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Programming we are behind

When you invest in United Way of Central Minnesota, you also invest in community services dedicated to addressing our community’s most critical human service issues. As well as supporting partner programs, United Way of Central Minnesota has internal initiatives and services to help create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. Our mission is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of Central Minnesota.

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Imagination Library

Enrolled children receive a new, age-appropriate book sent to their home each month from birth until their fifth birthday. The program is offered to families at no cost and is entirely funded by donations from families, corporations, grants and fundraisers in Central Minnesota.

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Our Funded Programs

United Way of Central Minnesota partners with local community partner agencies to support nearly 70 programs that work to achieve at least one of our focus areas to improve the health, education, and financial stability, for every person in Central Minnesota.

We invest millions of dollars from individuals and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community. These local community partners open their programs and budgets to intense review by our community investment process volunteers and United Way staff. We ensure community partners align efforts, progress is measured, work is facilitated and evaluated, and everyone remains focused on the shared vision. Targeted program outcomes and results drive our funding decisions and are critical to understanding how your investment improves people’s lives.

2022-2023 United Way Investments


• SMART Moves Prevention Programs - Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota

• Central MN Foster Grandparent Program - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

• CVT St. Cloud - Center for Victims of Torture

• Mental Health Counseling for Dementia Patients, Partners, Caregivers, & Family Members - Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network

• Social and Community Engagement - Central MN Council on Aging

• Children’s Targeted Case Management - Central MN Mental Health Center

• St. Cloud Area Child Response Initiative - Central MN Mental Health Center

• Whitney Wellness & Healthy Aging: Reducing Social Isolation & Loneliness - City of St. Cloud Whitney Senior Center

• Kindergarten Mental Health Skills - St. Cloud Area School District 742

• Expanding Support to Caregivers to Enhance Children’s Mental Health - Ellison Center

• Spirited Adventures - Greater Minnesota Family Services

• Parent Enrichment - St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

• Children’s Behavioral Health - The Village Family Service Center

  • Align After-School Help - Align Learning Center

  • Youth Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota

  • CareerSTART Workforce Development Program - Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota

  • KIDSTOP & Club Scholarship Program - Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota

  • Rise Up Youth Leadership Initiative - Brothers & Sister United International

  • CareerONE - Career Solutions

  • Building a SPACE for African Students’ Success - Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization

  • Mentoring & Life-Skills Development - Central MN Youth for Christ

  • Child Care Support - Milestones

  • Equity Through Play - Great River Children’s Museum

  • Youth Identity Development via Theatre Education -GREAT Theatre

  • “Cats and Rats; Reading and Math!” - Local Education & Activities Foundation (LEAF)

  • Positive Youth Development - Promise Neighborhood of Central MN

  • Kindergarten Transition Services to Enrolled Families - Reach-Up Inc.

  • Dreamline Student Success Program - The Sanneh Foundation

  • Building Equity through Youth Leadership - Yes Network

  • Ready 2 Win - Too Much Talent

Financial Stability
  • Financial and Housing Counseling Program - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

  • Homeowner Services and Education - Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity

  • Child Care Liaison - Milestones

  • Immigrant Services - Friends of Career Solutions

  • P.R.O.F.I.T (Providing Real Opportunities for Financial Independence and Training) - Independent Lifestyles

  • Building Financial and Housing Stability while Supporting Healthy, Stable, Safe Communities - Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid-St. Cloud

  • Financial Education/Counseling & Volunteer Income Tax Assistance - Tri-County Action Program

  • Emergency Travel Voucher Program - ConnectAbility of MN

Community Safety Net
•Domestic Violence Shelter - AnnaMarie’s Alliance
• Emergency Services (Food Shelf & Financial Assistance), DOMUS, Youth House, Senior Dining, Meals on Wheels, SHY - Catholic Charities

• Youth Meal Program - Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota

• Sexual Assault Advocacy & Intake - Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center

• Senior Linkage Line - Central Minnesota Council on Aging

• Food Shelf - CROSS Center Food Shelf of Benton County

• Crisis Nursery - Lutheran Social Services

• Church of the Week - Place of Hope Ministries

• Emergency Shelter and Meal program - Salvation Army

• Home Delivered Meals - St. Cloud Hospital

• Safety Around Water Instruction - St. Cloud Area Family YMCA