Year of Action: How can I make a difference?
Every year United Ways throughout the world invite people and organizations to LIVE UNITED by offering opportunities to take action to address a variety of challenges in their communities. United Way’s Day of Action provides opportunities for volunteers, donors, and advocates to be part of the solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives.
Once again, launching in June, Brown County United Way puts our mission into action by kicking off volunteer opportunities aimed at improving the building locks for a good quality of life: health, education, financial stability, and community connectedness. You can find ways to LIVE UNITED and make a difference below.
Collaborative Senior Citizen Technology Project
This year, United Way Worldwide offered funding opportunities for volunteerism with the senior citizen population in coordination with youth. We are excited to announce that Brown County United Way received $1,600 dollars to support senior citizens in learning and the navigation of technology through the use of iPads. We are inviting area youth groups, young adults, and emerging professionals to participate in a pilot project group that will work with senior citizens in a small class setting. You will be teaching important and vital skills like iPad functionality, safety, social apps, and how to navigate the internet.
The commitment would be approximately 3-4 class times, approximately 1-2 hours. We are working collaboratively with the Aging and Disability Resource Center to outreach to their senior citizen participants. Classes will be hosted at the Ashwaubenon Community Center. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer teacher for this project, please use the contact information below, and a United Way staff person will follow up with you directly. If you are under the age of 14 years, we ask that an adult accompany you during class time. Youth under the age of 18 years, will require parental consent. Space is limited, be sure to contact early. We hope to continue to offer several class cycles throughout the year.
- The small group workshop, beginner level, that will introduce participants to the use of technology through the use of an iPad.
- iPads provided or bring your own!
- Classes held at Ashwaubenon Community Center, 900 Anderson Drive
- Dates: July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17 (Mondays), and time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
- The cost is free!
- You are welcome to participate with a friend but will share an iPad.
- To register, please call the Ashwaubenon Community Center at 492-2331
- You will need to provide the name of the participating individual(s) and contact information.
(June 1-19): In conjunction with the above project, we are asking for community help to make appreciation cards for the many volunteers that support the programs of the Aging and Disability Resource Center.
There are over 400 volunteers with the agency that support their programs! Additionally, over 200 seniors participate in their home delivery meal programs, some receiving meals daily and weekly. They would love to receive a card from a caring community member like YOU! If you would like to consider making a handmade card, please see the below message samples.
- Thank you for giving your time to help older adults in our community. We appreciate the work you do!
- Thank you for giving your time to deliver meals & visit with older adults. You make a difference!
- You make a big difference each day in the lives of those you deliver to. Thank you!
- Without dedicated volunteers like you, older adults may not get a hot meal and friendly visit most days.
- You make it happen! Thank you!
- Your volunteer service helps older adults stay in their homes. That’s an invaluable gift. Thank you for giving your time!
Cards do not need to be any certain size-whatever you have available in your home. They can be as simple or detailed as you would like to make them. Feel free to take a picture of yourself or your family while making a card and share it with us. We would like to share it on our website and through social media, and United Way Worldwide. Please note: by sending your picture, you agree to have photos shared publicly.
Completed cards can be mailed or dropped off at the United Way offices, no later than June 19. Mailing Address: Brown County United Way, Attn.: Jill Sobieck, 112 N. Adams St. Suite 201, Green Bay, WI 54301
Drop-off information is described below.
Caring Basket for Front Line Staff
(June 1-19): During these challenging times, we are striving to support those programs that are working so hard to take care of those in need. This year we are doing a short health and hygiene drive for the programs that are supported through United Way.
We are collecting various items that will help keep their agency and staff safe and healthy as they continue to meet the needs of our community. The drive will begin on June 1st and run through June 19th.
Please consider donating any of the following items. Items can be dropped at the United Way building in the boxes provided (details below). We ask if you are dropping off items, please be mindful of physical distancing and to wear a face mask. Caring baskets will be distributed to the agencies by the end of June.
TOP 10 WISH-LIST items ideas
- Personal hand sanitizer
- Home-made, reusable masks
- Facial tissue, paper towel
- Disinfecting wipes, and cleansers
- Hand wipes and lotions
- Laminated COVID-19 FAQ’s and prevention cards
- Disposable gloves
- Cordless phone charger
- Gift cards for PDQ
- Gift cards for food/snacks
Drop-off Information: Boxes for drop-off items will be available at the United Way offices, at the back parking lot. Please use the alley entrance on Walnut Street (behind the Northern Building), and proceed to the shared parking lot of the United Way/Girl Scout offices. Boxes will be placed at the back door vestibule. Please drop items in either the donation box or card box. Drop-off will be available beginning June 1st on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Please note, if it is raining, or inclement weather forecasted, drop-off will not be available.
Thank you for your consideration! For more information, please contact Jill Sobieck through the information below.
Please note, during this current pandemic, we will follow health and safety precautions as outlined by the Brown County Health Department, Brown County United Way, or any participating agency.
Want to learn more?
If you have any questions, contact Jill Sobieck, Impact Initiatives and Outreach Manager.