Julie Stevenson, public relations/marketing manager at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center and Clinic, is the 2012 United Way Campaign chair.
Caring for those in need is truly a race of endurance requiring the dedication of an entire community. With needs that are greater than ever, the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota serves one out of every three people in our region.
The 2012 campaign theme is "Live United!" What does that term mean for the average South Dakotan?
In a recent report on national United Way giving, it was noted that South Dakota was first in per capita United Way giving among all 50 states. Wow!
Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently noted South Dakota’s volunteer rate as fifth in the nation. He stated, “We have about 814,000 people in South Dakota and over 230,000 of them volunteer during the year. It averages to about 37 hours a year for every resident. Much of this is because groups like the United Way, who spend countless hours helping the homeless, feeding the hungry, assisting seniors and teaching (our) youth.”
These volunteer and charitable giving statistics are indeed amazing, although probably not surprising to those of us who live and work in South Dakota. Living united is what we do best.
Our family moved to Aberdeen six years ago from Minnesota. We have been amazed by the generosity of community members in both the willingness to share financial resources as well as the gift of their time.
The United Way of Northeastern South Dakota builds and maintains a collaborative partnership with member agencies so that the needs of the area may be served effectively. Funds raised during the fall campaign are distributed to 45 different programs through 19 health and human service organizations in northeastern South Dakota. This balancing of community resources and local needs is performed by a cross section of community volunteers.
United Way partner agencies:
• Aberdeen Area Senior Center: 605-626-3330
• American Red Cross-Brown County Chapter: 605-225-9664
• Boy Scouts, Sioux Council: 605-290-6699
• Boys and Girls Club: 605-225-8714
• CASSP (Child and Adolescent Support Services Program): 605-622-5992
• Cornerstones: 605-626-2298
• Aberdeen Family Y: 605-225-4910
• Girl Scouts, Dakota Horizons: 605-553-0100
• Lutheran Social Services: 605-225-1500
• Northeastern Mental Health Center: 605-225-1010