Community Involvement

Denim for Dollars

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.

Owatonna D4D

(Owatonna Market President Jason Sundberg and Retail Manager Katy Busho deliver their Denim for Dollars donation to Gina Shepherd of the Salvation Army in Owatonna)

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's Picnic for Open Arms

United Prairie Owatonna hosted a picnic and fundraiser in July. The event featured food and entertainment, with a free will donation benefiting the Open Arms Yellow Ribbon Program for suicide prevention. The nonprofit organization works to bring awareness for suicide prevention in the southern Minnesota area.

The picnic was fun for everyone, and included a bouncy house for the kids, a classic car cruise-in, the Kona Ice Truck, and music by John Lynch and Peter Klug. Altogether, they raised $1,000 for the organization.

OW picnic

(pictured above: Marilee Selly, April Weeks, Miranda Fairbanks, and Dan Nelson serve food at the picnic)

United Way's Week of Action

Each year, the United Way hosts a "Week of Action" to get volunteers connected with projects in their area. This June, United Prairie Bank employees from Mankato volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota and the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit dedicated to building simple, decent, affordable housing with and for families in need. UP employees helped build a home for a young mother and her son. At the Historical Society, UP employees helped with mulching and landscaping the gardens around the building in Downtown Mankato. 

Habitat for Humanity  Historical Society 2

(pictured left: Rosi Back, Jesse Gran, Lisa Witte, Gail Caven, and Mark Zierden at Habitat for Humanity; right: Chelsey Thaemlitz, Tess Reser, Mary Rettmer, Megan Poehler, and Leslie Vermillion landscaping at Blue Earth County Historical Society)

United Prairie Golfs for Health

The Madison branch participated in the Madison Healthcare Auxiliary's Annual Golf Fundraiser. Madison Healthcare Services is a nonprofit healthcare complex that provides healthcare, residential, and community service to the area. United Prairie co-sponsored the $10,000 Hole-In-One prize, as well as sponsoring a hole. Two teams of employees golfed in the event.

Madison golf

(pictured above:  Dean Solem, Karin Moen, Gary Hauck, Deb Behlings, Cindy Hansen, Tami Tilbury, Alexis Monson, and Carie Driessen)

Raw Fusion Fashion Show Event

A team from United Prairie in Mankato created a piece of fashion for the 6th Annual Raw Fusion event. This is their fourth year participating. The event is dedicated to bringing attention to the building industry, while raising money for local causes. This year, the theme was "Cirque Du Freak". Each outfit design is made out of as many raw materials as possible and judged on originality and flare. United Prairie's outfit, named "Harlequin Stilt Walker", was made out of contractor gloves, landscape fabric, wood, and duct tape.

This year's team was Mary Rettmer, Rosi Back, Heather Hinsch, Laura Thompson, Megan Poehler, and Rachel Flowers. 

Raw Fusion

(pictured: Model and team member, Rachel Flowers)