Capital Campaign 2023

OUR GOAL: $4,750,000

$4,172,193 raised so far


Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) awarded Winona Volunteer Services (WVS) a direct grant of $100,000 supporting the Capital Campaign on September 25, 2023. Furthermore, Otto Bremer Trust is providing WVS the opportunity of an additional $150,000 grant with the condition WVS raise a one-to-one match.

By making a gift now to the WVS Capital Campaign, your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by Otto Bremer Trust, effectively doubling the impact of your giving.

We are so close to the finish line of fundraising for this building project but we only get the additional $150,000 from OBT when we raise $150,000 in new pledges and gifts from our community members. Thank you in advance for your support!!

Our Challenge Grant Goal: $150,000

$102,693 raised so far

To create a new Winona Volunteer Services facility to better serve the community with dignity for the next 50 years.

Winona Volunteer Services has occupied the 60 year old building at 416 East Second Street since 1997 and the 52 year old building at 402 East Second Street since 2006. We have maintained these buildings and adapted them to suit our growing needs but we can’t go any further. With the purchase of the 65 year old building at 77 Laird Street, we have the opportunity to design a space between Laird and Chestnut Streets that will offer our services under one roof to those seeking help with basic needs.



Our location is an asset. It is within walking distance from the court house and Winona County Services. We have referral relationships with at least 8 nearby churches. It is two streets away from the bus stop and passengers can request a deviation to stop at our building. We are in a neighborhood setting near the east end yet private enough for folks not to feel exposed by coming here.

Construction Progress

November 17
September 22
September 1
August 25
August 11
July 28



2023 Winona Volunteer Services Board of Directors

Peter Bagshaw, President – Retired Human Resource Manager
Matt Esch, Vice President – Midtown Foods
Kevin Mahoney, Treasurer – Edward Jones
Julie Kosidowski, Secretary – Business Owner, Engraves
Heather Beier – Business Owner
Kristin Biesanz – Active Community Member
Morgan Gish – Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors
Nick Larson – Community Development Specialist for the City of Winona
Jessie Rivers – Business Owner, Equestrian Center
Tiffany Schindeldecker – Business Owner, Gilmore Avenue Car Wash
Jolene Vaselaar – AVP, Retail Operations for Altra Federal Credit Union
Dan Weis – Retired Banker


Sandra Burke, Executive Director (2001)
Kay Peterson, Client Services Coordinator (2005)
Bev Speltz, Volunteer Coordinator (2009)
Jen Breitlow, Nutrition Educator (2019)
Amanda Moldenhauer, Community Health Worker (2021)




Supplemental Food Shelf
Free food to income-eligible residents, open five days a week

  • Average # of households served each month in 2021: 466
  • Average # of pounds each household receives: 81
  • Average # of volunteers it takes to open the food shelf per day: 6
  • # of pounds of purchased in 2021: 220,487 (for $76,098)
  • # of pounds rescued from local stores in 2021: 107,919 (Kwik Trip, Target, Midtown, WalMart, HyVee, Aldi, and Bluff Country Co-op)

“Bless you guys for what you do” – 2022 Food Shelf shopper

Home Delivered Meals
Lunchtime meals delivered by volunteers to qualifying residents

  • Cost per meal for self-pay clients: $6.25
  • Average # of individuals served per month in 2021: 114
  • Number of individual volunteers who delivered in 2021: 80
  • Number of businesses/organizations that delivered in 2021: 16
  • Number of congregations that delivered in 2021: 11

“I really appreciate them. I could not make a meal like that. I would need too many oxygen breaks.” -Home Delivered Meals recipient in 2022

Coordinated Assistance Program
Centralized assistance and referral resource for struggling community members

  • Number of church partners: 30+
  • Number of vouchers issued in 2021: 552
  • Number of intentional referrals made in 2021: 531
  • Number of homeless ‘households’ we interacted with in July 2022: 32 Primary source of funding for vouchers: Winona Community Foundation
  • Average # of volunteers it takes per day to support program: 6

“I’m thankful for the assistance you provided to get me back on my feet!” – Coordinated Assistance recipient who received rent help in 2022

Pathways Community Hub
New Community Connector support for critical or chronic cases

  • Number of pathways closed (clients’ goals met) in first 12 months: 225
  • Average # of individuals receiving one-on-one help each month: 20

“You’ve helped me start putting my life back together, and I couldn’t have managed it without you.” -2022 Community Connector client

Nutrition Education
Helping improve the nutritional wellbeing of Food Shelf shoppers

  • Average # of different recipes shared each month in the Food Shelf: 18
  • Average # of monthly informal nutritional conversations in the Food Shelf: 60
  • Number of Food-Shelf specific cooking videos made by WVS for the public: 7

Groceries on the Go
Delivering groceries to eligible Winona residents who cannot get to the Food Shelf

  • Number of households who received delivered groceries in 2021: 108
  • Number of volunteers it takes each month to make this happen: 4

“Thank you, to all of you guys. Your help is a godsend.” – 2022 Groceries on the Go recipient

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)
Federally-funded boxes of basic nutritious food for qualifying seniors

  • Number of boxes distributed in 2021: 391
  • Average # of volunteers it takes to distribute these boxes each month: 21

Holiday Projects
Easter Dinner for the community & Christmas Ham Bags for Food Shelf shoppers

  • Number of years Chartwells has provided the Easter meal: 18
  • Number of volunteers WVS provides for Easter delivery in 2021: 25
  • Number of meals delivered by volunteers in 2021: 263
  • Number of years the Lions Club has supported the Ham Bags: 30

The Clothes Shop
Low-cost, high quality clothing for bargain hunters, the eco-friendly, & those in crisis

  • Amount of revenue in 2021: $110,763
  • Average price of an item in 2021: $1.99
  • Number of clothing donations made in 2021: 7,277
  • Average # of daily volunteers to operate the store: 6
  • Amount of free clothing given to struggling residents in 2021: $1,433
  • Number of times we filled our recycling partner’s truck in 2021 with unsold clothing: 5

“The store is well-organized and the volunteers are friendly and helpful”- Clothes Shop shopper in 2021

Volunteer Management
Recruit, track, engage and retain a strong volunteer work force to support our mission

  • Number of volunteers engaged in our mission through September 2022: 400+
  • Number of new volunteers in 2022 (through September): 38
  • Total # of volunteer hours given in 2021: 14,641
  • Value of these volunteer hours: $407,170

“We love volunteering (at WVS), donors appreciate and thank us for our dedication and commitment to the organization.” – Clothes Shop volunteer in 2022

“I was newly retired, and I believe in ‘feeding the hungry!” – Food Shelf volunteer 2021

VITA (Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
IRS-Certified free tax prep & filing help for low-income, disabled, or limited English-speaking

  • Number of years Catholic Charities has rented 77 Laird Street for this program: 3
  • Single person income limit in 2021 to receive free tax prep: $38,000
  • Number of Clients Served in the 2021 tax season: 1,077
  • Total Dollars Refunded: $1,912,207








We are grateful to the 45 individuals and businesses that supported Winona Volunteer Services with gifts and pledges to us during the “quiet phase” of this fundraising effort. On Friday, April 18th, 2023, we kicked-off the final phase of our Capital Campaign and announced our goal to raise $1,100,000 in 120 days to complete this Capital Campaign building project.

This revitalization effort ensures our services are around for the next 50 years and beyond. Please help us get to our goal with a pledge towards this building project.


Wieser Brothers General Contractor Inc. is an industry leader in design/build services. A full-service general contractor, located in La Crescent, MN and established in 1994, Wieser Brothers partners closely with clients to meet current and future building needs. Trust, Partnership, and Excellence are the cornerstones of all Wieser Brothers projects.



10 Days of Giving

December 1st begins the 35th Anniversary of 10 Days of Giving, the largest food and cash drive for the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

This community wide food drive is possible because Merchants Bank and their employees commitment to help feed the hungry families of Winona County.

In the month of October, we had 944 visits to the food shelf and distributed 50,525 pounds of food.

Food Collection bins are around town at area businesses including Midtown Foods for non-perishable food donations. Or mail a monetary donation to Winona Volunteer Services 402 East 2nd Street Winona MN, 55987 or online at

December 1st, 2023|

Thanksgiving Hours

Winona Volunteer Services will close for the Thanksgiving Holiday at 1:00 pm on Wednesday November 22, 2023. WVS will remain closed until resuming normal office and food shelf hours on Monday November 27th.

November 17th, 2023|

WVS Closing on September 19th and September 20th

The Winona Volunteer Services facility at 402 East 2nd Street will be closed on Tuesday September 19th and Wednesday September 20th.

The Food Shelf will be closed and staff will be working remotely those two days. Staff will respond to emails and voice messages but they will not be in the building.

If anyone needs to use the food shelf next week please plan to visit on Monday September 18th between 10am – 12:45pm. Otherwise the food shelf will reopen on Thursday September 21st from 3pm – 5:45pm.

Our contractor has advised us not to occupy the building while the new precast walls are being installed on the west side, closest to our existing building, as a safety measure. These walls weigh tons!!!

Please do not bring any donations of food or produce on those two days either. No one will be in the building to accept them.

Thank you and I appreciate your understanding.

September 12th, 2023|

WVS Breaks Ground

On July 5th, WVS held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future home of Winona Volunteer Services. This is an incredible milestone in WVS’s 50 year history. Sandra Burke, Executive Director said “We are actually building a facility that is designed for our needs and puts all our services under one roof. We are able to embark on building a home for WVS because of our organizational growth throughout the years and the impact our services have had on those in need.”

Special acknowledgements went to:

  • Wieser Brothers and OWA Architects for taking a design idea and making it come to life,
  • Fundraising mentor, Laura Eddy, for her reassurance and inspiration to conduct a capital campaign,
  • To all the “Quiet Phase” donors who pledged $3,833,000,
  • To the past and current WVS board of directors for their patience, insights and expertise for making this day possible and for seeing this build to completion,
  • To all the WVS volunteers throughout the years for their commitment and energy to serve others, and
  • To the WVS staff for their commitment to this journey and unwavering dedication to their work.

Photo Credit: Heidi Wisniewski/HW Portraits

July 7th, 2023|

Demolition Underway

Yes, The Clothes Shop building, tin shed and 77 Laird Street building have been demolished. The process started on Tuesday June 13th and within a week, the buildings were down. This area is the site of the new 22,000 square foot Winona Volunteer Services building, complete with a food shelf and loading dock, clothing thrift store and sorting area, VITA space, office space and even a drive- up donation drop off lane!!

The Clothes Shop is not accepting clothing donations until the new building opens sometime this Spring.

The office is open Monday – Friday 9am – 4:45pm and we are able to take your calls and answer your questions about our services during these hours.

The Food Shelf is open on these days at these hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 12:45pm     Thursday 3pm – 5:45pm       Friday 2pm – 4:45pm 

Food Shelf shoppers will notice that the entrance and exit to the food shelf has moved to the Chestnut Street Door due to the construction. We plan to allow parking in front of our building as soon as it is safe from the construction zone. In the meantime, shoppers will need to park along 2nd street. We are sorry for this inconvenience and ask for your patience during this construction.

Clothes Shop
June 21st, 2023|

Ways to Give

Donate By Check:

Make checks payable to Winona Volunteer Services. Write Capital Campaign on the memo line.

Mail to:
402 East 2nd Street
Winona MN 55987

Any questions call: 507.452.5591 and ask for Sandra.

Other Ways to Give:

  • You can give a one-time gift online or by mail
  • You can be billed annually for up to 5 years. Please complete and return the pledge card to Winona Volunteer Services
  • You can transfer marketable securities
  • You can consider a qualified charitable distribution (QCD)