June 2024

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Duck Race Kickoff! We had incredible support from the community and local businesses this year. Special shout out (quack out?!) to our amazing hosts!

Bank of the Valley

Big 10 Sports Bar

Bo's West

Columbus Bank

Eakes Office Solutions


Pacific Window Ting


Did you miss out on getting your ducks?

Never fear!

We still have tickets available around town. You can pick up your racing ducks at all the banks around town, any of the pacesetter companies, the Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way office! You'll want to snag some, because the prizes this year are amazing.

Invest in Colfax County

There are so many reasons to support your local United Way...and a whole lot of them live in Colfax County!

Now through July 31, your campaign donations go directly to supporting services in Colfax County. Every dollar counts.

Let's make a difference together!


Daniels Produce

Have you seen Daniels Produce popping up with all that gorgeous fresh produce?! Don't miss out on delicious fruits and veggies! As an #iPLEDGE member, for every healthy and tasty purchase you make, a portion of it supports CAUW!

Check them out!


Applied Connective

Technology is amazing. Except when it's not. That's why Applied Connective exists! They are here to help your business leverage technology to operate at peak potential. Plus, as #iPLEDGE champions, they love to #dogood in our community! We like to call that a win-win-win.

Check them out!


Special thanks to Jasper Owens and Legacy Carwash

for their #iPLEDGE support last month!

Join the #iPLEDGE movement!

The #iPLEDGE movement is for you, too! It's designed for small business owners who want to make a difference in their community, using the resources they have at their disposal! If you're interested (or even just curious!) please let us know! We'd love to have you join us for 2024!


We're hiring!

Columbus Area United Way is currently hiring for two positions!

Resource Development Assistant Director

Engage business leaders and communicate the value of Columbus Area United Way's work in the community and the value to companies in running a workplace campaign. Position will connect campaign volunteers and as well as develop strong partnerships with companies helping them plan, coordinate and execute successful and engaging fundraising efforts through financial pledging, special event planning and support, and corporate giving.

Bilingual Community Response Coach

The Bilingual Community Response Coach will assist referred or identified individuals and families in accessing needed services and resources in the community, especially during times of stress and crisis. Then if needed and agreed upon, coaching the family or individual through identified risks and needs to achieve desired goals, and to reach and sustain protective factors.

Community Response Director

Responsible for expansion and overall functioning of Community Response (CR) system, a voluntary system of support and services for children, young people, and families. Duties include supervision of CR staff, expanding CR throughout the Columbus Area United Way (CAUW)/Community and Family Partnership (CFP), implementing best practices, utilizing data to drive decisions, and providing excellent services with cultural humility and equity. Identifies system gaps and engages others through collective impact to fill gaps.

Full Job Descriptions

Hope Freshour - Executive Director



Jo Suess - Development Director



Tammy Bichlmeier - Central Navigator


Roberta Miksch - Collective Impact Director


Bellyni Maldonado - Bilingual Community Response Coach


Reghan Kabes - Navigation Assistant and Coach


Sarah Lindberg- Program/Data Coordinator


Shelly Steffensmeier - Fiscal Assistant


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