We are a reflection of our Community...

A wise man named Tupac Shakur said, “I am a reflection of the Community”.  That small, short sentence is powerful and true.  Mid-Plains United Way has become a reflection of the community.  When you see our 13 partner agencies be able to operate, to help, to mentor, to educate, to provide, that is a reflection of you.

As I reflect on the past year, I would like to thank the community who helped us reach our goal of $272,000.  It was a task and there were a few sleepless nights, hoping and praying we reach are goal.  I would like to thank First National Bank for putting on their 23rd Annual Chili Cook-off.  Great Western Bank for letting us house the United Way Thermometer on their corner and the City of North Platte hanging our United Way Banner over 4th street.  I would also like to thank NBC Nebraska, Eagle Radio and Huskeradio for the PSA’s and interviews, the North Platte Telegraph for the stories and Pro Printing and Mid Plains Community College for our marketing material. 

We couldn’t have done any of this without our volunteers.  Our volunteers have helped with Taste of the Plains, Kids Fun Festival and distribution of business packets, so thank you for all your time to make this campaign a success.

Our 13 partner agencies have helped us in every aspect of our campaign by handing out business packets, going to presentations and being present at events.  I know we are raising funds for our agencies but they help tremendously.  I would like to thank Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center, Community Action-Homeless Prevention, Community Connections-Mentoring Program, the Connection, Head Start, L2 for Kids, Lincoln County CASA, Lutheran Family Services, Nebraska Youth Center, NP Kids Academy, NP Senior Center, RDAP, and the Salvation Army.

Thank you to Board Members President Rob Derbyshire, Vice President Terrie Baker, Secretary Matt Pederson, Treasurer Monica Lynch, Directors Julie Buoy, Jeff Everett, Bob Glow, Marcy Hunter, Cindy Huntsman, Yoko Lawing, Angela Raby, Tami Timmerman, Dee Tuenge and Tom Willnerd.  I would like to also thank Tammy Poe, administrative assistant at the United Way for all her hard work and dedication. 

Lastly, I would like thank each of you for supporting the United Way.  We are the reflection of our community and that allows us to …  LIVE UNITED.   


Jenny Salestrom

Mid-Plains United Way