Raised Here, Stays Here
United Way of Northeastern South Dakota is a local organization that focuses on programs and initiatives in the area we call home. UWNESD includes six counties – Brown, Day, Edmunds, Marshall, McPherson, and Spink. 99 cents of every dollar raised in our area stays here, creating and strengthening exceptional programs that are fundamental to the success of individuals and families needing support. Since 2010, over $5.3 million have been distributed to missions focused on every stage of life – from babies to seniors – UWNESD fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.
History of United Way of Northeastern South Dakota
The Aberdeen Community Chest originated on February 10, 1932. The purpose of the organization was to aid and assist local agencies by soliciting contributions for charitable purposes. The initial campaign raised $22,175 for familiar agencies such as the YMCA, YWCA, Boy & Girl Scouts, The Salvation Army, and the Red Cross.
In 1967, the Community Chest became affiliated with the United Way of America becoming Aberdeen Area United Way. The name was changed again on May 19, 1999 to the United Way of Northeastern South Dakota, reflecting the region it served.
From its inception until 1976, the organization was run primarily with volunteers. Today, two full-time staff manage the day to day operations, but the organization still greatly depends on the assistance of volunteers. At this time, over 200 dedicated volunteers help conduct the annual fund drive. Without these dedicated individuals contributing their time and talents, the United Way of NESD would cease to exist.
The annual campaign is conducted every fall from September to December. Funds raised during the campaign are distributed to 20 health and human service organizations in northeastern South Dakota.
The more funding United Way can provide to each agency, the more time these agencies are able to dedicate to their mission and continue the exceptional services they provide to the people of our region.
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