Impact in Waukesha County

Impact in Waukesha County

Change doesn’t happen alone. United Way corporate partners, individual donors, and local programs all fight together for lasting change in our community.

United Way fights...

...for urgent needs being met. Since March 2020, United Way has invested over $346,000 in COVID-19 urgent needs fund grants and supplies to help Waukesha County residents.

...for literacy. Since 2017, over 35,870 books have been distributed to children in the School District of Waukesha through Build My Bookshelf. An average of 1,345 students per year have received books.

...for families facing economic challenges. Last year, 187 individuals were helped through United Way’s Financial Capabilities programs in improving their budgeting skills, savings, credit, financial literacy, employability, and income.

...for young people to have what they need to start school. Since 2015, 14,694 backpacks stuffed with school supplies have been distributed to Waukesha County students through the United Way-led Backpack Coalition.

...for racial equity. Inspired by our involvement in Brookfield East High School’s community-led “Conversations Count” series, United Way will expand racial equity resources to teachers across our four-county footprint who are providing racial equity education.

...for increased student achievement. Since 2016, United Way’s Helping Kids Succeed initiative has impacted nearly 2,000 students annually in the School District of Waukesha by increasing student achievement, enhancing family stability, and improving community engagement.



It isn’t about what we fund, but who we help.

Together, we did some amazing things in Waukesha County:

  • Our community is healthier. Last year, 10,143 youth and adults had increased access to health care programs, health and wellness services, and safer and healthier communities.
  • More youth are succeeding in school. Last year,16,343 children or their parents/caregivers received support for early childhood education, youth development, and services for children and families.
  • More families are achieving financial stability. Last year, 6,560 adults and families benefited from programs that reduced barriers to employment and provided safe and stable homes.
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The People

Financial Stability: Mike, Beth, & Bryan

When the worst happened, a Waukesha family got back on their feet with help from a United Way partner.


Financial Stability: Raymond

With help from a United Way-funded program, Raymond can fulfill his dream of buying a home for his family.


Helping Kids Succeed: Mr. Massis

Second grade teacher Mr. Massis sees the value of United Way-funded programs for his students.


Community Coalitions, Collaborations, & Partnerships

United Way staff actively participate in the following groups in Waukesha County:

  • Anti-Trafficking Coalition of Waukesha County
  • Emergency Food & Shelter Board – Waukesha County
  • Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County
  • Partners of Change
  • Waukesha County Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Waukesha County Business Alliance – Education Steering Committee
  • Waukesha County Heroin Task Force
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