MADISON (WKOW) -- The United Way of Dane County released details regarding the nearly $17 million in community investments made during the 2009 campaign. More than 39,000 Dane County residents and workers in more than 1100 organizations committed to the community's Agenda for Change by taking part in the 2009 United Way campaign.
"This community responded in a very challenging economic climate, and we are excited to share details of how their investments will solve the most pressing local issues," stated Tom Zimbrick, 2009 Chair, United Way of Dane County Board of Directors. "Contributions to United Way will have an immediate impact on people who are facing challenges right now. We are able to increase surplus food to children, get more families into Housing First programs, and help workers connect to training's and benefits to bring needed immediate relief. We are also able to continue our investments for the long-term in the Born Learning Initiative and support the expansion of proven programs like Schools of Hope as we help students and young people acquire the skills they need for success."
By strategically using resources, new grants and innovative partnerships, the United Way was able to maintain its commitment to basic needs and announce several new programs and expansions to key initiatives.
Below is a listing of those services and expansions:
Increasing Basic Needs Services
Housing First Expansion in Sun Prairie and Madison:
Surplus Food for Children:
Long-Term Investments in Born Learning Initiative
Play and Learn sites expand to Verona
Increasing Parent Visitations to First-time Parents
Expansion of Proven Programs
Schools of Hope/ Achievement Connections:
"United Way has created measurable results on the Agenda for Change over the last few years. In the present challenging economic times, accountable and efficient work that helps with immediate needs and relies on proven programs to deliver long-term results for Dane County," stated Lucia Nuñez, United Way volunteer and Vision Council Vice-Chair. "These investment decisions show that United Way and partners are listening to the community."
"Donors and volunteers are the reason United Way of Dane County is able to do such important work in this community," remarked Lau Christensen, Chairman, Christensen Associates and 2009 Vision Council Chair. "We have a lot of work to do to in 2010, and thanks to the community support we have the resources to continue our progress on the Agenda for Change."
For more information about the United Way of Dane County's Agenda for Change, click here.