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 commitees 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 Commitee 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.

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

Important Documents:

Annual Report 2012

2012 Audit

2012 Financial Statements

501 (c) (3)     Bylaws    Code of Ethics   Whistleblower Policy

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chair: Dr. Mary Laeger-Hagemeister

Past Chair: Bob Haas

Treasurer: Justin Oman

Secretary: Tiffany Kriesel

Ex-Officio: Rev. Katie Fick

2013 BOARD MEMBERS

Bob Haas, Retired

Lonny Hagen, Select Foods

Marcia Smith, Albert Lea Medical Center

Justin Oman, Security Bank MN

Tiffany Kriesel, Freeborn Lumber Company

Dr. Mike Funk, Albert Lea School District

Dr. Mary Laeger-Hagemeister, Albert Lea School District

Nick Beyer, Ventura Foods

Kyle Wilken, Cargill

Rev. Katie Fick, Pastor, Hayward/Trondhjem Lutheran Churches

Kelli Lageson, Albert Lea Tribune

Jenine Koziolek, Fountain Centers

Holly Wallace, Goldman, Sturtz & Halvorsen

Agency Representatives:

Annette Peteren, Senior Resources

Illene Grosam, Crime Victims Crisis Center