Community Impact 2015

In keeping with the United Way mission, making a difference for our communities, the UWNO Board of Directors is committed to offering an annual grant program to member agencies. To be considered for funding, programs must demonstrate how services advance United Way’s action goals under the Health, Education & Income Pillar’s focus areas of 1) homeless prevention, 2) substance abuse, 3) mental health, and 4) access to healthcare. Based on community prioritized needs, special consideration was given to programs, particularly from COALITIONS, which address root-causes related to these issues. The successful community impact recipient will be able to demonstrate a significant measurable impact on the community. For more information on the eligibility criteria, please review the Eligibility Checklist and the Community Impact Grant Application for Non Partner Agencies.

The United Way of Northern Ozaukee County (UWNO) announced the 2015 recipients of their annual Community Impact Grants. The Community Impact Grant is over and above the $184,700 annual allocation grants that were awarded back in March to fifteen partner agencies for essential programs throughout the county. Together between the two grants, we reinvested back into the community approximately $249,730. With your help, we have increased funding to the partner agencies over 10% this past year.

This year’s Grants will go to help fund the following:

  •     Advocates: Assumed leadership for homeless support and case management for those individuals on the verge of losing their homes.  UWNO is one of the primary funders for rent assistance, providing a safety net to those who are at risk of being evicted
  •     COPE Services:  “Pieces in my Own Voice” - a theatrical production depicting youth experiencing mental health issues
  •     Interfaith Caregivers: Dementia Volunteer Training
  •     Ozaukee Family Services: Parent Group for Parents of Middle School Age Girls
  •     Ozaukee Jail Literacy: Computer Curriculum for student inmates so they can improve their computer skills
  •     Starting Point: Sober Living House
  •     Volunteer Center: Task Force program –Assessing the current Volunteer Center’s delivery models effectiveness in the nonprofit community and strategically plan for increased capacity

UWNO is very humbled each year when reviewing the applications for the grants. We are reminded of the unfortunate real needs for these services in our community. Although we were able to help many through this year’s grants, there is still more to be done. This year, we received requests that far exceeded our budget, all a result of the financial challenges that a growing segment of our community is facing.