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A journey, 10 years in the making

August 29, 2015 On Aug. 17, 2015, she became a citizen of the United States of America. Her name is Kweh Moo Paw Kwe and her journey to citizenship took 10 year. more »»

History in a logo

August 29, 2015 Y history in a logo... more »»

Where we’ve been, where we’re going

July 25, 2015 Over the past five weeks, Western Community Action has had the privilege of publishing informative articles about our programs. more »»

Togetherhood — giving by asking

July 25, 2015 As a non-profit organization YMCA staff often have the feeling that all we ever do is ask for help. more »»

‘Day by day’

July 25, 2015 Do you remember the song entitled “Day By Day” from the musical “Godspell”? The song tells the story of growing in faith each day and receiving the hope that comes from that faith. more »»

‘Vision 16’

July 25, 2015 School districts officially start a new “school year” year on July 1, so we are into 2015-2016, even though we have been preparing for it for many months. more »»

united way of sw minnesota

July 25, 2015 Help 3,600 local children get a good start to the school year by providing some new school supplies or hygiene products. more »»

Keeping busy this summer

July 25, 2015 It’s here — the dog days of summer! We have some very special events planned. The first is ACT: Alzheimer’s Community Team is hosting it’s first gathering at the YMCA on Friday, Aug. 1. more »»

Education and the 2015 session

June 27, 2015 Summer is flying by and good things continue to happen in the Marshall Public School District. Work in and around each of our sites continues to happen and we are finalizing staffing for next year. more »»

Innovation, technology and the ‘Y’

June 27, 2015 Since its inception in 1844 the Y has excelled at adapting to both the changing times of the nation along with the needs in the individual communities we serve. more »»


June 27, 2015 As we all know (at least, I hope we all know!), the United States is a land of immigrants. more »»

Celebrating 50 years of changing lives

June 27, 2015 Imagine a poverty-free community. Imagine living in a place where no child grows up poor, hungry, or living in unsafe conditions. more »»

Community Impact Grant awards

June 27, 2015 United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) is committed to long term community impac. more »»

Busy days at the ACC

June 27, 2015 It’s summertime! Hoping everyone is taking sometime to enjoy the beauty of the green trees, green grass and blue skies of a Minnesota summer. more »»

Developing potential for every learner

May 30, 2015 As I write this piece, commencement for the Marshall High School Class of 2015 has come and gone. more »»

One hundred-thirty years of YMCA camping

May 30, 2015 For the majority of community members the YMCA is a constant that changes little over the course of a yea. more »»


May 30, 2015 Let’s play pretend for a little while. Let’s pretend you have to leave Minnesota because the majority of the people in this state don’t like you and they have tried for decades to annihilate you. more »»

Reflecting on a great year at SMSU

May 30, 2015 The month of May is a time to reflect on and celebrate the many accomplishments of our outstanding students at Southwest Minnesota State University. more »»

Student emergency grant funds

May 30, 2015 This year marks 12 years of student emergency grant funding made available to schools in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota service are. more »»

Summer programs

May 30, 2015 Summer will soon be here! With a change of seasons: I’m always asked “so I bet your attendance drops in the summer or winter?” I just smile and say no we are really not impacted — only 14 go south... more »»



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