Our Work

Brown County United Way’s mission is to unite people, ideas, and resources to create community solutions that strengthen every person and every community. In Brown County, one in three households struggles to meet their most basic needs. Our community goal is to place 10,000 individuals on the path to stability in 10 years. Our target population are those living below the ALICE Threshold. 

Our Approach to Community Change

We fight for the dream that every person in Brown County will have access to quality education, health, financial stability, and connection to community. These are the 4 things we believe every individual and family need to achieve stability – and in turn, transform the community. This is why all of our investments of time, money, and organizational resources are focused on education, health, financial stability, and connection to community, and seen throughout our Impact Framework.

Impact Plan Framework

Community Goal: 10,000 individuals on the path to stability in 10 years

Program Investment

Direct service to individuals:

  • System of care grants
  • Learning communities
  • Continuous Quality Improvement

Impact Initiatives

Improve systems:

  • Neighborhood-based efforts
  • Best practice training opportunities
  • 2-1-1 products

Advocacy Solutions

Influence policies:

  • Advocacy platform
  • Voice of ALICE
  • Community-based research

Strategic investments of time, dollars and organizational resources

Program Investment

Brown County United Way invests in local direct service programs to positively impact individuals. We currently have 23 programs receiving 5-year system of care grants through our 2019-2024 grant cycle.

Impact Initiatives

Brown County United Way leads and partners on efforts to improve systems. Our Impact Initiatives are primarily “place-based,” focusing on neighborhoods. Our goal is to improve neighborhood cohesion, growth, and strength through research, evidence-based solutions, community partnership, and voices of residents.


We seek out the voice of the community and advocate for policy change. Our Voice of ALICE research, which began in 2019, captures the lived experiences of individuals and families in Brown County who are struggling to make ends meet. Their experiences will shape our advocacy agenda. 


Howe Elementary – A Community School

Community schools are academic and social centers that remove barriers to learning and make integrated resources available to address the needs of students, families, and their surrounding neighborhoods. Brown County United Way is partnering with the Green Bay Area Public School District and Howe Community Resource Center to establish Howe Elementary as the district’s flagship Community School. In 2019, we began wrap-around engagement efforts within four neighborhoods surrounding the school (Navarino, Downtown, Joannes Park, and Whitney Park).

Character Playbook

Character Playbook is an innovative digital learning experience that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships. Last school year over 5 schools in Brown County participated in Character Playbook. There were 2,694 students who combined for over 4,200 hours of learning. You can view the entire impact report of the 2018-2019 school year here. 

Looking for Something More?

Join our Emerging Leaders Society and begin working with other professionals and community members. Emerging Leaders collaboratively tackle community challenges and participate in strategic local volunteer projects that make a lasting difference.

We have opportunities with Elmore Elementary school, positions on our Emerging Leader’s Planning Council, or you can bring your own ideas for strategic impact!

What else do we have going on?

Trauma-Informed Care

The Voice of ALICE

Community Conversations

Retire United

Year of Action

Yearly Drives

Want to learn more?

If you have any questions, contact Jill Sobieck, Impact Initiatives and Outreach Manager.

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