The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 26, 2013

Vikings deal a win-win for city, team


Kudos to the MoonDogs for participating and Minnesota Valley for supporting the effort.

United Way program makes volunteering easy

Thumbs up to the new United Way website that connects volunteers with groups that need them.

It's an new and efficient way to match groups needing volunteers with people interested in particular volunteer opportunities. For both volunteers and nonprofits, it's as easy as going to a website, registering and listing your volunteer needs or interests.

It should also help groups looking for volunteers save the time it takes getting in touch and coordinating volunteers. Because many of these groups don't have a lot of staffing, being able to connect with volunteers on a website should help them all be more efficient in their recruiting efforts.

Companies looking to get their employees involved in volunteering opportunities will be able to use the site as well. College students often need to volunteer as part of a class and this site also should be a real boon to that effort.

The United Way's small investment in this site will pay large dividends for groups and volunteers. It can be found at

Rasmussen shines with Community Service Day

Thumbs up to Rasmussen College students, faculty and staff for participating in their annual Community Service Day.

This year the participants helped set up and organize Blue Earth County's Relay for Life cancer awareness and fundraiser campaign. In years past, the college group has helped at the MRCI thrift store and has also cleaned up trash along area highways.

About 500 employees from eight Rasmussen campuses participated in the Community Service Day. They volunteered about 1,600 hours in all. Like many groups in the Mankato area, Rasmussen promotes the importance of volunteerism with their actions.

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