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To view a list of 2021-2022 Watertown Area United Way agency programs please click the link below. 

To view the 2021-2022 Agency highlight videos on the Watertown Area United Way YouTube channel please visit 2021-2022 Agency Highlight Videos - YouTube.

To see what a $1 or more could do please see below!
American Red Cross Serving Eastern South Dakota -
The Red Cross is proud that an average of 90 cents of every dollar we spend is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.
Beacon Center - 
Every dollar allocated to Beacon Center is used to provide the best possible services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. The Family Visitation Center clients may incur a small fee, but all DV, SA, stalking and human trafficking victims have no charge for services they receive from Beacon Center. Each dollar may allow a victim to receive counseling, legal assistance/advocacy, medical advocacy, transportation, medical appointments, and case management. We assess each and every individual.
Boys and Girls Club of Watertown -
$1 a week ($52) will provide a member with breakfast, lunch, and snacks for 1 month of all-day summer programs.
Codington County Historical Society - 
$1 per week provides programming for 13 children.
Codington County Search & Rescue
United Way dollars are dedicated exclusively to team training (i.e. open water diving, advance open water diving, ice diving, rescue diving, certifications, and re-certifications).
Community Transit of  Watertown - 
One dollar a week, would contribute to 14 rides a year for someone who is in a financial need.
East Central CASA - 
$1/week ($52/year) allows us to provide children with items that provide a sense of value, importance, and normalcy by celebrating birthdays, first days of school, graduation, or for any day that warrants a little something extra.
Embe, Girls on the Run - 
$1 per week will provide a healthy snack for a girl participating in Girls on the Run. As an afterschool program, these snacks are needed to provide fuel for the girls for their 75-minute session.
Girl Scouts, Dakota Horizons - 
$1 a week will provide a girl needing financial assistance the chance to belong to Girl Scouts, the world’s largest organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Your donation will help cover the cost of membership dues, learning materials and other program essentials.
Human Service Agency, Serenity Hills - 
A $1 a week contributes to offset the daily room and board paid for by each resident. Many times these men come to us from treatment centers or prison and do not have any disposable income as they have not yet received disability benefits or they are unemployed. The United Way funding helps offset this obligation so they can focus on their recovery and seeking employment.
Human Service Agency, Watertown Healthy Youth (WHY) Project Success - 
Every dollar invested in school-based substance abuse prevention programs has the potential to save up to $18 in costs related to treatment of substance use disorders.  So your $1 a week actually becomes $18 a week for prevention services; which is a $936 investment a year for the future of our Watertown youth and community.  Your dollar a week is going to impact the lives of at least 12 young people.  Your dollar a week will give students FREE access to another helping professional on campus, who will help them make better choices, develop healthy coping skills, build resilience and to provide them with the opportunities to become successful and thriving community members.
Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Delta Dental Mobile - 
One dollar per week would provide 65% of the cost of one appointment on the dental care mobile.
Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Hamlin/Deuel School Supplies -
A one dollar per week contribution will provide school supplies for two students in Hamlin or Deuel county.
Interakes Community Action Partnership, Head Start Rent Support - 
$1 per week provides  direct services or linkages to other service providers for one Head Start individual client..
Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Head Start Supplies -
A donation of $1/week would provide 1.5 boxes of diapers for the Head Start Pre-Birth to Five Program.
Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Sixities Plus Dining - 
A one-dollar-per-week contribution would provide approximately 7 meals in the Sixties Plus Dining Program.
Interlakes Community Action Partnership, Volunteer Income Tac Assistance (VITA) -
A contribution of one-dollar-per-week will provide partial assistance (80%) for income tax filing assistance for individuals.
Lake Area Technical College, Adult Education & Literacy Program -
$1 per week provides 13 GED Ready Official Practice Tests for our students.
Lake Area Zoologial Society - 
"A dollar a week allows a local nursing home group to receive an Outreach program at their facility.
A dollar a week helps 17 local students attend a field study trip to the zoo.
A dollar a week allows 2 schools to receive free 30 min Animal Encounter presentations during their visit."
Lutheran Social Servies, Behavioral Health Services - 
A gift of $1 a week will support a counseling session using a sliding fee scale at Lutheran Social Services for a couple who has trouble communicating, which will help strengthen their marriage and reduce the likelihood of divorce.
Lutheran Social Services, Center for Financial Resources -
With a gift of $1 per week, two people will be able to attend a financial literacy class through videoconferencing to help them learn options available for student loan repayment.
Lutheran Social Services,  MRT- Domestic Violence Group Therapy Program- 
$1 per week will purchase domestic violence group therapy workbooks for two people, which will help them work to eliminate violence in their relationships.
Codington County Drug Court - 
$1 a week allows for one item from the Dollar Store for one participant as incentive for complying to the rules of Drug Court for that week.
Sioux Council Boys Scouts - 
$1 a week will provide four low-income youth an age appropriate Scout Handbook for their yearly programming and rank advancement.
Senior Companions, SD -
One dollar a week would provide a frail elderly person with three 2-hour visits from a Senior Companion at no cost. The Companion would help with transportation to the grocery store and one-on-one help, as well as reduce their feeling of isolation.
Salvation Army of  Watertown - 
$1 provides a meal for one person within our feeding program or 52 meals in one year.
Watertown Area People Against Childhood Hunger (PACH) - 
Other options for $1/week could include one food box for a family of 2."
"YTD PACH has served 692 participants as of 4/21/21. Currently serving an average of 501. The additional 191 participants that are no longer being served are due to no longer needing assistance, moved, not picking up their PACH bag for 2 consecutive week and/or parent/guardian request for removal from the program. 
We estimated the cost of 1 PACH bag at $5. During the pandemic, Feeding SD did offer some donated and/or very low cost items PACH was able to purchase. Menus were adjusted to take advantage of these low cost items.  Some weeks there was less variety of foods, but cost savings was our priority to ensure we could still send 14 food items home per student. 
A $250 donation will sponsor one child for a school year."
Watertown Swim Club -
$1 a week pays for 3 months of swimming on swim team for a swimmer.
Watertown Baseball Association -
$52 a year would equate to one of our Junior/Teener League teams getting uniform tops for the season.
Watertown Figure Skating Club - 
A dollar a week provides 20 skaters a financial scholarship
Watertown Fire Rescue Community Risk Reduction Program - 
A $1 a week will buy 4 smoke alarms or 2 CO detectors
Watertown Laker Hockey Association - 
$1 a week provides open skate opportunity for any skater for the entire season - typically 2 times a week for 22 weeks.
Watertown Parks & Rec, Youth Baseballl/Softball Program - 
$1 a week provides 15 participants a league shirt
Watertown Parks & Rec, Adult/Senior Activities - 
One dollar a week for Adult/Senior Activities would provide one senior citizen with the ability to participate in a variety of programs throughout the year at the Senior Activities Center.  In fact that $1.00 would include covering the cost for a Wii Bowling League, Pool League, Shuffleboard League, Dart League, Bean Bag League, Line Dancing Classes and two special one day tournaments during the calendar year.  That is a lot of programs that just $1.00 a week covers, that makes a huge difference in the life of a senior citizen.
Watertown Police Department, D.A.R.E. - 
$1 per week provides a D.A.R.E. t-shirt, extrinsic rewards, educational materials, and other supplies for at least 4 children.
Watertown Volunteer Center - 
$1.00 per week provides 10% of our advertising budget promoting the Watertown Volunteer Center and United Way.
Watertown Youth Soccer Association - 
$1 a week would pay a registration fee for a child to play and experience the fun of soccer.