University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

United Way’s 2011 Campaign has officially kicked off

local.3colorThe United Way is the easiest and most powerful way to invest in your community. It advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all, while focusing on the building blocks for a good life -- education, income and health.

For many families in our community, the basic ingredients for a good life are becoming increasingly beyond reach.

Local service providers have seen an increase in demand for direct services, and United Way has seen an increase in funding requests. Now, more than ever, our community needs to come together to Live United and create long lasting changes to prevent problems from happening. Donations can be made through payroll deduction by filling out a pledge card.

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Did You Know:

  • On Aug. 1, St. Vincent of Grand Forks officially changed its name to St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store.
  • St. Joseph’s provides emergency financial assistance to those facing eviction or utility disconnect, as well as to those unable to afford medication and related travel expenses.
  • This year, St. Joseph’s Free Summer Food program for youth distributed 11,913 meals at 7 locations in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
  • In 2010, United Way funds helped St. Joseph’s emergency food pantry distribute 257,829 pounds of food to 2,183 households.
  • The Grand Forks Senior Center serves 55,000 meals each year at its five dining sites in Grand Forks.
  • According to AARP an average of 7,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day - that’s 2.5 million a year.
  • In 2010, the GF Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program delivered 19,195 meals with help from volunteers and United Way funding.
  • This year, United Way funds supported a program at the GF Senior Center that helped 106 seniors get back $31,800 in checks for rent rebates.
  • The Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) is aware of 900 children living in violent homes in our community.
  • CVIC provides guidance in obtaining protection orders, as well as with seeking medical treatment for broken bones, larynx fractures from strangulation, concussions and sexual assault.
  • Last year, CVIC provided crisis and intervention services to 841 people and responded to 991 crisis calls.
  • In 2010, United Way funds helped CVIC shelter and support 103 women and children.
  • On any given night, the Northlands Rescue Mission houses an average of 118 people.
  • This year, Northlands expects to serve around 102,000 meals and provide 42,000 nights of lodging.
  • In 2010, United Way funds helped the Northlands Rescue Mission provide 39,627 nights of lodging and 97,717 meals.
  • Altru’s Y Family Center emphasizes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
  • The Y Family Center is one of the largest providers of child care in the community, providing care for infants thru school age children, helping them to grow and thrive.
  • In 2010, United Way funds helped the Y Family Center provide $24,876 in scholarships for children to participate in child care, day camp, mentoring, swimming, and youth sports.
  • 1 out of 7 adults in Grand Forks County is uninsured and medically unprotected.
  • The Third Street Clinic is the only medical safety net of its kind in our community.
  • Approximately 1,500 patients visit the Third Street Clinic each year.
  • Last year, United Way funds helped Third Street Clinic provide about $150,000 in medical services to Grand Forks residents.

With your help, we can do more. Please donate to United Way. Contact United Way at 701-775-8661 or

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