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Initial goals set for the United Way of Dunn County C-3 Center was to provide household necessities to 300 low income Dunn County residents during the first year and to connect with the community to receive an adequate number of donations to serve those in need.
Since January 1st of 2012, the C-3 Center has provided necessary household furnishings and clothing to 690 family units. The monthly inventory shows donation numbers slightly exceed distribution numbers for most of the months.
The generosity of our community donors has made it possible for us to distribute an average of 6,500 items monthly to those struggling to make ends meet. The savings experienced by our consumers equal additional fills to their gas tank, providing adequate food on the table at meal time, or being able to pay the rent at designated times.
When everything is given away free of charge, sustainability is a bit concerning. We have however been able to continue the service to the community through grants, donations and the huge hearts of community members. The United Way of Dunn County C-3 Center is staffed by volunteers, transitional workforce workers and those needing to fulfill community service hours. Being able to rely on this workforce, greatly reduces the cost of the C-3 Center. We are able to provide a pickup service for donors thanks to Jason Simonson who donates his moving van at least one day every week for our use.
What started as a questionable dream has turned into a very successful reality thanks to the efforts of The United Way of Dunn County Board of Directors, the collaboration of many of the local nonprofits, Stepping Stones, and all of the wonderful community members who have stepped up to assist with volunteering or donations. This is a clear example of what can be done if a community works together to create change in our communities.
The United Way C-3 Center is experiencing a great need for bedding. We can use good, used sheets and blankets. The colder weather has people asking for more blankets so they don’t have to turn on the heat any sooner than necessary. These donations can be taken to the C-3 Center Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., or Friday from 9 a.m. – noon. The C-3 Center will also pickup donated items. To schedule pickups, call 715-231-3066.
We invite you to join us in maintaining lasting change in Dunn County for our friends, relatives, co-workers and neighbors by donating to United Way of Dunn County’s 2012/2013 fundraising campaign. Visit us online at www.uwaydunn.org, or call us at 715-235-3800.