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 almost $200,000 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 Pedals Past Poverty
In February, United Prairie team members participated in the Pedal Past Poverty fundraiser for Partners for Affordable Housing at the YMCA in Mankato. Twenty employees joined the fun making up 2 teams of 10, "Wheels of Steel" and "Wheely Awesome". Each team member pedaled on a stationary bike for 20 minutes, and teams competed for prizes for the most distance. They pedaled a combined totaled of 90 miles!
United Prairie raised almost $2,700, which included donations collected by participants, a company match of $1000, and several in-house fundraisers. The Pedal Past Poverty event raised a total of over $103,000 dollars! It was all for a great cause, and everyone had a great time.
(pictured above: Katelyn Prouty, Katie Fara, Rachel Flowers, Laura Thompson, Rosi Back, Crystal Hoffman, Heather Hinsch, Anna Larson, Chris Dehning, Katie Oftedahl, Erin Randall)
United Prairie Has Heart
In February, the 13th Annual "Have a Heart" Gala was held at New Ulm Event Center. Funds raised at this event went towards bringing 3D mammography to the New Ulm Medical Center. This new screening and diagnostic tool is designed for earlier and clearer breast cancer detection. Employees from United Prairie in New Ulm attended the event, which included a social hour, dinner, silent and live auction, and entertainment.
(Employees pictured above with their guests: Kari Steele, Katie Nosbush, Mark Petersen, and Julie Wilson.)