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 was established in 1887 to address emerging community needs. To read more about the history of the organization, click here: UWW History
The United Way of Freeborn County was established in 1939 to meet the needs of Freeborn County residents. United Way of Freeborn County addresses the root cause of issues 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.
Check out what we are doing by “liking” and “following” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayofFreebornCounty/
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 Community Investment 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 Worldwide 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. The United Way of Freeborn County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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
Ann Austin, Executive Director
Katelyn Tollefson, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Chair: Joe Lubke
Vice Chair: TBD
Past Chair: Stuart Ness
Treasurer: Mark Heinemann
Secretary: Allyssa Tomlinson
Ex-Officio: Kevin LaFrance
2018 BOARD MEMBERS
Mark Heinemann, Farmer’s State Bank
Mary Johnson, US Bank
Deb Kolling, Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services
Stuart Ness, Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen
Holly Karsjens, Meraki Studios
Joe Lubke, Express Employment Professionals
Sally Skrlin, Retired
Allyssa Tomlinson, Retirement Communities
Tristan Tufte, Larson Manufacturing
Jeff Halvorsen, Albert Lea High School
Kevin LaFrance, Home Federal Savings Bank
Angie Eggum, Edward Jones
Nick Schiltz, Riverland Community College/Farmer
Desmond Ready, S. MN Regional Legal Services
Garry Hart, Cedar Valley Services