Brown Clinic Virtual Campaign

Brown Clinic 2022-2023 United Way Virtual Campaign

United Way Goal: $715,000



Mission Statement: The Watertown Area United Way is non-profit community based volunteer organization who purpose is to assist in meeting in human care needs.

Brown Clinic Mission: To help you live the healthiest life possible. 

Watertown Area United Way supports health, education, and financial stability by financially supporting programs like Codington County Drug Court who provides healthcare to participants, bringing in the Delta Dental to provide dental care at no cost to youth 0-21, Boys and Girls who gives youth healthy meals all year long, Sixties Plus Dining who provides local seniors meals and multiple recreational activities like WYSA, Wtn. Baseball Association, Laker Hockey, Lacrosse Club, Watertown Figure Skating, Wtn. Swim Club, Senior Activities and more!

Watertown Area United Way and Brown Clinic would like to invite staff to LIVE UNITED. Brown Clinic staff have the power to change tomorrow with a gift to the United Way today. United Way and their 38 local agency programs are asking Brown Clinic employees for your support to help reach the $715,000 for the 2022-2023 Campaign. Funds raised will help support United Way's 38 programs in 2023 meet health, educational, and financial stability needs. Since the 2004-2005 Campaign Brown Clinic staff have given over $100,000 towards United Way annual campaigns. The top three campaigns with the most given were 2006, 2005, and 2009 campaigns. 

This year United Way is so thankful to have Sean and Kristi Melmer as the 2022-2023 Campaign Chairs. The United Way chairs are responsible for speaking at events, advocating for the Untied Way mission, volunteering with United Way and are typically current supporters of the United Way. These individuals are recommended by board members, agencies and other community members to be the face of the campaign and are secured by the previous chairs. Sean has been involved since his last employer where they hosted the largest of the United Way campaigns. There he learned all that United way does, the agencies supported by his gift and impacted his students in a past life as a teacher. From there he become a Loaned Executive volunteer who rallied at businesses to give towards their local United Way. Kristi has supported United Way as an HR professional helping others carry out their pledges to United Way every day at work. In addition, their children have enjoyed multiple United Way programs like the Zoo education outreach with Lake Area Zoological Society, books through the Imagination Library, and tee ball with the Parks and Rec Youth Softball/Baseball program. United Way is thankful to all our past chairs and especially 2021-2022 Chairs Matt and Molly Lindgren for helping secure the Melmers for the 2022-2023 Campaign. Thank you to the Lindgrens for all your help last year! This campaign be n the look out for Sean or Kristi as they will speak to businesses, community groups and services groups at rallies. 

2022-2023 Campaign Chairs, Sean and Kristi Melmers (Photos by Ashley Blais Photography.)
2022-2023 Campaign Chairs: Sean & Kristi Melmer (Photos thanks to Ashley Blais Photography.)

As a Brown Clinic employee you are able to give any one of the ways listed below. With any questions please contact your Employee Campaign Coordinator, Bonnie Christians the Chief Operating Officer. (Staff Link: Leadership - Brown Clinic).

*ALL EMPLOYEES are required to fill out the online 2022-2023 pledge form at the bottom to contribute to the 2022-2023 Campaign and for it to count towards Brown Clinic's campaign by October 31st. 

Ways To Give

You can give a specified dollar amount every paycheck to Watertown Area United Way that will be handled by Brown Clinic's internal payroll department. This is a great option as it is the most convenient option that you barely notice but will know that you are making an impact every pay period. For tax season all you will need is your W2 for proof of this charitable contribution. 

If you are PRN, Seasonal or do not work regularly scheduled hours, then making a reoccurring online payment may be better for you. Click on the online donation tab on this Brown Clinic page to learn more. 

You can give online one time or setup a reoccurring gift with a credit/debit card at GIVE TODAY. CHANGE TOMORROW. | Watertown Area United Way (

Online donations are secure, stay local and you even have the option of covering the processing fee so that your whole donation may go towards United Way agency programs versus United Way picking up the fee. This is a great option for those who may have retired and were used to payroll deduction or those who do not have regularly scheduled hours. 

Donating online, you will receive an e-receipt for each transaction and an annual tax letter from United Way for your taxes. This is the fastest payment method available and if you do not have checks, carry cash, or ever leave your current employer, then you can be sure your gift will be paid in full.

This is the easiest and most straight forward way to give to United Way. You can either mail your cash/check donation, drop off at United Way or give to Bonnie for United Way to come collect all at once. Please make sure if you give cash or check to fill out the webform below and say when you gave and how much. It is always best practice to put your cash or check donation in a sealed envelope labeled for United Way. 

You can drop off your donation at the United Way office 24/7 as there is a locked drop box on the outside of the building at the brick building on 818 South Broadway, Suite 100, Watertown, SD 57201.

You can mail your cash/check donation to United Way at P.O. Box 283, Watertown, SD 57201. 

If you would like to give cash or check but do not mail or drop off, then please give to Bonnie Christians by October 31st and she will get to United Way. 

Watertown Area United Way can bill you directly at home but you must pledge at least $52.You can choose to be billed annually, quarterly, semi-annually, or monthly. If you would like to be billed at home the invoice can be paid via cash, check or online. 

We also hold a United Way Agency Fund with the local community foundation. To give to the United Way Donor fund call the Watertown Area Community Foundation at (605) 882-3731. Find our fund at 

agencies and chairs

To view a full list of our 38 agency programs please click on the agencies & Outreach tab at the top of the United Way website or click here

Montgomerys Sweepstakes


Thank you to Montgomery's Furniture of Watertown, SD for offering the 7th Annual $5,000 Room Makeover Sweepstakes where one lucky United Way donor can receive $5,000 store credit for a makeover while making over the Watertown community. If you are the winner and are present for the drawing at the annual Wrap Up celebration then you can win an additional $500 form United Way on top of your $5,000. 

To qualify for the 7th Annual Montgomery's $5,000 Room Makeover Sweepstakes you must become a Heart Club donor, give $1 a week ($52) or more for the first time, or increase your giving from last year to this year by a $1 a week ($52) or more. 


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