United Way
MSA United Way
September 2014
Campaign Video
Want to see your investment in action? Watch our 2014 Campaign Video.

These stories represent real struggles, real people and real lives, in Bismarck-Mandan, that have been transformed because of your support of MSA United Way.
 Campaign Video
Nominate a Hero
Heroes are all around us - the teachers who go above and beyond to give their students a better shot at success, the countless volunteers who dedicate time and talents to causes they believe in, the kind, the caring, the innovative, those who go out of their way to improve the lives of others.
Superhero Nomination  
Nominate your hero to be highlighted throughout the campaign here.
Paintball Open

This past Saturday, Three Brothers Paintball hosted the first annual United Way Paintball Open. The weather was beautiful and we had a great turnout raising more than $2,000 dollars for our community.


A big thanks to Three Brothers Paintball and ND Information and Technology Department for making this event possible.    


United Way Paintball

Upcoming Events
Community Talk

Next episode - Sept. 23 @11 a.m. on Supertalk 1270   

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Coins for a Cause

Sept. 22 - Oct. 3 


Pancake Breakfast

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oct. 26 at St. Mary's Central High School 


Do you have an upcoming event planned for your workplace campaign? Let us know.     

Thank You
A big thanks to Specialized Cleaning and Restoration, Inc. and Montana-Dakota Utilities, Inc. They teamed up to host a grill-out with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting your United Way.  


More than 250 people came out to show their support and more than $1,700 was raised.  



Day of Caring would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors.

Premiere Sponsors:
Wells Fargo, National Information Solutions Cooperative, University of Mary, Gate City Bank, BNC National Bank and Scheels.
Presenting Sponsors:
Eide Bailly, Western Steel & Plumbing, Crowley Fleck Attorney's, and Precision Underground
Event Sponsors:
Amy Hullet from Century 21 Landmark Realty, Coca-Cola Refreshments and Bobcat/Doosan. 
Supporting Sponsors:
Investment Centers of America, Inc., Aetna and Capital Trophy, Inc.
In-kind Sponsors:
Pure Country, United Printing, Bearscat Bakehouse, Cash Wise, Big Apple Bagels, Captain Freddy's, Royse's Twin City Produce, Starbucks and Party America.
United Way eNews
Day of Caring

If you've been a part of it, you'll understand. There's something special about Day of Caring. It carries an infectious, optimistic feeling.  

 Day of Caring slideshow 

Businessmen and women, teenagers, mothers, grandparents, students, small businesses and large corporations come together. Children work alongside parents - learning the value of volunteerism and giving back to their community. Volunteers from all walks of life unite.  


"We know we can accomplish much more working together than we ever could on our own. Day of Caring is proof of that," remarked MSA United Way Executive Director Jena Gullo. "Volunteers from all walks of life, businesses who depend on the success of our community, and organizations with common goals unite to get things done."


At 7 a.m. on Aug. 13, volunteers began to arrive at Century High School. By 7:30 a.m. the bleachers were packed. A sea of red T-shirts listening as MSA United Way Board and Campaign Cabinet leadership discussed campaign goals, community needs and solutions. By 8:15 a.m., volunteers were on their way to their assigned project. By 4 p.m., volunteers were meeting up at Captain Freddy's to celebrate the day's accomplishments.     


In a single day:

  • A record breaking 852 volunteers pitched in, investing nearly 7,000 hours in our community.
  • 41 projects were completed throughout Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding communities helping local nonprofits catch up on maintenance and make much-needed improvements.
  • More than 100 local businesses pitched in to support the event through sponsorships, in-kind donations and providing employees a paid volunteer day.
  • Thousands of pieces of clothing were sorted, and have since been distributed to more than 350 children as part of Youthworks' Back-to-School Clothing Drive.
  • Several buildings at Buckstop Junction received a fresh coat of paint.
  • Garden boxes were built and will be distributed to residents who otherwise would not have access to a garden.
  • Local schools got a jump start on school-year preparations.

If we can accomplish so much in one short day, can we not create solutions to our communities most pressing issues? Can we not keep Bismarck-Mandan great, and make it an even better place?  


Day of Caring is not new, this past event marked it's15th year. If you've been a part of Day of Caring, THANK YOU! If not, mark your calendar for Aug. 12, 2015. We promise that by the end of the day, you'll find out what it feels like to LIVE UNITED.  


Can't wait? Visit volunteerbisman.com to view current volunteer needs in our community. Become a fan of United Way to receive updates when new needs are posted.  

Success Stories - Getting Cancer Survivors on their Feet

Cancer, it's a disease that affects us all. If we're lucky, we'll not be directly affected.  


According to the US National Cancer Institute, 44 percent of all males and 38 percent of all females in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and the American Cancer Society reports, nearly 1 in 20 North Dakota residents is a cancer survivor.    


With the support of MSA United Way, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping cancer survivors get back on their feet -  literally.  


Check out this short video to see how your investments are changing lives in our community.   


For more information or to sign up for the program, call the
Missouri Valley Family YMCA
at 255-1525.  

Children Improving Children's Literacy
This past school year, more than 35 percent of low-income students in Bismarck and Mandan were not meeting third grade reading proficiency levels. Research indicates that failure to reach this benchmark makes children four times less likely to graduate from high school on time.
Coins for a Cause
North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple presents a traveling trophy to Prairie Rose Elementary.

Each year students at local elementary schools participate in Coins for a Cause. Children bring spare change to school to raise money for United Way's Imagination Library. Coins for a Cause not only raises vital dollars for this important community program, it teaches children about the importance of giving back.

Last year local children raised $14,413.23 for the program, which provided 575 children with one year of free monthly books.

The Imagination Library promotes early childhood education and fosters parent-child interaction - both of which are fundamental ingredients to future educational success. Research has shown that children who participate in the program gain the fundamental skills that prepare them for school.

Ask your children about Coins for a Cause to find out if their school is participating. The event will run from Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.