Power of Purpose 2022
United Way of Olmsted County Invites You to Help Build a Thriving Community 

The pandemic has reinforced the importance of taking care of each other and United Way’s mission: to unite people and resources to improve lives in our community — so that every person can reach their full potential, no matter their age or stage of life. Power of Purpose (POP) is a United Way of Olmsted County signature fundraising event, hosted by Women United and presenting sponsor Bremer Bank. This event will celebrate and honor the role diversity, equity and inclusion have in creating and sustaining a thriving community. 

Mark your calendars and join United Way of Olmsted County on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from 11:00am-1:30pm for an inspirational luncheon at Rochester’s International Event Center. Michele Norris, this year’s speaker, is an award-winning journalist and one of the most recognized voices in radio as the former voice of All Things Considered on NPR. Michele will engage the audience in a candid discussion about race, culture and communication in America. This meaningful engagement will strengthen our communities’ capacities to build healthy futures for all individuals and families, regardless of race or place. 

#POP2022 aims to make a long-lasting impact for years to come by raising support and awareness for programs working toward universal success and prosperity throughout Olmsted County. Fueled by the generosity of the community, United Way of Olmsted County continuously strives to dismantle systemic, institutional and historical barriers based on race, ethnicity, ability and other identities so they no longer determine socioeconomic, education and health outcomes.  

About Michele Norris 

Throughout Norris’ accomplished career, her efforts to promote conversation about race have resulted in her critically acclaimed book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir.” She received accolades for a Peabody Award-winning initiative, “The Race Card Project,” which fosters conversation among individuals about their differences. Norris was previously the director of “The Bridge”—the Aspen Institute’s program on race, cultural identity and inclusion—which addresses some of America’s most complex issues by encouraging people to explore and engage with differing perspectives. 

You can give from anywhere! 

Visit uwolmsted.org/pop to learn more about this year’s signature fundraising event and the impact you can make when we #LiveUnited.

About Women United 

United Way of Olmsted County’s Women United is a giving circle of women leadership contributors whose collective, caring power is building a healthier, stronger Olmsted community. 

About United Way of Olmsted County 

United Way of Olmsted County is a social change organization that fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in the community through programs and resources that support the community, such as the 211 information and referral service or our Get Connected volunteer matching portal. United Way of Olmsted County works collaboratively with partners from many organizations and walks of life to create system change and solutions that elevate our community more than any single program or organization could. We provide financial, technical, and volunteer support for programs that make a difference.  



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