MANKATO—United Way’s Greater Mankato Grateful Giving activity kicks off November 1 as a way for community members to be mindful of what they have and give back to local organizations fighting hunger and homelessness.
Each day in November, community members are encouraged to make a small donation (e.g., “Deposit $0.50 if you have enough blankets to keep you warm at night.”).

At the end of the month, participants donate their collection to a local organization of their choice.

A list of suggested area organizations is included with the calendar.

Participants can download the calendar at or follow the Greater Mankato Grateful Giving Facebook page for the daily prompts.

“Many people in our region lack basic necessities, such as food or housing, due to a variety of circumstances,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “This year more than ever, we have seen how we rely on one another. Grateful Giving is a simple but powerful way to recognize what we are fortunate to have and to help community members in need through regional organizations,” Kaus said.

Families and businesses are encouraged to participate together.

Greater Mankato Grateful Giving was developed in collaboration with regional homeless response teams.