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3 Ways to Donate

  • Click Donate button above

  • Text GIVECOVID to 41444

  • Mail a check to:
    United Way Blackhawk Region
    P.O. Box 2780
    Janesville, WI 53547
    "COVID-19 Action Fund" in the memo line of the check

COVID-19 Action Fund

Special Note for Donors

United Way Blackhawk Region wants donors to be aware of a $300 "non-itemizer" deduction for 2020 included in the federal CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020. Here are some details of this $300 Universal Charitable Deduction:

• Effective as of March 27, 2020 and will apply to donations made for all of 2020.
• Only for people who do not itemize their taxes.
• Donors who itemize their taxes are eligible for the existing charitable deduction.
• Only for financial donations (not in kind or materials).
• Can be used by the charity for any purpose (not limited to COVID-19 relief efforts).

Mobilizing a Community in Crisis

Read our recent enewsletters for COVID-19 updates and information.

A Message from UWBR President & CEO

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe and in the U.S., I want to let you know what United Way Blackhawk Region is doing to respond to this public health emergency.
First and foremost, our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, agency partners and the communities in which we live and work - especially the families we fight for every day.

Our team is assessing the situation daily, remaining vigilant, and following all recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 
United Way’s 211 information and referral service is preparing for increased call volume due to the pandemic. If you are in need of services, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 to be connected to someone who can help. In anticipation of increased call volume, you can also access resources by visiting the 211 website. Please be assured that while we remain focused on the health and safety of our staff and those around us, we also are focused on providing continued service to the community. 
Funded Program Partners: Please keep us and 211 informed of any program changes or challenges that may result from this situation. Our team is here to help.
Donors and Corporate Partners: We appreciate your continued investment in United Way's work to drive strategic impact in the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in our community. Our neighbors need our support now more than ever.
United Way Committee Volunteers: Your United Way staff liaison will contact you via email regarding any changes to upcoming meetings.
As we navigate this time of uncertainty together, I want to reaffirm how important it is to LIVE UNITED. We appreciate your patience and flexibility in this developing situation. Thanks for your care in helping us all stay well.
Mary Fanning-Penny
President & CEO
United Way Blackhawk Region


URGENT: 211 Update for Social Service Providers

If your program operations are impacted during this public health crisis, please notify 211 immediately. This includes any changes in hours; referral instructions to minimize transmission of the virus; updates regarding disruption of service; what you would like us to communicate to your clients during a disruption of service; etc. Email your changes to Please provide detailed information as well as emergency contact information (mobile phone and/or email address) so that we may reach you urgently to confirm your resource update, if necessary. Emergency contact information will not be shared publicly.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may also reach resource staff at 211, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. To view your current information, view our resource directory. Perform an advanced search by agency, organization, or program name.
Thank you,
Your partners at United Way & 211