United Way and Food Pantry cultivate a growing network of giving – Wahpeton Daily News Article

Visit the Wahpeton Daily News to read Frank Stanko’s article on our work with the Food Pantry to cultivate a growing network of giving in the Twin Towns.

As a new year begins, citizens like Colette Barton, executive director of the Richland-Wilkin United Way, and Lois Fenske, coordinator of the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry, hope to engage the Twin Towns community while cultivating a growing network of giving that has empowered those who need it.

United Way recently received a $10,000 one-time grant from West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. According to Barton, the money gave United Way an opportunity to invest in a journey.

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Annual Meeting – Thank You to Outgoing President and Directors

At our recent annual meeting, certificates of appreciation were given to our outgoing President Kristen Hasbargen and outgoing Directors Kris Bernard and Ken Harty. We also welcomed incoming President Brad Pauly. These are the often behind-the-scenes people who make UWRW such a force for good in our community!


Kristen Hasbargen presents outgoing Director Ken Harty with a certificate of appreciation.


Kristen Hasbargen presents outgoing Director Kris Bernard with a certificate of appreciation.


Incoming President Brad Pauly presents Outgoing President Kristen Hasbargen with a certificate of appreciation.

St. Francis Employees give generously to United Way of Richland-Wilkin

Committee members from the Healthcare and Wellness Foundation Employee Giving Campaign presented the United Way of Richland-Wilkin a gift in the amount of $8,800 for their 2013 campaign.  Colette Barton, United Way Director accepted the gift on April 3, 2013.

The Employee Giving Campaign was a huge success with over $33,000.00 raised for various programs to assist in further developing services at St. Francis and for our communities.” said Juli Mauch, Executive Director of the Healthcare and Wellness Foundation.  “This is just another example of how, the staff at St. Francis continue to show their compassion, one of our core values at St. Francis.”

“This is a significant gift for the United Way and we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Colette Barton, United Way Director.  “This will help make an impact in our mission.”

The Healthcare and Wellness Foundation collaborates with the Richland-Wilkin United Way in this project.

St. Francis employees give generously to United Way of Richland-Wilkin

Pictured from left to right:

Saint Francis committee members, Scott Hansen, Heather Muehler, Colette Barton; United Way Director, Karen Speidel, and Linda Miranowski.

Spring Fling supports Food Backpack Project

spring fling 2013

The Spring Fling Home-based Vendor Shopping event held on Saturday, April 13th was a huge success for the Food Backpack Project.  Food items were collected from the attendees to help feed hungry kids on the weekends with a bag of food put right into their backpack.  If you are interested in helping with this project please contact the United Way office, 701 642-1250.  Thank you to all those who helped on Saturday :lol: