Our Impact


Our goal is to improve physical and mental wellbeing through focusing on access to mental healthcare, healthy relationships, and healthy aging.

  • Family Care and Support Services – Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
  • Manitowoc County Falls Prevention Coalition – Holy Family Memorial
  • Moving for Better Balance –Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA
  • HFM Behavioral Health – Holy Family Memorial
  • School Based Mental Health Counseling – Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
  • Family to Family – NAMI Inc. of Manitowoc County
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – Lakeshore CAP Inc. of Wisconsin
  • Community Response – Lakeshore CAP Inc. of Wisconsin
  • Community Support Specialist –MARCO Services
  • Wellness Program – Painting Pathways Clubhouse

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.

  • Evidenced Based Home Visiting – Lakeshore CAP Inc. of Wisconsin
  • Jefferson Community Learning Center –Manitowoc Public School District
  • Summer Teen Leaders Program – Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA
  • FLIP – School District of Mishicot
  • Y B.R.E.A.K. – Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA

Born Learning
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).


Financial Stability

Our goal is to promote economic mobility through focusing on family-sustaining employment, financial empowerment, and affordable quality childcare.

  • Financial Health Program – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay
  • Employment Program –Painting Pathways Clubhouse
  • Bridges Case Management Program –Lakeshore Interfaith Hospitality Network of Manitowoc County (Hope House)
  • Case Management Program – The Haven of Manitowoc County
  • Family Connections Child Care Resource and Referral – Family Connections

Released in 2016, United Way of Wisconsin led the first ALICE study conducted in the state. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the growing number of individuals who are working but are often unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, health care, and transportation.

The study found that 9% of Manitowoc County residents are in poverty and 32% are considered ALICE. Combined, 41% of people in Manitowoc County are struggling to afford basic needs.

The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of ALICE households. When ALICE suffers and is forced to make difficult choices, the costs are high for both ALICE families and the wider community.


Building a Stronger and more Resilient Community

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.

In 2016…

  • Volunteers gave 52,898 hours to help United way Manitowoc County fight for a brighter future for everyone in our community
  • These volunteers supported 9,552 families facing food insecurity
  • 44 locations around Manitowoc County that benefit from weekly or biweekly volunteer services
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