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Fort Atkinson, WI – June 5, 2017 – The United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties is excited to announce that Colleen O’Donnell, a student from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, has joined the United Way team for a summer internship.

“We are so excited to be kicking off our first-ever internship at United Way and feel very lucky to have Collen joining our team,” states Megan Hartwick, United Way executive director.  “All aspects of our United Way business has been growing over the past few years, especially our campaign support, community outreach and grant allocations, so we were very eager to find a way to grow our team and capacity without growing our organizational costs.  An internship was the perfect fit for our organization, while also providing incredibly valuable community and work experience to a student.”

O’Donnell is a communications major at UW-Whitewater and just completed her junior year. She is very active in the UW-Whitewater community and serves as the team manager of men’s lacrosse team and serves as the vice president of operations for the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.  She was drawn to the United Way internship because of the organization’s focus on improving health, education and financial stability in its communities.

“I decided to work at United Way to gain valuable work experience while being able to give back to my community,” O’Donnell stated.  “I am very excited to work with the board of directors and campaign managers in the next couple of months, to see first-hand how a campaign works.”

Upon successful completion of the summer internship, O’Donnell will be taking a temporary part-time position with United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties while Hartwick is on maternity leave.

“I feel we have put our United Way in a very strong position to continue to execute a successful annual fundraising campaign while I am out of the office,” Hartwick stated.  “Colleen is already learning so much about our organization, campaign and day to day operations, so she will be in a great position to temporarily lead the organization this fall. I look forward to her gaining experience working with our incredibly supportive communities.”

Any questions regarding the United Way internship can be directed to Hartwick at 920.563.8880 or unitedway@idcnet.com.


The United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties supports 32 local agencies that provide critical health and human services to those in need.  This network of helping services can be described as a “safety net” for those in our midst in need.  Whether it is transitional housing, literacy education, after-school programs and education, health and dental care, end of life care, mentoring programs, job training or disaster relief, the United Way identifies the greatest needs in our community and helps to fund agencies that can meet those needs.

For more information about our local United Way, you may visit the website at www.ourunitedway.com  or “like” the Facebook page at “United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties.”  For details regarding the United Way’s online volunteer tool, please visit www.volunteermain.com.