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.
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: Stuart Ness
Former Chair: Dr. Mike Funk
Treasurer: Mark Heinemann
Secretary: Jenine Koziolek
Ex-Officio: Russell Hardeman
2016 BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Mike Funk, Albert Lea School District
Tony Pope, Cargill
Jenine Koziolek, Fountain Centers
Mark Heinemann, Farmer’s State Bank
Mary Johnson, US Bank
Deb Kolling, Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services
Stuart Ness, Farmer/Mrs. Gerry’s
Virginia Herrera, ALSD #241 Success Coach
Simon Dhol/Chang Ruach, Southern Minnesota Sudanese Community
Paul Shea, Digity Media
Holly Karsjens, Meraki Studios
Jerry Gabrielatos, City of Albert Lea
Russell Hardeman, Southern MN Regional Legal Services
Andrea Mauer, Crime Victims Crisis Center
Penny Jahnke, Adult Basic Education