The boards of Board of Northfield Area United Way and United Way of Faribault are in active discussions to explore ways in which we might be able to collaborate more. One option could include a unified regional United Way serving the communities currently served by our two organizations.
We are excited to be starting this process to see how we can use resources most efficiently and have more impact for the benefit of both communities. A more regional United Way approach is one way other rural communities have seen greater success. City boundaries seem to matter less as more people work remotely or live in one community and work in another. Both of our boards believe it makes sense to explore the possibilities.
Together, the service areas of our two United Ways cover all of Rice County as well as substantial portions of Le Sueur and Goodhue counties and a small part of southern Dakota County.
We have similar missions and impact goals: Like United Ways across the nation and around the world, we fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in our community.
We provide grant funding to support the work of some of the same amazing organizations and see value in reducing the administrative burden for those that operate across the joint service area.
We both sponsor Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program providing free books monthly for young children, in our respective areas.
Our discussions are expected to take several months and will not affect this fall’s United Way campaigns. We will keep the community informed of our progress. Your input is valuable to us, and we welcome your thoughts.