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February 2017
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2017 Online Auction

April 24 - May 5 

Last year, the Online Auction raised over $12,000 to support a variety of life-changing services in our area. Items donated by individuals or businesses are tax-deductible.
 
Popular items include: Memorabilia, collectibles, timeshares, professional services, sports or concert tickets, bbq items and much more!

Give us a call at 255.3601 or visit
msaunitedway.org/online-auction-donation by April 7  if you have an item you'd like to donate. Please limit donations to items valued at $50 and above, and don't forget to ask us about promotional opportunities for your business.
Day of Caring
Save the Date
Last year, 1,009 of you participated in the largest DAY OF CARING to date.

Remember it? The fun and excitement!? The amazing good works that took place at non-profits across Bismarck-Mandan? 
Don't miss out!



SAVE THE DATE!
Wednesday, August 16
7:30 a.m. Kick-off, 
Shiloh Christian School 
Adopt-A-Classroom 
United Way's Adopt-A-Classroom program connects business leaders in the community with elementary school classrooms in low-income schools, allowing these generous volunteers to invest their time, in addition to their money, in the lives of our community's youth.

Volunteers spend time mentoring through reading, playing at recess, or just eating lunch with children in designated classrooms around Bismarck-Mandan.

In a recent United Way Needs Assessment, we found that only 35 percent of youth in Bismarck-Mandan have a positive adult role model, a key element in preventing risky behavior. As a volunteer in the Adopt-A-Classroom program you become a positive role model and lend a helping hand to the kids who need it most.

For more information or to get involved, contact Amber Ruzicka at United Way at 701.255.3601 or marketing@msaunitedway.org .
Upcoming Events
Community Talk 
March 7 , 11 a.m.- Noon 
Supertalk 1270 

Online Auction 
April 24-May 5
 
May 13

A Community UNITED
On Friday, January 27, 2017, 450 business leaders, agency representatives and United Way supporters gathered together at the Ramkota to celebrate. And there is a LOT to celebrate.

Because of your community investment in 2016:
  • Over 40,000 lives were changed
  • 23,234 nights of shelter were provided
  • 1,866,419 meals were served
  • 47,497 Imagination Library books were mailed
  • 3,652 of you volunteered
This campaign season you stepped up and raised a record-breaking $2,616,216 million to support 33 partner agencies and 56 vital programs in our community. Simply amazing.

In addition to celebrating the amazing financial commitment of our community, a number of businesses and volunteers were also recognized.

Lifetime of Caring Award goes to an outstanding individual who goes above and beyond to give back to our community. 

  • Albert A. Wolf
Best in Show is awarded to groups for their exceptional gifts and campaigns.
  • Small Business: Fireside Office Solution 
  • Corporate and Employee Gifts: MDU Resources Group 
  • Employee Campaign: NISC
  • United Way Agency: Abused Adult Resource Center
LIVE UNITED Award recognizes companies that go over and above for our community and exemplify the definition of LIVING UNITED.
  • ND Department of Human Services
  • Paramount Builders, Inc.
  • Townsquare Media
  • Kupper Chevrolet
Spirit of Bismarck-Mandan recognizes a business for an outstanding employee campaign.
  • EMC Insurance Companies 
Top 20 Company and Employee Investments:
1. Basin Electric Power Cooperative
2. MDU Resources Group, Inc.
3. Scheels Sports
4. Sanford Health
5. Doosan/Bobcat Company
6. Aetna
7. CHI St. Alexius Health
8. Eide Bailly
9. National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)
10. Starion Bank
11. Bismarck Public Schools
12. Tesoro
13. American Bank Center
14. Wells Fargo Bank
15. Gate City Bank
16. BNC National Bank
17. U.S. Bank
18. KLJ
19. ND Workforce Safety & Insurance
20. University of Mary
United Way Backpack Program Provides Security
A school counselor recently shared with us this story about Jill, a second grader at her school. 

hungry girl Jill's mother is a single parent working two jobs. An aunt helps watch the children, but Jill is often in charge of preparing meals for her siblings. The counselor sends United Way Backpacks home with Jill and her two siblings, and said Jill will tell her how she prepares the food and "sets the menu." 

The counselor shared that a loss of the program would be devastating for many of her students. "The lack of food causes such anxiety in young people. Many frequently ask to make sure they're still 'getting those food bags.' The United Way Backpack Program provides security for them and takes the worry away so they can focus on school."

Interested in supporting the program by hosting a food drive? Check out www.msaunitedway.org/backpack-program for more information. 
YOU Make Great Things Possible

Check out the 2016 Annual Report to the Community to see how we helped over 40,000 people in our region. 
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