Supporting Souris Valley United Way

Organization honors many businesses, individuals

Eloise Ogden/MDN Roger Reich, executive director of the Minot Commission on Aging, a program providing meals and other services for seniors in Minot and surrounding area, spoke about MCA at Souris Valley United Way’s annual Donor Recognition Awards Luncheon held at the Grand Hotel in Minot Wednesday.

Many businesses and individuals help make Souris Valley United Way and its programs a success.

On Wednesday, the organization honored those who have provided support. The honoring was done at SVUW’s fourth annual Donor Recognition Awards Luncheon held in the Grand Hotel in Minot.

Roger Reich, executive director of the Minot Commission on Aging, program presenter at the luncheon, said the MCA program is very important in the local community.

MCA provides senior services in Minot and the surrounding area to help senior citizens maintain their health and to remain independent and in their homes by providing congregate meals at the Parker Senior Center in downtown Minot or home-delivered meals to those who are home-bound along with other services.

According to MCA information, volunteers from Minot and Minot AFB deliver 200-plus MCA meals a day to homebound seniors and provide a daily wellness check of those seniors.

Eloise Ogden/MDN Tanya Washburn, left, advertising account executive at the Minot Daily News, accepts an award for the newspaper as a 2017 campaign media partner and its support of Souris Valley United Way. Numerous awards were presented to businesses and individuals at the annual SVUW Donor Recognition Awards Luncheon on Wednesday.

The average age of MCA clients is 72 1/2 years and the oldest client last year was 106.

Reich said if anyone is available to volunteer or help with the senior meals, they should call MCA at 852-0561.

“They not only provide food but provide that wellness check,” said Rich Berg, executive director of Souris Valley United Way.

Souris Valley United Way raised a total of $631,943 in its 2017 campaign.

Numerous awards were presented at the luncheon to those who support the organization.

Monica Peterson is the 2018 SVUW president. Perry Olson is outgoing president. DelRae Zimmerman and Matt Geinert served as 2017 campaign chairs.

Fundraisers for Souris Valley United Way this year will include the fifth annual Spin United set for March 24; the ninth annual Bowlapalooza with the date to be announced; and the $250,000 Hole-in-One in the fall.

Funds for the organization are used “to help people in need in our community,” said Berg.