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Monday, October 16, 2017
Families in West Bend have a new place to play and learn. The Kettle Moraine YMCA has partnered with United Way of Washington County and the West Bend School District to install a Born Learning Trail at the Y’s West Washington Street location. A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration was held on October 16th. Born Learning is a United Way initiative that uses research-based activities to build language and literacy—key drivers of school readiness and academic success. The new trail is adjacent to the YMCA parking lot. It includes colorful signs and painted letters, shapes, healthy foods...
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
United Way of Washington County kicked off their annual fundraising campaign Thursday by uniting more than 400 volunteers from 40 local businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations. The volunteers assembled bags of health and hygiene supplies for 2,500 local residents in need. The event, called United for a Fresh Start, was held at Washington County Fair Park. “Whether it’s mental illness, job loss, or abuse, we know there are many circumstances that can lead to household and financial instability,” said Kristin Brandner, executive director of United Way of Washington County. “We hope...
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Washington County has been awarded $11,290 in Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (ESFP). A local board chaired by United Way of Washington County Executive Director Kristin Brandner, is charged with distributing the funds to help supplement the capacity of food and shelter programs in Washington County. The 2016 award was approved in August by the Wisconsin EFSP State Set-Aside Committee. It is based on the number of people who are unemployed and in...
Friday, September 1, 2017
Governor Scott Walker has designated the months of September and October as United Way Months throughout Wisconsin, in recognition of the launch of United Way annual campaigns throughout the state. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community, because we all win when our neighbors have good health, children succeed in school, and families are financially stable. Each year, United Way of Washington County asks community members and local businesses to supply the resources needed to make lasting change. In 2016, the Washington County...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Make sure every child in our community has the tools they need for school this year! Help collect school supply donations for over 750 local children. United, we can ensure their future is bright! Collect supplies on your own or rally your co-workers to join you in the cause. Contact us to coordinate your drive or drop off collected supplies at: United Way of Washington County215 N. Main Street, West Bend United Way Resource Center1121 E. Sumner Street, Hartford DONATIONS NEEDED Colored Pencils Crayons-box of 24 Pocket Folders Glue Loose Leaf Paper Color Markers Black/Blue Pens Spiral...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Over the last few decades, the cost of living has outpaced the growth of household income. As a result, many local families are borrowing heavily and making hard decisions just to make ends meet. Without adequate, stable, and affordable housing and food, these families often deal with poor health, home life disruptions, relationship conflicts, frequent moves, school changes, and job losses. Housing and food insecurity are particularly harmful to children’s development and future success. Improving household and financial stability leads to greater job stability, improved academic performance...
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
United Way of Washington County is partnering with Broan and the City of Hartford to install the first Born Learning Trail in Hartford. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 46% of kindergarteners are not prepared for school and these organizations are uniting to make a difference. Born Learning is a United Way initiative that uses research-based games to build language and literacy—which are key drivers of school readiness. The trail will follow a path marked with colorful signs adjacent to the Jack Russell Memorial Library. This will be the second Born Learning Trail in Washington...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
United Way of Washington County presented Tom Hostad with the Clifford A. & Elizabeth M. Nelson Volunteer Leadership Award at the Champions of Change volunteer awards event on June 14. United Way’s Volunteer Leadership Award was created to recognize an individual in Washington County who has demonstrated notable community leadership and a long-term commitment to volunteering. The award is named in honor of the late Cliff Nelson and his wife Betty, who are known for their outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of human service, civic, and arts organizations. Each year, past Nelson Award...

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