Partners for South-Central Minnesota Youth

United Way and Twin Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

By Scout Executive Paul Wilkinson

The United Way and Scouting have had a strong partnership for over 90 years. It is the desire of the Twin Valley Council to help Scout families understand the importance of the United Way as it relates to Scouting and other United Way agencies. The United Ways in Twin Valley Council will provide over $160,000 (20% of the total budget) of revenue to the Twin Valley Council Budget. Without this funding, the council would not be able to offer the services, which are provided to local youth, parents, and adult volunteer leaders. Services provided because of United Way support include camping programs/facilities, adult leader training materials, local professional support, support/trading post staff, program planing materials, youth protection materials/training, recruiting materials, etc.

Our United Ways also support a variety of other agencies which include Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, YMCA, YWCA, Big Brothers/Sisters, Girl Scouts, Youth Athletic Programs, American Red Cross, and Senior Citizen Programs just to mention a few. The quality of life in our communities is greatly enhanced due to the work of our local United Ways and their volunteers.

Please contribute to the United Way in your community. Campaigns in South-Central Minnesota generally kick off in September. The contribution you make comes back to your community through agencies like the Boy Scouts and many other funded programs.

Scouting and other United Way supported programs depend upon people like you and I filling out a pledge card. Let’s help the United Way support Scouting and all of the other fine programs that make our community a better place.