The United Way of Northern Ozaukee ends its 2018-2019 campaign with gratitude, humility, a sense of achievement, and great hopes for the future. Whether you gave at your workplace or you gave as an individual, you played a vital role in keeping Ozaukee County a strong, caring community. And while big donations are important, there were hundreds of smaller donations that have made a significant difference to our fundraising goal and in the lives of our neighbors.
Here are some of this year’s campaign highlights. Starting with the big picture:
We raised a total of $331,166 in this year’s campaign, the second highest total in UWNO history. While we didn’t quite reach our $360,000 campaign goal, we believe that our expanded campaign committee has laid the groundwork for raising higher goals in the future.
We were joined in our efforts this year by eight new business and workplace leaders:
· Meridian Industries
· Franklin Energy
· Brouilette Back & Neck
· Lake Financial Group
· Omega Industrial Products, and
· Suburban Motors
Among our returning workplace supporters, three companies stood out:
· D.D. Williamson increased its giving 48%, achieving a giving level well beyond what one would expect from an organization with 21 employees.
· Employees of Ozaukee County increased their giving by more than 61%
· And the employees at Sargento increased their giving by 62%
Finally, we want to especially recognize our Number 1 Workplace Campaign: the Port Washington State Bank. Their role in supporting our community through the United Way and its predecessors goes back generations. They were, in fact, one of the founders of the Community Chest, which became the United Way of Northern Ozaukee. This year, they expanded their leadership even further with a $25,000 challenge grant, which added more than $52,500 to the funds available for our partner agencies. Beyond the dollars, United Way of Northern Ozaukee has benefited from the leadership and support of numerous Port State Bank associates in multiple campaign events and in the overall operation of the organization.