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United Way Board Spotlight: Amanda Kluge

Amanda Kluge serves as President of United Way of 1000 Lakes Board of Directors

For the past 13 years, I’ve worked for Minnesota Power as Support Services Manager at the Boswell Energy Center.  My husband Eric is an electrician and my son Glen is 9 years old and goes to St. Joseph’s School, where I serve on the school board.  During the summer, we spend all of our spare time on Pokegama Lake, enjoying boating, camping, and time with family and friends.  During the winter, we just count the days until summer arrives! 

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?

Minnesota Power has always been a strong supporter of the United Way.  We have a group of some of the most dedicated and generous employees on the planet!  They are willing to give back to their community, both financially and by volunteering their time. 

When I heard United Way was looking to fill a Board role, I jumped at the chance to help serve my community.  Becoming a part of United Way has opened up my eyes to the needs in our community.  I grew up here but never truly understood the depth of challenges that some in our community face until I was a part of United Way’s Community Investment Panel.  I was overwhelmed with how much need was here and how critical support programs are to help individuals meet their basic needs like food, shelter, and transportation. 

What’s the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
Meeting various stakeholders of United Way has been the most rewarding experience.  From staff, donors, volunteers, and agencies that support those in need – all these folks working together to help shape a strong community.  There’s nothing more inspiring than this.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

Selfless

What impresses you most about Itasca?
I am always impressed by the collaboration between various organizations in order to promote a healthier community.

What is one thing about United Way you think most people don’t know about?
The dollars stay in the Greater Itasca area.  When you give, the dollars are going directly to help support children’s after school care, connect children to adult mentors, help teach people about budgeting and financial management to help stabilize their income, help seniors or individuals with disabilities live independently, or help people receive domestic violence services.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?
Don’t wait any longer!  Help become a part of the solution now - to assist others in their efforts to be successful and thrive in our community.