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2011 Annual Report


Mower County is a better place; thanks to support from you, our donors, volunteers and community champions. Together we are working to address the most pressing needs in our community. In 2010 Mower County raised over $1 million dollars for the first time ever. A very exciting time for us all. And this year our community came through again with another record setting year. The typical annual report trumpets the accomplishments of an organization, but that only tells part of the story. United Way of Mower County is a strong and effective agent for community change because of the support of you—individual donors, organizations, volunteers. Take a few minutes to look through our Annual Report. Read about some of the initiatives underway in Mower County, the programs we fund and ways you can get even more involved with United Way. Thank you for your continued support of the United Way of Mower County.


The mission of the United Way of Mower County is to mobilize the caring power of communities.

united way Initiatives Get Fit /Be Fit 2012 Healthy Living Challenge 585 Get Fit Participants 91 Be Fit Participants 3,281.03 lbs lost 2012 Winners: Sassy Seven, No Bane No Gain, It Runs In The Family, Summit Bound, Tri-City Challengers, Spare Tires, Randy Smith & Nicole Shute

Pre-School Scholarships United Way and The Hormel Foundation continue to provide early childhood education to the most vulnerable in our community. Austin 19 Southland 16 Grand Meadow 11

LeRoy 8 Lyle 7

61 Scholarships Awarded 70 riders on Rainbow Route, 4 buses -2 morning, 2 afternoon

Get Fit/BE FIT Partners • YMCA • Mayo Clinic Health System Austin • KAAL-TV • Game People Play • Hy-Vee • Austin Post Bulletin • KAUS-AM Pre School Scholarship Partners • AMCAT • Area Preschools • The Welcome Center • SEMCAC • The Hormel Foundation Day of Caring Partners • Game People Play • KIMT-TV • Donut Connection • Austin HRA

Day of Caring The community continues to give not only financially but with their time to help those around us. Day of Caring is one day to give back to our neighbors. 192 volunteers 31 projects completed 223 lives changed


2011 Community Investments 2011 Funded Programs Health Improving and maintaining community members’ health Program EMT Training & Recertification Special Olympics Our Place Recreation Center Transportation Individual & Family Counseling Therapy Services Dental Services for Children General Crime Advocacy Domestic Violence Community Advocacy Sexual Assault Community Advocacy Peer Activity Group Equipment Lending Transportation Parents In Poverty & Transition Crisis Nursery Partnering with Parents Blood Services Health & Safety Charity Fund Domestic Abuse Intervention After School Program $1 Youth Membership

Agency Adams Ambulance ARC Mower County ARC Mower County ARC Mower County Catholic Charities Cedar Branch Children’s Dental Health Services Crime Victim’s Resource Center Crime Victim’s Resource Center Crime Victim’s Resource Center Mower Council for the Handicapped Mower Council for the Handicapped Mower County Senior Center Parenting Resource Center Parenting Resource Center Parenting Resource Center American Red Cross American Red Cross Wapiti Meadows CTS Wapiti Meadows CTS YMCA-Austin YMCA-Austin

Grant $ 4,500.00 $14,000.00 $28,050.00 $ 8,000.00 $ 7,000.00 $ 8,000.00 $24,000.00 $ 6,000.00 $13,000.00 $ 8,000.00 $ 1,500.00 $ 2,500.00 $ 2,800.00 $14,000.00 $18,000.00 $18,000.00 $10,000.00 $38,000.00 $22,000.00 $ 7,000.00 $20,000.00 $30,000.00

In 2011 United Way funded 49 programs and 21 agencies. There were 4 new programs awarded grants. Community Investment Volunteers review all program grants and listen to agency presentations on each program. Community Investment panels are current United Way of Mower County donors. You can get involved with United Way by becoming a Community Investment Volunteer.



2011 Community investments 2011 Funded Programs Education Helping community members achieve their potential through programs that support quality education childcare, early childhood education, quality out of school programming and mentoring for youth, eliminating language barriers and providing lifelong learning opportunities. Child Care Scholarships Comprehensive Youth Development Social and Life Skills Leadership Experience Circle of Friends Day Camp Community Explorations Mower County Mentoring Senior Programming Specialty Library

Apple Lane Childcare Boys Scouts Cedar Branch Girl Scouts of MN & WI River Valleys Hormel Historic Home Hormel Historic Home Mower County Mower County Senior Center Parenting Resource Center

$20,000.00 $20,000.00 $ 3,785.00 $15,000.00 $10,000.00 $10,000.00 $12,000.00 $ 5,000.00 $ 5,000.00

Income Provide for community members’ basic needs and promote financial stability and independence through programming that supports decreasing hunger, maintaining and securing affordable housing, easing utility costs, building savings and increasing earnings, helping people obtain job training and family sustaining wages. Advocacy Immigration Services Thrift Shop Work Program Transportation Extended Employment Advocacy CHORE Advocacy Disaster Services Personal Care Shelf Emergency Lodging Rent/Utility Assistance Community Meals Government Benefits Financial Coaching Advocacy & Client Services Financial Assistance

ARC Mower County Catholic Charities Cedar Branch Cedar Branch Cedar Branch Cedar Valley Services Mower Council for the Handicapped Mower County Senior Center Mower County Senior Center American Red Cross American Red Cross Salvation Army Salvation Army Salvation Army Southern MN Regional Legal Services Wapiti Meadows CTS Welcome Center YMCA-Austin

$ 9,700.00 $ 5,000.00 $ 3,785.00 $ 4,326.00 $ 3,090.00 $28,464.00 $42,000.00 $ 8,000.00 $30,000.00 $40,000.00 $10,000.00 $20,000.00 $60,000.00 $30,000.00 $15,000.00 $18,000.00 $35,000.00 $10,500.00 4

LETTER TO COMMUNITY Dear United Way Supporters, Wow! What can we say? Another record breaking year here at United Way and we couldn’t do it without you. This time of year we get to look back and reflect and we are so pleased of our accomplishments and what the future holds for United Way and the community. Fall 2011 brought another record setting campaign. Thanks to all the corporate donors, employee solicitors and individuals donors who put their trust into United Way year after year. Although we didn’t make our goal of $1.1 million we did surpass the 2010 campaign. This is truly a testament to the caring power of our community. United Way invested $780,000 into 49 community programs that focus on the building blocks of a good life; education, income and health. Thanks to all our donor volunteers who spent hours reading and interviewing program representatives before making their recommendations. This process allows our donors to learn more about the quality programs in our community and keeps programs accountable for grant dollars. Six month and annual reports are reviewed by volunteers. In addition to raising money, United Way continues to focus on making real impact in our community. Through our initiatives and partnerships we made real change in people’s lives. Here’s how: •

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Sixty-one (61) four year olds are attending pre-school county wide on a United Way scholarship. Sixty-nine (69) children receive transportation to and from pre-school on the Rainbow Route daily. Both the scholarship program and the Rainbow Route would not be possible without the support of the Hormel Foundation and AMCAT. Three hundred seventy six (376) children received a new or slightly used coat from the United Way Community Outerwear Drive. Children also received hats, mittens, snowpants, scarves and boots when available. Thanks to all our incredible donors for their support in keeping children warm. Over six hundred and seventy individuals (676 to be exact) formed teams and committed themselves to living a healthier lifestyle through the Get Fit and Be Fit Healthy Living challenges. We had a cold, but dry day for our 6th annual Day of Caring. One hundred twenty nine (129) volunteers helped their community members with projects such as window washing, brush removal, painting and general fix up projects.

United Way Board of Directors embarked on a strategic planning process in November of 2011. This process included several community conversations and two board retreats. The plan is being finalized and United Way Board Members will start conversations with the community to gain feedback on the DRAFT plan before finalizing. A lot of work has gone into this plan and it is our hope that it reflects the priorities of the community. On behalf of the entire United Way Board of Directors thank you for your contribution and support. It allows us to advance the common good in our community. Claude Pulliam -Board President Mandi Lighthizer-Schmdt -Executive Director


2011 board and volunteers

United Way of Mower County Board of Directors Executive Committee Claude Pulliam-President Paul Kuehneman-Vice President Cathy Hirst-Treasurer Scott Aakre-Secretary Chad Sayles-Community Investment Chair

Members At Large Diane Baker Katie Baskin Katy Bordwell Kathy Borland Didacus Guzman Kelly Lady Kristi Stasi Trish Wiechmann

Finance Committee Members Diane Petrik Duane Feragen Kathy Stencel Cathy Hirst

United Way of Mower County Staff Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt Executive Director Melissa Riles Administrative Assistant Chris Grev Marketing Specialist

Community Investment volunteers serve 2 weeks during March. They listen to all presentations of agencies requesting grants, review budgets and recommend awards for the coming year. Katie Baskin Virginia Bissen Katy Bordwell Nicole Cizik Keith Downey Melanie Faust John Gray Erin Haag Mike Haag Fred Halvin Jana Haynes Cathy Hirst Corrine Hjelmen Alice Holst David Juhlke Jill King Paul Kuehneman Kelly Lady Larry Lyons Jay Lutz Daniel Miller Chad Sayles Chad Soukup Bob Stratton Dan Wiechmann Trish Wiechmann

Thank you to our Community Investment volunteers. We appreciate your time and dedication to United Way of Mower County.


2011 Financials United Way of Mower County, Inc. Treasurer's Report Fiscal Year - April 2011-March 2012 Income Cash Income - Campaign 2009 Cash Income - Campaign 2010 Cash Income - Campaign 2011 Pledge Income - Campaign 2009 Pledge Income - Campaign 2010 Pledge Income - Campaign 2011 Pledge Income - Campaign 2012 Get Fit Coat Drive Cookbook Fundraiser Day of Caring Hormel Foundation - Directors Fees Hormel Foundation - Other Investment Interest Checking Interest Memorials Misc. Income 2-1-1 Income Success By 6 Total Income Administrative Expense Annual Meeting/Victory Party Benefits Campaign Expense Campaign Postage Credit Card/Stock Fees Community Investment Expense Conference & Training Equipment & Maintenance Federal Withholding Phone/Internet General Postage Gross Payroll Marketing Medicare Mileage Misc. Expense MN Sales Tax MN State Withholding Occupancy Insurance Office Supplies Officers & Directors Liability Insurance Professional Audit Fees 7

$24.00 $1,054.00 $157,410.00 -$833.00 -$373.00 $570,826.00 $246,000.00 $12,544.00 $4,690.00 $30.00 $100.00 $9,400.00 $9,000.00 $3,456.00 $18.00 $40.00 $191.00 $6,000.00 $106,740.00 $1,126,317.00

$1,532.00 $3,260.00 $5,629.00 $1,244.00 $1,040.00 $874.00 $9,200.00 $8,075.00 -$33.00 $3,033.00 $483.00 $110,950.00 $7,335.00 $1,743.00 $363.00 $489.00 $2.00 $17.00 $401.00 $1,750.00 $1,763.00 $4,425.00

Rent Rotary 2-1-1 Expense Social Security State Association Dues. Strategic Planning Subscriptions Tech Support UWW Dues Water Workers Compensation Policy Total Administrative Expense

$17,640.00 $600.00 $70.00 $7,300.00 $750.00 $6,590.00 $351.00 $2,024.00 $10,209.00 $175.00 $578.00 $209,862.00

Community Investment Awards Adams Area Ambulance American Red Cross Apple Lane Arc Mower County Catholic Charities Cedar Branch DAC Cedar Valley Services Children's Dental Health Service Crime Victim's Resource Center Holy Cross Hormel Historic Home Mayo Clinic Austin - Mower Refreshed Mower Council for the Handicapped Mower County Mentoring Mower County Seniors Parenting Resource Center River Trails Girl Scouts Salvation Army SEMCAC Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Twin Valley Boy Scouts Wapiti Meadows Welcome Center YMCA Total Community Investment Expense

$5,000.00 $50,000.00 $25,000.00 $65,000.00 $13,000.00 $26,407.00 $30,000.00 $29,000.00 $27,000.00 $5,000.00 $18,000.00 $5,000.00 $46,000.00 $12,000.00 $46,600.00 $67,300.00 $14,000.00 $90,000.00 $28,065.00 $16,000.00 $15,000.00 $46,000.00 $36,628.00 $64,000.00 $780,000.00

United Way Special Initiatives Expense Success By 6 Get Fit Mower County Day of Caring Coat Drive Community Assessment Women's Leadership Initiative Total Special Initiatives Expense

$93,588.00 $10,359.00 $512.00 $4,961.00 $682.00 $275.00 $110,377.00

Total Expense Net Income

Our money stays right here in Mower County. We work with and support our local business community.

$1,100,239.00 $26,078.00


leaders in giving Denotes Loyal Contributor of $500 or more for the past 5 consecutive years


SILVER - $1,000-$1,499

$10,000 or more

Two Anonymous Donors Randy & Janet Arhart Thor & Merrilyn Berg Fred & Carolyn Bogott Laura Brock Diane Eagen Christopher Erickson Tim & Kathy Fritz Jeffrey & Chris Grev Ward & Dixie Halvorson Richard & Karen Herreid Lance & Sharon Hoefflin Amos Huntley Kevin & Cynthia Johnson Ken & Sue Kay Peter & Jill King Kenneth Knutson Bryan & Muriel Kreske Paul & Kari Kuehneman Greg & Lynee Larson Katherine Losness-Larson James & Janice Mino Joseph & Rachel Muzik Matthew & Jennifer Payne Joseph & Erin Peine Tonia Peters Joel Reiman Holly Reiter James & Jeanne Sheehan Tammy Smith Chad & Michelle Soukup Mary Svoboda Ford & Mary Symonds Peter & Bonnie Tangren Kelly & Mary Wadding Daniel Wiechmann Lester Wold Richard & Carol Young

Jeffrey & LeeAnn Ettinger

DIAMOND - $5,000-$9,999 Scott & Kristin Aakre Duane & Jody Feragen Carlton & Gina Frank I.J. Holton Gary & Pat Ray

PLATINUM - $2,000-$4,999 Four Anonymous Donors Joseph & Renee Accurso Jerry & Lynn Adwell Leonard & Corrine Astrup Geoff & Diane Baker Glenn & Sally Baker Greg & Amy Baskin Steve & Debbie Binder Kevin & Deanna Brady Mark & Tammy Coffey Thomas Day Roland & Cynthia Gentzler Daniel & Sherri Hartzog Scott & Jana Haynes Brian & Rita Hendrickson Joel & Beth Johnson David & Ann Juhlke R.L. & Nancy Knowlton Randall & Wendy Kramer Phillip & Gail Minerich Dove Mullins Chad & Laura Sayles Richard & Belita Schindler ď€ Mahlon & Karen Schneider James & Jann Schroeder Kathleen Sherman William & Julie Snyder James & Vicki Splinter Larry & Debra Vorpahl Tom & Trish Wiechmann

GOLD - $1,500-$1,999


Two Anonymous Donors David & Barb Agerter Joseph & Ledwina Beasley Daniel & Rita Darveaux Michael & Peggy Devine Bryan & Denise Farnsworth Ron & Kathy Fielding Jim & Joanne Huntting Roger & Karen Kruger Jim & Tammy Snee Robert & Colleen Weimer

TITANIUM - $750-$999 Five Anonymous Donors Curtis & Greta Anderson Jon & Lindsay Boehlke Tracy & Anne Brown Kenneth & Ann Christianson Mark & Crystal Connor Keith Downey Max & Melanie Faust Richard & Naomi Gabrielson Melvin Gilbertson Didacus & Kim Guzman Fred & Tracy Halvin Dominic Janning Tom & Sherry Klein

Kevin & Patricia Kroymann Jodi Krueger Vernon Lippert Layne Martin Robb McKay Dan & Kelli Miller Nathan & Jennifer Moriarty Gary & Rebecca Rector Mark Roberts Jeremy Rummel Scott & Joshlyn Schlichter Diane Schneider Thomas & Tammy Schultz Patrick & Beth Schwab Dean & Leanna Seeck Brett & Jennifer Sims Walter & Patricia Stevens Michael Vogt John & Mary Weikum Russell & Donna Welsh

BRONZE - $500-$749 11 Anonymous Donors Mark & April Aase Dean & Chera Ahles Duane Allport Antonio & Mary Sue Alonso Cody Anderson Nicole Anderson Jewell Andree Trevor Andree Brian & Jill Andrews Brandon Atkinson Jeffrey & Diane Baker Adam & Cortney Bally Ronalee Bandel Michael Bartlett Jason & Katie Baskin Josh & Heidi Becker Justin Befort Michael Belter Dan Bender Eric Blankenship Richard & Carol Boerger Corwyn Bollum Steven Borgerding Kelly Braaten Brianne Brede Brent & Lori Brehmer Shawn Brissett Howard Brockman Frank & Astrid Brown Thomas Brown Richard & Marianne Brucker

John Bungum Jerry Cannon Jonathan Caporale Eduardo Cardenas Bradley Carlton Bill & Kristina Carroll Mike & Rebekah Case Fred Chamberlain Andrew & Sherry Chesak Robert & Connie Christiansen Erik Christianson Richard & Donna Christianson Mark Christopherson David & Tammy Churchill Mathew & Nicole Cizik Jeffrey & Rebecca Clark Ryan and Missy Cline Dean & Wendy Conner LaQuisha Cook Cassandra Corrigan David & Mary Crandall Webb & Linda Davis Tip Dei Aaron & Melissa DeJong Dawn Dennison Andrew Deveza Jason Doherty Brent Drescher Dave & Julie Drommerhausen Kimberly Duncomb Elton & Stacy Edland Heidi Edwards Daniel Eggers Michael Elit Jeffrey Eng Michael & Karen Farrand David Feierer Kelsey Field Victoria Filippini Richard & Ann Flisrand Joseph Fochs Michael Forbes Karen Fuerstenberg Ambrosio Garcia Heath & Allison Garey Anna Good Glee Goodner Bruce Gorman John & Terry Gray Jacob Greenman Linda Haas Nathan & Amy Hajek Keith & Susan Hanson

leaders in giving Denotes Loyal Contributor of $500 or more for the past 5 consecutive years

BRONZE - $500-$749 Thomas Hardy Dorothy Hatten Christy Heickley Dale & Dawn Helgeson Cory Hernandez Mayra Hernandez Salazar Alberto Hernandez Vargas Inman & Lois Hesla Alice Holst Stephen & Mary Holtorf Kermit & Ruth Hoversten Neal Hull Tyler Hulsebus Jacob Santos Peter Jacobs & Ann Hokanson Julie Jax Daniel Jennings Steven & Chris Jensen Samuel Jewell Brian & Ann Johnson Hilma Johnson Michael Kadrie Eric Kahle Angela Kasel John Kempen Corey Kleeberger Keith & Mary Kleis Stephen Kneeskern Charles & Char Knopik Jerry Kraemer Travis Krebsbach Nancy Krouse Frank & Monica Kubesh Craig & Kelly Lady Cha Lar David & Patricia Larson Paw Lay Jeffrey & Tasha Linkous Scott Long Matthew & Rebecca Lubensky Lissette Luna Joseph & Kimberlee Maccani Lori Marco Angelique Maricle Wayne & Cindy Marquardt Scott & Jodie Marsh Patrice McAfee Erin McClimon Ryan McVeigh Len & Karina Mensink Dustin Mercado

Joshua Meyer Darryl & Deborah Mickelsen Todd & Maria Mickelson Harold Miller Jerome & Carrie Miller Steven Miller Terry & Theresa Miller Joseph & Joyce Mlinar Chanda Moeun Mohamed Mohamed Eh Moo Gabriela Marceleno Morales Mark & Hiedy Morey Jeffrey & Amy Morrison James Mueller Patrick & Holly Murphy Kevin Myers Mathew Neisen Ralph & Gail Nelson Mark Nibaur Rodney & Mary Nordeng Thomas & Sarah Nuss Mark & Jane Oberbroeckling Susan Ollman Jeffrey Olson Nathaniel Olson Steven & Brenda Orcutt Russ & Vicki Osier Robby Osmonson David Ostman Paul Peil Steven Perthel Ralph & Judith Pesonen Todd & Jill Peterson Mark & Diane Petrik Kurt & Brenda Potach Sean Preston Claude & Danielle Pulliam Christopher Purdue Eldon Quam Chetan & Rae Dawn Rao William Rasell Diann Rauen Adam Rayman Thomas Raymond Adam & Rhoda Rees Timothy & Bonnie Rietz Cade Roberts Joni Roehl Rodney & Susan Ryks Eugene & Phyllis Sammon

Jeremy & Mandi Schmidt Curtis Schneider Matthew & Michelle Schultz Lisa Selk Katherine Shapinsky Amy Sheehan Brice & Maegan Siebe Andrew Smith Thomas & Donna Smith Daniel Spurling Matt & Kristi Stasi Eric Steinbach Dean Steines Terry & Kathy Stencel Andrea Stetzer Joe Stewart Matthew Strampe Dorothy Stratton Monte & Diane Strouf Chad Swenson Bo Ta Kebede Tefera Matthew Thimjon Greg & Theresa Thoen Joshua Thorson Amanda Tiedemann Joshua & Erica Tweeten Eric & Deborah VanDenBerg Tamara Vanryswyk Jacob Vela Joshua Vogt Roger & Lisa Vos Ryan & Heather Vossler Derek & Joelle Voth Brian Wacholz Robert & Agnes Wahlert Elizabeth Walls Brian & Karla Weideman Joseph Welke Gary Westland Mark Willrodt Eric Winters Eh Yar Fortino Zarate Jesus Zarate

CORPORATE LEADERS IN GIVING LA SOCIETE NATIONALE $100,000-$249,000 The Hormel Foundation DIAMOND - $5,000-$9,999 Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin International Paper

PLATINUM - $2,000-$4,999 McFarland Truck Lines Quality Pork Processors GOLD - $1,500-$1,999 Accentra Credit Union Austin Rotary Club SILVER - $1,000-$1,499 Freeborn Mower Coop Services Target Stores of Austin

TITANIUM - $750-$999 Hill, Larson, Walth & Benda, P.A.

BRONZE - $500-$749 Austin Daily Herald Bollingberg Chiropractic Fuhrman Real Estate Hoversten, Johnson, Beckmann & Hovey Kiwanis Early Risers Nelson Family Dental PLLC Post Bulletin US Bank


United Way of Mower County would like to extend a special thank you to the following businesses and individuals for in-kind support and contributions to United Way. We are grateful for the wonderful partnerships we have with the Mower County community.

in kind donations Apollo Liquor Austin Daily Herald Austin HRA Austin Post Bulletin Austin Public Library Austin Public Schools Christopher Lee Photography Diamond Ridge Printing Donut Connection Games People Play Hardy Geranium Hy-Vee Food Stores KAAL 6 News First KAUS AM/FM Radio KIMT News Channel 3 Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin Oak Park Mall Matt Steiner of msteinerweb YMCA of Austin Welcome Center Younkers

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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011