Community Involvement

United Prairie is proud to continue to support the communities we serve through a combination of employee engagement, volunteering and of course, giving.

United Prairie launched our Denim for Dollars program in 2010 and has donated well over $150,000 to deserving charities and organizations across the company's footprint.

The Denim for Dollars program gives United Prairie employees the option to donate $5 on a weekly basis to wear jeans to work on Fridays. Donations are collected throughout the year and matched with company dollars to be dispersed to organizations chosen by each UP location.

Here is the most recent community involvement event United Prairie employees rallied behind:


United Prairie at Climb 2 Feed Kids event

United Prairie Bank was honored to sponsor and volunteer at the Climb 2 Feed Kids event in January in Mankato, MN.  

This annual event benefits the BackPack Food Program, which provides food packs to needy children to offer healthful food over their weekends away from school. Teams register to fundraise and climb 10 full laps of the entire Bresnan arena at Minnesota State University.

Teams members from the Mankato branch and United Prairie Service Center volunteered for the event. United Prairie volunteers Leslie Vermillion, Jeanette Phillips, Katie Eckberg and Megan Poehler assisted in various roles the day of the event. 

Climb 2 Feed Kids

(pictured above: Katie Eckberg, Leslie Vermillion, and BackPack Staff Member, Jamie D'Angelo)

United Prairie hosts Santa's Closet Painting Party

In December, United Prairie in New Ulm hosted a Paint Party Fundraiser for Santa’s Closet, a program that provides gifts for children in the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye area. There were 29 participants who all painted a cute snowman. They raised $290 for Santa's Closet.

Santa's Closet

(pictured above: Katie Nosbush, Kari Steele, Rachel Smith, Cherie Furth, Katie Schmit, Susannah Setterholm and Becky Hulke)