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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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United Way supports 211, a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Neighborhood Resource Centers

United Way believes that supporting parents will reduce stress at home and improve children’s chances for long-term education and employment. To do so, United Way has developed Neighborhood Resource Centers where Community Resource Navigators are employed to help families find employment, access affordable childcare, utilize emergency basic needs services, negotiate legal issues, resolve outstanding medical bills, and register for insurance.

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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 is improving people’s lives.

2019-2021 United Way Investments

  • Early Childhood Mental Health Services – The Village Family Service Center
  • Food Distribution & Delivery – Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP) / City of St. Cloud
  • Simply Good Cooking – Cooking Matters – ReachUp Headstart
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Tri-CAP – TriCAP
  • Academic Support and Mentoring Program – Community Grassroots Solutions
  • ARISE (A Recreational Inclusion Support Endeavor) – St. Cloud Area School District #742 Community Education
  • CAREERone – Career Solutions
  • Community Led Solutions – Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota
  • Early Literacy Project – Milestones
  • Family & Caregiver Support – The Arc of MN
  • Foster Grandparent – Catholic Charities
  • Girl Scouts in Action – Girl Scouts Of MN & WI Lakes & Pines
  • Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive – Milestones
  • Kidstop & Club Scholarships – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
  • Kindergarten Transition – ReachUp, Inc
  • Latino Parent Child Group/La Fuerza de Los Padres – ROCORI School District
  • Leadership Pathway Scholarships – Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes & Pines
  • Mentoring & Life Skills Development – Central Minnesota Youth for Christ
  • MN Reading Corps in St. Cloud – ServeMinnesota
  • Project Learn – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
  • School Youth Program & Life Choices – Anna Marie’s Alliance
  • Scoutreach – Central MN Council – Boy Scouts of America
  • Strengthening Families – 10 District Collaborative
  • Youth Development Scholarships – St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
  • Young Learners – Catholic Charities
  • Youth Mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota
  • Youth Services – Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center
Financial Stability
  • CareerONE – Career Solutions
  • Child Care Liaison – Milestones
  • Community Garden Leaders – Central Minnesota Sustainability Project
  • Employment Services & Career Education – Avivo
  • Financial and Housing Counseling – Catholic Charities
  • Home Owner Education – Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity
  • Hope Community Support – Catholic Charities
  • Housing Build – Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity
  • Legal Services – Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Money Matters – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
  • Providing Real Opportunities for Financial Independence & Training (PROFIT) – Independent Lifestyles
  • Self Sufficiency Program – Tri-CAP
  • Senior LinkAge Line – Central MN Council on Aging
  • Support & Advocacy for Independent Living (SAIL) – Catholic Charities
  • Third Age University – Whitney Senior Center/City of St. Cloud
Community Safety Net
  • Church of the Week – Place of Hope Ministries
  • Club Meal Program & Healthy Habits – Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota
  • CROSS Center Food Shelf – CROSS Center of Benton County
  • Community Meal Program – Helping Hands Outreach
  • Domus Transitional Housing – Catholic Charities
  • Emergency Services Financial Assistance Program
  • Emergency Services Food Shelf – CROSS Center of Benton County
  • Emergency. Shelter – Anna Marie’s Alliance
  • Emergency Shelter – The Salvation Army
  • Food Pantry – The Salvation Army
  • Home Delivered Meals – St. Cloud Hospital
  • Rivercrest – Center City Housing
  • Senior Dining Meals on Wheels – Catholic Charities
  • St. Cloud Area Crisis Nursery – Lutheran Social Services
  • Summer Food Service – The Yes Network
  • Supportive Housing for Youth (SHY) – Catholic Charities
  • Youth House – Catholic Charities