Everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people connected, interdependent, UNITED. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.
School Supply Drive and Distribution
Area children and youth receive a backpack with basic school supplies. Kids start school ready to learn and achieve their potential. In 2015 we have provided 267 backpacks to children throughout Richland and Wilkin Counties.
Food Backpack Project
The Food Back Pack Project is an initiative of community partnerships including the United Way of Richland-Wilkin that was piloted in 2012 in Breckenridge and Fairmount schools. In 2013 we expanded into the Campbell school and Wahpeton Zimmerman Kindergarten. In 2014 we secured resources to expand into Wahpeton K-5, St. John’s and St. Mary’s schools. The Food Backpack program in 2015-16 school year is now available to all schools in Richland and Wilkin Counties. The program provides children who are at risk of being hungry on the weekends with a backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly, nonperishable food each Friday or school/holiday break.
Each food bag typically includes: 2 breakfast items, 2 main dishes, 2 fruits, 1 snack, 1 vegetable, 2 dairy, and 1 high protein item.
Day of Caring
Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a day of meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of the community. Volunteers are assigned to assist the elderly and homebound folks of our community and tackle volunteer projects. No matter what your interest or skills, there is an opportunity for you to get involved. Some projects may include painting a room, cleaning out a flowerbed.