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
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
Annette Peteren, Senior Resources
Illene Grosam, Crime Victims Crisis Center