The United Way of Hastings Board of Directors hosted its annual campaign leadership breakfast on March 27.

The event celebrates the financial leadership of local businesses and gives them an opportunity to meet recipients of their contributions. These recipients are the 2019 UWH Funded Partner Agencies. Each grant recipient had an opportunity to share how UWH funding will be used and the impact it will have on people in Hastings.

The 2019 Funded Partner Agencies are: 360 Communities, Northern Star Council Boy Scouts, DARTS, Friends of the Mississippi River, Hastings Community Education, Hastings Schools, Legal Assistance of Dakota County, and ProAct.

"Providing a forum where businesses who contribute to UWH and agencies that provide services via UWH funding can gather and talk is powerful," said UWH Executive Director Mari Mellick. "When we bring together business and nonprofit leaders, we're giving them an opportunity to learn from each other."

With an annual budget of approximately $300,000, UWH's main source of funding is from employees who contribute donations via payroll deductions. Many businesses match employee contributions. The top workplace giving business leaders recognized at the event were: 3M, Coborn's, Dakota County, Independent School District #200, Intek Plastics, Smead Manufacturing and Xcel Energy.

Each fall during UWH's annual giving campaign, area businesses make contributions at giving levels that are signified by the iconic Hastings bridges. Arch Bridge Community Leaders making contributions at the $1,000 level include: Coldwell Banker Burnet-Susan Bezdicek, Elm Salon, Hastings Area Rotary Club, Gary and Susan Hoffman & Denny and Lynne McNamara, Intek Plastics, Premier Banks, Storm Creek, and VFW Post 1210. The Blue Bridge Community Leaders making contributions at the $500 level include: Conzemius Co., Edward Jones - Abra Hovgaard Agency, Merchants Bank, Minnesota Coaches-Hastings Bus Co., Schommer Insurance, Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, State Farm Insurance-Steve Johnson Agency, and Weis Builders, Inc.