Northfield Area United Way

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Could you pull a big truck filled with Northfield area leaders? Probably not, by yourself. But if we pull together with a clear goal in mind, Northfield Area United Way believes we can move just about anything – or anyone – forward.

Celebrate the power of pulling together

Northfield Area United Way invites the public to help celebrate the power of pulling together with a community Truck Pull. The event will take place at Northfield’s Bridge Square starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. KYMN radio’s Jeff Johnson will emcee.

Teams will try to pull a giant Dokmo Ford truck filled with Northfield-area leaders over the Fourth Street bridge. The team pulling the fastest will win. The United Way Truck Pull is sponsored by Dokmo Ford-Chrysler, which is providing the truck.

Area leaders invited

Leaders already confirmed to appear include Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell, City Administrator Ben Martig, and Northfield’s Director of Library and IT Services, Teresa Jensen. Leaders from all areas served by the Northfield Area United Way have been invited to participate, including officials from Dundas, Dennison, Lonsdale, Kilkenny, Montgomery and Webster.

Form a team!

Teams that want to compete to pull the truck are forming now. If you would like to field a 6-to-8-person team, contact the Northfield Area United Way, 507-664-3510 or The number of teams is limited, so register your team as soon as possible.

Free cookies, apples and cider – and downtown deals

The public is invited to cheer on teams and enjoy free cookies, apples and cider. Just Food Co-op is donating the apples – thank you, Just Food!

Other downtown businesses will support the event with some special deals, which will be posted during the Truck Pull and are listed below.

AND we are very excited to announce that Imminent Brewing will donate 10% of their sales that evening to Northfield Area United Way!

Get rewards when you give!

Get rewarded with some great same-night offers from local businesses when you donate $20 or more to Northfield Area United Way during our Bridge Square Truck Pull event this Thursday starting at 5 p.m. You’ll get a button showing you gave – then stay downtown and enjoy these special deals:

**Offers valid Oct. 12 only, with United Way button**

  • Content Books, 15% off – open until 8 p.m.
  • The Hideaway, 10% off your order – open until 10 p.m.
  • Hogan Brothers, $1 off a sandwich – open until 9 p.m.
  • Mainstream Boutique, 10% off – open until 7 p.m.
  • The Rare Pair, 20% off (excludes Birkenstocks & special orders) – open until 7 p.m.
  • The Tavern Restaurant & Lounge, 20% off order – restaurant open until 9 p.m., lounge open until midnight with new late-night menu

So bring your friends, get some great deals, and contribute to a wonderful cause by having a fabulous evening.


Update on Disaster Recovery Efforts

Vehicle plows through standing water in flooded roadFollowing the earthquakes in Mexico and Hurricane Maria, United Way has taken the following steps to expand recovery efforts since the initial United Way Harvey and Irma Funds were set up. They have:

  • Established the United Way Worldwide Mexico Earthquake Recovery Fund.
  • Expanded the United Way Irma Recovery Fund to include Hurricane Maria.
  • Started disbursing money from the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund.

All three funds are accessible from Funds will be disbursed to local United Ways in the affected areas. Read More

United Way Harvey and Irma Recovery Fund

A woman leads a child through floodwaters that are waist-high on her and chin-high for the child.

UPDATE: For the latest updates in the wake of the Mexico earthquakes and Hurricane Maria, see new post, Update on Disaster Recovery Efforts. Read More

The Northfield Area United Way is allocating grants totaling $263,000 to 17 nonprofit partners in 2017-18. These organizations play an essential role in advancing financial stability (basic needs), education and health – the building blocks for self-sufficiency and a good quality of life – in our community. Read More

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, Penny has raised three children here and has been active in the community. Read More