The Power of Many.
Working for All.
Be a part of it.


Dane County residents have found work

including 842 at family-sustaining wages, since the HIRE Initiative began in 2013.

The HIRE Initiative is made up of many organizations in Dane County who are working together to help people find jobs, and help businesses find talent.

HIRE also helps people get their GED and learn new skills.

Employers can work with HIRE when they want to hire new employees.

The Power of Many. Working for All.
Be a part of it.

United Way brings our community together in strength to address Dane County’s greatest needs. As we are experiencing racial unrest, an economic downturn and a pandemic, this is more important than ever.

In place of our traditional in-person “Community Kickoff” in August, we will offer monthly opportunities to learn more about community issues, participate in remote or socially distanced volunteer opportunities and support the well-being of our neighbors for the remainder of the year. As in the past, we will celebrate our community’s generosity and impact at Community Celebration in March 2021.

October 2020


Your gift is needed now, more than ever, to ensure the well-being of our neighbors. 

Your gift will be strategically invested into effective, research-based programs to promote equity and advance education, income and health — the building blocks of well-being.

Together, we are The Power of Many. Working for All.

Centennial Conversations

Join a virtual conversation to share your voice and inform our next strategic agenda.

October 29

Working for All Webinar Series:
Join us to take a deeper dive into United Way’s work focused on economic stability for Dane County families


Virtual Volunteering
Provide essential services to our community from anywhere. 


Nonprofit Wishlist
Help fill urgent supply needs of local nonprofits and agencies.

October 16

Volunteer Opportunity: Create Paper Product Packs
Paper towels and toilet paper – these everyday items are rarely donated and are essential for a healthy family.

Supporting Economic Stability in our Community

In 2020, United Way is investing more than $4 million into housing and employment support in Dane County. These funds support programming to stabilize families through direct access to affordable housing and quality case management and to increase the number of people making family-sustaining wages ($15+ per hour).
The HIRE Initiative is a collaborative partnership of organizations, agencies and funders all coming together to reduce the racial disparities in employment. Partner agencies guide participants through all the steps needed to find and maintain employment and participants are then matched to employers looking for their skill set.
Earlier this year, a young, single mother was fleeing a domestic violence situation and could not afford a place to live after losing her job due to COVID-19. Through one of United Way's partner agencies, she received assistance and was able get into an apartment the very next day.

Upcoming Events

Join us to learn, volunteer and more!


Volunteer Opportunity: Create Diaper Packs
Access to diapers reduces risk of infectious diseases, improves health outcomes for children and families and are frequently needed at pantries and shelters.

Volunteer Opportunity: Holiday Wish List
Help spread holiday cheer! Find donation requests and volunteer opportunities for local nonprofits during the holiday season.

Working for All Webinar Series: Health
Join us to take a deeper dive into United Way’s work focused on Health. Topic to be announced in October.





Working for All Webinar Series: Community Well-Being
Join us to take a deeper dive into United Way’s work. Topic to be announced in November.

Volunteer Opportunity: Create Menstrual Hygiene Packs
Individuals who don’t have access to hygiene products are more likely to miss work or school. A period shouldn’t stop someone from participating and succeeding in school, work and life.

March 2021

Community Celebration
Celebrate The Power of Many, Working for All! This event recognizes the important contributions of donors, volunteers and our corporate and nonprofit partners. The program will feature campaign awards, community volunteer awards and stories about how your gifts of time, talent and treasure make a difference.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

for making these events and volunteer opportunities possible!

Presenting Sponsor:

Supporting Sponsors:

Community Sponsors:

In-Kind Sponsors:

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Click here to learn more about how you can be involved.