United Way believes in making our four-county community stronger. By working together on critical issues, we can move forward together to ensure everyone has a safe place to live, work, and play.
We know that our community’s issues are broad and vast; they’re an enormous challenge for one single nonprofit to address. We also know many of these issues are interrelated–issues like health concerns, educational road blocks, and financial struggles. United Way elevates these issues and calls everyone in our four-county region to action.
United Way fights...
...for literacy. Since 2015, over 277,370 books have been distributed to children through My Very Own Library and Build My Bookshelf. An average of 6,639 students per year have received books with a total investment of $1.5 million.
...for the basic needs of individuals in the community. Since 2009, over 425,000 individuals and families struggling to meet their basic needs received food, transportation, legal, and housing assistance at the most vulnerable time of their lives.
...for the safety of people experiencing intimate partner violence. Since 2009, an average of 9,500 people were served per year in intimate partner violence prevention programs with 96% gaining knowledge about safety planning and their rights and options in the legal system.
...for the health and safety of our nonprofits and the people they serve. In response to COVID-19, United Way supplied over 51,000 ounces of hand sanitizer, over 21,850 masks and gloves, over 15,000 personal hygiene products, over 2,500 cleaning supply products, over 13,000 food items, over 43,000 food pantry supplies (plates, forks, napkins, utensils), nearly 45,000 diapers, and 10 hooded antiviral suits.
United Way convenes resources, volunteers, experts, and other service providers for short-term relief and long-term success.
We are an independently-governed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization connected to a network of more than 1,400 local United Ways through United Way Worldwide. We have our own board of directors and focus our work on local solutions for local problems. Of every dollar raised, 90¢ is invested into community problem solving. View our recent financial forms and reports.
Since our start in 1909, we have invested over $1 billion to solve our community’s most serious problems. We impact people in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties.