Leadership Circle Reception
Last Thursday, United Way Blackhawk Region held its annual Leadership Circle Reception at the beautiful Beloit Club. Special thanks to our generous sponsors of the event and 2021 Campaign Champions: Derek & LaSonda Hahn and John & Becky Wong.

The festive evening included:
  • Entertainment by the talented Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Combo.
  • Holiday tidings from UWBR Board Chair Tom McCawley, as well as 2021 Campaign Champions.
  • Inspirational story of United Way impact by UWBR Vice President Denise Peters-Kauihou and Scholastic Book Fair testimonial by Riverview Elementary School Principal Tim Doherty.

Thanks to all who attended this celebration of generosity and enjoyed he magic of the season with United Way.
Shop UNITED at
Urban Boutique
Support your community while you #ShopLocal and #ShopUnited.

Starting with the Facebook Live Sale last Sunday and continuing this week with both online and in-person purchases, 20% of all sales will be donated to United Way.

Urban Boutique is open Friday from 12 - 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (1605 Newport Ave., Janesville).
Authored and presented to Leadership Circle donors by UWBR Vice President Denise Peters-Kauihou on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.

"I wonder if you remember the rumbling sound of the stainless-steel cases being rolled down the long, fluorescent lit hallways of your elementary school.

At my school, they’d arrive two days in advance of the actual book fair which, was basically torture. For one thing, the cases were kept locked until the day of the fair. We knew there were books in there of course but which books and which authors and how many?

We’d run our hands over that cool steel exterior imagining what treasures were held inside. Books have that kind of effect on kids.

I loved Pippi Longstocking for her mischievous nature, her smarts and spirit, Madeline for her unassuming courage and the March girls each and all. I loved Charlie Bucket who understood that value had nothing to do with money and a little girl named Laura Ingalls whose story begins in a zip code just north of here..."

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Leadership Circle
Membership in United Way Blackhawk Region's Leadership Circle is granted to those who contribute at least $600 annually. View page 10 of the 2020 Annual Report to see a full list of Leadership Circle donors.
United Way Corporate Partners /
Workplace Campaigns
A few reminders as we approach year-end and your company campaigns wrap-up:

  • Once your campaign has concluded and your envelope is tallied and sealed with pledge forms, checks, cash, etc. call Tessa Disch at (608) 314.8421 for secure pick-up.
  • If you haven’t yet kicked off your campaign, no worries – there’s always time to do so! We can also rollover employee pledges from last year. Let’s chat about what options work best for your team.
  • We love invitations to present to your employees and tell the story of United Way impact! Also, we welcome pictures and videos so we may recognize your support.
  • Interested in our free, user-friendly ePledge option? Email Tessa Disch for a quick demo.
Your commitment to hosting United Way campaigns is critically important to our community and the 87,000+ neighbors who rely on United Way funded programs and services. Thank you!
211 Reminder
For those who may be struggling during the holidays, remember United Way's 211 helpline can provide the assistance needed to brighten the season. Someone is standing by to talk to you 24/7— simply dial 211.

Nonprofits: if there are seasonal or holiday changes to your programs, please be sure to update 211 so specialists are able to provide accurate referrals to neighbors in need of resources.