2015 News Archives

Happy Holidays from United Way

All of us at United Way St. Croix Valley want to wish you a happy holiday season and thank you for your support this past year. Please click here for a holiday card from us. If you would like to play a fun online puzzle with the photo used in the card, click here.

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The Deerfield Holds Fundraiser for United Way

The Deerfield residents enjoying lunch

The Deerfield in New Richmond held its annual fundraiser luncheon for United Way St. Croix Valley and raised $430.42. Pictured are residents enjoying the luncheon. We are thankful for the continued support.

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Holiday Online Fundraiser Raising Funds for Food Resource Center

Holiday Online Fundraiser

You helped us raise $375 towards the $2,500 January Food Resource Center shipment on #GivingTuesday, and we are continuing with that goal with our Holiday Online Fundraiser, running through the end of the month. We are so thankful for all of the support! If you would like to help us get the new year off to a great start in the St. Croix Valley, click here.

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United Way Hiring Executive Director

United Way St. Croix Valley is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and continually seeks opportunities to advance the United Way St. Croix Valley’s mission. This role is the chief professional officer for the United Way St. Croix Valley and is responsible for ensuring implementation of the goals, objectives, and programs approved by the Board of Directors. Click here for the complete job description and requirements. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to edsearch@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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Success By 6 Receives Support from OEM Fabricators

OEMUnited Way St. Croix Valley’s early childhood initiative Success By 6 has received a $60,000 donation from the Flowers Family Foundation, Inc. OEM Fabricators, Inc., the recipient of the 2015 Wisconsin Business Achievement Award, received the donation as part of its award and selected Success By 6 as the recipient. The donation was to go to a Wisconsin-based nonprofit of the winner’s choosing.

The Wisconsin Business Achievement Award was presented to S. Mark Tyler, OEM President, by the Flowers Family Foundation, Inc. at the State of Wisconsin Business Event in Madison. The award honors the outstanding economic and philanthropic contributions of individuals or entities engaged in free enterprise.

In nominating OEM for the Wisconsin Business Achievement Award, Success By 6 Coordinator Mary Sue Ash described OEM’s innovative leadership and integrative approach which led to the company championing Success By 6’s Family Friendly Workplace Certification program--a bold initiative that engages the business community to institutionalize support for early childhood development. Success By 6 will use the award to further develop the Family Friendly Workplace Certification program.

OEM is a contract manufacturer providing advanced steel fabrication services for original equipment manufacturers. S. Mark Tyler founded OEM in 1986 in Woodville, Wis. Today, Tyler remains president of the company, operating locations in Woodville, Neillsville, Baldwin and Phillips.

To learn more about the Family Friendly Workplace Certification program visit http://familyfriendlyworkplace.org or contact Ash at msash@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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United Way Names Interim Executive Director

United Way St. Croix Valley has named Jean Needham as its Interim Executive Director. Needham was previously United Way's Resource Development Manager. She is stepping into the new role in the wake of longtime Executive Director John Coughlin's passing in August.

Needham has an extensive background with nonprofit organizations, including more than 30 years in various management positions with Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. She is also an active volunteer, currently serving as President of the New Richmond Rotary Club, Secretary of the New Richmond Community Foundation and Board Chair of The Centre in New Richmond.

A search committee has been formed to begin the process of hiring a new United Way Executive Director. United Way Board Member and Past President Jim Dahl will be heading the committee. Dahl has more than 40 years of experience as a human resources professional.

For more information about United Way St. Croix Valley or this year's campaign, contact Needham at 715-377-0203 ext. 105 or jneedham@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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Success By 6 Hiring Project Engagement Specialist

United Way St. Croix Valley is hiring a Project Engagement Specialist for its Success By 6 initiative. The Engagement Specialist works in cooperation with Success By 6 Partnership members to ensure that children in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties enter school ready to succeed. The Specialist will engage and educate business leaders about the importance of the early years and motivate them to support Success By 6 by becoming certified as a Family Friendly Workplace™. This is a new position, so the Specialist must be highly organized, self-motivated, and have strong relationship management skills. Click here for the complete job description. To apply, please email resume to Mary Sue Ash at msash@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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Dreadwood Haunted Forest Holding Food Drive

Dreadwood logoDreadwood Haunted Forest in Hudson is once again holding a food drive to benefit the United Way Food Resource Center. If you bring a nonperishable food item you will receive $2 off your ticket price. Dreadwood is open every Friday and Saturday in October and is located at 835 County Road E. United Way St. Croix Valley thanks Dreadwood Haunted Forest for its support of the Food Resource Center.

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United Way Kicks off 2015 Campaign

United Way St. Croix Valley will launch its 2015 Campaign on September 14. The annual fundraising appeal, which funds United Way initiatives and local nonprofit programs and services serving Pierce, Polk and St. Croix County residents, will run through November 13.

“We enjoy a wonderful quality of life here in the St. Croix Valley, but looking deeper reveals a number of areas of growing concern,” said Board President Dan Draxler. “The relatively high household income in some counties obscures the fact that over 10% of households in Western Wisconsin are living in poverty,” he continued.

United Way St. Croix Valley’s three focus areas are meeting basic and emergency needs, strengthening children and families and promoting health and independence. “With our mission of uniting communities, focusing resources and inspiring people to measurably improve lives in Western Wisconsin, United Way St. Croix Valley is uniquely positioned to provide solutions for the most important needs in the communities we serve,” said Draxler. Each year the fall campaign funds approximately 60 nonprofit agencies and programs.

As part of the Campaign launch, the United Way Board and staff invite the community to remember United Way St. Croix Valley’s late Executive Director, John Coughlin, by making a one-time memorial donation to United Way St. Croix Valley. Coughlin passed unexpectedly on August 22.

For more information about United Way St. Croix Valley or this year’s campaign, visit www.unitedwaystcroix.org or contact Resource Development Manager Jean Needham at 715-377-0203 ext. 105 or jneedham@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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In Memory of John M. Coughlin

John M. CoughlinIt is with heavy hearts that we remember our Executive Director, John M. Coughlin, who passed unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 22.

John worked as Executive Director of United Way St. Croix Valley for more than 20 years and was currently serving as the Board President of United Way of Wisconsin. He was instrumental in launching several key programs in his Executive Director role, including the Food Resource Center, Success By 6 and Grace Place Shelter. During his tenure he raised nearly $18 million dollars for nonprofit programs in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk Counties. John will be deeply missed and his dedication to his community will be felt for years to come.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Wednesday, Aug. 26 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson and services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Somerset. Memorials are preferred to United Way St. Croix Valley.

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Lemonade Stand Benefits United Way

Boys presenting check to John Coughlin

Five local boys hosted a lemonade stand and raised $38.95 for United Way St. Croix Valley. Pictured from left to right are Spencer Banaszynski, Lincoln Banasynski, Aidan Siebert, Liam Siebert, Conor Siebert and United Way's John Coughlin. United Way is thankful for the support.

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United Way Distributes Funds

Fund Distribution 2015The United Way St. Croix Valley Board of Directors recently approved the distribution of funds raised through the 2014-2015 annual fundraising campaign in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties. “We have had another successful year thanks to the generosity of area businesses and individuals which allows us to build strong and successful communities,” said Executive Director John Coughlin. “Our vision is for everyone to succeed in school, work and life and our partnership with other nonprofit agencies makes that possible,” he continued.

In addition to providing funds to nonprofit agencies, United Way continues to focus on its three core initiatives: United Way’s Food Resource Center, Success By 6 and Shelter for All. United Way St. Croix Valley Board President Dan Draxler said, “United Way is unique because we look at the needs in our local communities and craft solutions that address issues and bring lasting change.”

United Way St. Croix Valley awarded $570,557 in grants to support more than 60 nonprofit agency programs and services. United Way allocated the funds to create lasting impact in the categories of: Meeting Basic and Emergency Needs; Strengthening Children and Families; and Promoting Health and Independence. An additional $38,863 will go to specific agencies designated by the donors. The total funds distributed will be $609,420. United Way’s overall benefit to the community this year will be over $775,000 when food supplied by the Food Resource Center is taken into account. The Center has distributed approximately 998,000 pounds of food since opening in 2008. The food is distributed to area food pantries, shelters and senior dining sites.

Agencies meeting Basic and Emergency Needs will receive $132,050. Programs for Children and Families will receive the largest distribution totaling $172,051. United Way returns 50% of the funds donated by school district employees to the district for programs assisting students. Participating districts received $16,676 in grants this year. Support for programs that improve Health and Independence will total $95,500. Agencies in Burnett and Washburn Counties will receive $46,578 in grants and $12,933 in donor designations from funds contributed by area residents, businesses and the owner and employees of Nexen Group in Webster. United Way St. Croix Valley will continue to raise funds until it is time to begin the fall appeal.

Read the full release.

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United Way Online Auction Raises $1,595 for Basic Needs

This year’s United Way St. Croix Valley online auction fundraiser raised $1,595 to support programs that provide basic needs such as food and shelter. The auction ran from June 1 to July 2 and featured items donated by more than 35 businesses and community members.

Fifty-three items were up for bidding, and items for sale included Rock USA tickets, Minnesota Twins tickets and a variety of gift certificates.

United Way St. Croix Valley extends its thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated to the auction:

In-Kind Donors

  • Alison Scott
  • Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
  • BarnBoard Grill & Saloon
  • Cedar Lake Speedway
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
  • Dunn Brothers Coffee Hudson
  • Family Fresh Market Hudson
  • Fantastic Sams
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hudson Bagel and Coffee Co.
  • In Balance Yoga & Fitness
  • Inspiring Actions
  • Jean Needham
  • Kate Smith
  • Mall of America
  • Marc and Rebecca Ruska
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Milwaukee Summerfest
  • Minnesota Transportation Museum
  • Nature and Nurture
  • New Richmond Dental
  • Outerwall
  • Panera Bread Woodbury
  • River Falls Tire Co.
  • River Guide Kayaks
  • River Reflections Medspa & Salon
  • Somerset Amphitheater
  • St. Croix Casino
  • St. Paul Saints
  • Starshow Presents
  • Table 65
  • The Village Inn Sports Bar & Grill
  • Thunder Country 95.7
  • Trollhaugen
  • US Bancorp
  • Valleyfair
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

For more information about United Way’s online auction fundraiser contact Kate Smith at 715-377-0203 ext. 103 or ksmith@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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2014 Annual Report Now Available

United Way St. Croix Valley's 2014 Annual Report is now available for viewing online. Please visit our Annual Report page to download the report. Adobe Reader is required.

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United Way to Hold Annual Online Auction Fundraiser

Online Auction

United Way St. Croix Valley will be running its sixth annual online auction throughout the month of June. All proceeds generated by this year’s auction will be used to support programs that provide basic needs like food and shelter in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk Counties.

Each week from June 1 to June 28, United Way will post new donated items and services on eBay. This year some of the items that will be offered include Summer Set festival tickets; grocery and restaurant gift cards; Rock USA festival tickets; and a variety of sports tickets and memorabilia from teams including the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Twins and St. Paul Saints.

You may visit United Way’s eBay page directly at myworld.ebay.com/unitedwaystcroixvalley to see what is currently for sale.

For more information on the online auction, contact Kate Smith at 715-377-0203 ext. 103 or ksmith@unitedwaystcroix.org.

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United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund

Our hearts go out to the many communities devastated by the tragic earthquake and aftershocks that struck Nepal and the surrounding areas on Saturday. We have established the United Way Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund with a focus on long-term recovery and relief. United Way network partners in the immediate region, with support from United Way Worldwide, will look to work with partners in the public and private sectors to help the impacted people and communities with recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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Every Facebook "Like" Gives United Way $1 in April

PressEnter!

We are happy to announce PressEnter! of River Falls will again be sponsoring our Facebook "Like" promotion this year. For every new "Like" we receive on our Facebook page during the month of April, PressEnter! will donate $1. We are thankful for PressEnter!'s continued generosity and dedication to our United Way.

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Memorial Gifts Provide Fruit to Homebound Seniors

Love Bags

Renea Aeschliman and volunteers for the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) packed “Love Bags” for approximately 120 homebound senior citizens. The bags contained apples, oranges, bananas and tangerines. The insert read, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, This Gift of Fruit Is Just for You. Happy Valentine’s Day. Compliments of ADRC and United Way St. Croix Valley in memory of former Board member Susan Obermueller by her family and friends.” The memorial gifts will allow fruit to be purchased for several additional years.

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#DonateYourStatus in March

#DonateYourStatus in MarchHelp spread the word about United Way St. Croix Valley and the work we are doing in Western Wisconsin. During March we are providing different facts about hunger, education, health, housing and income in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties for you to "donate" your status to on your social profiles.

All you have to do is select a United Way fact (all are under 140 characters) from the Donate Your Social Status webpage and post it as your status update on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any of your other profiles.

You know how today's technology can connect people like never before--so please join United Way in this grassroots campaign to inform and advocate for change.

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United Way Supports Tax Assistance

United Way of Wisconsin has received grant dollars through United Way Worldwide to increase the number of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) eligible individuals that utilize free tax filing services in Wisconsin--specifically, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites and United Way Worldwide’s MyFreeTaxes online tax tool. MyFreeTaxes.com empowers working individuals and families with the household income of $60,000 or less to access free tax preparation and filing assistance services online. The tool is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation--in cooperation with United Way Worldwide, Goodwill Industries International and the National Disability Institute--and is powered by the H&R Block. Be sure to visit MyFreeTaxes.com or contact the local Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College VITA Program at 800-243-9482 ext. 4331. Click here for an informational flyer.

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Holiday Hope and #GivingTuesday Fundraisers Successful

Holiday Hope and #GivingTuesday logo

Thanks to everyone who donated to our holiday fundraisers. With the match we raised a total of $2,275 for Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties.

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