As a local United Way chapter, the Redwood County United Way Board Members determine where the funds raised are distributed. The following agencies are local non-profits that rely largely on Redwood County United Way funds to continue to operate. Every year, the Redwood County United Way touches the lives of over 12,000 people in Redwood County.If there is a non-profit agency that is special to you, as a donor, you can choose where your donation is sent.
Community Youth Foundation
The mission of the Redwood Falls Community Youth Foundation is to enhance youth participation in community recreation and education. The foundation provides scholarships to youth who may find that full registration fee for an activity is a hardship.The Community Youth Foundation was formed by dedicated parents, along with the City Recreation Department and the Redwood Area Community Education Department in an effort to encourage participation in organized recreation and education activities and reduce “risky” behaviors in youth.To apply for a scholarship, click here to download the form or stop in to the Redwood Area Community Center.Click Here to Download the Form
To make a donation to the foundation, you can stop in to the Redwood Area Community Center or mail your donation to:
Community Youth Foundation
901 Cook Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Redwood Area Compassionate Friends
The Redwood Area Compassionate Friends is a Support Group for parents whose child has died. We meet monthly at Gilwood Haven in Redwood Falls on the third Thursday of each month 7:30-9:30 PM. (except December, when there is a memorial service -Worldwide Candle Lighting-at 7:00 PM on the second Sunday) Anyone whose child has died-no matter what the age or cause of death-is welcome to attend. We find that when a child dies, there is overwhelming Community support initially, but as time goes on, it is difficult for the parents to find people who really understand what they are going through. The Compassionate Friends is here to fill that void! We have a Lending Library available at the meetings which includes reading materials and videos concerning grief that many have found helpful. We have a monthly Newsletter containing articles written by parents for parents and including a reminder of the next meeting. We are supported by individual donations and the United Way. We serve Redwood Falls, and communities in Redwood and surrounding Counties. Our Newsletter reaches about one-hundred families.
Contact people are:
John & Alice Goelz (507)557-8394
Tom & Char Ellig (507) 627-5367
Phil & Ag Johanneck (507) 627-3968
Jim & Joni Nieland (507) 644-3354
New Horizons Crisis Center
The mission of New Horizons Crisis Center includes, but is not limited to providing services and support for crime victims, advocacy for families, and educational programs in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties. New Horizons Crisis Center works with individuals and families who have been victimized by crime, while also providing preventative and educational services. We believe that being a victim can be an ongoing, life-altering experience. We are committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment through listening, advocating and empowering individuals to transition from victim to survivor. We are dedicated to the cause of reducing and preventing crime in rural Minnesota.If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Denise Kerkhoff at 507-637-5570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Buddies is a community-based, one-to-one mentoring program matching youth ages 5-18 with positive, caring volunteers. Big Buddies seeks to build relationships that nurture personal growth, develop a sense of community and are rewarding for everyone involved. Big Buddies serves all of Redwood County, as well as Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln and Lyon Counties.
A new mentoring concept called the ‘Helping Hands of Mentoring’ was recently developed within the Big Buddies mentoring program. The goals of the program are to teach the youth ways to do the following; Honoring Myself, Respect Others, Make Good Decisions, Helping Others, and Reaching Beyond my Horizons. Big Buddies also provides continuing mentor training activities to help the mentors succeed in the match.If you would like to donate or volunteer, visit the Big Buddies website at www.wcainc.org/bigbuddies.