MSA United Way Celebrates Another Successful Campaign with a SOLD-OUT CROWD

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way unveiled its 2023 Campaign fundraising total during its Annual Luncheon & Meeting on Thursday, March 21, drawing over 550 attendees.  

The collective effort of individuals, businesses, agencies, and community members in Bismarck, Mandan, and neighboring areas propelled MSA United Way to raise an impressive $2,989,752.69. These funds will bolster programs tackling critical issues such as health initiatives, hunger, poverty, education, and homelessness.  

Executive Director Jena Gullo emphasized, “United Way’s commitment to addressing vital community concerns is evident in our focused initiatives. We owe our success to the unwavering support and compassion of our community members.”  

In 2023, the impact of United Way's efforts was tangible: over 3.5 million meals were distributed through the school backpack initiative and to senior citizens, ensuring food security for vulnerable populations. Furthermore, close to 24,000 nights of shelter were provided at the Center for Opportunity and through United Way partner agencies, offering refuge to individuals and families amidst harsh winter conditions. Additionally, more than 40,700 books were delivered to area preschoolers, fostering early literacy and learning.  

The event, hosted at the Bismarck Hotel and Conference Center, not only commemorated the achievements of MSA United Way but also recognized the invaluable contributions of nonprofit partners, volunteers, and donors. Top 20 business contributors were honored, alongside companies and organizations that demonstrated exceptional support for United Way in 2023.  

Funds raised during the annual campaign are instrumental in sustaining United Way programs and supporting partner agencies throughout the region. These agencies implement impactful initiatives that address the community's most pressing needs, prioritizing systemic solutions over superficial remedies and help to keep our doors open 24/7 for the homeless at our Center for Opportunity.