Northfield Area United Way


What do you know about Northfield?

You may be surprised to learn…

  • The percentage of people in Northfield who live in poverty is higher than the Minnesota average.
  • 30% of adults in Rice County are obese. That’s higher than the statewide average, too.
  • Only half of people in Northfield have healthy teeth and gums.
  • Though people often think of Northfield as a highly educated town, just 50% of the working population here have earned a bachelor’s degree or more.
  • Only 60% of 3rd grade students in Northfield meet or exceed a 3rd grade reading level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • And only 34% of our low-income 3rd grade students do so. Students who don’t meet that goal are 4 times less likely to graduate from high school.

How does the United Way help?

The Northfield Area United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in our community.

Your donation joins with others to do good across the community, going where the needs are greatest and supporting our nonprofit agency partners as they implement evidence-based solutions to our community’s most pressing problems.

Together we are more than the fundraisers. We are the hand raisers. The game changers.

Who benefits?

Who benefits when we all do our part to ensure our young people and our neighbors in crisis have the support and opportunities they need? We all do. 

Who directly benefits from United Way funding? 1 in 3 area residents:

  • Preschoolers receiving a free, age-appropriate book each month from Imagination Library to help them get ready to read and succeed in school.
  • Kids from low-income families getting their first chance to go to summer camp or to play a club sport.
  • Youth connecting with caring adults as they face challenges and set new goals.
  • Low-income seniors benefiting from a midday meal in the company of friends.
  • People of all ages struggling to manage health conditions with limited access to medical and dental care.
  • Kids and adults with disabilities whose days are enriched with new activities and outings.
  • Families receiving much-needed extra support to get through a tough time like a job loss or a chronic illness.
  • Survivors of domestic violence finding a safe place to call home and the caring support they need to move forward and reclaim their lives.

Northfield Area United Way partner agencies step up in these and many other ways to support people a lot like you in our community.

A cycle of giving and caring

The solutions we create together have long-term benefits. Those who are helped become self-sufficient and able to help others in turn. It’s a cycle of caring – a culture of giving back and having each other’s back. That’s what it is to LIVE UNITED.