About Us

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

Important Documents:

Annual Report 2016  Annual Report 2015

2015 990 A 2015 990 B Financial Statements, 2015

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


Ann Austin, Executive Director

Katelyn Tollefson, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator


Chair: Joe Lubke

Vice Chair: TBD

Past Chair: Stuart Ness

Treasurer: Mark Heinemann

Secretary: Allyssa Tomlinson

Ex-Officio: Kevin LaFrance


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

Agency Representatives:

Garry Hart, Cedar Valley Services


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