United Way
MSA United Way
March 2015
Upcoming Events
Community Talk
March 10 @ 11 a.m.
Super Talk 1270
March 17

Online Auction
April 20 - May 1    
Online Auction
The 8th annual United Way Online Auction is coming this spring. The auction will run from April 20, 2015, to May 1, 2015, with proceeds supporting collaborative efforts to strengthen our local community.

Past auction items include: weeklong timeshare stays, Minnesota Vikings tickets, NDSU Bison memorabilia, weekend getaways, power tools, local artwork and much more.

All items up for bid are donated by area businesses and individuals. If you would like to donate an item, fill out the form found here.
2014 Report to the Community
United Way Annual Report
Career Opportunity
Are you, or is someone you know, interested in joining an exciting and progressive organization that offers infinite possibilities for advancement? Does organizing a community event like Day of Caring sound interesting?

We're currently seeking qualified candidates for a key position.

Thank You
A special thanks to the volunteers, donors and partners who made the 2014 Campaign a huge success.

2014 Premiere Sponsors:
BNC National Bank, Gate City Bank, National Information Solutions Coop. Scheels, University of Mary and Wells Fargo Bank

2014 Presenting Sponsors:
Crowley Fleck PLLP, Eide Bailly, Precision Underground and Western Steel and Plumbing

2014 Event Sponsors:
Aaron Bitz Productions, Basin Electric Power Coop., BNI Coal, Bobcat-Doosan, Century 21 - Amy Hullet, Choice Financial, Cloverdale Foods, Coca Cola, Kirkwood Bank, KXMB, MDU Resources Group, Inc., Ryan Dodge, Sanford Health, Specialized Cleaning and Restoration, Stifel, Three Brothers Paintball and United Printing

In addition, we would like to thank Basin Electric Power Coop. for providing Annual Meeting production support, and Aaron Bitz for donating his time in creating the campaign reveal animation.
2014 in Review 
As a whole, North Dakota residents are doing well. Our schools are among the best in the country, unemployment rates are at record lows and our state surplus is in the billions. But not everyone shares in the prosperity.
  • In Bismarck-Mandan, 45 percent of young children living with a single parent, live in poverty. This number rises to 84 percent for Native American children.
  • More than 13,000 individuals in Burleigh County rely on food pantries to meet their nutritional requirements.
  • Economically challenged students in North Dakota are 22 percent less likely to graduate from high school.
  • Only 29 percent of youth in Bismarck-Mandan feel they have a positive adult role model.
At United Way, we've been asking ourselves, "How can we leverage this prosperity to improve the quality of life for all of our residents? How can we use this opportunity to build a strong foundation for the future." We've found the answer. It's you. 
2014 United Way Campaign results
View the 2014 Campaign results

This past year, your generosity changed thousands of lives for the better, and your support of the 2014 Campaign will ensure this important work continues.

In 2014:
  • Ninety-three families worked with United Way case managers this school year, creating stable environments for struggling students.
  • The United Way Backpack Program provided 42,192 meals. Reducing stress and hunger, and improving health and performance for nearly 500 students.
  • Mentors and tutors worked with 3,198 students, improving skills and exhibiting positive behaviors.
  • More than 100,000 home-delivered and congregate meals helped seniors remain independent and healthy.

What to learn more about the impact of United Way? View our 2014 Report to the Community for local information, United Way focus areas and annual impact data, and see you contributions in action by watching our Success Stories on YouTube.  

Papa's about more than Pumpkins
Unless you're new to the Bismarck-Mandan region, you've probably heard of Papa's Pumpkin Patch. What you may not know about the patch is that it gives much more than smiles and memories. Over the past 30+ years, the patch has donated more than $500,000 to community programs.

However, Papa's Pumpkin Patch patriarch Dave Pearce's commitment
Dave Pearce Video
Learn more about Dave
to our community, both locally and globally, stretches far beyond the patch. His portfolio of volunteer efforts includes strategic planning with local charities and organizations, mentoring youth through Corpus Christi Church and leading business trainings in developing countries. In 2011, Pearce received the President's Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of his volunteer service.

Each year, we have the great honor of presenting the Bismarck-Mandan Lifetime of Caring Award to an individual who has made a difference in our community through a lifetime of service work and volunteerism.
At January's Annual Meeting, Dave Pearce received the 2014 Lifetime of Caring Award. Learn more about him by watching this short video.
WLC Steps it up for Students
How can we make the greatest impact? It's not a simple question,but the answer seemed clear to the United
Adopt-A-Classroom video
See the impact
Way Women's Leadership Circle (WLC) after a Day of Caring project connected them to needs at Saxvik Elementary.

This past August, WLC members spent a day organizing classrooms and preparing materials for the upcoming school year. "When we were there, we all felt that we were contributing something to our community and the teachers were so appreciative," commented Teresa Chrest.

The WLC Steering Committee immediately began discussions with school officials and identified Saxvik Elementary as a place where students could benefit from adult volunteers. "Students love to work with and show adults what they've learned. Having the United Way Women's Leadership Circle volunteers make connections with students has been very beneficial," said Saxvik Elementary Principal Linnett Schmidkunz.

This volunteer opportunity aligned perfectly with a local need identified by partner agencies, donors and United Way's Need Assessment. The assessment reported that only 29 percent of youth in Bismarck-Mandan felt they had a positive adult role model. WLC Steering Committee Vice Chair Dorothy Lick explained "A goal identified this year was to have even more contact with kids and be involved in a more hands-on way."

"In the short time that we've been doing this, they've been able to trust me as another adult in their lives. When I come in (to the classroom) they all want to tell me how they are, what's new in their lives. They share their lives with me, and that's really exciting," commented volunteer Teresa Chrest.