February 2024

So you've probably heard by now that together we raised...a lot of money to do more good in our community. How much? Well....just see for yourself! 🎆🎆🎆🎆

To say that we're floored is an understatement! Because of YOU, we are able to make a huge impact on the education, health, and financial stability in our community. Thank you so very much for your support!

And speaking of support, businesses in our local community worked hard to support Columbus Area United Way and its partner agencies. We are so grateful for the participation from these companies and their employees! Below is a list of these amazing donors based on percent of employee participation, with a minimum gift of $500.

Gold Level Supporters

Companies with 60% or more participation

  • Nu Star Energy L.P.
  • Columbus Bank and Trust Company
  • Union Bank & Trust Loan Office
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Aksarben Mortgage
  • Wize Buys Abbey Carpet & Floor
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Nebraska Realty
  • Red Door Designs
  • Pinnacle Bank - Columbus
  • Great Plains State Bank
  • Colegrove Counseling Center, LLC
  • Edgewater Insurance
  • Cornerstone Bank
  • Mid-America Research Chemical Corp
  • United Way Staff
  • Pillen Family Farms/DNA Genetics
  • Gene Steffy Ford
  • First Nebraska Bank
  • Columbus Public Schools
  • Columbus Family YMCA
  • D. A. Davidson & Co.

Silver Level Supporters

Companies with 50% or more participation

  • Schumacher, Smejkal, & Elm, P.C.
  • Central Confinement Service LLC
  • OneUnited Federal Credit Union
  • Weber Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tremel Surveying, Inc
  • Audio-Logic, P.C.
  • Tessendorf Chiropractic

So what happens now? Now we get to do the fun part! The Board is meeting and will determine financial allocations to our partner agencies based on program application, assessments, and impact!

Big Apple Bagel

Let's not pretend like we don't want allllll the coffee and bagels (and those chocolate cheesecake muffins). Ten percent of sales this month at Big Apple Bagels goes to support Columbus Area United Way, so grab yourself a treat and do some good at the same time!

Start Drooling Here


The Broken Mug

Raise your hand if you've been to the new downtown location of The Broken Mug?! They have a drive through AND a separate entrance in the new Community Building downtown. Get yourself a cup of love...ie the Red Velvet White Mocha and 10% of your purchase will support CAUW!

They have so many Mugs


Special thanks to Shae Spitz for her #iPLEDGE support last month!

Join the #iPLEDGE movement!

The #iPLEDGE movement is for you, too! It's designed for small business owners who want to make a difference in their community, using the resources they have at their disposal! If you're interested (or even just curious!) please let us know! We'd love to have you join us for 2024!


We need your feedback!

The East Central District Health Assessment is ready for you! This is where CAUW gathers its data to determine our focus areas of impact- so please, tell us what you see!

ECDHD Assessment

Columbus and the surrounding communities are interested in hearing from employers to improve public transit services in and around the region. If you are an employer please complete the below survey.

NDOT Transit Survey

Columbus JAG Program  

Micro Grants for Mental Health and Substance Use 

with the Columbus Area United Way 

Columbus Area United Way and Community and Family Partnership, an initiative of CAUW has partnered with the Columbus High School JAG Students to provide students with the opportunity to choose areas or concerns in the Columbus area that they want to support, based on their own lived experiences. The grants are for projects related to Mental Health and Substance Use within the Columbus Area up to $2000. Use the attached application to describe the organization and project in detail. Application should be submitted to: egable@JAGNebraska.org  

Download Application

Meet the Newest Board Members!

Sheila Palensky

Rosa Pinto

Megan Valorz

Hope Freshour - Executive Director



Jo Suess - Development Director



Tammy Bichlmeier - Central Navigator


Roberta Miksch - Collective Impact Director


Janet Bouc - Program-Data Coordinator


Bellyni Maldonado - Bilingual Community Response Coach


Reghan Kabes - Navigation Assistant and Coach


Sarah Lindberg- Resource Coordinator


Shelly Steffensmeier - Fiscal Assistant


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