Dawn Clouse named 2021 woman of the year for her advocacy efforts in Willmar area

Dawn Clouse was awarded the 2021 Woman of the Year by the Women Inspiring and Networking Organization.

From left to right: Kari Reuvers, Deb Krueger, Dawn Clouse, and Betty Gubrud

WILLMAR — Dawn Clouse was awarded the 2021 Woman of the Year by the Women Inspiring and Networking Organization .

Clouse was recognized as a leader and advocate for the city of Willmar and surrounding counties to provide groceries and home basics to families and individuals.

She founded and is the president of Community Basics, managing the day-to-day business of the nonprofit organization that provides basic essentials.

She also serves on the board and was a part of creating Hope for Our City, which opened in 2010. Hope for Our City has been providing supplemental groceries at its weekly distribution that serves single-family homes, young families, elderly, veterans, college students, employed, underemployed and homeless.

Clouse also works with the Home to Home Project that helps families in need obtain basic household items.


Clouse is not compensated and performs her duties on an "as needed" basis.

She has a business administration degree from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska.

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