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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 »»

The future of school facilities

April 25, 2015 In this month’s article, I would like to share information about the Facilities Study-Planning Process and also a few personal thoughts. more »»

The Lyon County YMCA — 1908

April 25, 2015 Growing up in Tracy in the 1970s I was far removed from the YMCA movement. Looking back my closest association was probably hearing the Village People song when it was released in 1978. more »»

Growing SMSU’s ag community

April 25, 2015 Planting season is in full swing across southwest Minnesota and it is always a busy and exciting time for the agriculture communit. more »»

Energy Assistance

April 25, 2015 Even though the weather is warming up, we here at Western Community Action are still talking about the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). more »»

Volunteer value

April 25, 2015 United Way of Southwest Minnesota is very thankful for all of those who LIVE UNITED each and every day of the year through volunteerism. more »»

‘Red Bag Day’

April 25, 2015 Severe Weather Week was April 13-17. In recognition of this we are hosting an Emergency “Red Bag Day” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7. It is a program provided by Ted Stamp and Tammy VanOverbeke. more »»

ACT on Alzheimer’s

March 28, 2015 Spring has sprung. The robins have returned. Thank you to all who attended the Whopper Feed on March 15. more »»

Thank you, SW Minnesota

March 28, 2015 United Way of Southwest Minnesota held its annual progress report to the community March 24. more »»

Spring a busy time at SMSU

March 28, 2015 Spring has arrived and that means that it is time to for everyone from our surrounding communities to come out to SMSU and experience all that we have to share. more »»

Pride in the Tiger, school calendar and FLY

March 28, 2015 Spring is right around the corner, and I sometimes find it hard to believe there are only about seven weeks left in the school year. more »»

Hit the lanes to make a difference

March 28, 2015 “A hundred years from now it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was or what car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. more »»


March 28, 2015 In almost every one of the 2,700 YMCA communities the physical facility is seen as a community hub. A place that the community built and supports. more »»

YMCA: more than fitness — it’s a cause

February 28, 2015 In addition to the heart-pumping workouts you may know us for, the Y offers heart-filled help as a nonprofit focused on strengthening community. more »»

March is Minnesota Food Share Month

February 28, 2015 Be the Hero. Fight Hunger. more »»

Community investment process

February 28, 2015 An important part of United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s work is the annual review of local not-for-profit programs that seek affiliation and grant funding from United Way. more »»



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