bl_circleicon_membership_rgb_2014 (2)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 2013

United Way 2013 Audit

United Way 2013 Tax Return

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


Chair: Dr. Mike Funk

Past Chair: Dr. Mary Laeger-Hagemeister

Treasurer: Justin Oman

Secretary: Jenine Koziolek

Ex-Officio: Kelli Lageson


Lonny Hagen, Albert Lea Select Foods

Marcia Smith, Albert Lea Medical Center

Justin Oman, Security Bank MN

Dr. Mike Funk, Albert Lea School District

Tony Pope, Cargill

Kelli Lageson, Albert Lea Tribune

Jenine Koziolek, Fountain Centers

Mark Heinemann, Farmer’s State Bank

Mary Johnson, US Bank

Deb Kolling, Freeborn Mower Cooperative Services

Stuart Ness, Farmer

Virginia Herrera, ALSD #241 Success Coach

DaBang Gach, Southern Minnesota Sudanese Community

Agency Representatives:

Jo Lowe, The Arc of Freeborn County

Andrea Mauer, Crime Victims Crisis Center