Dickinson is a Metro Size 7 United Way in dollar amounts raised.
In its more than 50 years of existence, the United Way of Dickinson has brought the community together to focus on the most important needs – building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference.
Overview of the organization
United Way of Dickinson provides solutions that assist seniors and the disabled, strengthen families, promote self-sufficiency, and nurture youth. Thousands of contributors, volunteers, and community partners work together with United Way of Dickinson to make a lasting difference in the community by contributing countless hours to the United Way and its partners to focus on solutions for the community.
Through a once-a-year community campaign, United Way of Dickinson raises money on behalf of organizations in Dickinson and the surrounding area. This year United Way of Dickinson was able to help fund seventeen organizations. This campaign is the only source of funding for many of these organizations. It is only through the participation of the community that United Way is successful in its mission to build the community.
Resources go to organizations that improve the quality of life for people in the Greater Dickinson Area. These organizations demonstrate leadership, commitment, and concern for the community to help build the future of the Greater Dickinson Area. Resources are invested in several ways to address the most pressing health and human service issues in the Greater Dickinson Area of Southwestern North Dakota.
United Way of Dickinson is the collective power of people working together toward long-term solutions that bring about changes and solutions that are important to the community. These changes are essential to improve the quality of life and truly help build the future of the Greater Dickinson Area.
Making a difference
Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions:
Older adult client states, “I am basically homebound except when my husband has off from work and he takes me. I’m on oxygen and basically afraid of anyone else taking me. I enjoy the visits with my Senior Companion and time spent playing games. It’s getting lonely being at home days on end, after working the past 45 years”.
Community Action Partnership Emergency Services:
Community Action Partnership worked with a couple who needed assistance with a car repair. It was their only vehicle and they needed it to get from point A to point B. He is in his late 80’s and she is in her 70’s so it is difficult for them to walk to their destinations. Our agency was able to assist utilizing United Way funds to pay for their car repair. We received a thank you card from them that said, “thank you so much for your time, kindness, and caring souls”. “We don’t know what we would have done without your help”. We do not have any other funds which can help with emergency needs such as these so United Way is definitely greatly appreciated by our staff, agency, and our clients.
Community Action Partnership Prairie Rose Recovery Center:
A member of the Prairie Rose Center (PRRC) that had a huge turn of events in his life starting in 2013 was diagnosed with a rare disorder. He had a hard time coping with the issue. He refused to take his medications or interact with anyone that was trying to help him. During many months of counseling sessions and conversations with PRRC staff he was still determined to remain active at the center. He had good and bad days but still managed to come to the center as often as his mind and health would allow. After a year of many counseling sessions and time spent at the center he finally felt comfortable around other PRRC members and staff. He attends the center often and continues to be an active volunteer.