1st Quarter 2019 Newsletter
Farewell from Tania Spofford, Executive Director


As many of you know, I have made the decision to transition out of United Way Manitowoc County to pursue other interests and spend more time with my family in Green Bay. It has been my sincere privilege and honor to lead UWMC the past two years. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to meet, work and partner with so many amazing people in Manitowoc County. We truly could not do the work through United Way without you, and I thank you! I am confident Ashley Bender is the right person to lead us through the next exciting chapter as my successor.

My decision to leave did not come easy. Together we have overcome obstacles to focus on the work that needed to be done. We implemented a new business model, rekindled old partnerships, built new partnerships, and are strengthening our capacity to more effectively improve conditions in four focus areas – community engagement, early learning and literacy, basic needs, and youth emotional wellness. We improved the culture within UWMC to be more transparent, supportive, and open to learning new ways of doing business. We launched the Volunteer Connection Center, a vehicle bringing together agencies, businesses and individuals, nurturing community engagement across the county. We were instrumental in forming the Manitowoc County Public School Consortium, working together to identify common goals in support of youth social and emotional well-being. We also increased opportunities for adult/child interactive learning through the construction of a third Born Learning trail in St. Nazianz with the help of CNH Industrial employees. 

United Way Manitowoc County is a great organization with great staff, board, donors and community partners. We have built a cohesive team committed and dedicated to the work we do. We are a team that aspires to do what it takes to improve community conditions, and we are poised to continue to do meaningful work!

Kudos to ALL of you for your continued support and commitment to United Way Manitowoc County. Please visit our website to learn more about the exciting things happening at United Way Manitowoc County!

With gratitude,
Tania Spofford, MS-OCL

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Volunteer Connection Center

If you're looking for a way to give back to the community, visit our Volunteer Connection Center .

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities that fit your skillsets and passions at a variety of Manitowoc County nonprofit organizations.

New volunteer opportunities and community events are updated weekly!

Born Learning Trail Refresh

Join the Young Professionals of Manitowoc County and United Way Manitowoc County with a family friendly service project to end YP Week 2019.

We'll be refreshing our Born Learning Trail located in Manitowoc at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Projects include raking leaves and trimming branches, laying fresh wood chips, cleaning signs, refreshing paint, reinstalling an interactive alphabet activity and installing a new Free Little Library.

Click here to register!

Thank you, Seehafer News

We want to thank Seehafer News for serving as our official 2019 media sponsor!
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