How The United Way kept non-profits going in this pandemic (and why they need your help right now)

Posted at 5:28 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 07:38:07-04

MILWAUKEE — To The Rebound Milwaukee, and managing the pressure.

If anything has been learned from this pandemic, it is how resilient our community is. That is thanks to the generosity of many people to keep non-profits running.

We share how The United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties and The United Way of Racine County played a crucial role in keeping many organization’s doors open, including YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin.

“The cleaning bills became astronomical,” said Ginny Finn, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin. She shared how the United Way took that burden from them, when they handed over thousands of dollars worth of free personal protective equipment.

Finn says the YWCA was able to return their focus on their mission to empower women and keep their programs running, “It really was the humanity of the moment and I think that’s the real root of United Way.”

Thanks to donations from people who met the moment, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties has given out $1 million in COVID-19 relief.

Nicole Angresano said they loosened the applications for non-profits during this pandemic because, “Without immediate response, they were going to be in trouble.

Meanwhile, the United Way of Racine County has been able to give out about $150,000 worth of COVID-19 relief funds. The YWCA received computers for Racine County students to use in their virtual high school equivalency diploma program, “So they didn’t have to attend class via a smartphone,” Finn explained.

Ali Haigh shares United Way of Racine County is continuing to raise more money. This includes helping local shelters expand their space and capacity.

Click here to donate to The United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.

Click here to learn more about The United Way of Racine County.

Both chapters plan to raise more money for a second round of COVID-19 relief funds to local organizations.

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