Mission: Improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United way blackhawk region, inc. Focuses on health, education, and financial stability because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life.
Programs: United way blackhawk region, inc. Is focused on ensuring individuals and families have their basic needs met and achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. In 2017, we allocated $740,504 to 31 programs that connect people with critical resources for emergency or basic needs; assist in identifying and overcoming obstacles/barriers to self-sufficiency; and increase access to skills training, education, and other support systems that enable people to achieve self-sufficiency.
united way blackhawk region, inc. Envisions a region where children and youth will have supportive learning and development opportunities to grow and become responsible adults. In 2017, we allocated $514,304 to 16 programs that support children and youth through early learning and care services, before and after school program, character and leadership development, and recreational experiences; emphasize academic success for children of all ages; and expand opportunities for children and youth to bond with peers, mentors, and positive role models.
united way blackhawk region, inc. Supports programs to help residents of rock county, wisconsin, and northern winnebago county, illinois, to enjoy healthy lives. In 2017, we allocated $358,007 to 19 programs that increase awareness and access to healthcare resources and promote healthy lives through education and activities.
united way blackhawk region, inc. Works to bring together community members including agency partners, governments, schools, businesses, individuals and faith-based organizations to identify the underlying causes of problems in our community and develop strategies and partnerships to address those issues. United way blackhawk region, inc. Also funds 2-1-1, an anonymous helpline to call to access an extensive database of community resources. United way blackhawk region, inc. Offers a free, online volunteer portal called "get connected" where nonprofits may post opportunities and recruit volunteers and where community members can view and respond to volunteer opportunities. Additionally, local nonprofits are able to rent office space or meeting space in the united way community services building at a reduced rate.
We have just completed our online registration and UWBR reviews of site and budget and I am impressed. The new Director, Steve Kinkade, is doing a masterful job, along with his United Way co-workers of creating one, new, strong United Way out of two United Ways that previously covered the whole of Rock County, Wisconsin and a bit of northern Illinois. The merger has gone even better than most would have imagined and the review process reveals that UWBR has come a long way toward removing any "competitive" elements that might have cropped up due to differences in the two largest cities involved--Janesville and Beloit. Dealing with the review committee proved to us at the Voluntary Action Center that we are making significant strides in partnership--northern Rock and southern Rock, for profits and not for profits, businesses and agencies. It makes the Blackhawk Region a great place to live, work, play, advocate, give, and volunteer.