Power of the Purse

Save the Date PP

Join us for exciting evening featuring the dynamic Katie Dilse, silent and live purse auctions, great food, great wine and great company.  Invite your girlfriends, sisters, and coworkers to join you for this fun evening out in support of early childhood education.  All funds raised are used to support Empower’s mission of better preparing our community’s children for kindergarten.


Saturday, May 17th, 2014 • 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Life Center Auditorium on the MinnWest Technology Campus

1800 Technology Drive NE, Willmar



 Hors d’oeuvres from Heglund Catering
Wine from the Oaks at Eagle Creek
 Silent Auctions begin


 Katie sees the beautiful spirit in everyone! Her Laughter, smile and zest for life are truly contagious! Her presence on stage is captivating and you will hang on her every word, and leave wanting more of her funny, heartwarming and genuine stories!


 Live purse auction with Kristine Fladeboe Duininck

Register Now!



Bellaforma Boutique
Family Eye Center
Teresa Holwerda Insurance Agency
Family Practice Medical Center
Three Sisters Furnishings
Stacy’s Nursery


POP Purses

Dine Out 4 UW

Get ready to “Dine Out 4 United Way!”  Every Thursday in January, February and March you can help create lasting change in west central Minnesota by enjoying great food with family and friends.  Here’s how it works.  Participating restaurants donate a portion/percentage of purchases on Thursdays on breakfast, coffee break, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks.  Check the schedule below to see the participating locations and then grab your family and friends and make plans to Dine Out 4 United Way of West Central Minnesota!

Mar 2014







March 6th
  Domino’s Pizza donating 15% of sales
  Spicer Castle – donating 10% of sales
  Masters Coffee Shop & Bakery in Olivia donating 100% of brewed coffee sales
  O’Neils in Spicer donating 15% of sales

March 13th
  Domino’s Pizza donating 15% of sales
  Westwood Cafe donating 10% of sales
  Jack’s in New London will donate 20% of sales
  O’Neils in Spicer donating 15% sales

March 20th
  Domino’s Pizza donating 15% of sales
  Deidra’s will donate $1.00 for every cupcake (no pre-orders limit 1 dozen per customer)
  Spicer Castle – donating 10% of sales
  O’Neils in Spicer donating 15% of sales

March 27th
  Domino’s Pizza donating 15% of sales
  Westwood Cafe donating 10% of sales
  Jack’s in New London will donate 20% of sales
  O’Neils in Spicer donating 15% of sales
  Applebee’s in Willmar Donating 15% of your bill with this flyer
Applebee’s Flyer
Download the entire March Dine Out 4 UW Schedule!


Support Recovery and Rebuilding in the Philippines

>Thank you to everyone who has reached out with offers of support for the Philippines.  United Way Worldwide has been in contact with Rapa Lopa and his team at Philippine Business for Social Progress (United Way in the Philippines).  We are pleased to report that they are safe and working hard to identify and address both the immediate and long-term needs in the affected areas.   To that end, United Way Worldwide has reactivated the United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund.  The fund will be allocated to our partners in the Philippines, and contributions will be tax deductible for donors in the United States.  For more information click here.

Community Business Blitz

United Way of West Central Minnesota is touching lives in your community.  Your United Way is working to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of its communities to create lasting change.  Community Businesses like yours helped us to raise over $40,000 during last year’s blitz to provide critical services.  Your gift will impact lives, by strengthening early childhood education and after school programs, helping families get out of poverty, or supporting programs that improve health in West Central Minnesota.

We invite you to join us for the Annual Community Business Blitz: Thursday, October 24th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.  Volunteers will be contacting local business throughout west central Minnesota and asking them to LIVE UNITED.

All businesses that have pledged their donation or mailed it directly to United Way by October 24th will be recognized on our United Way website and Facebook page.  These businesses will also be entered into a drawing for an advertising package from Lakeland Broadcasting Company.

09-26-12 LBC Logo TopperThis package includes 60 thirty second ads to be played on the Lakeland station of your choice – this is a $1200 value!  (The ads must be placed by 12/31/2013.)

Your participation in this year’s blitz would help the lives of so many in our community.   Please remember, all businesses making a pledge or a contribution to United Way by October 24th will be included in all blitz day promotions and drawings.  Find out more about United Way of West Central Minnesota at liveunitedwcm.org.

Thank you for your support and consideration.


Power of the Purse

This never ending winter was really bumming us out, but today’s delivery of fourteen handbags from our favorite “purse fairy” has warmed our hearts and brought some much needed color to this drab day! We’ve been blessed by this purse fairy for the past several years any anxiously await a call from her every spring! Her delivery of fun purses and her loving descriptions of each of them is a real treat! We love chatting with her about leather, suede, colors, patterns and so much more. She puts a lot of time and and careful consideration into selecting these just for our event. We aim to have over 50 purses, baskets and packages at this year’s event and today’s delivery has gotten us one step closer! We’re really looking forward to this event because we love to chat with the attendees (who are some of our most fantastic supporters!) and we are excited to talk about the great things that Empower is doing here in our community! You should consider joining us…it’s a great day out in support of a great cause! To learn more or to register, head over to www.liveunitedwcm.org and click on the purse!

One of the great purses received today!


Dine Out for United Way

We are so excited about this upcoming event! It’s 10 days (Feb 16-26) of dining out fun…all to support United Way of West Central Minnesota! We are so greatful to all of the local business that are participating in this event! Please check out the calendar and plan to grab a meal, coffee or treat to help us out!

FIRST UP…CUPCAKES! DEIDRA’S IN WILLMAR IS BEING VERY GENEROUS! SHE’S BAKING UP CUPCAKES AS WE SPEAK TO SELL TO YOU FOR $1 EACH ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO UNITED WAY! (Here’s an idea…call Deidra in advance and order up a dozen for the office…or bring a couple to parent-teacher conferences…a little chocolate goes a long way!)


Art Empowerment Art Pics are Here!

Art is flowing into our office this week…what fun! I’m attaching photos of most of the great stuff we’ve received so far. I’ll add more as it comes in! Can’t wait for Friday! Call now to reserve your ticket!

Advance and Home to Home Team Up!

Our young leaders group, Advance, is teaming up with Home to Home, the home of United Way’s Gift In Kind program. Gift in Kind allows us to distribute housewares and basic essentials to those in need in our community. Advance…well, they are teaming up to first complete a small remodel project at Home to Home and then to help move the inventory and finally to manage it! Such a great partnership…we love to see these things happening here at UW!

Art and Jazz!

We are really excited about our upcoming fundraising event: Art Empowerment! The event takes place at the Oaks at Eagle Creek on Friday, November 4th at 7:00 pm. We anticipate a fabulous night of art and jazz! We will sell, via silent auction, over 30 peices of art created by local artists! This year we focused on repurposed art (i.e. chandelier made out of mason jars, giant flowers made from rail road ties, etc.). And…to top it all off, we’ve brought in a wonderfully talented band, Lion and the Bloom! This Twin Cities jazz band is sure pair just perfectly with our art! What a fun evening! Tickets are $20 if purchased by 10/28, or $25 after 10/28. To RSVP please email us at sara@liveunitedwcm.org or call us at 320.235.1050!