Seeking Nominations for Volunteer Award

Each year, Missouri Slope Areawide (MSA) United Way sponsors the Bismarck-Mandan Lifetime of Caring Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who, through a lifetime of service-work and volunteerism, has made a difference in our community. Nominations are being accepted through October 31.

Nominations can be made by going to http://www.msaunitedway.org/caring or by mail, email or fax. Nominees must describe in 150 words or less, based on the criteria below, why you think the person is deserving of the Lifetime of Caring Award. Include your name, address and phone number on your nomination.

Nomination Guidelines:

1. The person must be a long-time resident of the Bismarck-Mandan area.
2. The nominee is someone to look up to, someone who serves as an example.
3. The individual has contributed to the overall betterment of the community.
4. The nominee has consistently devoted a significant amount of volunteer
time to community service.
5. The individual was instrumental in beginning new programs or new methods
to solve community programs.
6. The person’s leadership or service work has resulted in “community-
building.”
7. The person is not currently employed by a nonprofit.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, October 31. Entries will be judged by a committee of community leaders, assembled by United Way. The Bismarck-Mandan Lifetime of Caring Award will be presented at the MSA United Way annual meeting on January 27, 2017. Nominees need not be affiliated or associated with United Way in order to be eligible.

 

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Our Community Cares

dsc_0282If you’ve been a part of it, you’ll understand. There’s something special about Day of Caring. Something about the atmosphere created by over 1,000 people working together toward a common goal of making our community a better place.

At 7 a.m. on Aug. 10, volunteers began to arrive at Century High School. By 7:30 a.m. dsc_6533jpgthe bleachers were packed. A sea of gray and blue shirts listened 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 the Dakota Zoo to celebrate the day’s accomplishments.

In a single day:

– A record breaking 1,009 volunteers pitched in, investing 8,000 hours in our community.

43 sites and well over 150 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.

– Nearly $275,000 in savings can now be reinvested into what matters, programs and services for people in our community.

Can’t wait until Day of Caring next year? You can get involved right now, by visiting volunteerbisman.com to view current volunteer needs in our community. Become a fan of United Way to receive updates when new needs are posted.

Finding Friends Through Volunteerism

Thank you to Joan Trygg, Women United Community Baby Shower Chair, for sharing Community Baby Showerwhy you love Women United and the Community Baby Shower.

For more information on Women United or the Community Baby Shower, visit http://www.msaunitedway.org/women-united and like WU on Facebook

 

Last year, as I started my normal morning routine, I did what pretty much every American citizen does… checked social media.

I opened Facebook and I saw a post from my friend Trisha. She was posting about a Community Baby Shower, an event where baby items are collected and put into baskets for new or expecting mothers in need. I clicked on the event, read the details and thought this was definitely something I could help with. The event information was from an MSA United Way group called Women’s Leadership Circle (now called Women United). I talked to a few other friends and we all decided to go and volunteer.

I arrived at the event and was a little nervous since I was the first to show up from my
group of friends and I knew no one. I was welcomed by several awesome ladies who explained to me what they’re all about and the types of events they are involved in. I remember how nice they were. Not the fake nice, but the kind of nice where you know they care and are genuinely glad you are there. We assembled the bags, got to know each other and enjoyed our day.

After the event was over, I decided to join Women United. We worked side by side at Day of Caring at Welcome House, adopted a classroom at Saxvik Elementary, collected food at the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and so much more.

This past spring, I received a Hero plaque. Certainly something I was not expecting. I don’t feel like a hero. I feel like I am part of a family – a family of ladies who are all working to help our community address the needs in education, poverty, hunger and more.

This year I had the honor of chairing the Community Baby Shower. I am proud to say that with the work of several ladies, the event was an overwhelming success. Our group of volunteers assembled 112 bags filled with necessities such as diapers, wipes, formula, pacifiers, blankets, towels, a book for each child and educational materials for the new Mothers to gain the skills they need to help their new child get the best start possible.
I look forward to the next volunteer opportunity and want to say a heartfelt thank you to all of the ladies for your hard work and, more importantly, your friendship.

 

Online Auction – Friendly Competition to Help Our Community

Travel extraordinaires and sport and entertainment fans who want to support the community are in luck come April 18, as that marks the start of MSA United Way’s Online Auction. From the comfort of your own home you can search over 100 items that will benefit United Way and our partner agencies. This will be the ninth year for this annual, community-wide fundraiser.
Items up for bid include: a timeshare, an autographed UND 2016 national championship team hockey jersey, rounds of golf, dog kennels, golf club set, grill, Medora vacation, spa packages, and much more. There’s something for everyone.
All items have been donated by area businesses, organizations and community members. The auction runs for two weeks and will end on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
“This is one of our largest fundraisers of the year,” said Jena Gullo, executive director at MSA United Way. “The auction offers an alternative way for businesses and individuals to support the community.”
For a full list of items or to place a bid, visit msaunitedway.org/online-auction.

Community Celebrates Teen’s Successful Food Drive

For two weeks in April, community members rallied around a local high school student’s food drive for the United Way Backpack Program to fight child hunger in Bismarck-Mandan. Lauryn Hinckley, a student at Century High School, coordinated her sixth Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to help feed local children. Her efforts and the support of her family, friends, and community have produced impressive results – more than 7,900 pounds of peanut butter and jelly were collected for the needy in our community, along with $3,700 to purchase additional items for the program.
On Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m., supporters gathered at Leingang Home Center to sort donations and celebrate a successful drive. Donations were collected from the public drop-off sites at Starion Financial and Kupper auto dealerships. Several businesses, such as Aetna, Bobcat, and Fireside Office Solutions held employee drives as well. Students in Bismarck and Mandan Public Schools also collected peanut butter and jelly for the drive, and volunteered to sort and pack the many jars of donations. Target, Walmart, and the Sodexo Foundation have also contributed to the event.

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The event not only marked the conclusion of a successful drive, but was part of Global Youth Service Day. This annual event is coordinated nationally by Youth Service America and is celebrated with youth volunteer projects in over 100 countries on 3 continents.
Donations from the drive will be used in the United Way Backpack Program, which is working to end childhood hunger by filling the gaps and sending healthy meals home with students on weekends and breaks. In 2015, the program – supported by volunteers, individuals and local businesses – provided 53,586 meals to students who do not have enough to eat.

MSA United Way 2016 RFP Calendar

MSA United Way will be accepting applications for funding for the 2016 funding cycle from June 10 – July 10. Applications may be submitted under United Way’s three initiative areas: Education, Income, and Health. Each initiative works toward long-term, community-wide outcomes that aim for the root of the problem to support the building blocks for a good life.

Potential applicants should consider attending the RFP review meeting on June 10.

Applications can be submitted by nonprofit organizations on United Way’s website, http://www.msaunitedway.org/e-c-impact, after June 10 and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on July 10. After submission they will go through a rigorous review process with trained volunteer reviewers, the Community Impact Committee, and the United Way Board of Directors.

2016 RFP Cal

For more information or questions on the application process, contact Chris Block at 701-255-3601.

Online Auction – Great Deals Doing a Great Deal of Good

Travel extraordinaires and sport and entertainment fans who want to support the community are in luck come April 20, as that marks the start of MSA United Way’s Online Auction. From the comfort of your own home you can search over 100 items that will benefit United Way’s Education Initiative which focuses on removing barriers that prevent students from succeeding in school. This will be the eight year for this annual, community-wide fundraiser.

Items up for bid include: a timeshare, an autographed NDSU 2014 championship team football, rounds of golf, dog kennels, golf club set, Medora vacation, spa packages, and much more. There’s something for everyone.

All items have been donated by area businesses, organizations and community members. The auction runs for two weeks and will end on Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m.

“This is one of our largest fundraisers of the year,” said Jena Gullo, executive director at MSA United Way.  “The auction offers an alternative way for businesses and individuals to support the community.”

For a full list of items or to place a bid, visit msaunitedway.org.