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Partner Agencies

Below is the list of our Partner Agencies as well as some answers to questions some donors often have about our partners.  Our Partner Agencies – 22 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS – will be receiving a total of $231,500 in grant funding throughout the year!


What Does it Mean to be a United Way Partner Agency?

Any organization listed as a Partner Agency is an organization that was approved for quarterly grant funding from our United Way.  That approval is determined through an application review and interview process, led by the United Way board of directors and multiple community volunteers.  The United Way board of directors determines the final grant allocations.

Who Can Apply to be a Partner Agency?

Any LOCAL organization that maintains nonprofit status, that provides programs/services related to education/health/financial stability to local clients, and that completes our annual application process, including the submission of financial statements and documents.

Why Would an Organization NOT be Listed as  Partner Agency?

There are only three reasons a local organization would not be listed as a United Way Partner Agency: 1) they did not complete an annual application, 2) they did not meet the requirements to become a partner agency, or 3) the review team and/or United Way board of directors had concerns over the information in the application or financial statements and did not feel comfortable allocating donor dollars to the organization.


Partner Agencies

BASE Fort Atkinson

734 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson : 920-568-8858
BASE provides critical care to kids in the community during the critical hours that school is out. They operate after school programs in all four Fort Atkinson Public Elementary Schools and even provide a summer wrap around program. BASE is committed to providing quality, out of school care that will inspire our local youth to be contributing, productive and responsible community members through intentional programming that supports positive character development and unique opportunities to grow as individuals.

Bethel House

133 S Franklin St, Whitewater : 262-473-2715
Bethel House is an ecumenical project helping families facing homelessness in Whitewater.  Bethel House provides transitional housing and case management to families in need. They utilizes seven private housing units where families can live for up to one year while working on the issues that led to their homelessness. Bethel House also provides their Homelessness Prevention Program and 4Wheels4Families program which helps local families by providing safe and suitable vehicles which have been donated.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

734 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson : 920-563-2876
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the oldest and most well respected youth mentoring program in the world. Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin is one of over 500 affiliates who provide mentoring services in their local community. Since the mid 1970’s, our nonprofit agency has professionally matched children from primarily single parent households with volunteer mentors. Their approach to mentoring focuses on meeting youths’ most basic developmental needs early rather than solving problems after they occur.

Bread and Roses

209 North Ninth Street, Watertown : 920-261-1663

Bread & Roses is a free, weekly community meal served on Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:00pm. They serve a wide range of people – elderly, singles, young families, and everyone in between. It is a meal of fellowship for the community. The joy of Bread & Roses is that all are welcome. There is no sign-up or sign-in sheet. There is never a request for a donation. Find an empty chair at a table and enjoy the delicious home cooked meal.

Catholic Charities

3501 S. Lake Drive, Milwaukee : 414-769-3400
Catholic Charities mission to “provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice and to call upon others to do the same” has been the core of our work since 1920. Building upon this, we measurably improve the lives of those we serve and empower them to reach their full potential. When we accomplish this, lives are transformed and the benefits to the community can be exponential starting by improving the quality of life one person at a time.

Community Action Coalition

672 Johnson St Suite #302, Watertown : 608-237-1255
Community Action Coalition seeks to transform our communities by fostering conditions where everyone can achieve social and economic security. They help find safe and reliable housing for individuals without homes or who are having housing issues. Another program they also have is a food assistance program that help with fulfilling nutritional needs and even provides food for food pantries at zero cost. Community Action Coalition has many more programs targeted towards creating an equitable community.

Whitewater Community Space

834 E. Milwaukee Street, Whitewater : 262-379-0187
Their open doors put community into practice by sharing food and other resources, reusing clothing and furniture, and welcoming everyone’s contributions. They collect food, clothing, furniture, housewares and other items and offer them free of charge. There are no residency, income, or other requirements.

Conexiones Latinas

201 N Main Street, Suite 360, Fort Atkinson : 608-201-0348
The Conexiones Latino Coalition is an organization whose mission is to inform and educate the Hispanic community about the services available in the state of Wisconsin.
Conexiones Latinas was originally created in 1997 to improve the services of the health system in Jefferson County. Our group soon branched out recruiting representatives from the four-county area (Dodge, Jefferson, Rock, and Walworth) formalizing its structure with a board of directors and direct providers from the community. During 2021 the board of directors decided to change our status and create a non-profit coalition.

Crossroads House of Watertown

Serving families/individuals with rental assistance in the Watertown geographical area school district. Crossroads offers rental assistance to those Watertown Unified School District residents who find themselves in temporary need of financial assistance to avoid eviction.

Dave Gallup Foundation

314 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson : 262-470-8269
We provide a safe and supportive environment for women in recovery as they work to regain their lives through sobriety. The Cedar House located in Fort Atkinson WI, offers housing for up to 8 women to live and support each other as they work through recovery. We provide meetings, recovery coaches, and many other recovery and discovery resources to support you in sobriety and rebuilding and maintaining a life you both desire and deserve.

Fort Schools Family Connections

201 Park Street, Fort Atkinson : 920-563-7840
The Fort Family Connections Program is partnering with the United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties.  This program is designed to keep monies raised in OUR community to benefit and support OUR families and OUR students of the School District of Fort Atkinson. The District’s Equity Committee is committed to providing support to families and students in need in grades K-12.

Girl Scouts of Badgerland Council

Maybe you dream of exploring space, running your own business, or advocating for climate justice. You need somewhere to start. From writing your first code to hiking your first national park, we will help you build skills and discover talents you never knew you had. But the most important thing you’ll discover? Who you are and everything you’re capable of accomplishing today, tomorrow, and beyond

Haus of Peace

810 S 7th St, Watertown : 920-285-7179
We seek to understand the needs of each woman and child to connect them with the proper resources to help them heal and become self-reliant. We help to rebuild and reshape their lives through a combination of physical, mental, spiritual, financial, and emotional support. Guests are expected to follow integrity and accountability policies while at the Haus of Peace that continue to benefit them when living an independent life.

Homeless Coalition of Fort Atkinson

We help the homeless and those on the verge of homelessness(transitional), in the environs of the School District of Fort Atkinson. HC of FA as an entity is comprised of a Board of Directors, elected officers, and citizens of Fort Atkinson. Our Board of Directors is made up of representatives from ecumenical and interfaith organizations, businesses, charitable organizations, and individuals concerned with the welfare of the homeless. Our officers are elected from this group. We hope to employ a part-time (.5FTE) person to manage the day to day activities and to coordinate the support from our various organizations. We hope to collaborate with UW-Whitewater’s graduate programs in Social Work and Business Non-Profit school to receive interns, as well as much needed guidance towards research-based best practices.

Hunt 4 Life

At Hunt 4 Life Foundation we know that at some point every person is searching for their true purpose in life. Why does God have us here? We believe the total answer to that question can be simply found in God’s two greatest commandments. First, to love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and the second, to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-39). We believe the more we focus on living out these two commandments, the more fulfilled and purposeful our lives will be. So, simply stated, at Hunt 4 Life Foundation, we believe we are all on a Hunt 4 Life!

Jefferson County Head Start

The Jefferson County Head Start program serves 270 students in Jefferson County and Western Kenosha County at six centers. The mission of the Jefferson and Western Kenosha County Head Start program is to nurture and promote the individual growth and development of each child, with respect to the diversity of each child’s family. The CESA 2 Head Start staff are passionate educators whose effectiveness relies on the active involvement of parents and community partners as they work to ensure school readiness and provide quality services that encourage success.

Jefferson County Human Services

1541 Annex Road, Jefferson : 920-674-3105
Enhance the quality of life for individuals and families living in Jefferson County by addressing their needs in a respectful manner and enable citizens receiving services to function as independently as possible, while acknowledging their cultural differences.

Jefferson County Literacy Council

218 S. Wisconsin Drive, Jefferson : 920-675-0500
The Jefferson County Literacy Council is committed to building communities that are strong in literacy, language and cultural understanding through information and resource sharing, referral, assessment and instructional services. With the hard work of volunteers and the JCLC staff, local funding, and community support we can realize our vision of helping learners defeat literacy challenges. JCLC is a volunteer based organization and relies on a small staff of only 3 part-time employees and a network of dedicated volunteers.

Liberty Through Literacy

Here at Liberty Through Literacy Foundation, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.

New Beginnings APFV

874 Collins Road, ​Jefferson or 143 W. Main St., Whitewater : 262-723-4653
At New Beginnings APFV, we provide comprehensive, compassionate support and services to people affected by violent crimes – domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, harassment and human trafficking. This includes but is not limited to crisis intervention, legal advocacy, safety planning, individual counseling, housing advocacy, children’s services, medical advocacy and information and referral to other relevant community resources.

Opportunities, INC

200 E Cramer St, Fort Atkinson : 920-563-2437

Opportunities, Incorporated was founded over fifty years ago by grassroots families to ensure individuals with the most significant disabilities had a place to learn, work and advance their independence. We have found that barriers to employment and independence can manifest in ways beyond what we consider as “Disability”. People with mental health issues, addiction, criminal backgrounds, English as a second language, military injury, an unstable work history and so much more, are seeking a place to build skills, gain experience and to simply “belong”. Opportunities, Incorporated  has become that “place”. A place where people are turned around, not turned away. A place where people are respected, not ignored. A place where people win, not lose.

Rainbow Hospice

147 W Rockwell St., Jefferson : 920-674-6255

Founded by volunteers in 1990, Rainbow Community Care provides services that support patients and families throughout the entire journey with aging and serious illness. Highly regarded for excellence in hospice care, palliative care, advance care planning, grief support, parish nursing, and volunteer programs, we care for people living in their homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and at the Rainbow Hospice Care Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek. Rainbow Community Care is dedicated to improving the overall health of the communities we serve in rural southern Wisconsin. Guiding our day-to-day work at Rainbow is a set of values centered around caring for the most vulnerable people living among us. We are here to serve you with the core belief that this is your life and your journey.

Rock River Community Clinic

1461 West Main Street, Whitewater : 262-472-6839
RRCC now offers health and dental care to the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income populations throughout Dodge, Jefferson, and parts of Walworth Counties. With support from the Rock River Health Care Network (HealthWorks), RRCC began the process of becoming an FQHC-Look-Alike in January 2020.

St. Vincent de Paul of Fort Atkinson

1525 Summit Dr., Ft. Atkinson : 920-568-1266
Every dollar spent in our store is a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.  When you choose to shop with us, you save so much more than money!  Here’s a few of our favorite reasons to think thrift: Donations and profits stay local, Eco-friendly shopping, Supporting local jobs, Supporting local programming for residents.

Studio 84

121 W Center St, Whitewater : 262-473-9845
Studio 84 is a non profit art studio, gallery and store. We specialize in the creative and vocational development of people with disabilities including those with Autism, Down Syndrome physical disabilities, cognition delays and mental illness. We believe in creating an environment of inclusion. Open to all ages and all abilities.

Watertown Family Aid

514 S 1st St, Watertown : 920-285-3062
The primary purpose of Watertown Family Aid is to provide for those in need living within the boundaries of the Watertown Unified School District.

Watertown Family Connections

100 S. Water Street, Watertown : 920-261-2450
Watertown Family Connections (WFC), formerly the Watertown Family Center, is a community-based family resource center that is a welcoming hub of support, services, and opportunities for families with children ages birth-5. We’ve been serving families in Dodge and Jefferson Counties since 1994. Our programs and services are free of charge.

Whitewater Adult ESL

534 S Elizabeth St., Whitewater : 414-418-8424
The Whitewater Adult ESL program has been changing lives for 23 years. Started in 1997 by two visionary teachers, Jorge Islas-Martinez and Sandra Heyer, the Whitewater Adult ESL program provides English language instruction to area adults who desire to learn English so they can better connect with the community and support their families. In addition to improving their reading, writing, and communication skills in English, students in the program are able to work towards citizenship, learn basic computer literacy, and get information about local resources

Whitewater LEADS

Our mission: To support literacy, in all of its diverse forms, throughout and within the boundaries of the Whitewater Unified School District of Whitewater, Wisconsin

Working for Whitewater’s Wellness

W3, inspired by the Blue Zones Principles, envisions Whitewater to be a community where people live longer, happier, healthier lives. W3 facilitates programs and partnerships to affect sustainable improvements for everyone in our community. Feel free to take a look through our site and contact us for more information on ways you can get involved to improve the health of the Whitewater community.

Your Friends In Action

147 W Rockwell St, Jefferson : 920-674-4548

All services are provided by volunteers. Volunteer services are not guaranteed and advanced notice is strongly recommended. Examples of volunteer services include: Rides to medical appointments, Grocery Shopping/Rides to the grocery store, Friendly Visits, Light Housekeeping, Check in phone calls, and Light meal preparation.