Our goal is to improve physical and mental wellbeing through focusing on access to mental healthcare, healthy relationships, and healthy aging.
United Way is a committed partner with FamilyWize, a program offering free prescription discount cards to help people in our community gain access to affordable health care and the medicine they need. In 2016, Manitowoc County residence saved $61,774 by using their FamilyWize cards.
Our goal is to achieve childhood and youth success through focusing on school readiness, academic success, and out-of-school support.
Born Learning Trails encourage children and the adults in their lives to get outside, move, and learn from an early age. They help communities create quality engagement opportunities and promote that learning can happen anywhere and everywhere.
This past summer, United Way partnered with a local company to bring a third Born Learning Trail to Manitowoc County at Oschwald Park in St. Nazianz, in addition to the ones in Two Rivers at Washington Park (2016), and at Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc (2013).
Our goal is to promote economic mobility through focusing on family-sustaining employment, financial empowerment, and affordable quality childcare.
Across Wisconsin, households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, health care, food, and transportation.
Who is ALICE?
ALICE, an acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a way of defining our families, neighbors and colleagues (men and women) who work hard and earn above the federal poverty level, but do not earn enough to afford a basic household budget.
ALICE educates our children, keeps us healthy, and makes our quality of life possible. But these low-wage jobs, often in the service sector, do not pay enough for ALICE to live on. These families are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences for ALICE and our communities. The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of ALICE households.
What is the United Way ALICE Initiative?
The United Way ALICE Initiative is a collaborative research effort identifying and communicating the needs of the voiceless part of our communities; allowing for local change-makers to understand, measure, and advance change to improve the lives of ALICE households, ultimately strengthening our communities.
Online Activity: Making Tough Choices
Learn more about ALICE:
2018 Updated Report expected for release in August 2018. The 2016 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Study of Financial Hardship in Wisconsin characterized 29 percent of Wisconsin households as ALICE. Due to an error in calculating the tax budget line, that number should have been 23 percent.
More information can be found here.
We achieve this by bringing people together, fostering relationships, and sharing knowledge.
United Way 2-1-1 provides easy, simple access to health and human services, gives callers an opportunity to get or give help, and serves as a hub for community information in times of disaster. It connects callers to trained and informed staff members and is always completely anonymous. In 2016, United Way Manitowoc County’s 2-1-1 program assisted over 1,000 callers in accessing resources in areas such as mental health and substance abuse, housing, and health care.