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About Us

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Our mission at United Way of McLeod County is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. 

Our volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing the common good. It’s less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us.


Our Story

Thanks to the volunteers, employee's and supporter's throughout the years who stepped up to do the work. We look to the horizon and understand anything is possible because of the community we live in!  


Local United Way Origin Story:

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the United Fund of Hutchinson was held on September 4, 1962, at the Hutchinson City Hall for the purpose of electing officers, operating committees and a discussion of general policies." The officers were elected and scheduled to serve until January 1963. They were Jack Busch-President, Dr. Barney Johnson-Secretary, Bob Sterns-Vice President, Mrs. W.L. Sahr, Treasurer. 

1965- The four surronding townships, Acoma Hassan Valley, Lynn, and Hutchinson were invited by President, June Otterness, to join with the Hutchinson United Fund if they desired.  Acoma Joined.

1966- Lynn, Hassan Valley and Hutchinson Townships were again invited and Hutchinson Township joined the Hutchinson United Fund. 

1968- The United Fund included the City of Hutchinson, and the four surrounding townships. The organization's name was changed from the United Fund of Hutchinson to the Hutchinson Area United Fund.

1979- The official name was changed to the " Hutchinson Area United Way".

2007- The official name was changed to the "United Way of McLeod County".

Meet The Board

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Josh Laffen


Chanda Kropp


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