Day of Caring - September 22, 2021
Thanks for your interest in this annual day of action and volunteerism! United Way Blackhawk Region is working to assess the number of projects requested by local nonprofits and how many volunteer teams we'll need for Day of Caring. Last minute project registrations are still welcome (click below).

We will do our best to accommodate hundreds of volunteers, but reserve the opportunity to right-size the event based on the project needs of participant agencies and to ensure a meaningful experience for all involved.
Day of Caring Sponsors
United Way Blackhawk Region is able to execute a cost-effective regional event, thanks to the generosity of our Day of Caring sponsors:

  • ABC Supply Co., inc.
  • Andritz 
  • Baker Tilly
  • Blackhawk Bank
  • Blackhawk Community Credit Union
  • Culver's of Beloit & Janesville
  • Data Dimensions
  • EcoLab
  • Fairbanks Morse Defense
  • First National Bank and Trust Company
  • Frito Lay
  • Mid-States Concrete Industries
  • Regal
  • Valmet
  • Wegner CPAs
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Thrivent Financial
Financial Support for Projects
Did you know, more than 5,000 Thrivent Members live in Rock County? Already a generous sponsor of Day of Caring, Thrivent Members may also be able to provide a $250 “Community Impact Card” of financial support (i.e. materials, supplies, food, etc.) for potential Day of Caring projects.

Thrivent will be providing more information to members on this opportunity and how it can be used during Day of Caring. Interested in learning more, email
NEW United Way Blackhawk Region Team Members Announced
UWBR is pleased to welcome our new Finance Director, Laura Nilson. Laura joins our team with over 20 years of experience in financial management. Most recently, Laura served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for a roofing company in Huntley, IL. There, Laura directed the corporate office, processed payroll, and supervised all financial functions of the company including monthly book close, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, and reconciliations. Additionally, Laura would build the annual budget and sales forecast. Prior, Laura served as an Office Manager/ Bookkeeper for a law firm, as well as worked as a legal secretary. 

Laura looks forward to her new position and knows her strong financial background will facilitate a great transition to this role. Given our unwavering commitment to financial accountability, we are happy to add Laura to our dynamic team!
After a highly-competitive search process, we are thrilled to introduce UWBR’s new Resource Development Director, Tessa Disch. Tessa was previously employed by the National MS Society since May 2017 as Volunteer and Community Engagement Specialist, where she helped spearhead fundraising events across the country, managed volunteers and cultivated new community engagement. Tessa earned her Bachelors in Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and recently moved back to the Blackhawk Region.

With a self-proclaimed “hunger to excel in a new role” Tessa is excited to collaborate with the volunteer Campaign Cabinet, work to help grow UWBR’s annual Community Campaign, and raise resources to meet the needs of our region. Welcome, Tessa!
United Way Membership
Each year, local United Ways must adhere to standards set forth by United Way Worldwide to remain members in good standing. UWBR's Board of Directors recently certified a 12 page document attesting to our compliance, including:

▶️ Tax exemption adherence
▶️ Legal requirements
▶️ Effective board governance
▶️ Diversity, equity, & inclusion practices
▶️ Trademark utilization
▶️ Code of ethics
▶️ Independent audit
211 Guiding Light PSA
United Way has partnered with the Ad Council on this powerful PSA reminding Americans that when times are dark, 211 is a guiding light. Call 211 speak to a specialist about accessing the best local resources available or visit

Reminder ... is a centralized website where you can find clear, easy answers to the most frequently asked questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, including: eligibility, safety, cost, provider details, concerns from communities of Color, and more. is a collaborative website in partnership with and funded by United Way Blackhawk Region’s COVID-19 Action Fund. This user-friendly, one-stop-shop is updated regularly by local vaccine providers to help community members access COVID-19 vaccine information.

United, we want to help rebuild healthy, strong and equitable communities.