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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
United Way’s Pacesetter campaigns are now ended and early results show positive growth. Pacesetters are organizations that started early fundraising and awareness campaigns to support the community through United Way of Washington County. “By volunteering to be Pacesetters, these organizations demonstrated commitment to corporate philanthropy and care for our community,” said Kristin Brandner, Executive Director of United Way of Washington County. “As we celebrate 80 years of local impact, there’s a lot of excitement and momentum building.” Each Pacesetter organization set their own goal for...
Monday, October 3, 2016
United Way of Washington County kicked off their annual fundraising campaign by uniting more than 400 local volunteers Thursday evening. The event, called United for Our Future, was held at the West Bend Mutual Insurance Pavilion at Washington County Fair Park. More than 400 volunteers from 30 local businesses, school districts, and nonprofit organizations—united to create school-readiness bags for 2,500 preschool-age children. “For the last three years, we’ve had tremendous success with our food packaging events, engaging more than 1,000 community volunteers and providing nearly 200,000...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Nearly One Third of Washington County Households Struggle to Afford Basic Needs According to a report released by the 43 local United Ways in Wisconsin, 14,035 Washington County households are employed, but struggle to afford basic needs. An additional 2,699 local households are in poverty. That means a staggering 31% of households in Washington County deal with financial hardships every day. United Way’s ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Study of Financial Hardship spotlights the large and often overlooked population of families living on the edge of financial stability....
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
School readiness is the first step on the path to a successful life. Children are born learning, and the critical period between birth and school can determine a child’s future. 90% of brain development occurs before a child enters the classroom, so early learning is key. Children from low-income families may already be 1-2 years behind their peers when they start school. United Way of Washington County knows that education is one of the building blocks for a successful life. That’s why they’re committed to improving school readiness, promoting early grade reading, and advancing personal...
Monday, August 1, 2016
United Way of Washington County is celebrating 80 years of improving lives and community conditions. During this anniversary year, the organization plans to feature stories about local residents who’ve been involved with and/or benefitted from United Way programs. Right now, they are asking individuals and families to submit stories and memories for inclusion in their online Legacy Library. “United Way is all about bringing people together to improve lives in lasting ways,” said Lisa Jensen, Marketing Communications Manager. “Our Legacy Library will shine a spotlight on all of the kids,...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Thanks to the help of more than 60 neighborhood volunteers, United Way of Washington County installed the county’s first Born Learning Trail in Villa Park, West Bend. A ribbon-cutting celebration was held on June 21, with refreshments and fun provided by McDonald’s Kilian Management, Klotz’s Piggly Wiggly, and the 4-H Clowning Project. See photos here. The new trail leads families along a path marked with simple games and activities specifically designed to help children develop social, emotional, and language skills needed for school readiness. “What happens during a child’s early years...
Thursday, June 16, 2016
United Way of Washington County presented John Duwell with the Clifford A. & Elizabeth M. Nelson Volunteer Leadership Award at the Champions of Change volunteer awards event on June 15. United Way’s Volunteer Leadership Award was created to recognize an individual in Washington County who has demonstrated 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 winners...
Friday, February 12, 2016
United Way of Washington County is pleased to announce the hire of a new Community Impact Director. Sarah Malchow is a Jackson resident that joined United Way last month. As the community impact leader at United Way of Washington County, Malchow will play an integral role in helping the organization further its mission to improve lives and community conditions in measurable and lasting ways. Malchow brings a wide variety of skills and depth of knowledge to United Way, including more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, program assessment, and fund...

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