United Way
MSA United Way
September 2016
#LittleBlackDress a HUGE Success
 Last week, 208 dynamic individuals joined forces to bring awareness to poverty in our community.

So far, $67,664.59 has been raised through the Little Black Dress Campaign to support the education initiative, which funds vital programs like the United Way Backpack Program, Dolly Parton Imagination Library and programs that shelter our youth. Way to go, LBD participants!! 
Campaign Video

UNITED we battle for more than just survival, but for dreams of what the future could be.

Watch our 2016 Campaign Video, join the movement by partnering with United Way and 
give today!


Lifetime of Caring Award
We want to recognize outstanding volunteerism. 
Know of someone who has made a difference in our community through a lifetime of service work and volunteerism?

Nominate them for the Bismarck-Mandan Lifetime of Caring Award. The deadline is October 31.
Community Impact Application Reviewers
It takes expertise, commitment and time to make sure your support of United Way makes the maximum impact possible in our community through the programs we fund.
A team of trained volunteers review each program based on alignment with our goals in Education, Income, and Health, as well as program financial efficiency, collaboration, and effectiveness. 

It's no small task. 

Between reviewing and discussing applications, visiting programs, and recommending funding, 65 volunteers spent 449 hours investing in the future of United Way.
Upcoming Events
Sept. 26 - Oct. 7
Local Schools
Community Talk
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.- Noon 
Supertalk 1270 

Oct. 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Record Keepers (2624 Vermont Ave, Bismarck)
Do you have an upcoming event planned for your workplace campaign?  

A Summer of Serving
Its been a busy couple months at UNITED WAY. Here is a sampling of our success:

- 16,452 meals were served to children and adults  this  summer at   the Summer Lunch Program

- 1900 apples were donated and picked to provide the kiddos in the United Way Backpack Program with a healthy snack. 

- 208 people stepped up and wore a blac k dress or outfit for four  days to bring awareness to poverty in our community.#LittleBlackDress

- $1,622 was raised at the Specialized Cleaning & Restoration Give N Grill to benefit United Way programs. 

- 1,009 volunteers made an awesome impact on 43 non-profits, parks and schools for Day of Caring

- 1 great campaign  video was produced to showcase the work of  United Way. 

- 2 amazing golf tournaments (North American Coal Corporation and American Family Insurance) provided a fun time for a great cause. 
Deliver Meals to Seniors
United Way is looking for a business to volunteer over the lunch hour to deliver meals to seniors. We need you just one day of the week. Take turns delivering meals in teams of two. Visit the Volunteer BisMan site for more information.   
Record-Breaking 1,009 VOLUNTEERS
If you've been a part of it, you'll understand.  There's something
special about Day of Caring. Something about the atmosphere created by over 1,000 people working together tow ard a common goal of making our community a better place. 
At 7 a.m. on Aug. 10, volunteers began to arrive at Century High School. By 7:30 a.m. the bleachers were packed. A sea of gray and blue  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 project. By 4 p.m., volunteers were meeting up at the Dakota Zoo to celebrate the day's accomplishments.     
In a single day:
- A record breaking 1,009 volunteers pitched in, investing 8,000 hours in our community.
- 43 sites and well over 150 projects  were completed throughout Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding communities helping local nonprofits catch up on maintenance and make much-needed improvements.
- More than 100 local businesses pitched in to support the event through sponsorships, in-kind donations and providing employees a paid volunteer day.

- Nearly  $275,000 in savings  can now be reinvested into what matters, programs and services for people in our community.

Can't wait until Day of Caring next year? You can get involved right now, by visiting  volunteerbisman.com  to view current volunteer needs in our community. Become a fan of United Way to receive updates when new needs are posted.  

Messages From Heaven
We were so touched by this recent email we received about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. We had to share: 

"Thank you. These books mean the world to us. My mom signed us up and a month or two later she passed away. She was able to sign her first book to our daughter and let her know how much she loves her. Now we know when we sit down to read them to her, grandma will be sitting with her too. Every book since I've been writing little messages in them. "Messages from heaven" we call them...its been a year and they have been a blessing." 

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is open to children age 0-5. For more information, visit our website at www.msaunitedway.org/dpil