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Each year, United Way brings together thousands of volunteers, donors, board members, staff, corporate and community partners to address complex challenges at a local level. Our partners contribute more than money. Their ideas, volunteer power, in-kind support and more are helping build stronger communities.

Live United Celebration

Every March, United Way Blackhawk Region invites corporate partners, donors, UWBR Funded Program Partners, and advocates to the Live United Celebration. During this event, we honor award-winning campaigns, the Volunteer of the Year, Excellence in Advocacy Award winner, and present the prestigious Live United Award.

To further boost the excitement of this high-energy event, we typically incorporate a theme. Past themes include: superheroes, secret agents, and The Tonight Show Starring United Way.

Day of Caring

In mid-September, United Way’s annual Day of Caring brings together hundreds of volunteers who complete half or full day projects at local non-profit organizations.

Nonprofits who submit projects do not need to be United Way Funded Program Partners to participate; it is open to any local nonprofit agency, service club, public school, and service organization in Rock County, WI and northern Winnebago County, IL.

Once nonprofits register, we assign volunteer teams to these projects which couldn’t otherwise have been completed due to the non-profit’s lack of manpower or financial barriers.

Day of Caring coincides with the fall Kickoff of the annual community campaign to inspire loyal and new supporters alike, the importance of giving back.

Leadership Circle Reception

Toward the beginning of the holiday season, United Way Blackhawk Region’s volunteer Board of Directors hosts its Leadership Circle Reception – an event to both celebrate and say thank you to Leadership Level Donors (those who donate $600 or more annually). Adding to the magic of the moment, the event typically includes a festive and inspirational program.

Award History

2019

  • Emerging Campaign Award: Educators Credit Union
  • Cornerstone Awards: ABC Supply Co., Beloit Health System, Data Dimensions, Kerry, Mercyhealth, and Regal
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award: FOCUS
  • Volunteer of the Year: Amy Lokrantz
  • LIVE UNITED Award: First National Bank & Trust

2018

  • Emerging Campaign Award: Rock Energy Systems (Lanair)
  • Cornerstone Awards: ABC Supply Co., Beloit Health System, Kerry, Mercyhealth, and Regal
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award: Erick Williams
  • Volunteer of the Year: Jon Schlemmer
  • LIVE UNITED Award: Blackhawk Community Credit Union

2017

  • Emerging Campaign Award: NorthStar Radio Isotopes
  • Cornerstone Awards: ABC Supply Co. Beloit Health System, Kerry, Mercyhealth, and Regal
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award: Karen Lisser
  • Volunteer of the Year: Lynn Gardinier
  • LIVE UNITED Award: Beloit Health System

2016

  • Emerging Campaign Award: Welders Supply Co.
  • Cornerstone Awards: ABC Supply, Mercyhealth, and Regal
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award: Martha Pearson
  • Volunteer of the Year: Mike O’Brien
  • LIVE UNITED Award: ABC Supply Co.

2015

  • Emerging Campaign Award: Festival Foods
  • Cornerstone Awards: ABC Supply, Beloit Health System, Kerry, Mercyhealth, and Regal
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award: Sarah Williams
  • Volunteer of the Year: Rick Mueller
  • LIVE UNITED Award: Baker Tilly

2014

  • Emerging Campaign Award: Cargill Feed & Nutrition
  • Cornerstone Awards: ABC Supply, Data Dimensions, Mercyhealth, and Regal
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award: Lisa Furseth
  • Volunteer of the Year: Beth Gliebe
  • LIVE UNITED Award: Regal