Volunteers are hand-raisers and game-changers!
As a volunteer-driven organization, we rely on the expertise of volunteers in every facet of our work ... annual Community Campaign, Community Impact, Finance, Executive leadership and more.

Did you know you can #LiveUnited by searching volunteer opportunities at LiveUnitedBR.org/volunteer. Nonprofits can also post their volunteer needs (for FREE) at the same link.

Thanks to all the volunteers who make a difference in the Blackhawk Region!
Thank you, ECCs!
Employee Campaign Coordinators are volunteers who help facilitate the United Way campaign within a workplace. Thanks to the following advocates who inspired increased support of our community in the '21 campaign.

Lori Marinelli
Jennifer Anderson
Colleen Curtis Trappe
Beth Tallon & Erick West
Tamie Everson
Anna Toye
Angie Hommen
Mary Jo Villa
Jeni Hallatt
Denice Moss
Sheila Miller
Allison McCawley
Shelley Meredith
Danielle Marx
Samantha Kavajecz

Results increased from $1,000 to $4,999 at their respective organizations.
Thank you, ECCs!
Throughout April, National Volunteer Appreciation Month, we thanked our volunteers who help facilitate the United Way campaign within a workplace - called Employee Campaign Coordinators (ECCs). We celebrate the following advocates who were able to inspire increased support of the community in the '21 campaign.
Sandra Lundy
Carly Davis
Kelly Garcia
Fred Bolgrien
Todd Jacot
Christine Rebout
Melissa Kaufman
Cathy Letts
Amy Meier
Celestino Ruffini
Rob Hessler
Caritina Mayer

Results increased $500 to $900 at their respective organizations.

NEW Director of Corporate Campaigns
United Way Blackhawk Region is thrilled to announce Liz Menz as its new Director of Corporate Campaigns. This position is responsible for fundraising activities, including growing corporate giving and the annual Community Campaign.

With a heart for United Way's mission, Liz brings extensive community engagement, relationship-building, and local nonprofit experience to this critical role. Liz is driven by a passion to serve the greater good, her energy is limitless, and the positive mindset she lives by is inspirational.
Diamond Assets Community Sale & Fundraiser
Tomorrow: Saturday, April 30th at 8 a.m. while supplies last ... Diamond Assets is hosting a Community Sale & Fundraiser.

$5 of every device sold will be donated to United Way Blackhawk Region!

3315 Milton Ave, Janesville
(located off Hwy 14 near Target).
Focus on mental health in May
May launches National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.

We all know someone affected by mental illness. One in five adults – close to 60 million Americans – experiences a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder.

Stigma remains one of the biggest barriers that prevents people from seeking treatment. With hope and the right tools and supports, mental health recovery is possible. United Way partners with local programs to support education, access, and delivery of mental health services.

If you or someone you know needs help, call, text, or chat with United Way's 211 to find local resources.  
Caregiver Outreach
Do you provide ongoing care for a loved one? Would talking with someone about this experience bring comfort? Would exploring support resources be helpful?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, call United Way's 211 today and ask to be connected to the Caregiver Outreach Program.
ALICE in Focus: Children
ALICE, an acroynm which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a way of defining our families, neighbors and colleagues (men and women) who work hard and earn above the federal poverty level, but do not earn enough to afford a basic household budget.

For ALICE children, having two working adults doesn’t always lead to a financially stable household. As United For ALICE’s new research reveals, 26% of Wisconsin’s children lived in a home with two working adults whose income still fell short of the cost of basics in 2019.