United Fund drive underway

Spring Valley’s United Fund drive for 2019 kicked off last week with a mailing to residents in the city of Spring Valley asking for contributions to support local charities. 

In addition to the mail campaign, the United Fund will again be participating in the Give to the Max Day on Thursday, Nov. 14. Donors may participate in that campaign through https://www.givemn.org/organization/United-Fund-Of-Spring-Valley.

The drive is open to all residents of the area, but mail solicitations have been confined to the city so as not to overlap with township drives. The United Fund campaigns have supported local, county and area charities that serve the Spring Valley area for 46 years.

Contributors may take their donations to any bank in Spring Valley or the Spring Valley Tribune at 101 South Broadway Avenue. They can also be mailed to United Fund, P.O. Box 112, Spring Valley, MN, 55975. Local residents who work out of town are encouraged to donate directly to the Spring Valley United Fund rather than through their employer as a fee is charged by different counties to disburse funds to organizations such as this one.

The Spring Valley United Fund is not affiliated with any national parent organization so its only expenses are for printing and mailing.  The United Fund is administered by a volunteer board of directors that considers requests from various charities, giving priority to local charities that do not conduct major, independent solicitations.

If a donation is made before Dec. 31, it is tax deductible for this year.  Donations and gifts in honor of or in memory of a designated individual are accepted during the campaign and throughout the year.

Current recipients of United Fund allocations are: Fillmore County Advocates, Spring Valley Cub Scout Pack 93, Fillmore County Developmental Achievement Center, Spring Valley Girl Scout Service Unit 411, Maple Leaf Services (Fillmore Place), Spring Valley Historical Society, Semcac Rolling Hills Transportation, Spring Valley Ministerial Association, Semcac Senior Dining/Meals on Wheels, Spring Valley Public Library, Special Olympics of Fillmore County and the Women’s Shelter (Fillmore County).

The Spring Valley United Fund Board of Directors includes Jan Brick, Kim Brown, Marlene Foster, Carol Gross, Jill Klepper, Rick Kvam, Dave Phillips, Judy Rose, Julie Hutsell, Ann Thon and Jay Webster.