Basic Needs

Help Me Grow-Kandiyohi
Kandiyohi County Public Health
United Community Action Partnership
PACT for Families - Connecting Famiilies Program
Kandiyohi County Food Shelf 
Summer Eats

Contact Phone Email/Web Site Program Description
Help Me Grow-Kandiyohi
611 5th St. SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Julie Schroeder
Service Coordinator

Web Site
Help Me Grow MN

In coordination with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Help Me Grow program, we work with children and families to provide early identification and intervention for young children with special needs and/or health related conditions birth to age five in Kandiyohi County. Minnesota children from birth to five-years- old, who are eligible for Help Me Grow, can receive services in their home, child care setting or school.

These services are free to eligible families regardless of income or immigrant status. Services offered to a child will depend on their special health condition and/or areas in which they are experiencing developmental delay. The Help Me Grow web pages of MN Parents Know feature information about child development,guidance for initiating a referral, and detailed information about services.

Kandiyohi County Public Health
2200 23rd Street NE Suite 1080 Willmar

Web Site
Kandiyohi County Public Health

Kandiyohi County Public Health has the responsibility of protecting
and improving the health of our community through education,
promotion of healthy lifestyles, responding to disease outbreaks and
injury prevention. Our mission is “Working together for a healthy
future” by collaborating with others to improve the health of our
community. Our programs for young families include:

Women, Infants and Children: WIC, is a federally-funded,
supplemental nutrition program that provides nutrition education
and counseling, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, and
resource information to families at nutritional risk who meet the
income guidelines.

The Follow Along Program is a great way for parents to learn
about their child’s development. The program focuses on play,
communication, growth, movement and actions.

The Child and Teen Checkups are for children and teens, birth to
21 years of age enrolled in Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care.
The health checks include height and weight, hearing and vision,
development, diet, dental referral, physical exams, immunizations,
health information and lab tests.

Family Home Visiting: Parenting can be very rewarding, but often
challenging. A public health nurse can visit in the home to provide
support and help prepare parents for the challenges of parenting.

United Community Action Partnership
200 SW 4th St., PO Box 1359 Willmar, MN 56201

Willmar Office

Community Transit

Child Care Aware

Sue Thomes, Coordinator

[P] 320-235-0850
[F] 320-235-7703

[P] 507-537-7628
[F] 507-401-3273

320-235-0850 x616

Web Site
United Community Action Partnership

While the needs of the many communities we serve vary from one location to the next, our consistent focus for the past 50 years has been acting on the dream of helping people, changing lives, and eliminating poverty by providing opportunities that empower people in need.
United Community Action Partnership offers innovative programs and services to address meeting basic needs, education, employment training, transportation services, housing counseling, affordable housing solutions, emergency services, transportation, community economic development projects, after-school programs, weatherization, energy efficiency, asset-building, financial literacy, child development, and services and opportunities for returning military veterans, home-bound seniors and people with disabilities.

Connecting Families Program
PACT for Families Collaborative
2200 23rd St NE, Suite 2030, Willmar, MN  56201

Sandy Hruby
Social Services & Program Supervisor
(320) 231-7030 
ext 2976

Web Site

PACT for Families

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Connecting Families (formerly known as The Resource Center Program) is designed to help children, teens and adults with challenges/disabilities and their families in Renville, Swift, Meeker, McLeod, and Kandiyohi Counties. This program is now part of the PACT for Families Collaborative. We collaborate with many other regional organizations to get people what they need, when they need it.

We have:

  • networking groups (ADD/ADHD, Autism, Brain Injury, Mental Health and Down Syndrome)
  • speakers and events
  • a sensory program (weighted blankets/lap pads)
  • social skills programming for youth/young adults with ADHD/ADD, autism and other challenges
  • a scholarship program
  • a traveling acting troupe that visits school to share humorous yet serious youth positive mental health messages
  • outreach programs, retreats, referrals, family needs fulfillment
  • an extensive lending library
  • and more!
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