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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

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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

The Local History of JonnyPops

We are excited to announce that JonnyPops is gifting pops at a severely reduced rate to Northfield Area United Way for our upcoming truck pull! Upper Lakes Foods is also donating ice cream treats for the event.

JonnyPops has its own local history. The origins of the company can be traced back to a dorm room at St. Olaf College, where a student named Erik shared a story with his friends.

Erik told his friends about a business idea that he and his cousin, Jonathan, had explored. The two of them wanted to create an all-natural, fruit-forward frozen treat with simple, wholesome ingredients.

But before they could embark on their new business, Jonathan passed away due to a drug overdose. It was this piece of the story that inspired Erik and his friends to take up where Jonathan had left off.

jonny-pops-creatorsJonnyPops creators Erik Brust, Jamie Marshall, and Connor Wray. 

JonnyPops were named in honor of Jonathan, and a portion of the company’s proceeds are donated to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation — a national leader in addiction treatment and recovery.

The company’s motto is “A Better Pop for a Better World,” and their belief is that every act of kindness — no matter how big or small — goes a long way.

Come to our truck pull on September 22nd at 5pm in Bridge Square to taste JonnyPops for yourself. All ice cream treats are free — and a great way to spoil your kid’s dinner!