way is functioning at its best; to meet the needs of Freeborn County residents. A special Allocations Committee ensures that donations are spent wisely and where they are needed most.
Only 2% of funds collected go outside of Freeborn County; 1% is slated for United Way of America Membership and 1% is designated by the donors for United Ways in other counties.
The United Way of Freeborn County values, champions, and embraces diversity in all aspects of our activities. UWFC respects others without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, handicap, national origin or ancestry.
Please read for more information regarding United Way operations at a worldwide level (this statement was released following e-mails that were sent out with a great deal of misinformation): Email Claims 2012 (2) pdf
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair: Jenine Koziolek
Past Chair: Stuart Ness
Treasurer: Mark Heinemann
Secretary: Russell Hardeman
2017 BOARD MEMBERS
Jenine Koziolek, Fountain Centers
Mark Heinemann, Farmer’s State Bank
Mary Johnson, US Bank
Christine Srp, Cargill
Deb Kolling, Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services
Stuart Ness, Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen
Paul Shea, Digity Media
Holly Karsjens, Meraki Studios
Jerry Gabrielatos, City of Albert Lea
Russell Hardeman, Southern MN Regional Legal Services
Joe Lubke, Express Personnel Services
Sally Skrlin, Retired
Allyssa Tomlinson, Retirement Communities
Jeff Halvorsen, Albert Lea High School
Penny Jahnke, Adult Basic Education
Garry Hart, Cedar Valley Services