Our Response to COVID-19

Brown County United Way is honored to be a resource for our community, in good times and in challenging times. We have established an Emergency Response Fund. The fund will channel local assistance to proactively respond to impacts of the COVID-19 virus if needed, local flooding occurring during 2020, and other public, local crises that may arise as situations evolve. We are closely monitoring developments and working together with community partners to respond to emerging needs. Recognizing the situation is changing rapidly, please check back here regularly for the most current information.

Since July 2020, Brown County United Way has granted over $387,000 to more than 39 different non-profit organizations that help serve the amazing people of Brown County. Our grants have assisted with food, childcare, housing, clothing, health and hygiene products, and more! See our corporate supporters below.

You can donate specifically to our Emergency Response Fund here.

See Our Grant Recipients

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin: Funds will support extra resources for Big Brothers and Big Sisters to support their littles.

Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay: Funds will support direct basic needs assistance to club members and their families with care packages of health and hygiene supplies as well as age-based educational materials and enrichment activities.

Casa ALBA Melanie: Funds will help provide increased support to those who may be unable to access federal and state assistance, including childcare, medical prescriptions or supplies, temporary housing or shelter, and transportation.

Casa Brown County: Funds will help provide virtual visit kits to send to our CASA volunteers to help them better engage with children during virtual contacts since in-person visits are not possible at this time due to increasing COVID-19 infection in Brown County.

Community Benefit Tree, Inc.: Funds will help with food/meals, health and hygiene items, and transportation.

Community Services Agency, Inc. (COMSA): Funds will be used to purchase food, personal hygiene items, rent, and energy assistance, for refuge and immigrant families, as well as hire one part-time Community Support Person to direct members to local resources.

Connections for Mental Wellness: Funds will be used for assisting with payment of therapy for uninsured youth, Professional interpreter assistance as needed to facilitate therapy for youth and families for whom English is not their primary language, and more.

DarJune Foundation, Inc.: Funds will help residents in all three of DarJune’s sober living homes and non-sober living recoverees to help meet their most urgent needs during the crisis.

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing: Funds will help provide increased case management and direct support to keep families in long-term housing and avoid eviction leading to homelessness.

Encompass Early Education and Care: Funds will help provide childcare support for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Family & Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin: Funds will provide group and family childcare programs with essential supplies including food and cleaning products, ensuring they remain open for essential workers.

Foundations Health and Wholeness: Funds will provide therapy for uninsured/underinsured people who have financial barriers to mental health care.

Freedom House Ministries: Funds will help families experiencing homelessness.

Friends of Brown County Library: Funds will provide two keyless charging lockers and stands, that would allow visitors to charge phones and devices securely without needing to remain inside the library.

The Gathering Place: Funds will help those experience mental health challenges compounded by financial hardships due to COVID-19.

Golden House: Funds will help provide food, clothing, and other basic needs as well as transportation assistance and follow-up care through mobile advocacy.

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity: Funds will help build long term affordable housing for families in need.

Green Bay Area Public Schools Education Foundation: Funds will help provide distance learning supplies, as well as meals for children ages 1-18 in the community.

Green Bay Community Church: Funds will help organizers meet community needs including transportation, housing, diapers, formula, clothing, food, and other basic items.

House of Hope: Funds will be used to continue providing housing to those in need.

Howe Resource Center: Funds will be used to purchase clothing for all ages serving the entire family.

Jake’s Diapers and Operation Community Cares: Funds will help provide non-diaper, non-food, products such as; period products, adult care essentials, shampoo, conditioner, lotion baby wash, toilet paper, cleaning wipes, and baby wipes.

NeighborWorks Green Bay: Funds will be used to address the basic need for housing by covering operating cost deficiencies due to lost income from missed rent payments. 

New Community Shelter: Funds will help support the shelter’s community meal programs. During the month of March, this program provided 10,000 meals.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation: Funds will go towards programs assisting students who are going through a financial emergency.

Oneida Nation Emergency Food Pantry: Funds will help stock the pantry with shelf-stable, fresh produce, and meat. Funds will also help cover transportation costs that include delivering food to high-risk individuals or quarantined families/individuals.

PFLAG Green Bay/Brown County: Funds will help provide with rental assistance, food/meals, and transportation.

Resurrection Lutheran Church Food Pantry: Funding will supply the pantry now supporting clients with parking lot service.

Russell Leicht DAV Chapter 3: Funding will go directly to helping veterans who are financially unstable, some experiencing homelessness at times. Funds will also help with bills.

The Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay: Funds will assist the lunch program and the food pantry program that distributes bags of food to community members. Funds will also be used to support transportation and delivery services associated with the meal program.

St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Inc.: Funds will address emergency shelter services, sanitation supplies, basic needs, transportation, and motel vouchers for those in need.

Transformation House: Funds will help with meals, health and hygiene products, and additional staff support.

We All Rise: African American Resource Center: These funds will go towards supporting clients with food, hotel vouchers, rental assistance, and other basic necessities.

Wello: Funds will help support the purchase of food to address food insecurity within the Latinx community.

Wise Women Gathering Place: Funds will help support the Safe Parking Program that began in June 2020 as a response to COVID-19.

Young Life Green Bay: Funds will help support staff and provide resources needed for students.

YWCA Greater Green Bay: Funds will help support the YWCA’s childcare program that provides spots to the children of first respondents and other essential workers during the pandemic.

Emergency Response Fund Grant Information – Please read ALL information below before applying

The Brown County United Way Emergency Response Fund channels local assistance to help respond to impacts of public, local crises that may arise such as the COVID-19 pandemic or natural disasters such as flooding or a tornado.


Brown County United Way will administer grants from the fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery. Grants will be released on a rolling basis as the situation unfolds, making it possible to move resources as quickly as possible and adapt to evolving community needs. The process overall will be dependent upon available dollars. Granting decisions will be made by a team of community volunteers and Brown County United Way representatives.

Applicants are notified of granting decisions on a rolling basis, as applications are received and as expediently as possible.

Funding Priorities

This fund provides nonprofit organizations with flexible resources to address the impact of publicly declared crises, including immediate basic needs, gaps in service, and operational challenges. Preference will be given to the provision of direct services in this context.


The Emergency Response Fund supports organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or community-based groups, governmental bodies, municipalities, or school districts fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS.
  • Directly serve the people of Brown County.
  • Conduct business without discrimination with regard to age, race, ethnicity color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, political beliefs, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or any other category protected by law.

Based on our nonprofit structure, we are not able to fund individuals or private businesses directly. Direct support to individuals will be delivered through nonprofits with established processes for determining need and providing support.

Our Commitment to the Community

Throughout this process, Brown County United Way is committed to:

  • Maintaining a central pool of funds nonprofits can access for public support
  • Listening to our community partners to help determine the most pressing emergency needs related to public crises and their impact. 
  • Working cooperatively with other organizations to help assess and help to address immediate needs and longer-term needs beyond the grant.
  • An expedited process for the distribution of Emergency Response Fund grants.
  • Reporting how and where Emergency Response Fund grants are utilized, using the same level of diligence as we do with all of our granting processes.

Additional Information

  • Grants from the Emergency Response Fund are made possible by dollars from Brown County United Way and generous donations from community partners to the fund.
  • All funds must be spent within Brown County.
  • We and our partners at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation are collaborating together on our respective Emergency Response granting processes in support of the community.

Brown County United Way’s Emergency Response Fund is made possible by generous contributions from the community, including support from:

Inquiries About the Fund:

For interested philanthropic or business partners, and for all media inquiries, please email our VP of Resource Development, Tom Schoffelman or call 920-593-4780

For questions about fund distribution please email our VP of Community Investment, Sarah Inman or call 920-593-4766

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