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Joelyn Barrett

Grants Specialist


What do you do at United Way of Central Minnesota? 

I was recently hired as the Community Child Care Coordinator.  Because of a gracious donation, United Way of Central Minnesota was able to commence the development of the Central Minnesota Child Care Response Fund including the implementation of this new position to assist in navigating the “community as a whole” through the intricacies of the child care crisis that has impacted so many.  The Community Child Care Coordinator will act as the liaison (in collaboration with key community cohorts) to support the business community (organizations, non-profits, private entities and families alike) as the oracle strategist in identifying applicable resources and/or key child care service delivery model solutions.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Implementing outreach within the community while assisting families, non-profits, and businesses alike as we work together in developing solutions to help in rectifying the child care crisis that has drudgingly become a community-wide problem.

Favorite Quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”  attributed by Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi

Your top favorite Podcast/Book?

The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Teaching fitness classes, gardening, crafting, spending time with my husband touring (motorcycling) various cities within Minnesota, fishing in northern MN and Canada, snowmobiling, cross country skiing

What is one thing on your bucket list? 

Celebrating Octoberfest in Germany