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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...
Thursday, April 20, 2017
United Way of Washington County presented Family Promise of Washington County with a $45,000 grant for their emergency shelter and homeless singles program. The funds will be used to support individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Washington County. The community’s only homeless shelter for single adults closed their doors more than five years ago. Short-term solutions were implemented by several agencies, but the temporary shelter also closed its doors last year. Family Promise is moving forward with community leaders to develop a permanent homeless shelter for men and...
Monday, April 17, 2017
Kevin Steiner, president and CEO of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, will serve as United Way of Washington County’s 2017 campaign chair. This is not Steiner's first volunteer role with the organization. He served on their Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003, and as president in 1999. “I like to work with winners. And United Way is a winning organization,” Steiner said. “They listen to what the community needs and they respond with comprehensive solutions. I believe in United Way because they collaborate and build smart partnerships that increase nonprofits’ efficiency and effectiveness...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Pictured left to right: Daren Sievers, Slinger School District; Pete Rettler, Moraine Park Technical College; Nikki Kiss, Inspire Washington County; Sarah Malchow, United Way of Washington County; Jim Smasal, Kewaskum School District; Jon Duhr, Hartford Union High School District; Erik Olson, West Bend School District. School district administrators from West Bend, Hartford, Kewaskum, and Slinger met at Moraine Park Technical College today to discuss implementation of a new program for high school students called Inspire Washington County. Inspire Washington County is an innovative cross-...
Friday, February 3, 2017
UNVEILS NEW EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE More than 200 donors and volunteers attended United Way of Washington County’s Team Celebration on February 2. The event, held at West Bend Mutual Insurance’s Prairie Center, marked the end of both the organization’s annual fundraising campaign and their 80th anniversary celebration. United Way of Washington County announced that they exceeded their 2016 campaign goal, raising $1,449,502. This year’s total tops the organization’s previous record, which was set in 2015, by more than 3%. “We are so grateful to our community,” said Kristin Brandner, Executive...
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Thank you for generously supporting United Way of Washington County’s 2016 campaign. Together, you set a new record, raising more than $1.4 million for our community! Way to go team!     < Back to News 

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