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Fort Atkinson, WI – July 17, 2017 – The United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties is officially kicking-off its 2017 United Way campaign, under the message of “An Investment for All.”

“We are so excited to be kicking off our 2017 United Way campaign and are eager to share our campaign message of ‘An Investment for All’ with our communities,” states Megan Hartwick, United Way executive director. “Our mission at United Way is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our communities. We strongly believe that one of the main advantages our United Way provides our donors, is our ability to reach so many people through our support. A donation to our United Way is truly impactful to our communities as a whole, because it helps us work together with all of our partners to create stronger, healthier communities that are better for all of us. When one of us is stronger, we’re all stronger!”

A total of 28 local companies have already committed their support for the 2017 United Way campaign. Their campaign dates will range from September – January and each run their campaigns slightly different, depending on what is most effective for their staff and their schedules.

“Approximately 73% of the total funds raised in our campaign comes directly from our workplace supporters – through a combination of fundraisers, employee donations and corporate support,” Hartwick states. “We are so grateful for the local companies who support us year after year, as well as those who are choosing to join our efforts for the first year.”

The remaining 27% of campaign support is provided by a combination of individual donors, local small business, foundation grants, and various regional corporate donations.”

“We have an incredibly strong base of individual donors, many of whom have a personal tie to our United Way or an organization that we support,” Hartwick adds. “We are so grateful to every single person, company and foundation that believes in our mission and lends their support to it. We are only able to have the impact in our communities that we do because of the support we receive.”

There are a number of ways to support the United Way campaign outside of making a financial contribution. Community members can share UWJNWC’s Facebook posts and campaign video (which can be found on the website at www.uwjnwc.com) to help share the mission and work of United Way. Community members are also highly encouraged to volunteer their time to United Way or one of the many organizations with posted volunteer needs on www.volunteermain.com.

“We absolutely understand that not everyone who wants to support United Way is in a financial position to do so, and that’s why we love sharing other ways that community members can have an impact on our organization,” Hartwick states.

United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties is still looking for additional partners and supporters for the 2017 campaign.

“We are constantly overwhelmed by the level of support we receive year after year, which has led to consistent increases in campaign donations for the past four years,” Hartwick notes. “But that doesn’t mean we’re content or slowing down! We are always looking for new people, businesses and partners to join our campaign efforts, because we know the needs of our communities haven’t slowed down. The more support we receive, the more we are able to provide to our communities. So we ask anyone who is able, to please consider joining us and making ‘An Investment for All’ this fall.”

All campaign materials, including a link to the United Way video, can be found on the brand new United Way website at www.uwjnwc.com. Anyone looking to get involved with the 2017 campaign should contact the United Way office directly at 920.563.8880 or unitedway@idcnet.com.

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The United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties supports 27 local nonprofit organizations that provide critical health and human services to those in need. UWJNWC also provides support to four community programs and multiple pillar grant community projects each year. 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. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our communities.

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