About Us | Our History
Committed to Sherburne County
Sherburne County Area United Way was founded in 1969 as the Elk River United Fund and later became the Elk River United Way. In 1995, our name was changed to Caring Rivers United Way to better represent all the communities in our service area. Our name was once again changed in 2010 to Sherburne County Area United Way to better define our geographic location.
Since 1969, we have strived to meet our mission of uniting people and resources to impact lives in the Sherburne County area. One of our primary responsibilities is to grant funds to local human service agencies/nonprofits through our annual grant program. We ensure that the organizations that apply for grants are local, reliable and accountable so that donor funds will have the maximum impact in the community.
While we continue to grant funds, in recent years there has been a nationwide shift in United Ways to not only fund other agencies, but to also create unique programs that directly impact lives in the community.
As we started our shift from only funding local human service agencies/nonprofits to also creating our own unique impact, we looked to community members to find what services were most needed in the community.
In 2010, our Community Impact Committee and Women’s Leadership Council separately surveyed the community to see what individuals felt was most needed in the Sherburne County area. As a result we implemented the iEmpower Youth Program, the iEmpower Series and Project Homeless Connect. These programs are another way of meeting community needs in the areas of Education, Income and Health.