United Way
United Way  Fox Cities
Issue: 7
In This Issue
2015 Video
In our 2015 video, we invite you to join hands, open your hearts, lend your muscle and find your voice. Watch the video.
In our 2015 video, we invite you to join hands, open your hearts, lend your muscle and find your voice. Watch the video.
Don't Miss our Upcoming Events:

United Way Fox Cities EXPERIENCE! Tours

Tours are open to all individuals and groups who would like to learn more about United Way Fox Cities.

Jan. 27, Evening (hours vary)
Homeless Connections
400 N. Division Street, Appleton

Developmental Disabilities
March 1, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. SOAR Fox Cities, 211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton

United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders
Emerging Leaders is recommended for those age 40 and under.

Serve Snack at Homeless Connections
Dec. 10, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Serve Breakfast at Homeless Connections
Dec. 12, 7:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Happy Hour at The Stone Cellar
Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer at the Emerging Leaders Valentine's Family Festival
Feb. 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Maplewood Middle School 

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Mission Statement
United Way Fox Cities improves lives by bringing diverse people together to build a stronger, more caring community for everyone.

Mayor Tim Hanna helps to launch Reach Out and Read in the Fox Cities
Reach Out and Read
Making sure that children enter school ready to read is a priority issue for United Way Fox Cities, so the Reach Out and Read program was a perfect fit for an innovative grant. Piloted by St. Elizabeth Hospital, and now being expanded by the Appleton Public Library, Reach Out and Read is putting books in the hands of children when they visit their pediatricians and family practitioners. (View a video about the local Reach Out and Read project.)
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Medical Director for Reach Out and Read said, "If the child has no identified health concerns, I would rather walk into a well-visit without my stethoscope than without a book. I learn so much about the child's health, development and family dynamics by watching her interact with a book." (Continue reading...)
Volunteers Make a Difference 
On Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, over 80 volunteers spent their morning with United Way Fox Cities to help pack 1,000 literacy kits with books, crayons and other items. (View photos from the event.)  The project was possible thanks to a grant provided by Depend, a brand of Kimberly-Clark. Depend and United Way are partnering together to promote healthy, active, and independent living throughout an individual's life, with a focus on volunteering.

Families with children, older adults and teen groups all showed up to help out. One of the volunteers who brought her son said, "This event was a lot of fun. It was something I could bring my seven year-old son to and teach him about giving back and having fun at the same time."

The kits were distributed to children in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms in the Menasha Joint School District, the Even Start Family Literacy program and the YMCA of the Fox Cities child care programs. (View photos of the book distribution.) Because of the wonderful efforts of the volunteers, families will have new books to read and enjoy together. Thank you to all who helped at the event!
Paving the Way to Learning
If you have ever interacted with a child, you know they are constantly learning, right from birth. What children learn during those years depends on the experiences they have each and every day.
This summer, United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders got out their paint and paint brushes to help install new United Way Fox Cities Born Learning Trails at Jefferson Park in Menasha, Fritse Park in the Town of Menasha and Smith Park in Menasha. (View photos of the build at Fritse Park.) The trails provide opportunities for parents, grandparents and caregivers to boost young children's language skills. Interactive stations with tips and tools engage children in play-based learning activities. (Continue reading...)
Nonprofit Board Training
Nonprofit employees and board members from across northeast WI attended "Hitting It Out of the Park: Fundraising for Nonprofits" with keynote speaker Marcy Heim, Founder and Principal of The Artful Asker. With a background in financial development at the University of Wisconsin, Marcy's high energy presentation was well received by the 300+ attendees. (View photos of the training.)

Dating back to 2001, the nonprofit training workshops were born of a need to provide information for nonprofits that would help them fulfill their missions. The workshops are affordable for every nonprofit to attend thanks to sponsorship provided by United Way, The Community Foundation, Schenck and the American Society for Training and Development.
United Way Community Campaign Kicks Off 
At the 2015 Community Campaign Kickoff hosted by SECURA Insurance, over 200 supporters heard from Joe Mauthe, Executive Director of the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities. Joe spoke about increasing numbers of homeless and "hidden homeless" populations in our community and how the Fox Cities Housing Coalition is beginning a strategic planning process to ensure that we can effectively and efficiently address the issue. (View photos of the kickoff.)
Win a 2015 VW Jetta!

By entering the United Way Car Sweepstakes, you could win a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta donated by Bergstrom Automotive. Any United Way Fox Cities' donor who gives a new, undesignated gift of $52, or a previous year donor who gives an undesignated minimum gift 
of $52 that has increased by at least $1 from the previous year, qualifies for one entry in the 2015 Jetta Sweepstakes.  Read complete sweepstakes rules.
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