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Missouri Slope Areawide United Way

2014 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY


It’s a credo. A mission. A goal. A constant reminder that when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.

Bobcat-Doosan team members pack bags for the United Way Backpack Program.


A MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

I had the privilege of having a foster child live with me for over half of this school year – a beautiful, talented, young girl full of life and potential. She won her first trophy, got her first 100 percent on an exam (two, actually), and volunteered for the first time. While an extremely rewarding experience, it did not come without its challenges. For me, it was a brief glimpse into the life of a single mom. I was trying to juggle a more than full-time job, while still making time to help with homework, drive her to activities, provide healthy meals (at which I failed miserably), and most importantly, be available and present when a child needs you the most.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 03 Letter from the Director 04 What We Do 05 Priority Issues 06 Education 08 Income 10 Health 12 Nonprofit Strengthening 13 Events 17 Leadership 19 2014 Campaign 20 Awards 21 Hero Recognition 27 Sponsors 28 2015 Agency Allocations 29 2015 Event Calendar Missouri Slope Areawide United Way p: 701.255.3601 515 N 4th Street Bismarck, ND 58501 msaunitedway.org Jena Gullo Executive Director jgullo@msaunitedway.org

I can’t help but think about the more than 45 percent of young children who have single parents that are living in poverty in Bismarck-Mandan, and how much harder life is for them. I have supports that are just a phone call away. Many of us are blessed to have a good job, reliable income, and a stable home. I’m convinced that without these supports and strong relationships in my life, the struggles I faced would be magnified, and the child would ultimately suffer. This weighs heavily on my heart and on the hearts of our board members, donors, agencies and volunteers, along with other pressing issues you have identified. We believe that all children in our community should have the opportunity to succeed. All seniors deserve to live independent and fulfilled lives. All people have the right to live free of abuse and feel safe in their homes. Together, we are working to build a strong and healthy community for all. United Way targets your gifts to address pressing issues in our community. For example, we found that 71 percent of Bismarck-Mandan youth did not feel that they had a positive adult role model. So in 2014, you responded and started United Way’s Adopt-A-Classroom program. Together, with our partner agencies, we provided 3,198 students with mentors this past year, including classrooms adopted by local businesses at Will-Moore, Jeannette Myhre, and Saxvik Elementary. Despite our strong economy, we learned that one in 12 people experience hunger in North Dakota. To meet the need in our community, you responded by supporting United Way’s Backpack Program. YOU packed 7,032 backpacks, providing 42,192 meals to children who would otherwise go hungry over the weekends. YOU served 100,594 meals to help seniors maintain independence. You helped over 15,729 people in the fight against hunger. Together, we are targeting long-term solutions to change the underlying conditions for many people in our community. There are countless accomplishments and impressive stats and stories from our partnerships this past year. Our results are YOUR results. Thank you for Living United.

Jena Gullo, MSA United Way Executive Director

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UNITED FOR THE COMMON GOOD What does it mean to work toward collective impact? It means establishing broad community goals, focusing on long-term community-wide solutions, and striving to create change throughout the entire community, not just isolated areas. Collective impact means targeting interventions to address problems early on, before they get out of hand. It means emphasizing the role of measurable results in decision-making, and not judging success based on stories or public perception. Based on input from donors and local partners, as well as the experiences of others, United Way developed Impact Initiatives that focus on the building blocks of life for all people: Education, Income and Health. We’re not alone in believing that our whole community thrives when people have a quality education, sufficient income, and good health. Research shows that education is linked to fewer crimes, better physical and mental health, and greater tolerance for others. Having enough income ensures people can end the cycle of 2014 Campaign Co-Chair Vern Dosch addresses attendees of a press financial dependency and focus on the important things – like their families and future conference on LIVE UNITED Day. aspirations. Good health generates success in school, contributes to job stability, and decreases complications during the aging process. Each building block is closely intertwined. Since 2012, United Way has been realigning its work in the community to focus on these key areas. While basic needs services are also supported, United Way is committed to proactively working to fix causes, not symptoms. For the area of education, that means helping foster environments that encourage children to flourish, not ones that are huge obstacles to success. That means providing research-based tutoring for children to read proficiently by fourth grade, instead of trying to help youth survive after they’ve dropped out of school, something that’s four times more likely to happen if they don’t hit that benchmark . For the area of income, working toward collective impact means targeting interventions to help people overcome barriers to sustaining employment, a key step to self-sufficiency, instead of providing endless Band-Aids. For our health initiative, collective impact means working to make sure hunger doesn’t hold anyone back from well-being and independence. It means making sure everyone, including low-income and senior community members, has the opportunity to improve their health. These are a few examples of how United Way is working to bring people and resources together to address community needs in the most effective and efficient ways possible. Continue reading to learn more about the impact of your investment in United Way.

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Research · Needs Assessments · Listening · Research · Needs Assessments · Listening · Research · Needs Assessments · Listening · Research · Needs Assess-

ASSESS NEEDS

Education · Income · Health · Education · Income · Health · Education · Income · Health · Education · Income ·

INVEST RESOURCES Nonprofits · Government · Schools · Volunteers · Individuals · Nonprofits · Government · Schools · Volunteers · Individuals · Nonprofits

DEVELOP STRATEGIES

Wraparound · Self-sufficiency · Support · Skill building · Wraparound · Selfsufficiency · Support · Skill building · Wrap-

CREATE SOLUTIONS

We’ve partnered with local agencies, government entities, schools, and individuals who bring expertise and understanding to meet needs in our area. By addressing the underlying causes, we can create long-term, sustainable solutions to local issues.

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IMPROVE LIVES

2014 Report to the Community


PRIORITY ISSUES

OUR COMMUNITIES

STRATEGIES FOR

TOGETHER, WE’RE

WHY WE

EDUCATION

More than 35 percent of lowincome students in Bismarck and Mandan are not meeting third grade reading proficiency levels. Research indicates that failure to reach this benchmark makes children four times less likely to graduate on time.*

• Quality mentoring, tutoring and reading programs target students at risk of falling behind. • Case managers work to strengthen families - ensuring that children have the support they need to succeed in school.

• 3,198 at-risk students worked with mentors and tutors through United Way programs. • 93 families worked with United Way funded case managers this school year.

• Producing more graduates will ensure our community’s economic competitiveness.* • Ensuring that students stay on track, saves us right now. Each additional year of education costs $11,420.*

INCOME

Fourteen percent of children in our area are living in poverty. That number rises to 45 percent for young children living with a single parent and 84 percent for Native American children.*

• Removing barriers so individuals can find employment or improve their employment status. • Supplement needs for individuals working toward self-sufficiency and those in crisis.

• 368 individuals received services that reduced barriers to employment. • 168 individuals found employment.

• By breaking the cycle of poverty we can create opportunities for future generations. • One year of homelessness costs taxpayers $30,000.*

HEALTH

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way is a community-driven organization dedicated to advancing the common good and preserving the good quality of life we know and love in the Bismarck-Mandan community. We know that when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. When a child learns to read, we all benefit by the future contribution that child makes to our society. When families stand on their own, they become a foundation for future generations. When our neighbors live healthy lives, we improve the overall quality of life in our community. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

More than 13,000 individuals in Burleigh County rely on food pantries to meet their nutritional requirements. One in five children in Bismarck-Mandan is food insecure.*

• Supporting programs that target specific populations with nutritional needs.

• The United Way Backpack Program ensured nearly 500 students are food secure. • 100,594 home-delivered and congregate meals helped 1,939 seniors remain independent.

• Good health is the foundation for a quality life. • Poor health, especially for aging adults, can have devastating financial ramifications. One year in a Bismarck nursing home costs $90,936.*

MOST PRESSING ISSUES

IMPROVEMENT

MAKING PROGRESS

CARE

* Sources available at msaunitedway.org.

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Students love to work with and show adults what they’ve learned. Having the United Way Women’s Leadership Circle volunteers make connections with students has been very beneficial.

- Linnett Schmidkunz, Saxvik Elementary Principal

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EDUCATION Recent local data indicates that more than 35 percent of low-income students are not meeting third grade reading proficiency benchmarks. Research shows that they are four times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers. United Way wants to ensure that children are prepared for school, receive the support they need to stay on track, and graduate from high school on time. Additionally, a special initiative, identified by United Way’s education taskforce, coordinates supportive services to address concerns of low-income students and families at local elementary schools.

2014 Report to the Community


79,752 books were sent to the homes of preschoolers to support early learning and foster parent-child interaction.

UNITED FOR STUDENT SUCCESS

OUR WORK IN EDUCATION

This school year, 93 families worked with United Way case managers to create stable environments for their children.

329 suspended or expelled students were able to get back on track through out-of-school learning, counseling and working with tutors and mentors.

WLC member Teresa Chrest volunteers in a kindergarten class at Saxvik Elementary. 3,198 students improved skills and learned positive behaviors working with caring tutors and mentors.

Collectively, 1,807 students achieved positive outcomes through United Way’s Education Initiative in 2014.

WLC Steps it up for Students

WHY IT MATTERS • • • • •

Suspended or expelled students are six times more likely to repeat a grade. Each time a student repeats a grade, it costs local tax payers $11,420. Students who aren’t proficient readers by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out. In a recent United Way needs assessment, 71 percent of local youth did not feel that they had a positive adult role model. On average, low-income children start kindergarten 12-14 months behind their peers in reading and development skills. Family instability is linked to problem behaviors and lower academic outcomes, even at an early age.

How can we make the greatest impact? It’s not a simple question, but the answer seemed clear to the United Way Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC) after a Day of Caring project connected them to needs at Saxvik Elementary. This past August, WLC members spent a day organizing classrooms and preparing materials for the upcoming school year. “When we were there, we all felt that we were contributing something to our community and the teachers were so appreciative,” commented Teresa Chrest.

The WLC Steering Committee immediately began discussions with school officials and identified Saxvik Elementary as a place where students could benefit from adult volunteers. “Students love to work with and show adults what they’ve learned. Having the United Way Women’s Leadership Circle volunteers make connections with students has been very beneficial,” said Saxvik Elementary Principal Linnett Schmidkunz. This volunteer opportunity aligned perfectly with a local need identified by partner agencies, donors and United Way’s Need Assessment. The assessment reported that only 29 percent of youth in Bismarck-Mandan felt they had a positive adult role model. WLC Steering Committee Vice Chair Dorothy Lick explained “A goal identified this year was to have even more contact with kids and be involved in a more hands-on way.” Continued on page 26

2015 EDUCATION INITIATIVE PARTNERS Big Brothers Big Sisters · Bis-Man Transit · Bridging the Dental Gap · Charles Hall Youth Services · Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota · Missouri Valley Family YMCA · Missouri River Educational Coop. · Neighbors Network · RSVP+ North Dakota · North Dakota Reading Corps. · The Village Family Service Center · Welcome House · Wilton Mentor Program · Youthworks

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OUR WORK IN INCOME Help is just a Call Away Who do you call when you’re in crisis? Friends? Family? Maybe you can recall a time in college when your bank account ran dry and rent was due, perhaps a time you needed someone to talk to you about a relationship problem, or maybe you were just getting started on your own and the cupboards ran dry. Who did you turn to? Imagine if you didn’t have that friend or family member. Fortunately, thanks to your support of United Way, you can call 2-1-1.

UNITED FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY

FirstLink (2-1-1) is the go-to place to help people get connected to health and human services, alleviating frustration from people having to call multiple places that are not appropriate for their need. It saves agencies time and money by fielding numerous calls from people requesting services an agency doesn’t provide.

1,375 passes were used to help low-income workers, even shift workers, get to and from work.

“We help people who are having thoughts of suicide stay alive by working with them to develop and follow a safe plan. For example, a woman who deals with chronic thoughts of suicide calls anytime her urges increase and she needs de-escalation,” comments FirstLink Database and Resource Specialist Angie Hedstrom

168 people found and started jobs, an important step on the road to self-sufficiency.

FirstLink call specialists help individuals with mental illness get through the day. They’re a vital piece of the support network, a pointof-contact between therapy appointments, when formal supports may not be available. Hedstrom shares a few real-life examples of how 2-1-1 services benefit our community. “A gentleman struggling with schizophrenia calls to help stay focused with his daily goals. Another example, a woman who deals with a consistent urge to cut has developed FirstLink into her safe plan.” Anytime she has an urge to cut, she calls 2-1-1. The support has helped her refrain from self-injury for years. Continued on page 26

2015 INCOME INITIATIVE PARTNERS Abused Adult Resource Center · Aid, Inc. · American Red Cross - West Dakota Chapter · Bis-Man Transit · Charles Hall Youth Services · Missouri Valley Family YMCA · North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People · The Village Family Service Center · Youthworks

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Job training, resume assistance, financal counseling, transportation and childcare assistance reduced barriers to employment for 329 people, including victims of domestic violence, disaster and homeless youth.

Collectively, 522 individuals achieved positive outcomes through United Way’s Income Initiative in 2014.

In 2014, basic needs assistance was provided to 5,294 people, supporting retention of housing and employment.

WHY IT MATTERS • • •

In Burleigh County, the living income for a single parent with one child is $34,573. At minimum wage, an individual would have to work two full-time jobs to support a family of two. Despite our impressive unemployment rate, 14 percent of children living in our region are living in poverty. In Bismarck-Mandan, 45 percent of young children living with a single parent, live in poverty. This number rises to 84 percent for Native American children.

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INCOME

Recent community-level data, as well as donor and partner input, indicates that economic self-sufficiency is a critical issue in our area. United Way works to help address the root causes of financial instability. Research shows that one of the cornerstones of financial stability is family-sustaining employment. Individuals and families must have a steady source of income that covers the basics before they can make long-term financial decisions.

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HEALTH Healthy eating and physical activity are essential to good health. United Way works to remove barriers to eating healthy and staying active, to create healthier individuals and thriving communities. Together, we can combat the obesity rate in North Dakota. By reducing illnesses, we can cut everyone’s healthcare costs. That’s what it means to advance the common good in a way that builds opportunity for all.

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2014 Report to the Community


Nearly 1,000,000 meals helped reduce food insecurity and hunger in our region. Improving health and wellbeing for thousands.

UNITED FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

OUR WORK IN HEALTH

More than 100,000 homedelivered and congregate meals helped seniors remain healthy and independent while offering social engagement.

42,192 meals reduced instances of hunger and stress, and improved health and performance for local students.

3,540 volunteers logged 55,727 hours increasing well-being and saving our community an estimated $1.3 million.

Longtime RSVP+ volunteer Stephanie Wuitshick has been giving her time at Mandan Golden Age Services for 32 years. Collectively, 17,038 people achieved positive outcomes through United Way’s Health Initiative in 2014.

WHY IT MATTERS • • • •

Access to nutritious, home-delivered meals is one of the most significant factors in keeping aging adults healthy and independent. Sixty-one percent of seniors participating in the program say it allows them to remain in their home. One year in a Bismarck nursing home costs $90,936. The estimated annual out-of-pocket expense for Medicare recipients in good health is $6,600. With life expectancies in the 80’s, healthy aging is more important than ever. More than 13,000 individuals in Burleigh County rely on food pantries to meet their individual nutritional requirements. One in five children in Bismarck-Mandan is food insecure.

Collecting Her Dues Stephanie Wuitshick is quick to tell you how great the Mandan Senior Center is, but not so quick to tell you about herself, and she’s pretty great. Stephanie has been volunteering at the center for 32 years, and worked there for 25, 16 in the office and nine in the kitchen. If that’s not enough, she is the chairman of the Mandan Golden Age Club, a position she’s held for 28 years.

As chairman, she organizes a number of events including memorials for club members who pass away. Two days a week, she can be found working the front desk - a kind face, who more than likely knows your name. A typical shift includes greeting diners with a familiar smile as she takes the meal tickets. •

Yes, she’s very active and she likes it that way. “Volunteering keeps me busy, it keeps my mind clear. I’m turning 93 next month, I need to keep busy. That, and I really enjoy the people,” commented Wuitshick. About a year ago, Stephanie got an infection in her foot that led to a 17-day hospital stay. The issue has been plaguing her ever since. Some days she has difficulty getting around. After a more recent hospital stay, her doctor required that she find assistance in meeting a few basic needs before she could go home.

2015 HEALTH INITIATIVE PARTNERS Burleigh County Senior Adults Program · Great Plains Food Bank · Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota · Mandan Golden Age Services · Missouri Valley Family YMCA · RSVP+ North Dakota

Thankfully, the organization she had given so much to was there to give a little back. Continued on page 29

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NONPROFIT STRENGTHENING At MSA United Way, we’re all about finding solutions to our community’s challenges. To do this, it takes the concerted efforts of over 50 programs in our community. Because so many actors are involved in making this happen, we want to make sure that those “on the front lines” have all the support they need to succeed. As our community evolves, the needs of the nonprofit sector in Bismarck-Mandan continue to grow with it. To help our partners keep up with this growing demand, United Way has partnered with the Otto Bremer Foundation to provide training, assistance and overall strengthening. United Way is responsible for administering a $400,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. As a part of this, United Way has worked to: • Help agencies keep pace with cutting-edge best practices in nonprofit management. • Assist organizations in development of methods to measure and track results of the resources they use. This helps United Way understand how its funding is being used, and helps the organizations operate more efficiently. • Improve methods of identifying our community’s biggest needs. • Provide additional resources to a smaller group of five agencies to seek additional help.

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Provided trainings covering topics such as time management, nonprofit finance, outcome measurement and leadership development.

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More than hours of high level training has been provided to local nonprofit leaders.

Being President of the Council of United Way Agencies (COUWA) has been very rewarding. For nonprofits there is never enough money in the budget for training. Through the generous donation of the Otto Bremer Foundation, United Way partners have been able to attend several free trainings that have helped with organizational skills, financial knowledge, as well as so many other benefits. Partnering with United Way makes nonprofits stronger and more efficient by working together. These partnerships allow us to reach more people, in building youth to be the best they can be with a strong sense of self, to helping the homeless find the resources to become self-sufficient and have a place to call home. Thank you to United Way for being the resource to make all this happen. - Kathy Wamsley, Dakota Horizons Girl Scouts Resource Development Director

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EVENTS

ANNUAL LUNCHEON Jan. 31, 2014

The year started off by celebrating the 2013 campaign – and it was worth celebrating! Volunteers raised a record $2.55 million for our community! There were 418 people in attendance as we honored generous volunteers and recognized businesses for outstanding campaign achievements. The event was held at the Ramkota Hotel.

ONLINE AUCTION April 21 - May 2, 2014

Donated by area businesses, over 130 items were up for bid this year. With assistance and technical support provided by MDU Resources Group, Inc., the auction raised $11,927.

PCs FOR PEOPLE April 26, 2014

PCs for People’s mobile refurbishing team traveled to Bismarck-Mandan on April 21-26 to collect and refurbish computers for local low-income families. United Way and PCs for People worked to bridge the gap by making sure all individuals in our community had access to tools to be successful. Recipients of the computers were determined by the Bismarck and Mandan Public Schools social workers.

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE May 10, 2014

Bismarck-Mandan residents left food by their mailboxes, and letter carriers, partnering with United Way volunteers, collected, sorted and distributed 53,045 pounds of non-perishable food to local food pantries. Fifteen local organizations and United Way’s Backpack Program benefitted from the food drive.

DAY OF ACTION June 21, 2014

Taking place annually on the longest day of the year, United Ways across the country lead a Day of Action, mobilizing volunteers to address community needs. This year, we wanted to take this day to say “thank you” to the countless volunteers that help our community every year. In conjunction with Children’s Day at the Dakota Zoo, we offered a free gate admission to anyone registered on volunteerbisman.com (thanks to Dakota Zoo for the gate sponsorship!). A live radio remote and prizes were donated by Big Rig 105.9 and a booth with volunteer opportunities was available.

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EVENTS

DAY OF CARING

- Aug. 13, 2014

If you’ve been a part of it, you’ll understand. There’s something special about Day of Caring. It carries an infectious, optimistic feeling. Businessmen and women, teenagers, mothers, grandparents, students, small businesses and large corporations come together. Children working alongside parents - learning the value of volunteerism and giving back to their community. Volunteers from all walks of life, united. “We know we can accomplish much more working together than we ever could on our own. Day of Caring is proof of that,” remarked MSA United Way Executive Director Jena Gullo. “Volunteers from all walks of life, businesses who depend on the success of our community, and organizations with common goals unite to get things done.” At 7 a.m. on Aug. 13, volunteers began to arrive at Century High School. By 7:30 a.m., the bleachers were packed. A sea of red T-shirts listened as MSA United Way Board and Campaign Cabinet leadership discussed campaign goals, community needs and solutions. By 8:15 a.m., volunteers were on their way to their assigned projects. By 4 p.m., volunteers were meeting up at Captain Freddy’s to celebrate the day’s accomplishments. Day of Caring is not new, this past event marked its fifteenth year. If you’ve been a part of Day of Caring, THANK YOU! If not, mark your calendar for Aug. 12, 2015. We promise that by the end of the day, you’ll find out what it feels like to LIVE UNITED.

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In a single day:

852 6,816

A record breaking pitched in, investing in our community.

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volunteers hours

projects were completed throughout Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding communities.

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Helping local nonprofits catch up on maintenance and make muchneeded improvements.

$217,376

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AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE GOLF CLASSIC June 27, 2014

EVENTS

In the past 15 years, the American Family Insurance Golf Classic has raised more than $110,000 for local programs supported by United Way. They again hosted their annual golf tournament at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan. Ninety-two golfers participated and 20 hole sponsors helped raise $6,000.

PAINTBALL OPEN Sept. 13, 2014

Three Brothers Paintball invited United Way and the North Dakota Information Technology Department back to Legacy Field for round two! Around 80 individuals played a variety of games on the woodsball field. The event raised $2,382.

COINS FOR A CAUSE Sept. 22 - Oct. 3, 2014

Area students helped raise money to support United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which aims to instill a love of reading in our youth. By simply bringing spare change to school, 19 different schools collected $15,433. The money raised makes it possible for almost 620 students to receive a free age-appropriate book in the mail monthly for a year. Sunrise Elementary raised the largest amount of money, while Highland Acres Elementary raised the largest amount per student. Linton Elementary also participated in the event.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Oct. 26, 2014

Three hundred and fifteen individuals joined us at St. Mary’s Central High School for our yearly Pancake Breakfast. The event included trivia by KFYR-TV personalities, prizes, crafts and our third annual pancake eating contest. With support from our sponsors and a free-will offering, the event raised $4,762.

96 HOURS OF CARING Nov. 3 - 6, 2014

Townsquare Media teamed up with United Way for 96 Hours of Caring. Four full days of live, on-location broadcasting created awareness and collected donations for organizations working toward solutions to our community’s most pressing issues.

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EVENTS

LIVE UNITED DAY - Nov. 14, 2014 Gov. Jack Dalrymple proclaimed Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, LIVE UNITED Day, in recognition of the volunteers and donors across North Dakota who continually provide the resources needed to provide solutions to issues affecting their friends, family, and neighbors. We took the opportunity to say “thank you.” United Way staff and volunteers traveled the streets of BismarckMandan looking for, you.

LITTLE BLACK DRESS CAMPAIGN - Nov. 17 - 21, 2014 The Little Black Dress Campaign, led by the United Way Women’s Leadership Circle, helped create awareness for poverty in our community. Ninety participants wore one black dress or outfit during the week of Nov. 17-21 to illustrate the effects poverty can have on one’s access to resources, confidence, and ability to obtain employment, while raising funds for programs that build self-sufficiency. On Nov. 21, participants, friends and family members gathered at the beautiful North Dakota Heritage Center to celebrate the success of the campaign. In one short week, $57,035 was raised. A silent auction held at the celebration raised $4,000. United Way’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program received $2,425 from the event ticket sales.

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LEADERSHIP United Way is guided and supported by our volunteer Board of Directors and Trustees. This diverse group of community stakeholders and local leaders assures that all contributions to MSA United Way are used effectively and efficiently.

Board President Dr. Steven Chuppe and Past President Terry Kraft present the 2013 Lifetime of Caring award to Al and Linda Bortke.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

2014 BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Steven Chuppe, President Chuppe Chiropractic Clinic

Bonnie Dahl Starion Financial

Bryan Klipfel ND WSI

Leslie Bakken Oliver Vogel Law Firm

Greg Vetter University of Mary

Ted Cash, Vice President Basin Electric Power Coop.

Mark Dettling Leingang Home Center

Mike LaLonde Friend of United Way

Ann Reich ND Bankers Association

Mark Wagner USES Group

Terry Kraft, Past President American Family Insurance

Jeff Gerving Gate City Bank

Jay Lies Wells Fargo Bank

Scott Russell Cloverdale Foods

John Weber NISC

Adam Dever, Treasurer Mann Energy

Jerry Haas Petro-Hunt

Jeff Lind Mandan Public Schools

Jan Tello Friend of United Way

Derek Weigel Cornerstone Bank

Kevin Stadler, Secretary BNC National Bank

Kelvin Hullet Chamber of Commerce

Mike Mabin Agency MABU

Tamara Uselman Bismarck Public Schools

Tracy Yanke Stifel

Paula Graner, Member-at-Large GHR Consulting Ltd.

Dave Ingstad Dacotah Paper Company

Tony Masset Altair Corporation

Frank Bavendick Friend of United Way

Greg Ellwein Gate City Bank

Wally Joersz Friend of United Way

Brian Kroshus The Bismarck Tribune

Jason Millner Stifel

Brian Bjella Crowley Fleck, PLLP

John Giese Wells Fargo Bank

Laurie Kadrmas Friend of United Way

Vicki Kunz MDU Resources Group, Inc.

Andy Mongeon Metlife Resources

Shawn Deisz Basic Electric Power Coop.

Joe Hauer United Printing

George Keiser Quality Printing

Mike LaLonde Friend of United Way

Brenda Nagel Aetna

Vern Dosch NISC

Tim Hennessy U.S. Bank

Al Klein Friend of United Way

Gary Miller St. Alexius Medical Center

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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LEADERSHIP Trustees continued Chuck Peterson Jobbers Moving and Storage Myron Pfeifle Friend of United Way Ardie Poppe American Bank Center Tim Reiten KXMB Herman Schafer Friend of United Way

Steve Schwan Schwan Pontiac GMC

Richard Weber Friend of United Way

Mike Seifert Aurora Borealis Consulting, LLC

Sr. Thomas Welder University of Mary

Todd Steinwand Wells Fargo Bank

Rodger Wetzel Friend of United Way

Keith Ulmer U.S. Bank

Gerridee Wheeler Friend of United Way

Darcy Volk Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson

Martin White Friend of United Way

Curt Walth Starion Financial

Al Wolf Wheeler Wolf Law Firm

Women’s Leadership Circle Steering Committee gathers to discuss the Adopt-A-Classroom project.

The Community Impact Steering Committee aspires to achieve lasting change on the most pressing human and social issues facing our community. The committee oversees impact strategies to achieve organizational goals, while guiding the ongoing development of the funding priorities to ensure they remain relevant and responsive to our community.

WLC STEERING COMMITTEE

United Way Board President Dr. Steven Chuppe addresses Day of Caring participants at the campaign kickoff.

COMMUNITY IMPACT STEERING COMMITTEE John Weber, Chair NISC

Sara Ryckman Gate City Bank

Robin Thorstenson Starion Financial

Jerry Haas Petro Hunt

David Schollars Tesoro

Mark Wagner USES Group

Brenda Nagel Aetna

Jan Tello Friend of United Way

MSA UNITED WAY STAFF

Sara Ryckman, Chair Gate City Bank

Tammy Blumhagen KXMB

Theresa Hall Eide Bailly

Chris Block Community Impact Coordinator

Mary Hatzenbuhler Administrative Coordinator

Dorothy Lick, Vice Chair ND Bankers Association

Julie Dahl Choice Financial

Karin Haskell Alliance Real Estate

Jena Gullo Executive Director

Amber Jensen Marketing and Office Manager

Trisha Meidinger, Past Chair American Bank Center

Theresa Getzlaff Ryan Dodge

Jan Tello Friend of United Way  

Scott Hanson Marketing Specialist

Allison Steffl Administrative Coordinator

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2014 CAMPAIGN Our 2014 Campaign Cabinet, led by Co-Chairs Vern Dosch, Paul Sukut and Monsignor James Shea, ran a strong campaign raising awareness and funds to build a better community for everyone.

The 2014 Campaign Cabinet has their first meeting to discuss campaign strategy (above).

2014 Campaign Cabinet Vern Dosch, Co-Chair NISC

Tonya Holmstrom Eide Bailly

Kristine Melby Wells Fargo Bank

Paul Sukut, Co-Chair Basin Electric Power Coop.

Ellen Holt Basin Electric Power Coop.

Marc Menge BNC National Bank

Msgr. James Shea, Co-Chair University of Mary

Dr. Shiraz Hyder CHI St. Alexius Health

Wade Morman Tesoro

Dave Clark Bismarck State College

Dave Ingstad Dacotah Paper Company

Jane Morrow Sanford Health

Wes Engbrecht Capital Electric Coop.

Bryan Klipfel ND WSI

Nicholas Rahrich U.S. Bank

Morgan Forness Shiloh Christian School

Lisa Kudelka Bismarck Public Schools

Rhonda Styles-Rhode Charles Hall Youth Services

Julie Jeske CHI St. Alexius Health

Marvin Lein Mid Dakota Clinic

Cory Wrolstad Northern Lights Boy Scout Council

Wendy Hogue USDA Rural Development

Mary Marthaller ND WSI

Kathy Wamsley Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons

Butler Machinery Employee Campaign Managers don’t just look the part. (below)

Bob Wefald Friend of United Way

YOU’RE SUPERHEROES IN OUR BOOK You may have seen our campaign commercials on TV. They’re inspired by you. We know you don’t need special powers, superhuman strength, or fancy gadgets to be a superhero. You’re everywhere - volunteers, donors and advocates - lending your voices, giving of your time and resources, and changing lives. Employee Campaigns are critical to raising awareness about United Way, its partner agencies, and the resources needed to combat the many issues that face our friends and families every day. This year, over 250 companies throughout the community leveraged their employees’ compassion and talents to make a difference through United Way Employee Campaigns.

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AWARDS LIFETIME OF CARING - David Pearce The Lifetime of Caring Award recognizes an individual who has made a difference in our community through a lifetime of service work and volunteerism.

SPIRIT OF BISMARCK-MANDAN - Bobcat Company Each year, we honor one business that shows outstanding commitment to the Bismarck-Mandan community. This organization encourages employee involvement though volunteerism and creative workplace campaigns.

LIVE UNITED AWARD The LIVE UNITED Award is given to businesses, organizations or groups who exemplify the idea of living united.

KXMB McQuade Distributing MDU Resources Group, Inc. National Information Solutions Cooperative

TOP 20 CORPORATE AND EMPLOYEE INVESTMENTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Basin Electric Power Coop. MDU Resources Group, Inc. Scheels Sanford Health Bismarck Bobcat Company CHI St. Alexius Health Aetna Starion Financial National Information Solutions Coop. 10. Bismarck Public School 11. Butler Machinery 12. Bartlett and West 13. Wells Fargo Bank 14. Gate City Bank 15. University of Mary 16. American Bank Center 17. Eide Bailly 18. BNI Coal 19. ND Workforce Safety and Insurance 20. BNC National Bank

BEST IN SHOW Best in show is presented to one business in each division, based on the percentage of overall campaign increase.

Corporate and Employee Gifts - Scheels Small Business - Vallely Sports & Marine Employee Campaign - University of Mary United Way Agency - Charles Hall Youth Services Professional Division - Stifel 20

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HEROES INDIVIDUALS The following list recognizes the support of individuals for their generous giving. Tocqueville $10,000+ Adam & Sonya Dever William & Theodora Klemetson Craig & Shelley Larson Lester & Selma Laub Victor Lemke Jack & Kristi Paris Andrew & Becky Serri

24 Karat

$5,000 - $9,999 Mitch & Teryl Armstrong Lucille Braun Robert & Jan Bury Ted Cash & Emily McKay Chuck & Karen Dahl Ward & Barbara Fredrickson Dave & Pat Goodin Bruce & Karin Haskell Dr. D’Arcy Honeycutt Dr. Shiraz & Darlene Hyder Terry & Collette Kraft Julie Krenz & Paul Govig Syd & Arla Lawler Kristine Melby Carolyn & John Olson Kirk & Nancy Pandolfo

Diana & Don Roloff Dorothy Rolfstad Paul & Patty Sandness Cedric & Mary Theel John Vallely Jr. Sarah & Josh Vallely Dr. Peter & Jane White

Platinum $2,500 - $4,999 Dr. Ferdinand & Kate Addo John & Robynn Berger Steve & Kathryn Bietz Curtis Blohm Dr. Gregory & Laurie Chuppe Dr. Steven & Debra Chuppe Donald Drake Chris Ford Jeffrey C. Forsberg Michael & Karin Gardner Matthew Greek Sandy & Wally Keller Dr. Stephen & Alda Korte Mike & Jan Lund Pat Mayer & Larry Schmidt Gary & Kathryn Miller Frank & Kari Morehouse Kenneth Rutter Jan & Dr. Anthony Tello Robert & Susan Wefald

United Way allows our family to make a communitywide investment. Our gift supports services and programs that serve the entire community, improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens. They do the necessary research and follow up to ensure that our investment is put to good use. - Josh & Sarah Vallely

Gold $1,500 - $2,499

Silver $750 - $1,499

Barb Aasen Robert & Tamie Aberle Laurie & Dennis Bense Tamara Darling Tim & Kathy Dawson Rebecca Dorwart Jeff Gerving & Dr. Catherine P. Fisher Mark Foss & Sharon Eckert Jason & Jessica Frank Lisa Frank Sharon Gallagher MeLea Grabinger Renae Hansen Don & Marlene Hastings

Alan & Kelly Anderson Barbara Andrist Jason & Tricia Arenz Brad & Claudia Ballweber Ronald & Carolyn Barks David Barney Sara & Christopher Barta Robert & Debra Bartosh Frank & Joanne Bavendick Scott & Kristie Becker Carol & Lynn Beiswanger Steve & Pat Bennett Dennis Biesecker & Theresa Hall Mike & Kristi Bitz David & Myrna Blackstead Tammy Blumhagen Karen Botine William Boyd Mel & Judy Bullinger Alan Burgard Jeff & Lori Campbell Sara Cardwell Lisa Chaffee Nancy Christenson James Collins Kayla & Dennis Conklin Bonnie Dahl Governor Jack & Betsy Dalrymple Tom & Sandy Deis Shawn & Michael Deisz Keith & Beth Demke Mark Dettling Holly & Scott Dietrich Dr. Lynn Dodge Dr. Ralph & Leanne Dunnigan Gregory & Natalie Eckes Greg & Carol Ellwein Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Enockson Kamie K. Ensz Dana & Shawnda Ereth Paul E. Everson Jay Feil

Tim & Eve Hennessy  

Sally A. Holewa Russell & Debra Honeyman Tanya Jahner Greg & Anne Jones Sheldon & Marsha Kauk Dan & Mary Kuntz Vicki & Dennis Kunz Tim Lervick Darrell Lingle Sharon Locken Sam McQuade Jason Millner Mark & Lenette Momerak Bob & Tara Morman Brenda & Tony Nagel Debora S. Olafson Myron & Judy Pfeifle Chad Porsborg Frank & Christy Richard Sara Ryckman Monsignor James Shea Deb Schmidt Mike & Dr. Shelley Seifert Garrett & Brooke Silbernagel David & Mary Kay Tokach

Dr. David & Sherri Field Lori Finken Lee & Valerie Fischer David & Patty Flohr Cory & Cecily Fong Dr. Walter & Carolyn Frank Kelley & Donald Franklund Pam Geiger John & Lorrie Giese Lawerence & Carmen Glasser Bob Gnirk, Jr. Scott Hanson Eric A. Hardmeyer Wayne & Jennifer Harvison Jerry Hauff Theresa Heinert Dale & Dar Helfrich Brad & Heidi Henke        Joyce Hinman Doug & Pat Hintz Deb & Randy Hoffman Tonya Holmstrom Bruce & Frances Hovland David Hunter Chuck & Carol Iten Sally A. Iverson James R. Jackson DeeAnn Jahner Ann Jenks Allan & Barbara Jirges Dr. Gary & Carol Johnson LeNae & Gary A. Johnson Rob Johnson Steven & Francine Johnson Perry Just Laurie & Mark Kadrmas James & Kathy Kaiser Sheila Keller Kevin Kerner Alan & Ginger Klein Bruce & Deb Knudson Bob & Neva Kordonowy Abbie & Jason Krebsbach Terry & Cathy Kristensen Mathew Krogen Michael Kubisiak

Lisa Kudelka Dr. Craig & Jewel Lambrecht Darin & Tammy Langerud Ryan & Stacy Larson Julie Lawyer Noel & Marla Laxdal Lori Ledahl Dorothy Lick Jeff & Michele Lind Margaret Link Caren & Josh Loebs Mike & Nancy Mabin David & Mary Maring Rebecca & Bill Marion Becky A. Markel Rick & Sue Matteson Mandy Maxon & Aaron Ness Corrie Mayher Steve & Kelly McCormick Dr. Michael J. McIntee Shannon McQuade-Ely Trisha & Greg Meidinger Dr. Brenda & John Miller Karin Millner Katie Moch Cheryl A. Moore Mike & Karri Motl Paul & Lori Myerchin LaMonte & Doris Mikesh Darcy & Kimberly Neigum Bob & Cynthia Norland Gloria Olson SuAnn Olson George & Carol Perry Chuck & Charlene Peterson Troy Pierce Anita Quaglia Nicholas Quinn Lori Quintus Scott Radig Ann & David Reich

Hero listing includes names reported by Jan. 20, 2015

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HEROES INDIVIDUALS Kari Reichert Doug & Amy Remboldt Alma J. Renteria Jeff & Violet Richter Nathan Ring Mark & Amy Roberts Larry & Faye Rolfson Joshua Rossow Ken & Kay Royse Laura Salveson David J. Sauer Dr. Bob Schindler Kelly & Charles Schmidt Chris Schmitt Michael & Janel Schmitz Fred & Laura Selensky Pam Sharp Todd Simmons Ben Simnioniw Susan & Tim Sisk Jay & Linda Skabo Dr. Larry Skogen Tammy L. Skogen Denise Spanjer Daryl & Mary Splichal Maj. Gen. David & Connie Sprynczynatyk Kevin Stadler Myron M. Steckler Heather Steffl Paul & Colette Sukut Missy & Rocky Thompson Robin Thorstenson Jame Todd Diana Trussell Hon. Gerald W. VandeWalle Greg & Pamela Vetter Judy Vetter David & Marilyn Vinchattle Sarah Vogel Dr. Charles R. & Joyce Volk Darcy Volk Dolores E. Vyzralek Kim & Bruce Walth Brenda M. Weisz Don & Peggy Weisz Matt Westrick Bill Whalen

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Leslie & Cyrisse Wietstock Marcel G. Wirth

Bronze $500- $749 Karen Aardahl David A. Anderson Mark & Jill Anderson Ann Andre Wade Arnegard Brian Artz Kylah E. Aull Denise Bares Stephanie Barth Jeff & Melanie Beauchamp Chris Becker Mr. Joseph Becker Dean Beehler Erica Berg Steve & Karlynn Berger Patrick Bernhardt Dustin Berntson Kimberly Bethke Randy & Elizabeth Bina Michael Birrenkott Brian & Karen Bjella John & Jodi Bjornson Brenda Blazer Kim & Gary Bless Melissa & Don Bleyle Wade W. Boeshans Phil & Genell Bogner Angie & Michael Bolme Lynette Borjeson Painter Dennis & Pat Bosch Mike Bothun Ashley Bourgois Stacey M. Breuer Patrick & Doreen Brown Tony Burbach Dalonna Burns Teresa & Michael Chrest Tom & Nancy Christensen Bethanie Christmann

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Jayden & Danielle Chuppe Sue & Dave Clark Rick Clayburgh Kelly Cozby Renee Daffinrud Terry Daffinrud David Dahms Patrick & Kyle Darras Gloria David Jeanne DeKrey Aaron Derman Justin & Michelle Dever Dr. David & Stacy Dibbell Beryl & Paul Dinkins Christy Dirk-Senn Bill Dittman Mary & Claude Dockter Denise Dockter-Kambeitz Jeanine Doerr Tammy Dolan Samantha Doll Kayla M. Dressler Stacy & Dave DuToit Kevin & Rachael Dykema Annette Eckroth Brent & Jacqueline Edison Chad Edwards Greg & Stacy Eider Bradley Eisenbeisz Seth Elkins Jonus & Tera Elston Tamara Emter Blaine & Toni Erhardt Wally & Rox Erhardt Sharon Espeland Carla Feist Sheryl Fines Tamara M. Fischer Mike & Diane Fladeland Alphonse K. Fleck Marilyn Foss Robert Frank Elise Freier John & Mary Frohlich Nora J. Frueh Randal & Julie Gerving Theresa Getzlaff Spencer P. Giddings Mark & Genny Giese Kristy Gilliam Andrew Gottsman Cynthia Wagner Goulet

Jean Graeber Daniel Graham Paula Graner Cheri Greff Jason A. Gregoryk Teresa & Troy Grothe Joe & Gina Gruman Dr. John & Twila Grunseth Charles Gullicks Jena Gullo Jerry Haas Jeremy Hagen Chris & Steven Hall Lyle Halvorson Delia Hammel Craig & Melissa Hanson Lee & Missy Hanson Stacey Hanson Thomas P. Hart Jeremy & Stacey Hauff Jim & Jody Hauge Kevin & Jackie Hay Sherry & Lewis Heaton Caryn Hedstrom Debra E. Held Shasta Held Paulette Heringer Laura Hermanson Rebecca Herrmann Dr. Robert & Debra Hieb Daniel Hildebrand Kadon & Michelle Hintz Kenneth Hipple Chandra Hirning Dave & Nicole Hoekstra Michael and Jenelle Hoff Brandon Hoffman Ellen & Brandon Holt Stephanie Honeyman Lawrence & Pam Hopkins Jerry & Bobbie Houn Jodey & Megan Houn George & Dr. Cheryl Huber-Mizell Nancy Huber Jan Hugh Kelvin & Amy Hullet Bob & Deb Humann Nicole Jacobson Sue Jacobson Al & Kathy Jaeger Michelle & Tim Jenks Amber Jensen Julie & Charlie Jeske

Dr. Brian & Jane Jesperson Raquel Jessen Kyle Joersz Mary Beth Johnson Catherine R. Jones Mr. Scott Kadlec Jason Kaiser Paul Kaiser Jan M. Kamphuis Virgil Kautzman Richard Keller Rebecca & Joshua Kern Keith Ketcherside Darin Ketterling Jon & Amber Kilber Dianna Kindseth Mathew & Nicole Kivisto Amy Klein Patricia Klein Bryan Klipfel Kari Knudson Dennis & Natalie Kraft Troy Kraft Marella A. Krein Brian Kroshus Terry Kuester Kelley Kunnanz Patrick & Angela Lacher Rebecca Lacher James Landenberger Jennifer M. Lang Amber Larson Harold Larson Kim Lee June & Mark Lehr Kelly J. Leidhulm Bonita F. Leingang Lori L. Leingang Karen Leiss Karen & Dr. Thomas Lengowski Al & Angie Lick Tim and Marcy Lickteig Lisa L. Liken Diane Lillis & Andy Heinle Dennis & Beth Lipp Dr. Douglas & Rosanna Litchfield Mark Loats Jim & Tana Lobeck Craig & Sandra Lohstreter Mary Ludwig Jay T. Lundstrom Peggy Lutovsky

Dr. Sarah J. Mack Billie Madler Wade & Amy Mann Keith & Debbie Mantz Debby Marback Judy Maslowski Amy Mazigian Karen McBride Gregory McCarthy Rebecca McConnachie Cathy & Michael McDonald Rick & Patty McKenzie Maryvonne McQuade Jamie Mertz Kathy Mertz Bracston Mettler Tim & Janelle Michelsen Darla Miller Faye D. Miller Mary R. Miller Julie Mischel Steven & Kathleen Mittelsteadt Matthew Mitzel Douglas & Patricia Moen Jeanne Mohn Andrew & Karin Mongeon John Mongeon Leann Moore Susan Mormann Joe Morrissette Karen & David Muggli Monica Murphy Thomas & Claudia Nagel Curtis & Tara Neary Jess T. Nehl Dr. James A. Nelson Bill & Joey Nelson Russell Nelson Sabrina Nelson Rodney & Maxine Nibbe Erven Nielsen Tom & Nicole Nosbusch Claude O`Berry Leslie Bakken Oliver John M. Olson Richard D. Olson Stephen P. Ontis Dr. Shari L. Orser Greg & Carol O`Shea Bruce Ostrum Josie M. Palanuk Robert Palmer

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Ruth Patch Shane & Mikaela Paulson Victoria Paulson Mark Pennington Rebecca & Richard Peterson Bill & Deb Pfau Ardie & Jerry Poppe Robert Porsborg Jane & Tracy Porter Dr. Todd & Rachelle Preszler Gary Rath Dean & Rhonda Reese Al & Diana Reid John E. Reinert Jamie Remboldt Jeff & Brandee Rensch Terry & Shirley Rime Phyllis & Paul Rittenbach David G. Roberts Dr. Fran Rodenburg David Rogstad Dr. Benedict & Diane Roller Dr. Joellen Roller & Bob Martinson Roxane Romanick Jennifer & Lonnie Romsaas James Rose Dr. Jessica & Craig Ruhland Elliot R. Rust Dawn Sackman Kristi & Murray Sagsveen John R. Sakariassen Jr. Gail Hagerty & Dale Sandstrom Jordan Sargent Esther Sayler Gerry Schatz John & Tania Schell Brian & Lisa Schlafmann Pamela Schmidt Thomas Schmidt Ronald Schneider Philipp Schoellkopf Gale J. Schuchard Howard Schwab

Michael Schwan Doran & Sarah Schwartz Christa Schwartzenberger Marvin Schwehr Chad & Shanna Scott Patricia & John Sebastian Michael Seefeld Sue Seminary Garret Senger Roberta Seright James C. Sheldon Mary Shelkey-Miller Gayla Sherman & Gayle Klopp Beth A. Simon Brent Skjerseth Jeremiah N. Smith Jim & Doris Smith Patrick J. Smith Vincent Smith Gail Soderberg Kevin & Tamara Solie David Soma Ken Sorenson Mitch B. Stafford Duane Steffes Todd & Shelly Steinwand Attorney General Wayne & Beth Stenehjem David Stennes Kevin & Beckie Strege Monica D. Stroh Joel & Kristy Stugelmeyer John & Linda Stumpf Rebecca & Nathan Swenson John & Mary Ann Swigost Annette & Harold Tait Dr. Guy P. Tangedahl Dan & Sarah Tarver Geraldine & Michael Teevens Dr. Timothy L. Tello Dr. Sheri Ten Broek

It can be easy to forget what another person, a neighbor is experiencing, but to really get into their shoes and experience what they do, at least in some small way, I hope that it raises awareness for not just the participants but for the people that see us wearing the same dress for five days. - Marci Narum, Little Black Dress Campaign Participant

Kim Ternes Rebecca Thiem Bryce & Abby Thomas Paul Tokach Steven Tomac Cathy & Michael Trahan Tom & Rose Trenbeath Virginia & Thomas Trousdale Amy & Mike Tschider Greg Tschider & Debra Gallagher Kyle Tschosik Mylynn Tufte Trinity J. Turnbow Audrey & Leon Uhrich Tamara & Tim Uselman Van Zomeren Family Katie B. & Eric Veidel Brian & Darcy VerDouw Jay Volk Jason & Linda Vollmer Kathy Wagner Timothy & Melissa Wahlin Al & Bonnie Wald Tom Wald & Clarissa Sailer John & Jeanne Walstad Bev Ann & Curt Walth Kathy Wamsley Char & Jeff Wanek John & Lisa Weber Matthew Weeks Derek & Suzie Weigel Lynette Weigel Angela Weigum Matt Weis Peter & Eileen Welk Cynthia Werner Linda Westbee Michael & Shari Wetzel Bob & Rita Willer Kevin R. Willis Sallie Wilz Sheldon & Cheryl Wolf Wilfred & Winnifred Wolf Elon & Amy Wolff Kathleen M. Wood Mr. Darrell Wrege Tracy Yanke David Yexley Jacqueline R. Zachmeier Diane Zainhofsky Kay Zander-Woock

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CIRCLE The United Way Women’s Leadership Circle challenges, empowers, and unites women to advance the common good in our communities through leadership, fundraising, and community service. Hope Diamond $5000+ cumulative Karen Aardahl Barb Aasen Tamie Aberle Nancy Christenson Karen Dahl Tamara Darling Shawn Deisz Rebecca Dorwart Debra Gallagher Sharon Gallagher MeLea Grabinger Renae Hansen Karin Haskell Joyce Hinman Sally Holewa Sally A. Iverson Anne Jones Masha A. Kauk Abbie Krebsbach Julie Krenz Lisa Kudelka Vicki Kunz Shelley Larson Sharon Locken Kristine Melby Dr. Brenda Miller Lori Myerchin Brenda Nagel Cynthia Norland Carolyn Olson SuAnn Olson

Dr. Shari L. Orser Ardie Poppe Dorothy Rolfstad Sara Ryckman Sue Seminary Robin Thorstenson Darcy Volk

Diamond $2,500 - $4,999 Pat Mayer Emily McKay Jan Tello Susan Wefald

Sapphire $1,500 - $2,499 Barb Aasen Tamie Aberle Lisa Chaffee Karen Dahl Tamara Darling Rebecca Dorwart Sharon Gallagher MeLea Grabinger Renae Hansen Sally A. Holewa Anne Jones Vicki Kunz Sharon Locken Brenda Nagel Debora S. Olafson

SuAnn Olson Sara Ryckman Deb Schmidt Kelly Schmidt

Ruby $750 - $1,499 Barbara Andrist Kathryn Bietz Tammy Blumhagen Karen Botine Sara Cardwell Nancy Christenson Debra J. Chuppe Laurie L. Chuppe Bonnie Dahl Shawn Deisz Dr. Lynn Dodge Kamie K. Ensz Pam Geiger Carmen Glasser Theresa Hall Theresa Heinert Joyce Hinman Deb Hoffman Tonya Holmstrom Sally A. Iverson DeeAnn Jahner Ann Jenks LeNae Johnson Marsha A. Kauk Sandy Keller Sheila Keller Abbie Krebsbach Lisa Kudelka Julie Lawyer Julie Leer Dorothy Lick Margaret Link Caren Loebs Becky A. Markel Corrie Mayher Shannon McQuade-Ely Trisha Meidinger

Dr. Brenda Miller Karin Millner Katie Moch Lori Myerchin Cynthia Norland Claire Olson Gloria Olson Anita Quaglia Lori Quintus Ann Reich Kari Reichert Laura Salveson Jacqueline J. Schaible Dr. Shelly Seifert Pam Sharp Susan Sisk Tammy Skogen Denise Spanjer Heather Steffl Missy Thompson Robin Thorstenson Diana Trussell Judy Vetter Sarah Vogel Darcy Volk Dolores E. Vyzralek Brenda M Weisz

Emerald $500-$749 Karen Aardahl Ann Andre Maren Arbach Kylah E. Aull Denise Bares Stephanie Barth Chris Becker Virginia G. Beggs Erica Berg Kimberly Bethke Brenda Blazer Kim Bless Melissa Bleyle

Hero listing includes names reported by Jan. 20, 2015

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WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Angela Bolme Stacey M. Breuer Lynn Burgard Dalonna Burns Teresa Chrest Bethanie Christmann Kelly Cozby Renee Daffinrud Gloria David Jeanne DeKrey Sandra K. Denis Holly Dietrich Beryle Dinkins Christy Dirk-Senn Mary Dockter Denise Dockter- Kambeitz Jeanine Doerr Tammy Dolan Samantha Doll Kayla M. Dressler Stacy DuToit Natalie Eckes Annette Eckroth Tamara Emter Sharon Espeland Carla Feist Amanda Filipek Lori Finken Cecily Fong Marilyn Foss Elise Freier Nora J. Frueh Debra Gallagher Theresa Getzlaff Kristy Gilliam Cynthia Wagner Goulet

Jean Graeber Paula Graner Teresa Grothe Jena Gullo Chris Hall Delia Hammel Stacey Hanson Sherry Heaton Caryn Hedstrom Debra E. Held Shasta Held Paulette Heringer Laura Hermanson Chandra Hirning Ellen Holt Stephanie Honeyman Pam Hopkins Nancy Huber Dr. Cheryl Huber-Mizell Jan Hugh Amy Hullet Sue Jacobson Nicole Jacobson Michelle Jenks Amber Jensen Raquel Jessen Mary Beth Johnson Catherine R. Jones Jan M. Kamphuis Rebecca Kern Dianna Kindseth Nicole Kivisto Amy Klein Patricia Klein Kari Knudson Marella A. Krein Terry Kuester

Dr. Shari L. Orser Jennifer M. Lang Amber Larson Kim Lee Lori L. Leingang Karen Leiss Lisa L. Liken Diane Lillis Mary Ludwig Peggy Lutovsky Dr. Sarah J. Mack

Billie Madler Debby Marback Judy Maslowski Amy Mazigian Karen McBride Rebecca McConnachie Cathy McDonald Maryvonne McQuade Kathy Mertz Mary R. Miller Darla Miller Julie Mischel Jeanne Mohn Karin Mongeon Leann Moore Susan Mormann Monica Murphy Jess T. Nehl Joey Nelson Sabrina Nelson Claude O`Berry Leslie Bakken Oliver Lynette Borjeson Painter Josie M. Palanuk Ruth Patch

Kathy Peterson Ardie Poppe Phyllis Rittenbach Dr. Fran Rodenburg Dr. Joellen Roller Roxane Romanick Dawn Sackman Lisa Schlafmann Kelly Schmidt Pamela Schmidt Christa Schwartzenberger Patricia Sebastian Sue Seminary Roberta Seright Mary Shelkey-Miller Beth A. Simon Gail Soderberg Mary Splichal Annette Tait Geraldine Teevens Dr. Sheri Ten Broek Kim Ternes Rebecca Thiem Cathy Trahan Virginia Trousdale Trinity J. Turnbow Tamara Uselman Katie B. Veidel Kathy Wagner Kim Walth Kathy Wamsley Lynette Weigel Cynthia Werner Sallie Wilz Kathleen M. Wood Tracy Yanke Jacqueline R. Zachmeier Diane Zainhofsky Kay Zander-Woock

There’s nothing quite like Day of Caring. It’s generosity on a large scale. In addition to completing assigned projects, many of our volunteers went above and beyond to meet additional needs. They did things like providing extra supplies and time, replacing cupboards, giving a television, and developing a longer-term relationship with their nonprofit partner. They do these things solely because they want to do more on their own. The spirit is infectious and lasts well beyond the day of the event. – Molly Brooks 2014 Day of Caring Co-Chair Missouri Slope Areawide United Way 24

Tune in to Community Talk You care about what’s going on in your community. This is your home. It’s great, and you’d like to keep it that way. If you like to stay on top of local issues and hear about ways you can get involved, don’t miss United Way’s Community Talk. Every other week, we’re joined in the studio by experts on issues that affect us all. Thanks to Townsquare Media, we’re on-air every other Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to noon, on SuperTalk 1270. At United Way, we believe issue awareness is the first step in the problem-solving process. And that’s what Community Talk is all about – creating awareness, starting dialogue, discussing the actions and programs in place, and directing interested community members to needs and opportunities. If you would like to join us on-air or have an idea for a topic, give us a call at 255-3601.

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The following list recognizes the support of businesses and individuals for their generous corporate and employee giving. Diamond $100,000+ Basin Electric Power Cooperative & Employees MDU Resources Group, Inc. & Employees Scheels & Employees

24 Karat $50,000 - $99,999 Bobcat Company & Employees Sanford Health Bismarck & Employees

Platinum $25,000 - $49,999 Aetna & Employees American Bank Center & Employees Bartlett & West & Employees Bismarck Public School Employees Butler Machinery & Employees CHI St. Alexius Health & Employees Gate City Bank & Employees National Information Solutions Coop. (NISC) & Employees Starion Financial & Employees University of Mary Wells Fargo Bank & Employees

Gold $10,000 - $24,999 Bank of North Dakota Employees Bismarck Tribune & Employees BNC National Bank & Employees BNI Coal & Employees City of Bismarck Employees Cornerstone Bank & Employees Dakota Fire Insurance/EMC Insurance & Employees Dan’s Super Market & Employees Eide Bailly & Employees

Hess Corporation Mandan Public Schools Employees Mann Energy & Employees Midcontinent Communications & Employees ND Dept. of Transportation Employees ND Petroleum Council ND State Tax Commissioner & Employees ND Workforce, Safety & Insurance Employees Precision Underground Schwan GM Auto Center & Employees Target & Employees Tom & Frances Leach Foundation UPS Employees U.S. Bank & Employees Vallely Sport & Marine Employees Widmer Roel PC

Silver $5,000 - $9,999 Alliance Real Estate Employees American Family Insurance - Terry J. Kraft Agency American Family Insurance Golf Classic Bismarck State College Employees BNSF Railway Foundation Bone & Joint Employees Burleigh County Employees Capital Credit Union & Employees Chuppe Chiropractic Clinic Employees Cofell’s Plumbing & Heating Crowley Fleck & Employees Eide Ford Lincoln Mercury & Employees Fireside Office Solutions & Employees Hedahls Inc. & Employees Herberger’s Employees I. Keating Furniture Job Service of North Dakota Employees Jobbers Moving & Storage & Employees Kadrmas Lee & Jackson (KLJ) & Employees Lady J’s Catering Leingang Home Center & Employees McQuade Distributing & Employees Mid Dakota Clinic & Employees

HEROES BUSINESSES

Bobcat has historically supported United Way for a many years. We are really convinced this is a great way to help support the community. We encourage all our employees to participate because our company as a whole feels it is important that we support our communities. - Richard Goldsbury, President Bobcat-Doosan North America Miller Insulation Missouri Valley Family YMCA Employees ND Attorney General Office Employees ND Dept. of Commerce Employees ND Dept. of Health Employees ND Human Services Dept. Employees ND Legislative Council Employees ND State Water Commissioner Employees ND Supreme Court Employees Northern Improvement & Employees Stifel Employees Wallwork Truck Center & Employees Wells Fargo Advisors Employees

Bronze $1,000 - $4,999 Abused Adult Resource Center Employees Advanced Business Methods Employees Agency MABU & Employees Allete ND Renewable Operations/ Minnesota Power & Employees Barr Engineering Company Bayer Crop Science Employees Best Western Ramkota Big Boy Bismarck Cancer Center & Employees Bismarck-Mandan Newcomers Club BlackRidge Bank & Employees Blue Cross and Blue Shield Employees Border States Electric Supply Employees Brady Martz & Associates Employees Bremer Bank & Employees Burleigh County Senior Adults Program Employees Century 21 Morrison Realty Employees Century Link & Employees Charles Hall Youth Services Employees Coborn’s Inc. Cash Wise & Employees Community Options Employees CoreLink Administrative Solutions Employees Cornerstone Community Church Coteau Properties Company

Dakota Eye Institute Employees Daniel Companies Ditch Witch Dwyer Law Office EAPC Architects Enerplus Resources USA Corp. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Employees Executive Air Taxi Corporation Falkirk Mining Company Farm Credit Services Employees FedEx Employees First Community Credit Union Employees Gateway Healthmart Pharmacy Grand 22 Theatres Great Northern Midstream LLC & BakkenLink Pipeline LLC Great River Energy & Employees Guardian and Protective Services Employees H.A. Thompson & Sons Heritage Pharmacy Employees Hopfauf Custom Builders It’s About Time! JC Penney Employees Johnsen Trailer Sales Johnson’s Wrecking Kirkwood Bank & Trust Kramer Agency Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru KXMB & Employees L & H Manufacturing & Corral Sales Employees Lignite Energy Council Mandan Golden Age Services Employees Marsh & McLennan Companies McDonald’s Midwest Motor Express & Employees Missouri Slope Areawide United Way Employees Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center Employees Missouri Valley Petroleum ND Adjutant General Employees ND Bankers Association Employees ND Dept. of Corrections-State Penitentiary Employees ND Dept. of Public Instruction Employees ND Governor’s Office Employees ND Highway Patrol Employees Hero listing includes names reported by Jan. 20, 2015

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ND Housing & Finance Agency Employees ND Industrial Commission Employees ND Information Technology Dept. ND Insurance Department Employees ND Office Management & Budget- Fiscal Management Employees ND Office of Administrative Hearings Employees ND Public Employee Retirement System Employees ND Public Service Commission Employees ND Retirement & Investment Office Employees ND University System Employees Nelson Family Dentistry Employees

NuStar Employees Odney Employees Papa’s Pumpkin Patch Pearce & Durick Petro-Hunt, LLC Plato’s Closet Ryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Employees Sarah Vogel Law Schindler & Stewart Family Dentistry Security First Bank of ND Employees Shiloh Christian School Specialized Cleaning & Restoration State Historical Society Employees STV Energy Services Three Brothers Paintball

Townsquare Media Unisys Employees US Food Service & Employees Vogel Law Firm & Employees Walmart Employees Walmart Foundation Wanzek Construction Western Steel & Plumbing Window & Door Store & Employees Xerox Youthworks Employees

HEROES BUSINESSES

Hero listing includes names reported by Jan. 20, 2015

WLC Steps it up for Students continued from page 7 “In the short time that we’ve been doing this, they’ve been able to trust me as another adult in their lives. When I come in (to the classroom) they all want to tell me how they are, what’s new in their lives. They share their lives with me, and that’s really exciting,” commented volunteer Teresa Chrest. Twice a month, volunteers spend two hours with students. “My day of activities with the students includes going out for recess, then we have lunch, we come back and have story time, then we usually have a math assignment, and if we have time, we’ll do something with reading or an art project,” explains Chrest. “It’s a really great break from everyday life, being in an office, to see how education works and how second graders are learning. It’s fun to see them grow,” adds Lick. Three months in, the program is proving to be a success. “The interaction is great for our students because some of them don’t get a lot of attention. This is the perfect way to introduce them to a positive role model from the community, someone who wants to read and interact with them. They work one-on-one with students. In my classroom we have the volunteers working with reading. The kids like their attentiveness and being able to see the same person from week to week,” explains second grade teacher Jessica Frank. Yes, volunteers help students improve their school work, but, just maybe, the greatest benefit is letting kids know that someone cares. With early success and the support of local businesses, the program has been expanded to Will-Moore and Jeannette Mhyre Elementary. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a classroom, contact United Way. Help is just a Call Away continued from page 8 The range of assistance is as diverse as our community. Specialists often connect people to resources they have never heard of. “We help people obtain support to stay in their homes. For example, a family who experienced unexpected medical bills was able to stay in their home by getting assistance with rent and food,” noted Hedstrom. FirstLink helps our nonprofit network operate more efficiently, and saves our community money by de-escalating crisis situations and preventing the need for local law enforcement, ambulance calls or emergency rooms would otherwise be utilized. All of this is possible because of your support of United Way.

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PRESENTING SPONSORS

SPONSORS

EVENT SPONSORS BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative

Sponsorship dollars enable MSA United Way to promote our mission without incurring additional costs. Sponsorships help to keep the focus on solutions and not expenses, ultimately putting more money, more resources, and more volunteers into our community.

PREMIERE SPONSORS

LANDMARK REALTY, INC. AMY HULLET 527.5816 / 222.1234

ANNUAL LUNCHEON PRODUCTION SPONSOR BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative

MEDIA SPONSORS

TOGETHER WE ARE 路 FIGHTING POVERTY 路 BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES 路 CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

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2015 PARTNER AGENCY ALLOCATIONS Our partners provide a wide array of services that address needs and work toward solutions to the most pressing issues facing our community. MSA United Way supported agencies are providing food and shelter, assisting in times of crisis, sheltering and supporting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, linking at-risk youth with mentors and role models, helping seniors remain healthy and independent, providing programs that help people break free of the cycle of poverty, offering health services that reduce health care costs, and more. Abused Adult Resource Center Criminal Justice Advocacy Crisis Intervention Family Safety Center Sexual Assault Advocacy Shelter Plus Care - Pam’s House Hope House and New Directions AID, Inc Emergency Services Help Center American Red Cross Disaster Services Mercer County* Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor Match Program Site-Based Mentoring Bis-Man Transit Bismarck-Mandan Transportation Services Guaranteed Ride Home Bridging the Dental Gap Mercer County* Burleigh County Senior Adults Nutrition Program Health Maintenance Catholic Charities North Dakota Guardianship Services Additional Designations Charles Hall Youth Services The Essential Program Independent and Transitional Living Child’s Hope Learning Center Crisis Care Chaplaincy Crisis Intervention Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library FirstLink 2-1-1 Help Line Capacity Building Grant Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons Girl Scout Leadership Experience Mercer County* Guardian and Protective Services, Inc. Protective Arrangements * Regional designation

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$15,358.00 $5,954.00 $3,060.00 $11,890.00 $57,889.00 $47,500.00 $30,000.00 $22,500.00 $1,430.97 $41,250.00 $11,250.00 $10,000.00 $2,500.00 $10,000.00 $1,410.97 $10,000.00 $10,000.00 $5,000.00 $10,016.50 $43,200.00 $17,902.00 $25,437.00 $4,000.00 $125,000.00 $10,000.00 $5,000.00 $28,400.00 $1,310.97 $25,000.00

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Legal Services of North Dakota Elderly Law $8,592.00 Lutheran Social Services Healthy Families $39,835.00 Restorative Justice $20,000.00 Senior Companion Services $13,000.00 Mercer County* $1,410.97 Great Plains Food Bank $20,000.00 Mercer County* $1,303.00 Capacity Building Grant $5,000.00 Mandan Golden Age Health Maintenance $3,420.00 Home Delivered Meals $26,000.00 McLean Family Resource Center $3,960.00 Missouri River Educational Cooperative $4,130.00 Missouri Valley Family YMCA Childcare Assistance $18,000.00 Day Camp $6,000.00 Family Memberships $36,000.00 Free Youth Recreation Card $20,000.00 SPLASH $6,000.00 Youth Development Center $9,000.00 PRIMETIME $15,000.00 LIVESTRONG $15,000.00 Parkinson’s Wellness Program $5,000.00 Neighbor’s Network $164,930.00 North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People $50,000.00 Northern Lights Council-Boys Scouts Comprehensive Youth Development $21,840.00 Mercer County* $1,440.97 Rebuilding Together $20,000.00 RSVP+ Central ND Volunteer Program $21,642.00 Foster Grandparents Program $30,000.00 South East Education Cooperative North Dakota Reading Corps. $20,000.00 Solen Good Heart Community Center $8,000.00 The Salvation Army Homeless & Hunger Prevention $32,000.00 Mercer County* $1,515.21

The Village Family Service Center Counseling Services $36,000.00 The Financial Resource Center $7,500.00 United Way Backpack Program Designations $83,930.00 Welcome House, Inc. One-time special grant $40,000.00 Operations $25,000.00 Capacity Building Grant $5,000.00 Wilton Mentor Program Backpack Leadership Event $3,000.00 Youthworks At-Risk Youth & Families $28,025.00 Homeless Youth & Young Adults Program $67,524.00 Student Support Services $62,907.00 Capacity Building Grant $5,000.00 Board Designated Project $230,000.00 Endowment Fund Designations $151,551.00 Capacity Building Grant to agency (pending) $5,000.00 Miscellaneous Designations $6,888.00 Nonprofit Capacity Building Project $186,000.00 Other United Ways $7,311.00

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

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Education General 17% 21% Health Income Nonprofit Strengthening Regional and Misc. 2014 Report to the Community


UNITED WAY ENDOWMENT To build on our strengths and prepare for the future, our United Way has established an Endowment Fund, with the goal that someday every dollar donated to our annual campaign will be used to support local programs. A permanent endowment will provide a stable financial base for our organization, while allowing us to maximize the resources we direct to local citizens. Collecting Her Dues continued from page 11 If it wasn’t for the home-delivered meals program through Mandan Golden Age Services, supported by United Way contributions, Stephanie may have had to move into an assisted living facility. “I missed the people, and they missed me. it’s like home. When I came back, they all said it’s about time,” said Stephanie.

NEW PARTNERS NORTH DAKOTA READING CORPS. North Dakota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative to ensure all North Dakota children are successful readers. NDRC is an integral part of a national effort to bring to scale a proven model that combines the people power of AmeriCorps with the science of how children learn to read. Eight AmeriCorps members will provide literacy interventions to kindergarten to third grade students in Bismarck and Mandan. At the end of the first program year, 100 students will improve their literacy performance.

2015 EVENT CALENDAR Online Auction April 20 – May 1 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 9 Day of Action June 21 American Family Golf Classic June 24 Day of Caring Aug. 12 Coins for a Cause Sept. 21 – Oct.2 Pancake Breakfast Oct. 25 Little Black Dress Campaign TBD LIVE UNITED Day Nov. 13 2016 Annual Luncheon and Meeting Jan. 28

NORTH DAKOTA COALITION FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE The North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People (NDCHP) provides technical assistance and capacity building to the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People (MVCHP). NDCHP will provide staff to act as an executive director to MVCHP under the supervision of NDCHP. Mitigating homelessness requires a cohesive system of collaborative and cooperative service providers. Such a system will decrease length of time homeless, reduce recidivism, and increase self-sufficiency.

TOGETHER WE ARE · FIGHTING POVERTY · BUILDING STRONG FAMILIES · CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

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BACKPACK PROGRAM

THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER For many local children, the School Lunch Program is their main source of regular nutritious meals. According to recent data, 27 percent of students in our coverage area qualify for free or reduced lunch. When school is out of session, many of these children lose access to regular, healthy meals. Discussions with local educators expressed a need for the program after a growing number of students were arriving hungry and unprepared.

42,192

healthy meals were sent home with hungry students.

500

Ensuring that nearly students could focus on school.

In response, the United Way Backpack Program was started. Through the program, an investment of just five dollars provides a child with healthy meals for an entire weekend.

2014 BACKPACK PROGRAM SPONSORS Bartlett & West Bismarck-Mandan Newcomers Group BNC National Bank

Bobcat Company Dakota Eye Institute FedEx Leingang Home Center National Information Solutions Coop.

Starion Financial Sam’s Club Sanford Health Bismarck Scheels

A special thank you to the following groups for supplying volunteer and in-kind support to the Backpack Program: ND Workforce Safety and Insurance · Eide Bailly · REACT (Realtors Affiliates Care Team) · Bank of North Dakota · Townsquare Media · North Dakota Guaranty & Title · Bismarck High School · Century High School · St. Mary’s Central High School · Bismarck Skating Club · National Association of Letter Carriers · Wingate by Wyndham

IMAGINATION LIBRARY The Imagination Library promotes early childhood education and fosters parent-child interaction both of which are fundamental ingredients to future educational success. Research has shown that children who participate in the program gain the fundamental skills that prepare them for school. This book gifting program mails a brand new, age-appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until five years of age, creating a home library of up to 60 books and instilling a love of books and reading from an early age. With the support of North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, the program has grown to cover 82 percent of North Dakota children.

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3,500

Helping more than children get a jump-start on learning.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council presents North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple and MSA United Way Executive Director Jena Gullo with a gift to help spread the Imagination Library to western North Dakota.

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THANK YOU


MSA United Way

515 N 4th St. Bismarck, ND 58501 701.255.3601 msaunitedway.org volunteerbisman.com

MSA United Way Report to the Community - 2014  

The report includes community-level data on priority issues in the Bismarck-Mandan region, collective impact data, client stories, donor rec...

MSA United Way Report to the Community - 2014  

The report includes community-level data on priority issues in the Bismarck-Mandan region, collective impact data, client stories, donor rec...

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