Raising and allocating dollars to more than 44 partners is only part of United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties' strategy to make a significant impact in our community. The following community initiatives focus specifically on important issues such as strengthening families, providing financial stability and community health.
Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger
Distributions exceeding $87,000 were given to Otter Tail County Food Pantries and the Wadena Food Pantry, Food Drops and Feeding Backpack Programs in March. Click here to learn more about Friends of Friends.
Stamp Out Hunger
Last year, 5,970 pounds of food were collected and distributed to food shelves in Otter Tail County! This year's drive will be on May 12th, 2018.
Stuff the Bus
Stuff the Bus is a program where school backpacks and supplies are filled for children of families in need in Otter Tail County. Backpacks were filled for over 840 Otter Tail County children who were in need for the 2018-2019 school year. If you are in need of school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year, click here to download the application. Or, you can fill out an application online here. This year, we will not be sending out letters to families to save on postage. We will be texting or emailing parents family numbers and pickup information.
Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids is a program where we collect gently used or new winter outerwear for children and adults that are in need. We are accepting gently used coats, hats, mittens and scarves for families in need this winter!
Feeding Backpack Program
United Way and many community partners throughout the county work together to coordinate many feeding backpack programs in Otter Tail County to youth K-6 placing food in backpacks of hungry kids each Friday in all of our school districts! There are currently over 400 children enrolled.
Imagination Library is a program from the Dollywood Foundation that promotes early childhood literacy. Participants of the program receive a book a month in the mail from birth until the age of 5. The Imagination Library relaunched August 1, 2013 in Otter Tail County. Only those born in 2013 or later will be able to register for the program so we can keep costs down. In addition to that to sustain costs and keep funding, the program will be capped off at 675 children.