United Way of Kenosha County announces recipients of Community Investment Funding

July 31, 2023 (Kenosha, WI) – United Way of Kenosha County (UWKC), mobilizing the caring power of our community, announces that it will partner and invest in 15 nonprofit agencies throughout Kenosha County. Investing in area nonprofits and local needs is a 100-year-old legacy for United Way of Kenosha County, which was originally founded in 1923 with the goal to bring people together to make a larger impact. This year’s community investment funding continues this legacy.

"We are thrilled to announce the 2023 recipients of United Way of Kenosha County's Community Investment grants, which represent a diverse group of 15 nonprofits set to have a meaningful impact throughout Kenosha County," says Jevon Claussen, Senior Director of Community Impact at UWKC. "Through a rigorous selection process led by our dedicated Community Investment Committee, we have chosen partners who consistently deliver tangible results in education, financial stability, and health.”

The 2023 recipients of United Way of Kenosha County’s Community Investment grants are:

Asset Builders of America – Kenosha Youth POWER Academy of Finance
BeLEAF Survivors – S.C.A.N. Stop Child Abuse and Neglect
Boys and Girls Club – Youth Empowerment
Catholic Charities – Behavioral Health and Counseling Services
ELCA Outreach Center – Summer Camp
Hope Council – Parenting Time/Supervised Visitation
Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services – Meals on Wheels
Kenosha Human Development Services – Homeless Rapid Rehousing Services
Kenosha Literacy Council – Literacy for Life
Kenosha Vocational Ministry – Vocational Ministry
Kenosha YMCA – Abilities in Motion Adaptive Sports
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin – Youth program
Shalom Center – Homeless Shelter Program
Sharing Center – Nutrition Program
Women and Children's Horizons – Legal Advocacy
Women and Children's Horizons – Children’s Services

2023 winners
Local nonprofits celebrate and accept community investment funds from United Way of Kenosha County.

Left: Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services (KAFASI) promotes healthy aging, strong families, and a connected community. (Left to right: Carolynn Friesch, CEO at UWKC, and Ron Tatum, Executive Director at KAFASI)

Right: The Kenosha Literacy Council helps adults acquire the literacy skills they need to become successful students, workers, family members and community citizens. (front, left to right: Jevon Claussen, Carolynn Friesch, Cheryl Hernandez, executive director at Kenosha Literacy Council (KLC), and Cassie Christianson, program coordinator at KLC, among students and tutors.)

Community Investment partner agencies are excited to utilize provided funding to continue, and expand, their vital community programs.

“Kenosha Vocational Ministry assists people returning from prison to sort out the complex issues around families and communities that have changed since they were gone,” says James Schatzman, executive director at Kenosha Vocational Ministry. “Having support to negotiate these complexities makes it more likely reentrants will connect with family and services in a way that will allow them to live rich and satisfying lives – fully engaged with the local economy and their loved ones.”

UWKC's Community Investment Grants are made possible by the organizations and individuals who continually support United Way Kenosha County, their generosity enables these impactful grants.

Individuals may support and give to UWKC’s Community Investment and other local initiatives by sending contributions directly to United Way of Kenosha County at 5500 6th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, or by donating online at kenoshaunitedway.org.

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