We strive for an inclusive community where all individuals are able to meet their basic needs and have equal opportunity for stability in their health, education and financial well being.

Meet Alice

“Although I am older than most of the population [at UWGB] and poor, no one sees that (thankfully). My eliminating my face by using my hair is me expressing the fact that you can’t see my individualness. You can’t see my poverty. You can’t see my age. I’m just a girl.”

To learn more about ALICE individuals in our county, the challenges they face, and how you can help, follow the link below.

BCUW Quick Updates

  • The Brown County United Way offices remain closed at this time and employees will continue to work remotely. The safety of our employees and their loved ones remains our top concern. If you have items to drop off at our office, please contact us in advance. If you have campaign envelopes to drop off, please contact Seth Massot.  

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Annual Celebration

View the recording of our Annual Celebration!

View every 2020 award winner below

Campaign Chair Award

Dr. Ashok Rai

Dr. Ashok Rai of Prevea Health chaired our 2020 campaign. We are so grateful for his tremendous leadership and support in making the campaign a success!

Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award honors individuals or organizations demonstrating leadership and innovation while partnering with Brown County United Way to address community needs at a population level.

We are very pleased to honor four agencies with this award for 2020:

  • Brown County Health and Human Services
  • Brown County Emergency Management
  • De Pere Health Department
  • Oneida Nation Community Health Services

We celebrate these agency partners for their collective efforts to respond to the pandemic – and along with them, everyone on the front lines, across every sector in Brown County, who has come together to keep the community safe.

Campaign Leadership Award

Chris Woleske

Brown County United Way is honored to be supported by individuals and companies from across our community and this next award recognizes one executive who has been visible in supporting, encouraging, and assisting in their company’s workplace campaign. This year we honor an individual who participates in campaign goals, provides employees with regular encouragement, and works with Employee Campaign Coordinators.

Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award

Our Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award honors a nonprofit-sector professional demonstrating extraordinary leadership, initiative, and management skills.

The 2020 award goes to Jeff Vande Leest, President and CEO of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. Jeff has committed his entire 45-year career to serving children and families, including the past 25 years at Family Services.

In their nomination, his executive leadership team described Jeff as the type of leader that so many dream of working for and with – “a motivator and mentor, a believer, an innovator, and one who empowers others to ‘think big’ in service to individuals, families, and the community.”

George F. Kress Award

Procter & Gamble

The George F. Kress award honors an organization that has made outstanding contributions to Brown County and United Way through contributions and community involvement. This year’s winner stepped up in a big way, contributing to our Emergency Response Fund to support people adversely affected by COVID, growing their workplace campaign, and donating thousands of diapers to support struggling families in our community.

Meritorious Support Award

Green Bay Packers

Each year we give one organization our Meritorious Support award in recognition of their longstanding support and commitment to Brown County United Way. This year’s winner has been a cornerstone, not only in the work of United Way but in our community broadly. Their employees have served as campaign chairs and on our board of directors. This last year their support of the Brown County United Way Emergency Response Fund, plus their workplace campaign, added to their more than $1 million in lifetime support. And, their continued partnering with United Way has impacted thousands of Brown County youth through the Character Playbook program.

Outstanding Emerging Leader Award

Meredith Hansen

This award honors a young professional who has made outstanding contributions to our community and Brown County United Way. Meredith remains a committee and hardworking member of Emerging Leaders Society. This is her second year in a row winning this award.

Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator Award

Brett Deccy

In a year where we had to rethink everything we knew about workplace campaigns when we couldn’t safely gather like we had in the past, it was easy to expect less employee engagement. But because of the hard work of Brett Deccy, Procter & Gamble grew the number of givers to its workplace by 43%.

R.C. Nelson Award

Paul Wochinske

Paul represents the third generation of Brown County United Way supporters in his family. He has served on our Board of Directors in a variety of capacities and as the 2019 Co-Chair of our Annual Campaign with his father, Jim.

Shining Stars
  • Tricia Garrison: of NEW Water for her outstanding work organizing a special Emergency Response Fund workplace campaign in 2020, for promoting the heightened community needs due to COVID-19 and helping support the organization’s regular campaign.
  • Renee Van Lanen: Because of her work with United Way workplace campaigns, her outside-the-box ideas, and her hard work as part of the WPS workplace campaign.
  • Annika Osell: for her outstanding work with Emerging Leaders and for creating a new annual book drive with a local elementary school.
  • Cullen Peltier and Bob Mayer: For their service and leadership as chair and vice-chair of our Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) board of directors.
  • Jodi Nuthals-Mikulsky: For her many years of service on United Way committees, her commitment to trauma-informed practices, and her dedication to the families and children of our community.
  • David Lasee: For his longstanding commitment and leadership as chair of our Systems Development Team and as a member of our Impact Initiatives Council.
  • Patrick Parise and LaReina Tipping: For their commitment to excellence in working together with Brown County United Way to maintain our local 2-1-1 database of community resources.
  • Kayla Branam: For her tremendous leadership and dedication to the community and for her service as Navarino Neighborhood Association President.
  • Luul Adbi, Elizabeth Barrette, Jennifer Barrette, Brianna Cole, Michael Conley-Kuhagen, and Lola Skenandore-Wheelock: We recognize their tremendous contribution of sharing their life experiences to help uplift the voices of the people in our community who are ALICE. Thank you so much for coming forward and for being a voice of inspiration to us and to so many others!
W. Heraly MacDonald Award

Renita Robinson

For her outstanding work in fulfilling the mission of the YWCA in eliminating racism through timely and informative programming including the Stand Against Racism and Where We Live Series as well as supporting trauma-informed work of Brown County United Way, we are pleased to recognize Renita Robinson formerly the President and CEO of the YWCA and now the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Prevea Health.

2020 Annual Report

Since 1925, Brown County United Way has been a leader in improving the quality of life in our community. Every day, people look to us for lasting solutions to local challenges. Through the work of our staff team and support from our volunteers, donors, and advocates, we change lives and communities through service, collaboration, and impact.

You can read about the impact Brown County United Way made, and how your dollars are put to work, in our 2020 Annual Report!

A United Way Forward

The events involving the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have once again made us painfully aware of the divisions and inequities which undermine the well-being of our community and communities across our nation. These deaths, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, highlight the continued health, education and economic disparities that exist within our communities of color. Data demonstrates that Wisconsin has the dubious distinction of being the worst place for an African American person or family to live. This should and must be of concern to us all.

Brown County United Way’s mission is to unite people, resources and ideas to create community solutions that strengthen every person and every community in Brown County. As an example, BCUW is focused on learning from and advocating for those in our community who are living in poverty as defined by the Federal Poverty Level and those who are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). We envision an inclusive community where all individuals are able to meet their basic needs and have equal opportunity for stability in their health, education, financial well-being and community connection. Current events clearly demonstrate that physical and emotional safety, as well as the recognition of the need for healing from recent and historic traumas, is essential for us to achieve this vision.

As we look to the immediate future and beyond, BCUW will continue to engage in the necessary systemic advocacy work that will bring about lasting change both within our organization and throughout our community. Our history of collaboration with diverse stakeholders will and must continue so that multiple perspectives are represented, respected and engaged as we forge the path forward. Now more than ever, we need to Live United. Silence is not an option. The Brown County United Way Board of Directors and staff will do our part to show up, listen, share our voices in ongoing community conversations and be part of the solutions.

Robyn Davis, President & CEO Brown County United Way

Adam Jackson, Chairman Board of Directors Brown County United Way


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