Workshops to help Brown County non-profits


NEW ULM — Ben S. Winchester, Extension Service for Community Vitality – University of Minnesota will address “New Patterns in Rural Non-Profits and Volunteerism.” 

The same workshop will be held in two locations on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The first is from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Springfield Community Center, 33 South Cass Avenue. Breakfast will be provided.

The second is from noon to 1:30 p.m. in New Ulm at the Grand Center for Arts & Culture, 210 N. Minnesota Street. Lunch will be provided. 

The objective is to identify what tools and skill sets would area organizations find helpful in creating “Super Heroes” within their structure. 

The organizers will use that information to plan subsequent workshops, all held in Brown County to facilitate ease in attending. 

Attendees are invited to bring questions about governance, volunteer recruitment, fund raising, etc. 

The program is open to staff, board members or volunteers.  All are welcome to invite others who might have an interest or need. 

Winchester is a research fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality and evaluates the effectiveness and outcomes of civic engagement and community economics programs, as well as community vitality. This is not his first time to the region. His “Brain Gain” presentation on the trend of 30-49-year-olds moving to rural areas was a Hot Topics lunch hosted by the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

While the program is free, so that sufficient handouts can be prepared and food can be ordered, please respond as to attendance by Wednesday, Oct. 24, to 507-354-6512 or through this link to

Contact Audra Shaneman with the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-233-4300 with questions.