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GIVE

United Way of Freeborn County runs an Annual Campaign from early September to December 31st.

However, donations are gladly accepted throughout the year and counted towards the following years’ funding cycle. Donate via credit card on this site (under Links on the right side of the page), through GiveMN.org at http://givemn.razoo.com/story/United-Way-Of-Freeborn-County, or contact our office:

United Way of Freeborn County, 341 S. Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007

In-Kind donations are also appreciated. To donate items for our Silent Auction (during the FWL Wine Tasting event in November) or for other events throughout the year, please use this form: In Kind Donation Form

2012 Program Accomplishments:

Your contribution to United Way of Freeborn County helps support many programs in the areas of Education, Income, and Health.

 

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EDUCATION: Helping children, youth, and adults achieve their potential

-59 children were able to attend a quality preschool, who would otherwise have been unprepared for entering Kindergarten

-Free classes were provided for 127 individuals, focused on improving literacy, job, math, computer, and citizenship skills, as well as classes to obtain a GED diploma.

-39 children were in a childcare program, giving them a head start in their social and emotional  development and education

-399 parents or caregivers were offered parental support, had help with reducing their stress and anxiety, and improving care-giving practices as well as problem-solving skills

-165 individuals (men, women, children and families) received education and support to effectively resolve conflicts, preventing violence in the community, at home and in school

-33 Nova (National Organization of Victims Assistance) certified volunteers ready to respond to a crisis situation. Keeping 11,700 pounds of material out of the landfills this year.

- The Freeborn ReStore opened in January– the store is full of inventory of home building materials available for the public to purchase at a reduced price.

 

INCOME: Promoting financial stability and independence

- Education was provided to 47 individuals including: budgeting tips/skills for expense prioritizing, reducing/avoiding debt, saving money, future financial planning, credit counseling and repair, and   identity theft

-294 people were provided with ride services, which keeps seniors going to medical appointments or socializing in the community

-Employment  support was provided to 42 people who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed, in order to increase independence and self worth

-Transportation was provided to 42 individuals who are unable to drive or do not have access to reliable transportation to get to work

 

HEALTH: Improving people’s health

-Youth and adults were given opportunities to achieve greater health and well being, as well as increasing family time. Families were given scholarships to attend the Family Y, who would have otherwise been unable to pay.

-After school/summer programs, Special Olympics, dances, family support, and activities/ events were provided for 1,906 people in the community who have developmental  disabilities

-611 victims of domestic assault, stalking, terroristic threats, or sexual violence were assisted by the Crime Victims Crisis Center. Educational and prevention activities also took place in the community

-784 hours of emergency childcare were provided to families who struggled with divorce, medical issues, temporary homelessness or were otherwise unable to provide supervision for their children

-Safe, secure, supervised visitations was provided to 26 families

-16 individuals received financial assistance due to house fires. Community disaster education materials were given to 1,409 people. Worked with local emergency response partners to strengthen community response preparedness.  Disaster response volunteers participated in drills and classes to increase their readiness.

- 109 children and 10 pregnant moms to be received education to help these families build healthier parent-child relationships and help to provide a safer environment for the entire family to live in.

-23,296 meals were served in 2012 by the Salvation Army meal program, in the nature of decreasing hunger and promoting healthier families

-Temporary homes, financial literacy class, and intensive case management classes were provided to 16 households with 46 individuals.

-27,274 meals were served at senior dining sites in Freeborn County and 6,840 meals were delivered to resident’s homes who are otherwise unable to drive or have access to nutritious food

-82 people were served by Chore Services, which prevent senior injuries and keeps people in their homes longer

-717 respite hours and 726 volunteer hours were provided for caregivers, as well as caregiver  support groups

-695 seniors were educated on making decisions  concerning everyday issues

-93 families, which includes 109 children and 10 pregnant mothers, offering 6 group activities,  addressing basic care, health, nutrition, safety, play, parenting concerns, temperaments, discipline, parental empathy, cues and communication to help build a healthier parent-child relationship.