Providing our neighbors with 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

Heather Novak

Executive Director

Carly Tate, Assistant Director

Carly Tate

Assistant Director

Brittany Marynik LSW, Social Services Coordinator

brittany marynik, LSW

Social Services Coordinator

Shae Bonifacio, Marketing Coordinator

Shae Bonifacio

Marketing Coordinator

kRIstine macken

Operations Coordinator


Social Services Coordinator

Board of Directors officers

Headshot of  Brandon Baumbach

Brandon baumbach

Interim Board  Chair

Headshot of Laura Roth

Laura Roth

Vice Chair

Headshot of Jodi Sorum

Jodi Sorum


Headshot of Cheryl Ramberg

Cheryl ramberg


Headshot of Greg Rixen

Greg Rixen

Member at Large

Headshot of Terry Brenner

Terry Brenner

Member at Large

Headshot of Tony Telken

In memory of TONY TELKEN

November 24, 1965-December 4, 2021
Past Board Chair

Board of Directors

Headshot of Tricia Berg

Tricia Berg

Grand Forks County Social Services

Headshot of Katie Dachtler

Katie Dachtler

YouthWorks DIVERT

Headshot of Ruann Deschene

Ruann Deschene

Community Contractors Inc.

Headshot of Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin

Red River Land Company

Headshot of Brian Huschle

Brian Huschle

Northland Community & Technical College

Headshot of Marty McDonald

Marty McDonald


Lasha Oss

Lasha Oss


Headshot of Eric Scheffer

Eric Scheffer

First State Bank

Jenna Zavarol

Jenna ZavorAl

University of North Dakota

Joe demester

Choice Bank

990 FOrms

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