Interlakes Area United Way
January 10, 2020: Volunteers requested from two counties

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Interlakes Area United Way (IAUW) is looking for dedicated individuals who reside in Miner and Moody Counties to join their board of directors.

The volunteer board is responsible for managing the agency as well as raising and distributing funds within its service territory. Duties and responsibilities generally include attending monthly board meetings and assisting with fundraising events or community volunteer projects.

"On average, a board member can expect to volunteer two to four hours per month," IAUW President Lori Gustaf said.

IAUW coordinates financial and volunteer resources for other non-profit agencies and programs in Miner, Lake and Moody Counties. The group coordinates annual fundraisers as well as works with area businesses to coordinate employee and corporate giving. In turn, IAUW distributes funds to non-profit groups throughout the three counties.

"We connect volunteers, agencies and resources to address and provide for local needs," said Gustaf. "Ultimately, we aim to contribute to the betterment of the communities we serve."

Driven by a mission to create long-lasting change, IAUW supports projects focused on the building blocks of a good life: education, financial stability and health. 

In 2019, IAUW provided funding to 19 agencies and programs located in and/or serving Miner County, including Children's Care Corner, Delta Dental Mobile Program, Miner County School Supplies, Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, among others.

Twenty-two agencies from Moody County received funding, including the Boys & Girls Club of Moody County, the Flandreau Lego League, Delta Dental Mobile Program, Flandreau Elementary Weekend Fuel and more.

"Many of the agencies we support are located within or directly serve these two counties," Gustaf said. "However, we currently do not have anyone from those regions on our board. We'd love to have one or more individuals join and fill that missed connection and potentially create more opportunities to better serve the areas."

IAUW's board has a 15-member capacity. Terms are three years and run from January to December. 

"I'm confident there are people in both counties who are passionate about giving back, but maybe haven't found the right opportunity to do so," said Gustaf. "I would encourage them to consider United Way. It's extremely rewarding knowing you are making a difference in the lives of so many." 

To learn more about IAUW or its board, message Interlakes Area United Way on Facebook or call 605-291-6359.