Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Living united since 1957

The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area was founded in 1957, as a collaboration of neighbors to develop ways to improve their community. This remains the core value of United Way. We are a community of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors".

Today, United Way focuses on providing our neighbors with opportunities to thrive within the Greater Grand Forks Area. Our goal is to improve lives, jobs, and futures through our Live, Work, & Learn programs.  United Way is leading tough conversations, finding solutions to big problems, and focusing on strengthening the Greater Grand Forks Area. Together we will convene, collaborate and adjust our focus to meet the most urgent needs of our community.  
Our Mission

Providing our neighbors with opportunities to thrive.

Our Vision

Be the trusted leader in improving jobs, lives and futures in our community.


Dave Sena


Heather Novak

Vice President of Operations

Nancy Andrews

Campaign Coordinator

Carol Svendson

Donor Liaison

Carly Tate

Operations Coordinator

Courtney Engel

Community Outreach Coordinator

Dalton Erickson

Administrative Support Specialist

Board of Directors officers

tony telken

Board  Chair

Chrissy Brabandt

Board Vice Chair

Jodi Sorum


Cheryl Ramberg


Brandon Baumbach

Campaign Chair

Phyllis Johnson

Past Board Chair

Board of Directors

Tricia Berg

Grand Forks County Social Services

Terry Brenner

Grand Forks Public Schools

Katie Dachtler

University of North Dakota

Ruann Deschene

Community Contractors Inc.

Chris Griffin

Red River Land Company

Brian Huschle

Northland Community & Technical College

Chris Johnson

Choice Bank

Marty McDonald


Laura Roth

Rydell Cars

Greg Rixen

Happy Harrys Bottle Shops

Eric Scheffer

Bremer Bank