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Click here or click on the donate tab to the right to give a financial contribution towards Stuff the Bus to purchase school supplies and gift cards for teachers!

(Enter "Stuff the Bus" under donor designations)

It is estimated that more than 16% of kids enrolled in the Stillwater Area School District  
each year do not have all the tools they need to succeed in school. Community Thread and United Way of Washington County-East are joining together to meet this need by collecting  school supplies and assembling hygiene kits for students in need.
 
Please consider joining us as a sponsor to meet this need in our community to help all kids succeed.
 
 

Help all kids succeed by visiting Community Thread 
  at www.CommunityThreadMN.org for more information.
 


Join us for our Little Lumberjack Parade

Saturday, July 22nd along the St. Croix River!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

9:30 am- 10 am Registration in South Lowell Park near the Nelson St E

Pre-Register online!

10 am Parade Kick-off

10 am- 11 am Activities in the LumberKids tent

$5/child or $10/family (donations will go to United Way of Washington County East)

This parade, sponsored by Women UNITED of Washington County East, offers kids a great way to get some exercise and participate in an event which celebrates the beauty of our river valley.

Kids of all ages are invited to parade with us! Dress up as a LumberJack, LumberJane, or your favorite book, movie, or cartoon character. Moms and dads are welcome to walk with their kids. Strollers are welcome; however, bicycles are not allowed. After the parade there will be fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Women UNITED, formerly Women’s Leadership Council, is an affiliate program of the United Way of Washington County (UWWCE) which focuses on women helping women. Women UNITED is dedicated to providing single mothers with career opportunities and strong foundations of community support.

The funds raised at the Little Lumberjack Parade will help to support the Women UNITED scholarship program, Financial Independence Together (FIT).  The FIT scholarship is targeted towards single working mothers in Washington County

Women UNITED supports the mission of the UWWCE: Uniting our communities and local resources to give each person the chance to build a better life.

Please support Women UNITED and Lumberjack Days!

We hope to see you and your family at the Little Lumberjack Parade! For any questions about the parade or for more information about Women UNITED, please contact the UWWCE office at 651-439-3838 or intern2@uwwce.org


AGENCY SPOTLIGHT

At United Way, we support 22 local agencies to help our community members build a better life. 

 

National Rehabilitation Awareness week is September 17-23, 2017. This year's focus is on "Reaching Goals, Improving Lives". In our community, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - St. Croix partners with United Way of Washington County - East (UWWCE), to maximize health and independence, and empower people to realize their full potential. Our focus and vision are similar. For example, at UWWCE, our focus areas are Health, Youth, Education and Self-Sufficiency. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, offers a full range of services that address our focus areas, particularly in youth development and enrichment as well as health and self-sufficiency. Courage Kenny offers many support services for pediatric clients who live with disabilities or chronic disabling conditions, from newborns to age 18. With a focus on fun and play, therapists and other staff offer comprehensive services for youth living with disabilities. Courage Kenny is a valuable part of our community and one which UWWCE is proud to support. Outcomes show that youth participants in services at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - St. Croix become healthier, more independent and more engaged in life. With the help of the United Way of Washington County -East, the Institute served 984 children in our community last[WSG1] year. About 80% of these pediatric clients reached new goals, or maintained existing skills or health. Comprehensive, integrated and person-centered rehabilitation is the philosophy of all Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute locations. Therapists and other staff work with clients and families to maximize quality of life for people of all ages and all abilities. Funding from the United Way of Washington County-East helped provide a fully integrated continuum of services for more than 3,000 people with disabilities in 2015. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's goal is to maximize quality of life for people of all ages and all abilities, so that one day all people will live, work, learn, and play in a community based on abilities, not disabilities. United Way of Washington County-East is proud to support Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - St. Croix, one of our 22 partner agencies that is making a profound impact in our community.


St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is a non-profit organization which provides community support and funds for those in need in our community. For almost 20 years, St Andrews has been providing the Washington County area with various programs and initiatives that make our community a better place to live and work.

One of these programs, the St Andrews Community Resource Center (CRC) has been in operation for over 6 years. It is a free, integrated program of services to end homelessness and hunger. With support of the United Way of Washington County East, the CRC works to promote the distribution of basic needs to people in need in our community. St Andrew’s Community Resource Center offers immediate shelter, basic needs, individualized planning, and ongoing program of counseling. In 2015, the program fed or housed 1,853 people. St Andrew’s Resource Center focuses on a permanent end to homelessness, as a result, 90% of people who complete this program achieve long term housing stability. This attention to serving the needs of our community members makes St Andrews a unique and valuable part of our area.

Homelessness is an issue not only in our urban areas but throughout Minnesota. St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center sees this growing need and works to end it with high levels of effectiveness and efficiency. A testimonial from a participant of the program speaks well to the work done at St Andrews, “we are so thankful for St Andrews… the light at the end of the tunnel is bright and beautiful!”


One of our new partner agencies this year is ​Serve Minnesota, they have an amazing program called Minnesota Reading Corps that helps tutor our communities youth.

"One third grader gets incredibly excited whenever he sees me coming and always wants to show off how well he is reading. I'm happy that he's now spending more time reading at home and know that he's going to continue to improve." 
- Allison W., ServeMN Reading Corps Tutor, Royal Oaks Elementary (Woodbury)


 

 
United Way has four focus areas; Youth, Basic Needs, Health and Self-Sufficiency.
One of our amazing Basic Needs programs is Solid Ground's HomeAgain program.

" Having a stable home meant everything to us; it allowed us to work and keep our kids in school"
-Melody, Solid Ground HomeAgain participant  #solidgrounf #buildbetterlives
 
        

 


 

"Thanks Julia for that information and for all that you have done for (student). You have really been the one person that she has connected with I am a huge supporter of the Wellness Center at the high school and am happy to help if you ever need me to be an advocate for the program. I think it should be staffed every day." 
-Individual at Youth Service Bureau

 

"38% of Valley Outreach's clients are children. With your support, we make sure they can get nutritious food as they grow!" 


 

"Thank you for your great and gracious guidance, oversight, advice, administration and all-around grace given to me over the last four years. Getting into debt and dealing with the stresses of debt has been among the most stressful experiences of my life. I'm especially grateful for the guidance, problem solving and charitable presence of my counselor through this journey. Having someone who I could talk to face-to-face was wonderful!" - Client at FamilyMeans

 

 


 

       

This year Community Thread celebrates 50 years of service in the St. Croix Valley. As one of the first volunteer centers in the state of Minnesota, they continue to strengthen our community by harnessing the passion of volunteers and providing services that help older adults remain self-sufficient.

Research shows that when people are more socially connected, they live happier, healthier lives. Community Thread strives to build on that by creating a community where all people are engaged, enriched and connected.

One way that United Way of Washington County-East supports Community Thread is through their Older Adult Program. With locations in Stillwater and Bayport, Community Thread’s Senior Centers are friendly places where older adults receive support to remain independent and participate in community life through activities and volunteer opportunities.

Community Thread is also passionate about volunteerism. Their Volunteer Center makes finding the right volunteer opportunity a simple process using a searchable database that links volunteers to meaningful experiences throughout the St. Croix Valley.  You may be familiar with Community Thread’s signature service initiatives – Spring into Service, River Rally, Rake a Difference Day and Holiday Hope. These events engage over 1,000 volunteers each year and support older adults, low-income families and local nonprofits – all right here in our community!

Volunteers also play a central role in helping Community Thread address the aging community’s needs. Through their Chore Services and Transportation Program they engage volunteers who assist with home maintenance tasks and provide transportation to medical appointments – services that are critical to helping older adults stay self-sufficient.

Thank you, Community Thread, for your commitment to creating self-sufficiency in our community!