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Tanya Hasbargen/United Way: LIVE UNITED helps boost Bemidji community

LIVE UNITED is more than a brand used by United Way to reflect the organization. It’s what I see in Bemidji. A constant reminder that when we, as individuals, think outside of ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we think of others’ lives as linked to our own, our compassion grows. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.

To LIVE UNITED, reflects our desire to support a great community. Our desire to be sure we have programs and services in Bemidji that can help in times of need. And yet, to LIVE UNITED is more. When you LIVE UNITED, you choose to improve your community by giving of yourself to make an impact. LIVE UNITED is more of a command. To GIVE. To ADVOCATE. To VOLUNTEER. Because united, we stand. United, we elevate. LIVE UNITED is about the power of unity.

United Way’s community campaign reflects our ability to elevate, unite, move through, above, and beyond, and to make change. It reflects our ability to give financially, to invest in the community, to bring our voices together to unite and make change, and to get involved and share our time with others through volunteer opportunities.

As the Executive Director of the United Way of Bemidji Area, I have the privilege of working with some amazing people in the Bemidji community and surrounding area. I am constantly reminded about how United Way is able to bring the community together, matching volunteer and financial resources, and investing these resources to make a difference in Bemidji.

I have the honor of working with great volunteers who are passionate about United Way, and want to see our community have the resources needed to support programs and services; with great community leaders who are concerned about having opportunities available to improve lives in our town; and with non-profit organizations who care for our neighbors in need, every day.

Today, I want to personally invite you to join this amazing group of people who have chosen to LIVE UNITED. We have more to accomplish in the Bemidji community, and want you to be part of it. So, today is a great day to decide to support the United Way of Bemidji Area. Give financially, large or small, and get involved, large of small, to make positive change in our community.

Thank you for supporting United Way, and for making a world of difference in Bemidji. It takes each of us to come together and care for the wonderful community we have in Bemidji. Sign-up to donate through your workplace, visit to give online, or mail a donation in to the United Way office at PO Box 27, Bemidji, MN 56619. Make a world of difference right here in Bemidji! Support United Way of Bemidji Area.