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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...
Thursday, February 4, 2016
2015 Nonprofits and the Economy Survey Report A Nonprofit Coalition composed of the United Way of Washington County, UW‐Extension, UW‐Washington County and the Volunteer Center conducted a survey of the Washington County nonprofit community in order to: Measure the fiscal health of the nonprofit community Identify nonprofit needs for future Nonprofit Toolbox workshops Measure longer‐term outcomes of the Nonprofit Toolbox series A comparative analysis between the 2012 and 2015 surveys was conducted in order to determine if any changes or trends could be observed. The key finding from this...
Friday, January 29, 2016
Thanks to the incredible generosity of people in our community, more people will now be able to obtain emergency services, educational support, and preventative programming in the upcoming year. United Way of Washington County announced today that they exceeded their $1,339,000 fundraising goal, raising $1,400,747 during the 2015 campaign. This year’s total also exceeds the organization’s previous record of $1,305,892, which was raised in 2014. “The increase in funds will allow United Way to increase our capacity as investor, convener, facilitator, and partner in solving community problems,”...

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