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The latest news from and about United Way of Dane County

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Press Releases and Media Alert

Dane Workforce Housing Fund Reaches $11.8 Million in Investment Support
Fund seeks to address the workforce housing crisis in Dane County.

Madison, WI (Nov. 12, 2020) – The Economic Stability Council (ESC), made up of a group of local employers and funders, is excited to announce it has exceeded its goal of raising $10 million from local businesses to address the Dane County workforce housing needs. The fund, established and managed by Madison Development Corporation, is intended to be a long-term strategy that will help create and sustain more workforce housing units in Dane County and keep them affordable for at least 15 years. FULL PRESS RELEASE

Fabiola Hamdan Receives Women United Philanthropy Award

Women United Breakfast Celebrates Women in Philanthropy

Madison, WI (October 2, 2020) – Fabiola (“Faby”) Hamdan was honored with the Women United Philanthropy
Award at United Way’s virtual Women United Breakfast, which took place on Wednesday, September 30.  FULL PRESS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Download PDF HERE

August 14, 2019

WORKING FOR ALL WEBINAR: COMMUNITY RESPONSE & RECOVERY

MADISON – On Tuesday, August 18, United Way of Dane County will launch the first installment of
the Working for All webinar series, starting with the topic of Community Response & Recovery.
Renee Moe, President & CEO of United Way of Dane County, and Paul Kundert, President and CEO
of UW Credit Union and 2020 Campaign Chair, will share an update on the current needs and
resources in Dane County.

The webinar will be followed by a private virtual Media Meet & Greet with Renee Moe and Paul
Kundert, where they answer your questions about information shared during the webinar.

Join us to learn how United Way is bringing our community together to address racial disparities
and support recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and how you can help.

WHAT: United Way of Dane County Working for All Webinar & Media Meet and Greet

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18 | Register below
• 12:30 – 1:00 pm: Virtual Program/Working for All Webinar- Register
• 1:00 – 1:30 pm: Virtual Media Meet & Greet- Register

WHERE: Virtual Zoom Webinar | Register at Eventbrite with links provided.

If you would like to set up a separate time for an interview, please contact
Karen Burch, VP of Community Engagement & Marketing at (941) 713-0850.
To learn more about United Way of Dane County, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org

Over One Third of Wisconsinites Struggling to Make Ends Meet Financially

Third United Way of Wisconsin ALICE® Report shows many faced financial insecurity before COVID‐19

MADISON, WI—July 27, 2020—34 percent of Wisconsin’s 2.4 million households are struggling to afford basic necessities like housing, child care, food, transportation, and internet access. The astounding statistic was revealed in the state’s third ALICE report, released today by United Way of Wisconsin in partnership with United For ALICEand local United Ways across the state. FULL PRESS RELEASE 

Media Advisory

Application for Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund Open MADISON, Wis. –United Way of Dane County has officially opened the application for organizations to apply for dollars raised through our Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund. More than 840 donors have invested more than $1.4 million since the fund launched March 13 to provide financial relief for individuals and families affected by COVID-19.

WHAT: Organizations invited to apply for funding

WHEN: Friday, March 27 through Friday, April 3

WHERE: https://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/covid-19-fund-process/

FUNDING PRIORITIES:
• Eviction/homelessness prevention
• Food/meals for older adults and children
• Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)

P.S. United Way of Dane County is still actively recruiting volunteers for projects that have been deemed *safe and *“essential” by local government, including food delivery drivers. Help us recruit volunteers by sharing this link and clicking “volunteer now”: https://www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/

Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund Announcement

Madison, WI (March 20, 2020) – As Dane County faces one of the biggest public health crises in its history — businesses reducing workforce or closing leaving some without incomes, school closings leaving parents searching for childcare, food and housing services bracing for new complexities in their work, and health care workers preparing for a spike in patients — leaders in our community are taking action.

Today United Way of Dane County, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Selfless Ambition and other area organizations announced a collaborative effort to provide financial relief for those hit hardest by the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Community members and businesses have already raised more than $885,500 for the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.

Funds will be split into two approaches:
1. Short-term emergency, focused on individual and families’ immediate needs. This fund is operated by Boys & Girls Club and Selfless Ambition and fundraising closes on March 20. Grant decisions will be made by May 15 and will be directed to:
• Medical supplies for those impacted by this virus
• Meals for kids due to school closures
• Local shelters as they assist families and individuals
• College students in need of temporary housing and meals
• Senior citizens in need of meals, transportation and medical assistance
• Hardship funding for nonprofits for individuals and families

2. Long-term response and recovery, focused on providing resources to nonprofits, individuals and families. This fund is operated by United Way of Dane County and will remain open for the foreseeable future. This fund is focused on:
• Food/meals for older adults and children
• Eviction prevention
• Homelessness prevention
• Flex fund (flexible dollars to respond to other crises that individuals, families or nonprofits experience)
Long-term recovery needs will continue to be assessed as more data about the impact of the crisis become available.

No administrative costs are being charged for either fund. An independent group of community, business and grassroots leaders will determine disbursements. More information can be found here.

We are grateful for the support of the hundreds of donors and businesses who have contributed to the fund so far. Lead gifts to the combined effort include the following:
$100,000 Dan and Patti Rashke TASC Family Foundation
$100,000 Madison Gas & Electric Foundation
$100,000 UW Credit Union
$ 75,000 Ascendium Education Group
$ 50,000 Kevin and Sheila Conroy
$ 50,000 Bob and Anne Trunzo
$ 50,000 Jim and Jessica Yehle
$ 50,000 John and Jo Ellen McKenzie
$ 50,000 American Family Insurance
$ 50,000 UW Health, UnityPoint Health–Meriter and Quartz
$ 50,000 Madison Teachers Inc.
$ 42,500 Alliant Energy
$ 30,000 Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital –
Madison, UnityPoint Health – Meriter and UW Health
$ 25,000 GE Healthcare
$ 25,000 Meicher Family Foundation
$ 38,000 from individuals and families in gifts of all sizes

United Way of Dane County is also actively recruiting volunteers to assist in COVID-19-related efforts. At Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s request, we are working to connect any healthy person willing to help agencies with volunteer power and material donations, for example volunteer matching EPIC employees with Meals on Wheels or TASC employees donating masks to Porchlight. Volunteerism priorities are:
• Food delivery
• Childcare for emergency care workers
• Temporary housing and food pantry staffing support
• Temporary housing and food pantry donations
Help now with safe volunteer opportunities and material donation needs specific to COVID-19 relief at www.volunteeryourtime.org.

We are committed to the care of our community and each other, and we always emerge stronger than before. Together, we are The Power of Many. Working for All.

To make a gift to the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/help4covid or text “help4covid” to 40403.

United Way of Dane County Media Archives

Dane County nonprofit and developer announce new housing fund

DIGGING DEEPER: Getting youth back on the right track during a pandemic

‘There is hope;’ Madison woman overcomes homelessness with help from United Way

Catching up with civic stalwart Frank Alfano

Fabiola Hamdan Receives Women United Philanthropy Award

Packers Foundation awards $1 million in annual grants

‘Everyone wants to feel their voice is important’: United Way of Dane County launches campaign to help register, educate voters

City, Madison schools, United Way seek $400,000 in community donations for child care

Newly launched scholarship program would increase child care access

Plain Talk: The United Way’s fundraising campaign is more vital than ever

Madison police captain seeks ‘reasonable ideas’ to stem youth crime

City, Madison schools, United Way seek $400,000 in community donations for child care

Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools to make 5,000 supply kits

Campaign will provide thousands of Madison students with school supplies for online start

‘Wise-Witnesses’ Watch Over Protesters in Madison Crowds

NBC15 Protest Coverage- Interview with United Way Persident and CEO Renee Moe begins at 17:30

5,000 reasons a month to give to the United Way

United Way of Dane County Hopes New Community Campaign Can Raise 17.8 Million Amid Pandemic

Editorial: United Way of Dane County is the power of many, working for all

UW Credit Union finds a perfect match with United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County to donate 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to local organizations

United Way of Dane County to distribute PPE amid mask mandate

United Way of Dane County to pass out free PPE

New report detailing financial hardship in Dane County

United Way to give out free disposable masks

“One community together”: West High Area Collaborative helps Madison families with rent

Renee Moe: Calls for help are skyrocketing during the COVID-19 pandemic, so please help

Relief funds support nonprofits, just when their services are needed most

Giving back with United Way during the coronavirus pandemic

United Way Streamlines Website for COVID Volunteer Opportunities

Area agencies teaming up to help the hardest hit by coronavirus outbreak

Madison nonprofits challenge community to raise $1 million for COVID-19 response fund

Dane County nonprofits raise $900,000 to help residents affected by COVID-19 crisis

COVID19 emergency fund nears $1 million; committee and process named

Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund in place

Latino Professionals Association’s ‘Investing in Latinx Talent’ luncheon set for Friday

Dane County partnership formed to address racial disparity in healthcare

Catching Up: The Playing Field opens 2nd site to care for vulnerable Madison children

One year in, Urban Triage making an impact as it empowers Black families in Madison

Editorial: Rethinking Schools of Hope amid COVID-19

Tech Innovation Teams in Dane County Secure 2 Spots in a National Competition to Raise the Income of Dane County Families – INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON POVERTY – UW–Madison

Collaborative Partnership Delivers Supplies to Child Care Providers

Sentry Insurance Foundation Donates $50,000 to United Way of Dane County for Coronavirus Relief Support

Johnson Financial Group donates $200,000 in Wisconsin markets to support United Way and other nonprofit community organizations.

Old National Bank Responds to Urgent COVID-19 Need with $1.2 million commitment including $42,500 locally joining #GivingTuesdayNow

YMCA Puts $25K Relief Funding to Work in Emergency Child Care Programs

Specialized, Santa Cruz and Saris contribute to the COVID-19 fight

City of Madison Police Department- Community Resources and MPD Notable Calls 04/09/2020 to 04/10/2020

Madison Community Foundation- Resources for Nonprofits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

American Family Insurance, foundations pledge support to COVID-19 relief

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin- Emergency Food System Focused on Meeting Increased Demands

Urban League announces COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, March 25th Update

Challenging and Inspiring Times… Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s Statement on Food with Regards to COVID-19