Northfield Area United Way

Introducing Our New Director

Penny Hillemann is the Northfield Area United Way’s new executive director. She started work on May 22.

Penny comes to us after 12 years at Neuger Communications Group, where she worked with many of the firm’s nonprofit clients. A Northfield resident since 1990, Hillemann has raised three children here and has been active in the community.

She currently serves on the boards of Just Food Co-op and River Bend Nature Center and was a longtime member of the board of Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). She also served on the boards of Children’s Culture Connection and Nerstrand Elementary School, a K-5 charter school.

“The Northfield Area United Way is really excited about having Penny as our new executive director,” says board chair Helene Haapala. “Her background and training are a great fit for us, plus, being a local resident, she has a good understanding of our local community and many of the partner agencies we work with.  Welcome aboard, Penny!”

Penny says, “I’m honored and excited to work with the Northfield Area United Way! I look forward to strengthening collaborations with local businesses, individuals and our partner agencies to address our community’s most pressing needs and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Please Donate Coats and Warm Winter Clothing!

project-friendship-2-2015(Dec. 13, 2016) – Baby, it’s cold outside! And many Northfielders are feeling the chill. So, AmeriCorps and the Northfield Area United Way have joined forces in a coat drive to wrap our residents in warmth. Read More

Why Give to United Way?

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Tell Your Friends about Give to the Max!

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Hey, United Way supporters, did you know you can help raise funds NOW for Give to the Max Day, Nov. 17?  How? Use your favorite social media — Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram — and start letting people know what you care about. Read More

The tutor and the first grader sat side-by-side, working on a reading exercise together.

“Miss Rachel, you have a lot to teach me!” the student suddenly exclaimed.

The tutor, Rachel Miessler, remembers this moment vividly. “I have many great memories from my time as a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor,” she says.

Minnesota Reading Corps is an initiative of ServeMinnesota, an organization funded in part by Northfield Area United Way to meet critical needs and create positive change in Minnesota. Reading Corps is designed to address the state’s high rate of early literacy failure by training AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors. These tutors work with students age three through grade three who need supplemental support in order to reach reading proficiency. Read More