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Welcome to the United Way of Dodge County

#GIVING TUESDAY

United Way of Dodge County has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday to kicks-off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving to causes they support.

As a donor on #GivingTuesday, you can choose to give 100% of your gift to our Community Campaign Fund. Your donation help us fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. This November 29th, join the movement and give - whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community. It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back and share it using the hashtags: #GivingTuesday #LiveUnited

Please send donations to PO Box 158, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or click donate button on this page. Thank you!!

United Way Calls on President-Elect Trump to Support Health, Education and Financial Stability

ALEXANDRIA, VA (November 9, 2016) – United Way Worldwide today is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to support and invest in initiatives related to health, education and financial stability within the first 100 days of his new administration. United Way is engaged in nearly 1,200 U.S. communities and is focused on creating community based, and community-led solutions that ensure that no one is left behind. United Way looks forward to working with the President-elect, administration officials and members of Congress to implement the following policy recommendations:

1. Strengthening the Charitable Deduction: Preserving the charitable deduction enables nonprofits to continue to fund and provide services that advance the common good. Additionally, the deduction should be expanded to non-itemizers by creating a special deduction for them or by moving the deduction “above-the-line.”

2. Expanding the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit: The Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are proven tools that support work and reduce poverty, but millions of workers are largely excluded from the credits. It’s time to strengthen the CTC for the lowest income workers and those with very young children, and expand the EITC for workers not raising children at home.

3. Increasing Access to High-Quality Child Care: Expanding access for high quality child care is one the smartest investments our country can make to support a child’s ability to succeed in both school and life. Increased funding for child care, Head Start and Early Head Start is needed for more low- and moderate-income children to access high quality child care and early education programs.

4. Expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program: Greater support is needed to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program and to protect Medicaid from program changes that could reduce coverage for children. Increased federal resources are also needed for local communities to tackle the opiate epidemic.

5. Enhancing 2-1-1: 2-1-1 is a referral and information helpline and website that connects people across North America to essential health and human services. While 2-1-1 reaches approximately 279 million people, millions of Americans would greatly benefit by being connected. Existing federal funds for national hotlines should shift to 2-1-1 for increased effectiveness. Further, opportunities should be identified for federal agencies to collaborate with 2-1-1 on health and human service information.

6. Investing in Higher Education and Job Creation: Investments in the skills and education of America’s workers are critical to businesses, workers and the economy. Significant increases are needed for programs that ensure more Americans of all ages and conditions have access to a post-secondary credential, raise their skills and gain employment. These efforts will better enable U.S. businesses to find the skilled workers they need.

Project Blue Zone Dodge County

HEY DODGE COUNTY NEIGHBORS...VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Dodge County is the newest Blue Zones Project® demonstration site, and we're bringing well-being your way.

Blue Zones Project and Beaver Dam Community Hospitals are committed to making Dodge County a place where people live healthier, happier lives. But...community transformation is a team effort, and we can't do it alone!

Want to help lead the transformation? We invite you to contribute your ideas and expertise to the strategy and development of Blue Zones Project initiatives in your community by joining one of our committees.

Policy Committee - Engage public agencies to collaborate, set policy, priorities, and complete sufficient work to become a Blue Zones Community. School Committee - Develop a strategy to help schools in becoming Blue Zones Approved™.

Worksite Committee - Support and help determine the strategy for engaging and helping worksites become Blue Zones Approved and achieve a sufficient threshold to become a Blue Zones Community.

Food Environment Committee - Recruit and support restaurants and grocery stores in coming Blue Zones Approved™.

Faith-Based & Civic Organization Committee - Support faith-based organizations in becoming Blue Zones Approved™ and achieve a sufficient threshold to become a Blue Zones Community.

Engagement Committee - Engage community members in Blue Zones Project by strategizing and planning events for completing personal pledges, forming moais, purpose workshops, and volunteer activities.

Committee members are responsible for planning and implementing strategies and activities to improve well-being within their respective sector. Committees meet regularly, and members do not need to hold official roles of government or business to participate. The most important quality is having the eagerness and leadership skills to help change your community.

Email us today if you're interested in serving on a committee!

Sincerely,

Your Blue Zones Project Team Email to:

BlueZonesProjectDodgeCounty@Healthways.com

United Way of Dodge County at Women's Expo

Hey Dodge County Women..come over to the Women's Expo on Thursday October 13 from 2-7pm and check out the United Way of Dodge County! We are focused on creating community-based solutions that strengthen the cornerstones of a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health..Stop on over and we can tell you all about how we are doing this and the wonderful, not for profit United Way partnered agencies that are working hard to make our community stronger. See you there!

Alliant Energy Ball Drop

A BIG United Way of Dodge County Thank You to employees of Alliant Energy for doing a golf ball drop to raise funds for our not for profit agencies in Dodge County! Even our Board member, Brian Bartels, won an autographed Green Bay Packer football and auctioned that off for this great cause...that is what neighbors do for neighbors in our great county..LIVING UNITED..this is how we do it!

Fall 2016 Campaign Kickoff and 11th Annual Day of Caring

United Way of Dodge County 11th Annual Day of Caring and Campaign Kickoff! Thank you to all of our volunteers and businesses who made this a success; 50000 meals packaged on a beautiful Saturday morning for area food pantries! LIVING UNITED; that's what we do! Please donate by check at PO Box 158, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or go to www.unitedwayofdodgecounty.org via Paypal or credit card to support our 18 not for profit partnered Agencies who provide invaluable health and human services to our neighbors in Dodge COunty!!

Fall 2016 Campaign Kickoff and 11th Annual Day of Caring

United Way of Dodge County 11th Annual Day of Caring and Campaign Kickoff! Thank you to all of our volunteers and businesses who made this a success; 50000 meals packaged on a beautiful Saturday morning for area food pantries! LIVING UNITED; that's what we do! Please donate by check at PO Box 158, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or go to www.unitedwayofdodgecounty.org via Paypal or credit card to support our 18 not for profit partnered Agencies who provide invaluable health and human services to our neighbors in Dodge COunty!!

John Deere Gets A Pie In The Face For A Great Cause

A BIG United Way of Dodge County THANK YOU to our wonderful supporters at John Deere-Horicon Works! Your selflessness and confidence are an inspiration to all! Through their support and "shenanigans" they had fun and raised $245 for the programs and services provided by our United Way partnered Agencies in Dodge County...Oh, the things our neighbors do to make our community stronger:)

UNITED WAY OF DODGE COUNTY 2016 FALL CAMPAIGN

UNITED WAY OF DODGE COUNTY 2016 FALL CAMPAIGN Children are back in school; the air is getting a bit crisper; the leaves are starting to color and fall..it is that time of year when the United Way Board is looking at the needs of our community and the non-profit Agencies that supply those services in Dodge County. "Campaign Kickoff" is our 11th Annual Day of Caring. It will be an Outreach Food Packaging Event. The Dodge County and the Fon du Lac Area United Ways along with fantastic United Way volunteers are packaging 50,000 meals for area food pantries. In Dodge County, 13.1% of the population have reported food hardship. The food hardship rate is the percentage of households that report not always having money to buy the food their family needs. Our volunteers are helping to alleviate this issue in our community. Stay tuned for further updates:)... To donate to the United Way of Dodge County, send a check to PO Box 158, Beaver Dam, WI 53916. You can also pledge your support by going to www.unitedwayofdodgecounty.org and pledge via credit card. Thank you to all of the United Way of Dodge County supporters who give, advocate and volunteer. We couldn’t do it without you!

FUNdraising Ideas and Successful Year Around Involvement

Great ideas for Business fundraisers!!

Check out these websites for FUN ideas for workplace involvement..many great ideas for FUN workplace collaboration and camaraderie in donating to our great agencies! http://www.fdlunitedway.org/uploads/United_Way_Promotional_Guide_-_2013.pdf http://www.unitedwaymilwaukee.org/Fundraising

2-1-1 Wisconsin

Call 2-1-1 about Health and Human Services Programs in Wisconsin!

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number connecting callers with health and human services in their community. When you call 2-1-1, you will talk to a trained resource specialist who has access to a comprehensive database of nearly all health and human services that exist in your community. Information and referral is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year. Information can be provided in over 90 different languages. The site contains comprehensive information about health and human services programs in Wisconsin. This includes, but is not limited to assistance for food, housing and shelter, education, legal advice, emergencies, physical and mental health issues, financial assistance, transportation, and state agency and program information. To date, financial support for 2-1-1 has come from: United Way, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, local government, community foundations and health care organizations.

2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

A BIG United Way "Thank You" to all who participated in the Banquet this year! A festive time filled with great conversation, awards and yummy breakfast items. Thank you to all our businesses and people of Dodge County who gave generously to support our 19 agencies and 30 programs that strengthen our communities!

2015 Awards Banquet and 2016 Annual Meeting

April 20, 2016 7:30am Old Hickory Golf Club, Beaver Dam, WI We are looking forward to honoring and celebrating our United Way Campaign Star Donors and the United Way Agencies of Dodge County. Please join us! For more information, please call 920-885-2488.

United Way of Dodge County completed the 2013 United Way Worldwide membership requirements

United Way of Dodge County completed the 2013 United Way Worldwide membership requirements