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United Way Board Spotlight: Amanda Kluge

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

I work for Minnesota Power as the Fuels Business Operations Manager at the Boswell Energy Center.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, vacationing in the winter, and hanging out at the beach and boating in the summer.  I have a 6-year old son, who is full of energy and lights up my life!

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 employees, who are willing to give back to their community.  I recognize that there are many who don’t have access to basic needs and services, so I like to help in any way I can to support the programs within our local community.

What’s the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
Learning about the partners the United Way supports has been inspiring.  I had no idea the number of programs within our community that work hard each and every day to support others.  The people who work with these agencies are truly hometown heroes, with an obvious passion for helping others.

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


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?
I don’t think most people realize the number of local agencies that are supported by the United Way and the large number of individuals served by their support. 

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?
Educate yourself about the mission of the United Way, the community partners it serves, and give – either financially or by volunteering your time.