For Release on February 23, 2009 after 8pm
United Way Fox Cities
February 23, 2009 Contact: Nanci Micke
VP of Marketing
United Way Fox Cities hosts annual meeting
(Appleton) United Way Fox Cities hosted their annual meeting on February 23, 2009.
United Way supporters gathered at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, to hear John
Hogerty, outgoing board chair for United Way recount the highlights of 2008.
In 2004 United Way Fox Cities made a commitment to a new business model
called community impact. The work is focused on bringing people together to
create lasting change that will improve lives in our community. Four impact
areas were established and volunteers received extensive education from
experts on community issues. Under the guidance of the Community Impact
Leadership - Chair, Jim Pierce, retired Dean at Fox Valley Technical College,
and Vice Chair, Tom Palmer of Great Lakes Kraut Company, the impact areas
continue to address priority issues, monitor the activities of the four initiatives,
and develop common outcomes and indicators that will allow United Way to
report on results.
The Strengthening Families impact area continued to work in collaboration with
the ThedaCare-led Community Health Action Team on the Family Mentoring
Program. Twenty five mentors have been matched with families and are
providing guidance on such goals as:
Improving financial position and budgeting
Obtaining employment or a better job
Going back to school
CAP Services is administering the program which is called Project TEAM.
(Together Everyone Achieves More)
The Providing Basic Needs and Self-Sufficiency impact area, along with
Valley Transit launched The Connector in 2007 to increase transportation
options for second and third shift workers. In its first full year of operation
approximately 700 individuals used the service with over 11,000 rides provided.
90% of the rides were employment related. Because of the success of the
program United Way approved an additional $120,000 for The Connector.
Funding support was also provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
The Developing Children and Youth impact area has focused their work on
early learning. The Early Language and Literacy Initiative or ELLI, is intended
to help children enter school ready to learn. Partnering with the John J. and
Ethel D. Keller Fund, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and Child Care Resource
& Referral, this effort is focusing on:
The need for quality preschool literacy environments,
Qualified child care staff who understand best practices in early language
High quality oral language development,
The formation and development of early childhood leadership.
During this past year initial on-site assessments were conducted, which resulted in
the development and implementation of action plans for three local child care
United Way’s fourth initiative - the School-Based Mental Health Access
Project created by the Promoting Health, Healing and Crisis Intervention
Impact Area - began serving students in the Menasha Joint School District in late
spring. This initiative offers mental health counseling at Clovis Grove Elementary
School, Maplewood Middle School, and Menasha High School. Three United
Way partner agencies collaborate to provide this valuable service - Catholic
Charities, Family Services, and Lutheran Social Services. As of October 2008,
24 students had received mental health counseling services. All of the families
are either uninsured or underinsured. Some of the students receiving mental
health services have been on waiting lists for over a year.
2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number that connects individuals with
resources in our community. The United Way 2-1-1 center is staffed with trained
specialists who quickly assess the callers’ needs, and refer them to the help they
seek. It’s simple to remember, accessible to everyone at no cost, and available
24 hours a day, seven days a week.
2008 was a very busy year for 2-1-1. Staff answered 11,551 calls representing
an increase of 29% over 2007. Funding was obtained for the expanded service
area from United Way of Manitowoc County, the Sheboygan and Plymouth Area
United Way, the Oshkosh Area United Way, the Fond du Lac Area United Way,
the Fond du Lac Area Foundation, and Fond du Lac County. In addition, 2-1-1
completed the accreditation process with AIRS (Alliance of Information and
In June 2-1-1 staff experienced their first disaster related event, with the floods
that affected seven of the ten counties served. There were 582 flood related
Resource Development had a successful year. The 2008 campaign raised $6.8
million dollars. Tim Higgins, President and CEO of ChiRo Services and Greg
Bell, General Manager of Woodward Communications provided excellent
leadership to the campaign.
A donation of a Smart Car by Bergstrom Automotive provided United Way with
the opportunity to launch an inaugural sweepstakes. Almost 5,000 individuals
qualified for the drawing. Their participation delivered approximately $250,000
to the campaign.
An “Emerging Leaders” program was initiated in 2008; a program focused on
getting people under 40 years of age involved in United Way Fox Cities. Dustin
McClone from the McClone Agency spearheaded this effort.
The Board of Directors added five new members:
Tim Bergstrom, Bergstrom Automotive
Randy Mahoney, Wipfli LLP
Tim Plass, Neenah Paper, United Steel Workers Local 2-16
Julie Wulterkens, First National Bank Fox Valley
Pastor Gary Nokleberg, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Three board members have completed their first term and were elected to a second
Sharon Hulce, Employment Resource Group
Bob Kreider, Retired
Bobbie Schmidt, Richmond Elementary (AASD)
The slate of officers will be elected at the March board meeting. These individuals are:
Chair – Terrie Pohjola
Vice Chair – Jim Pierce
Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair– Bob Kreider
Audit – Jim Totzke
Community Impact – Chair, Tom Palmer & Vice Chair, Julie Wulterkens
Campaign – Greg Bell and Dean Gruner
Marketing & Communications – Paul Gaier
Personnel – Sharon Hulce
Volunteer Service Award
The Volunteer Service Award is based on years of volunteer service helping United Way
achieve the mission of building a better a stronger, more caring community for everyone.
This year United Way honored two volunteers.
Rick Detienne has been a volunteer for United Way for over twenty two years. Rick
chaired the United Way of Neenah/Menasha’s campaign in 1988. He served an integral
role in the merger of the Neenah/Menasha and Appleton/Heart of the Valley United
Ways in 1993. He continues to volunteer for United Way along with his son Andy.
Dan McClone has a very long, dedicated history of volunteerism with United Way Fox
Cities. He has served on the board of directors from 2003 – 2008. He was a volunteer
on the Developing Children and Youth impact area and served as the co-chair.