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United Way of west central Minn. seeking volunteers for community review process

WILLMAR -- United Way of West Central Minnesota is preparing for its annual community investment process and is in need of volunteers to help.

For the first time, United Way has expanded funding to cover the new regional territory of west central Minnesota, resulting in an increased need for area volunteers to help make funding decisions.

Community investment volunteers are invited to attend a one-hour training held at Bremer Bank an the following times and dates:

- 2 p.m. Feb. 25,

- 8 a.m. March 2,

- 9 a.m. March 3.

On March 25 at 8:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Willmar, panels will visit programs on site to ask questions and hear firsthand from local and regional nonprofits who receive United Way funding. The community investment volunteers then make funding recommendations to the United Way board of directors.

"This investment process completes the expansion of our organization," said Ross Magnuson, president of the United Way of West Central Minnesota board of directors. "Our region is facing financial hardships, and while our organization continues to work toward our goal, we are committed to meeting basic needs and supporting prevention programs. United Way will continue to invest our dollars where the most impact is being created."

United Way of West Central Minnesota is currently 72 percent of the way to its $950,000 campaign goal.

Volunteers interested in participating in the community investment process can contact United Way of West Central Minnesota at 235-1050.

Donors can also contribute by contacting United Way or giving online at

-- Staff reports