NEWS & Updates
Donor Match Month Results
Our 2023 Donor Match Month campaign goal was $31,000 by December 31.

Together, area businesses and individuals raised $55,390!!

A HUGE Thank You to all who gave. Your incredible generosity will strengthen critical community building efforts in 2024.

View our 2023 Donor Match Month supporters here.
Meet Our Director of Impact Strategies,
Ben Peters
United Way Manitowoc County (UWMC) is honored to announce Ben Peters as the new Director of Impact Strategies. Peters will oversee the organization’s three initiatives: Basic Needs, Early Childhood and Youth Development. This includes facilitating community-level coalition work with local nonprofits and development of United Way’s results data management system.

“The Director of Impact Strategies position is an investment in our community,” says Ashley Bender, Executive Director of United Way Manitowoc County. “With the addition of this role, United Way has the capacity to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to collaboration with other nonprofits and move the needle on very complex problems such as homelessness, food insecurity, lack of child care, and access to critical services like mental health care.”

Since moving to Manitowoc in the Fall of 2006, Ben has been developing relationships and learning about the businesses, non-profit organizations, and activities in the community.

In his new role with the United Way Manitowoc County, Ben is eager to build a network of local partners, donors, and people who care about ensuring the basic needs of our community are met. Then, working with that network, advance the goals of the United Way and its mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of others throughout Manitowoc County.

Ben earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This education laid a strong foundation to envision a world where all individuals and families can achieve their human potential. During his 15-year career in the collections industry he filled a variety of front-line, management, and subject matter expert roles. Earning training facilitator certifications in Emotional Intelligence and Interaction Management allowed him to teach and hone a variety of skills to help others succeed in their roles. Ben is grateful for the relationships and experiences he developed during his Ridiculously Nice time with Americollect, Inc. that will help him succeed in his new role.

Ben currently lives, works, and plays in Manitowoc with his wife, Steph, two ambitious sons, and their cats, Pumba and Pickles.  

In the summertime you will find Ben playing Ultimate Frisbee on Thursday nights with Manty Summer Ultimate. On the weekends you might see him biking to the farmers’ market on Saturday mornings or exploring and fishing local lakes and rivers in his canoe.

A quote that resonates with Ben as he embarks on this new career is, “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.” ― Ronald Reagan. 
Stakeholders Survey
United Way Manitowoc County invites you to participate in a 3-4 minute Stakeholder Survey.

The purpose is to help staff and board better understand public perception and satisfaction of United Way Manitowoc County overall. Your input will help guide United Way's future.

Survey responses will be strictly confidential.

Please complete the survey by February 9, 2024. 

Completed surveys will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes. Two (2) winners will be drawn for a $50 Walmart gift card. 

If you have any questions about the survey or would like to talk with staff or a board member directly, please call United Way at 920-682-8888 or email

Thank you for your time and support.

You can access the survey here.
United Way's MyFreeTaxes Open
for the 2024 Tax Season is a partnership between Tax Slayer and United Way and is a 100% FREE way to file your federal and state tax returns for those who earn a maximum of $79,000 annually.

Highlights of the software include:

  • Available in English and Spanish

  • Mobile friendly

  • Includes Schedule C for Small Business Owners, Contractors, Childcare, and Gig Economy (i.e., Uber, Door Dash, etc.)

  • MyFreeTaxes Helpline and email support systems are staffed by VITA-certified support specialists.

Go to to file your taxes today!
United Way to Host Launch Event for
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
United Way Manitowoc County is excited to announce our partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library!

Join us on Thursday, February 15, 4:00-6:00pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Manitowoc County (3651 Dewey St., Manitowoc) for our launch event.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails FREE, high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five.

Join us to learn about the program, register your child, and enjoy a free book fair!

This event is open to those who reside in Manitowoc County with children from birth to age 5.

Contact United Way at 920.682.8888 with any questions.

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Volunteer Center Newsletter

Did you know that United Way is the Volunteer Hub for Manitowoc County?

Talk United

Talk United is a weekly, 5-minute program with WOMT Radio that airs every Tuesday morning at approximately 11:20am.

Hello Lakeshore with United Way
The Hello Lakeshore Podcast with United Way is hosted by Craig Dillon of WCUB Radio and Ashley Bender of United Way Manitowoc County. Each week Craig and Ashley chat with a different nonprofit in Manitowoc County.

Podcasts air every Friday and can be found here or on Apple Podcasts.

Are you a nonprofit that would like to be featured on the program? Call United Way at 920.682.8888.