In its more than 50 years of existence, the United Way of Dickinson has brought the local community together to focus on the most important needs such as building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference. The organization in Dickinson was originated in 1961 under the name United Fund of Dickinson. The United Fund was organized for the purpose of uniting and conducting a single campaign to raise the necessary resources to meet the financial needs of the Dickinson community. Nationwide the United Way name was made official in 1970 and the United Fund of Dickinson officially reorganized and became the United Way of Dickinson in 1972.
United Way of Dickinson is the collective power of people working together toward long-term solutions that bring about changes and solutions that are important to the community. These changes are essential to improve the quality of life, assist various organizations, and truly help build the future of the greater Dickinson area.
Through a once-a-year community campaign, United Way of Dickinson raises money on behalf of organizations in Dickinson and the surrounding area. This past year, United Way of Dickinson was able to help fund 17 organizations. Their annual campaign is the only source of funding for many of these organizations. “Our goal is to help as many local people as we can through local nonprofits such as Domestic Violence, House of Manna, and Best Friends Mentoring, but also through our own local programs: Project H.E.R.O., Free Through Recovery, and Emergency Eye Glass Aid, just to name a few. This usually adds up to close to 6,000 local people receiving help through United Way of Dickinson,” says Executive Director Nichole De Leon.
It is only through the participation of the community that United Way is successful in its mission to build the community. “Dakota Community Bank & Trust has been a faithful supporter of our community for many years,” mentions De Leon. She continues to say that Dakota Community & Trust (DCB&T) has supported their annual campaign each and every year through employees’ payroll donations in support of the city of Dickinson and surrounding communities. “Dakota Community Bank & Trust has also donated their pajama drive to our nonprofit in the past. Together, we were able to give new pajamas to over 20 local kids in need that Christmas. It was a fun surprise to give to the families as they were picking up their toys from our toy drive. Dakota Community Bank & Trust understands the importance of partnership between banks and local nonprofits. They appreciate the fact that 100% of our donations stay local,” closes De Leon.
United Way of Dickinson has been in Dickinson, ND, working endlessly to improve the lives of those who live here, for over 50 years now. Like DCB&T, they value the uniqueness of the individual, the power of the collective good and the importance of communities.
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director