United We Lift Up Our Communities


Dear Fellow Community Members,

I was raised in a giving culture, where someone was always filling in. I gained a solid foundation from my grandparents, who donated to build communities, as well as my parents, for whom giving is second nature. I once witnessed a friend donate a month's worth of her family's annual income. She believed with all her heart that the return on this investment of goodwill was unquantifiable. These are the examples I seek to follow. I believe when our communities thrive, we all thrive.

The past two years have been extraordinary for all of us: every family, every neighborhood, every community, our state, our nation, and the world. We have seen unprecedented disruption and accelerated change.

I am proud of how United Way of Olmsted County has responded to our community's increased needs. However, this would not be possible without the support of our community! As the 2022-2023 Chair of the United Way of Olmsted County Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your efforts to help create a thriving community!

As we head into the 2022 United Way of Olmsted County annual campaign, our community needs your support now more than ever! We know many families will be stretched in the coming months, and our partners will continue to see an increased demand for services. Our community needs your support to continue building a thriving community.

I invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families in our community that need our help to reach their potential. Won't you join us?

Thank you for LIVING UNITED!


Shamila Amarasekera

United Way of Olmsted County

2022-23 Board Chair

Shamila Amarasekera