LETTER: United Way recruits a strong team for funding challenge

To Ozaukee Press:

United Way of Northern Ozaukee (UWNO) will kick off its 2018-19 fundraising campaign in September with the deployment of additional volunteer power and voices united in tackling local challenges to build a more resilient Ozaukee County.  

Over the past year, we have been recruiting key leaders who are strong United Way supporters to help advocate for a healthier community where our youth develop into thriving adults, all families can achieve financial stability and our elderly and disabled population will lead more inclusive lives.

We have a lot of work in front of us to raise funds to support the vital work done by our partner agencies.

Our honorary co-chairs for the 2018-19 campaign are Bill Henkle, former educator in Port Washington schools; his brother Bob Henkle, a practicing lawyer; Karl Hertz, former superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District; and his wife Carol Hertz, former curriculum director for the Cedarburg School District.  

Our organization has also assembled a campaign cabinet of volunteers and ambassadors to lead in raising funds and developing volunteer resources. Members are: Jim Asplin, Debbie Fedel, Joe Graf and Todd Luft.

Our co-chairs and campaign members bring important skills for the work they have ahead of them: strong educational backgrounds, experience in local government, involvement with nonprofit advocacy groups, legal knowledge and work experience in business, social work, mental health and education.

Last year, 14 agencies supported by UWNO provided critical programs and services to parents struggling financially,   children who have inadequate food supplies and regularly experience hunger and elderly and disabled citizens who feel isolated.  

Our organization is a champion for the health, well being, education and financial stability of every person in the county. We work to improve lives by mobilizing people and leveraging our vast community network to raise money, engage leaders to solve the most daunting challenges their communities face and invest in resources that produce measurable improvements.

For the 2018-19 fundraising effort, the Port Washington State Bank is challenging community members to double their impact by making a new or increased leadership donation. The bank will match every new or increased leadership gift up to $25,000. (Leadership gifts start at $300).

For more information about the work of United Way of Northern Ozaukee or to join in our fight to create meaningful, lasting change for people throughout our county, visit our website: www.unitedwayno.org.

Barbara Bates-Nelson
Executive director
United Way of Northern Ozaukee
Port Washington



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