What is Collective Impact?

One cannot solve complex social issues alone. By uniting efforts through cross-sector partnerships we can creatively strategize sustainable solutions to the issues our communities face. United Way is actively involved in local collective impact initiatives in each of our large goal areas of education, health, and basic needs.

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United Way now offers opportunities to participate in a Poverty Simulation, an impactful and interactive experience in which participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.  It is a simulation, not a game. Each participant takes on the role of a person living in poverty. Roles are based off of real family scenarios. The goal is to make ends meet, feed your family, and maintain housing for one month. Could you survive?

With the help of many generous local community organizations who help United Way facilitate the Poverty Simulations, together we can increase awareness of the realities our neighbors in poverty face everyday.  Ideally, each poverty simulation serves as a catalyst for ongoing dialogue and ultimately real local social change.  See our brochure here.  Interested? Contact us! 651-388-6309

United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties is an active member of the Goodhue County Homeless Response Team and Wabasha County Resource Connection Network, collaborations of service providers partnering together to address homelessness right in our communities. Learn more here.


Every Hand Joined, a cradle to career collective impact initiative in Red Wing is focused on supporting youth success. “Every child. Every Opportunity. Every Step of the Way.” United Way is actively involved in the Youth Enrichment Network, Hunger Free Kids Network, Early Childhood Network, and the Partner Table. Read more at Every Hand Joined.

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