United Way’s Denae Alamano receives Violence Free Minnesota Community Leader Inspire Award
Denae Alamano, executive director of the United Way of Bemidji Area, has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Violence Free Minnesota Community Leader Inspire Award.
BEMIDJI — Denae Alamano, executive director of the United Way of Bemidji Area, has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Violence Free Minnesota Community Leader Inspire Award.
The award is given by the organization Violence Free Minnesota to individuals who have demonstrated impressive dedication to work related to ending relationship violence.
"Alamano has been the executive director of the United Way of Bemidji Area for the past six years and has grown the organization through its funding allocations to local nonprofits, development of needed and relevant initiatives and growth in sustainable programming for our rural area," a release said.
This award recognizes her role in launching efforts for a new facility for the Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter through the United Way affinity group Women United.
Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter is an emergency shelter in Bemidji for women experiencing relationship violence. Currently located in a house with just four bedrooms, the campaign for a new facility hopes to expand both the shelter’s capacity and ability to provide services.
Under Alamano’s leadership, Women United members rallied together to raise awareness for the shelter and domestic violence in the Bemidji area and raised funds to hire an architect who then completed a design for a new facility.
“Women United has been our springboard and we are grateful for all who have donated to the project, served on our committees and supported the project by sharing our story,” Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter Executive Director Chris Latzke said in the release.
Currently, Alamano sits on the shelter’s Capital Campaign committee, and she is very proud of continuing this important work through her volunteerism and work at United Way, the release added.
In October, the Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter publicly launched its capital campaign to raise funds for the new facility. To learn more about the shelter’s fundraising efforts, visit mnshelter.org/capital-campaign.