Step Up to SIT

Greater Mankato Area United Way is working with our healthcare partners on the "Step Up to SIT" project to match healthcare and other essential workers with child care during this time. We are currently recruiting babysitters. 

The goal of this initiative is to maximize babysitting options for families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the primary aim to serve healthcare and essential workers. If you are looking for general childcare, you may consider options such as or the Mankato Area Childcare Facebook group.

Volunteer and Donation Needs

Visit Greater Mankato Area United Way GetConnected site to see a list of emergency volunteer needs & needed items in our region. Please contact the organization for more information on their request.



United Way has collaborated with the City of Mankato and other partners to coordinate and collect mask donations at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center. Beginning April 13 at 9 am, donations of PPE may be brought to the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Donated PPEs will be sanitized and re-packaged for distribution to long-term care facilities, front line volunteers, public safety, transportation personnel and other essential workers.

If your organization is in immediate needs of masks for staff, volunteers or clients, call 311 (use your current supplies vendor to order if possible).

Civic center drop off locations:

  • Community members are asked to place PPEs in green Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota dropboxes in front of the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center lobby doors.

  • Businesses or individuals with large deliveries may bring Mondays between 9 am and 4 pm Call 311 or 507-387-8600 to schedule an appointment. Please use Walnut Street to access the event center's loading dock area. Signage will help direct where to place. 

View map showing drop off locations. Direct donations to facilities accepting masks are also encouraged. Should a facility not need PPEs, please bring to the event center, and staff will provide to others. Those interested in donating N95 masks should contact health care facilities.

View guidelines for homemade mask coverings.

Read the press release from April 9, 2020 regarding the PPE Drop-Off


Community Response Fund

In response to the COVID19’s impact on regional nonprofits, the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation have come together to create a Community Response Fund to assist in their joint efforts to address emerging needs in our region. On behalf of both organizations, we would like to thank this incredibly generous area in advance and encourage you to join us in supporting the nonprofits that are vital to the health and well-being of our region.

211 Helpline

211 provides callers with information on area resources. Residents across Minnesota can call 211, text their zip code to 898211 or visit the website/chat at For information and updates specific to coronavirus, you can text MNCOVID to 898-211.

If you are an organization serving people, please update your information continuously on 211 so that we have one centralized place for people to find information they need.

In need of housing assistance? United Way’s 2-1-1 resource helpline has information on Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program and other housing support. Visit:


Letter from CEO

March 18, 2020

Greater Mankato Area United Way is committed to our mission of securing and investing resources to improve people’s lives. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we have the safety of our staff, community partners, and the general public as our top priority. I want to let you know that Greater Mankato Area United Way will continue to mobilize the caring power of our region and provide services while doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Greater Mankato Area United Way is working in partnership with community partners, assessing emerging needs of people in the communities we serve. Now more than ever we need your help as COVID-19 spreads. The health and financial stability of our friends and neighbors are being affected due to COVID-19, which makes many of our partner programs and additional community services more critical than ever. Greater Mankato Area United Way will provide support to meet the needs of those experiencing housing crises and loss of income as well as families in need of childcare and access to food, all while we continue to support the overall health of our region.

Our team is actively working to mobilize volunteers and resources to support community needs in a safe and effective way for all those involved. We have established an ongoing list of emergency volunteer needs & needed items. Additional volunteer needs can be found on our Get Connected volunteer platform at We will continue to update this information.

United Way’s 2-1-1 hotline is an additional resource families can utilize for information on community resources.

It's in times of need that we discover the full impact of a region that lives united. When children and families face crises, our United Way plays a key role. We have the experience, networks and capacity to address even the most difficult community challenges.

Please consider a donation today to support our partner programs in keeping our region strong. Donate at Checks can be mailed to Greater Mankato Area United Way at 127 S. 2nd St. #190, Mankato, MN 56001.

We thank all the individuals and businesses that have already reached out to Greater Mankato Area United Way to ask how they can help support our region. We are all stronger when we live united.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Best regards,

Barb Kaus, CEO
Greater Mankato Area United Way