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United Way Thanks to Mower County for donations

By Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt

Fall has officially begun and here at United Way staff and community volunteers are busy raising funds to support quality local programming. Thank you to all the residents of Mower County who have sent in their donations in support of United Way and the Mower County community. If you haven't donated yet, I encourage you to do so.

Donations to United Way change lives. Your 2006 donations impacted friends and neighbors. Here are just a few of the ways donations changed lives.

  • 55 Emergency Medical Technicians in Adams and Grand Meadow received training and certification so they could care for more than 150 community members.
  • 11,149 individuals received a nutritious meal when they had nothing to eat.
  • 253 Mower County residents received financial assistance for rent and mortgage assistance so they could stay in their homes.
  •  887 seniors received rides to and from medical appointments.
  •  297 individuals and their families received counseling so they could change unhealthy patterns.
  •  793 boys and 583 girls were given opportunities to learn leadership and community services.

It might not seem like a lot to you, but $4, $10, $20 or $50 can make a big difference in the lives of people in need. That $4 you spend on a special coffee drink can transport two children a day to and from preschool so they are ready to learn on their first day of kindergarten. Imagine what we could accomplish if we all gave $4 a pay period?
You can be confident that your donation stays local. Ninety-nine percent of donations stay in Mower County. United Way of Mower County is local, not a chapter of a national organization, governed by a board of 15 community members. Less than 1 percent is sent to United Way of America for use of logo, technical support and conference organization.

United Way of Mower County works hard to create change, bring people together around important community issues and deliver results.

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For a complete listing of all the quality programs United Way supports please log onto our Web site at www.uwmower.org.

This fall you’ll make the decision that makes all the difference in the world. A few extra dollars a pay period or a one time gift may not seem like much to you, but for many in our community it mean the difference between being hungry and being fed, between having a safe place to sleep or sleeping on the streets or being lifted up or falling through the cracks.

Please give. At United Way of Mower County we change lives.

Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt is the executive director of the United Way of Mower County.

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