United Way
MSA United Way
November 2014
Little Black Dress Campaign - Creating Poverty Awareness

The Little Black Dress Campaign is a poverty awareness event led by the United Way Women's Leadership Circle. Seventy participants will wear one black dress or outfit during the week of Nov. 17-21 to illustrate the effects poverty can have on one's access to resources, confidence and ability to obtain employment, while raising funds for programs that build self-sufficiency.

Help celebrate the success.  Join WLC members, campaign participants and friends at the North Dakota Heritage Center for the Little Black Dress Campaign Celebration on Nov. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails while socializing, bidding on silent auction items, learning about the work of the WLC and celebrating the results of the campaign.

Purchase your tickets here.  


Support the campaign here.   

Upcoming Events
Nov. 14

Nov. 17 - 21


Community Talk

Next episode - Nov. 18 @11 a.m. on SuperTalk 1270   

Check out our podcasts  


Little Black Dress Campaign Celebration

Nov. 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

at the ND Heritage Center


Board Boot Camp

Dec. 3, 8:30 - 2 p.m. at Basin Electric      

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
Board Boot Camp
On Dec. 3, MSA United Way is hosting Judy S. Simon, a nationally recognized nonprofit board trainer, to present two seminars on board governance. Board Boot Camp will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Basin Electric, followed by Advanced Board Boot Camp from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sessions are open to current nonprofit board members and those interested in learning more about serving on a nonprofit board. Please RSVP by Nov. 25.
Novemeber newsletter banner - MSA United Way
Struggling for Stability 

Nikki is new to town. She came to Bismarck to live with her sister. The plan was to work together, share expenses and raise their children together. Nikki has three and her sister two. 


Nikki is a very capable, strong, hardworking woman

and things went well. She quickly found a job and within weeks she was looking at a promotion. The kids were excelling in school and enjoyed having their cousins close.  


Every day she dropped the kids off at school looking like a million bucks - freshly combed hair, backpacks slung over their shoulders, homework complete, big smiles. Things looked good.


But in reality, things were far from good. One day after walking the kids into school, Nikki went back to her car and broke down. Something had to change. She composed herself the best she could, and decided it was time to ask for help. From the school parking lot she placed a call to Neighbors Network, a United Way program targeting at-risk students attending Bismarck and Mandan public schools. Within minutes, she was sitting across the table from a social worker explaining her situation.  


Students Improving Child Literacy

We always say "every dollar counts." Well here's proof that every penny counts.  


From Sept. 22 through Oct. 3, students from 19 schools helped raise $15,083.80! Local students brought in their spare change and raised vital funds for United Way's Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Thanks to the generosity of these students, 603 children will receive one free book in the mail each month for an entire year! 


Coins for a Cause
MSA United Way Marketing and Operations Manager Amber Jensen presents Highland Acres with a plaque for raising the most money per student.

At the Elementary level, Sunrise Elementary won "Most Amount Raised" with $1,365.23 and Highland Acres won "Most Raised Per Student" with $2.94 per student. The students at those schools are now proudly displaying their traveling plaque and all received United Way pencils for their participation. Mrs. Myerchin's class at Horizon Middle School ($122) and Mr. Leingang's class at Bismarck High School ($176.94) raised the highest amount for their respective divisions and were both awarded free day passes to the YMCA.

LIVE UNITED Day - It's all about YOU
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, LIVE  UNITED Day. In recognition of the volunteers and donors across North Dakota who continually provide the resources needed to provide solutions to issues affecting friends, family and neighbors.

Wear your LIVE UNITED T-shirt and join us at Memorial Hall in the

North Dakota Capitol for breakfast, sponsored by Capitol Cafe, at 8 a.m. followed by a press conference. 


After the press conference, United Way staff and volunteers will be looking for YOU! We'll be visiting businesses throughout Bismarck and Mandan answering questions, discussing our work and saying "thank you."


How can you participate?

  1. Wear your LIVE UNITED T-shirt on Nov. 14.
  2. Join us for Breakfast and the press conference.
  3. Take to social media. Share pictures of you, your friends and co-workers. Tag us in your tweets @MSAUnitedWay and posts, and use #WHYILIVEUNITED. And be ready, we might be stopping by.
  4. Join us at Captain Freddy's beginning at 5 p.m.

Do you need a LIVE UNITED T-shirt? Stop by our office (515 N 4th St) and grab one.

What does it mean to LIVE UNITED?

Why We LIVE UNITED - Eide Bailly LLP
Eide Bailly LLP partner Lisa Chaffee shares why she and her team Eide Bailly - Why We LIVE UNITED members LIVE UNITED by partnering with United Way.  


If you're interested in involvement opportunities for your business, co-workers, employees or yourself, give us a call at 701.255.3601.
Your Investment at Work in Our Community

Through September of 2014, your generous investments have had a profound impact in the Bismarck-Mandan community. Here's a sampling:

  • 117 individuals participated in career readiness activities or received support that helped them obtain or retain employment.
  • 67 unemployed or underemployed individuals were able to find and start jobs.
  • 2,768 children learned positive behaviors and improved skills while spending time with caring, supportive mentors and tutors.
  • 463 students received weekend meals, reducing instances of hunger and improving focus at school.
  • 3,490 children are receiving monthly books, providing parents with the necessary tools to prepare their kids for school.
  • 1,704 seniors received 74,802 home-delivered and congregate meals helping them stay healthy and active while remaining in their homes.
Thank You
A big thank you to University of Mary and the Day of Service volunteers who helped organize our storage area.

Thank you to the students and staff who helped organize Pack the Pantry. The event generated more than 1,000 pounds of food for the United Way Backpack Program.

Thank you to everyone that joined us at our annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary's Central High School on Oct. 26. We had 349 community members that stopped by and helped us raise $4,762.10! The proceeds from the freewill offering will benefit programs working to end hunger in our community.


The Pancake Breakfast was made possible with the generous support of these businesses - Kirkwood Bank & Trust, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, MDU Resources Group, Inc., US Bank, KFYR-TV, Cloverdale Foods, US Foods and Flash Printing. 


Townsquare Media just wrapped their 9th annual 96 Hours of Caring! They dedicated four full days of broadcasting to creating awareness and collecting donations for local programs and organization addressing our community's needs. Thank you!