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.
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.
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.