Providing opportunities to thrive


Our programs help neighbors meet their basic needs such as safe housing and adequate food. Together, we are providing opportunities for families to move from uncertainty to stability. Helping them secure a place to call home and a brighter tomorrow.


Our programs create a pathway to financial stability. We equip people with the tools needed to thrive in the workplace. With your help, neighbors in our community can secure a successful future for themselves and their families.


Youth thrive when they receive exceptional levels of care and support. We work with families and the community to foster the growth and development of children. Together, we are creating opportunities for kids to have a brighter future.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement 

United Way of Grand Forks East Grand Forks & Area strives to be a model of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We seek to represent and advocate for the many people who proudly make up our community. United Way employs and promotes individuals, recruits volunteers, and partners with programs that inclusively support the diversity of the Greater Grand Forks Area. In all levels of staff and governance, United Way is dedicated to greater diversity within the organization and to providing equal opportunity to people, without regard to race, religion, skin color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental abilities, genetic information, pregnancy, disability, age, family or marital status, veteran status and socio-economic status or other characteristics protected by applicable law. We believe that each neighbor, donor, volunteer, advocate and employee must have equal access to addressing community issues. We recognize that we have the role, responsibility and opportunity to partner across organizations throughout the community to close equity gaps.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

United Way STAFF

Heather Novak

Executive Director

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Brittany marynik, LSW

Director of Operations

Krissy macken

Director of Community Outreach


Director of Marketing & Development

julianna flood

Volunteer Coordinator

ashley tabatt

Program Coordinator

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Brooke Aamodt

Program Coordinator

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Jodie burke

Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors officers

Greg Rixen

Board Chair
Happy Harry's

Eric Scheffer

Vice Chair
First State Bank

Joe Demester

Choice Financial

Nancy Andrews


Board of Directors

Laura Roth

Rydell Chevy Buick GMC

Brian Huschle

Mayville State University

Jennifer Berg

Altru Health System

Ruann Deschene

Community Contractors

Deb Dunham

Dakota Commercial

Lasha Oss


Wray Wright


Jenna Zavoral


Andy Hendrickson

First International
Bank & Trust

Ashley Stocker

UND Foundation

Jeremy Moe

Grand Forks Police Department

Chris Greenberg

Greenberg Realty

Jerica Miller

Grand Forks Public Schools

Jared Davidson

United Valley Bank

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