March 2024

Did you know that this is one of the busiest times of year for the Columbus Area United Way board? Why? We're glad you asked! Board members spend this time meeting with every partner agency and every direct program to determine the financial allocations for 2024!

We're so grateful for the time, energy, and thoughtfulness they put into this process and we all work together for the improved health, financial stability, and education of our community!

Erin Nahorny- Nebraska Realty

The real estate market is heating up for the season! Whether you are buying or selling, you need an expert on your team! Call Erin Nahorny, now with Nebraska Realty, to guide you through the process. Bonus: as an #iPLEDGE supporter, Erin is supporting our local community as you support her!! #liveunited #winwinwin

Check her out!


Homegrown Nutrition

HomeGrown Nutrition is shaking things up (see what we did there?)! Go get yourself a healthy and delicious shake! This month, a portion of sales go to support CAUW. So you're doing good for you, good for a local business, and supporting your community!

Good Vibes Only


Tropical Smoothie

Sooooooo have you tried the new bowls yet? They are *super* refreshing (looking at you, Acai Bowl). You should give it a try! PLUS if you go in on March 26th, 20% of sales go to support CAUW! That's a pretty sweet deal!

I'm on Tropic Time now!


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!


Mark your calendars!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Wear Blue Day is Friday, April 5th. So lay out your clothes and get ready to help us raise awareness!

Mental Health Matters

Janet has retired! We (already) miss her so much, but we're so excited for her newfound freedom! Here are some fun things to know about her:

What was your very first job, and how old were you when you started?

I worked at the Columbus Kentucky Fried Chicken. I started the day after my 16th birthday.

What were some of the highlights of working at UW?

Working with the amazing, caring staff here is the best highlight.

Through working here, I was able to meet several amazing people that work with other non-profit organizations across our service area. My favorite part of the job was working with our area school nurses, counselors and staff as part of the Student Health Program.

What are you most excited for in retirement?

More grandkid-time and family time, golfing, fishing, atv-riding, swimming, walking, reading, drinking my morning coffee on the front porch. I plan to visit the Columbus Family Y several times a week.

Will you still set your alarm for your first day of no work?

No. I am looking forward to no alarm on most mornings!

(Psssst if you're curious about what this means for the CAUW team, you should know that we're hiring! Take a look 👇👇)

Columbus Area United Way is hiring for a Resource Support Specialist! If you're great at details and want to make an impact on your community, we want to hear from you. Check out the full job description here:

Resource Support Specialist

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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