In recent months, life as we once knew it has changed drastically. Hugs and handshakes are far less frequent, and it’s common to wear a mask in public. Living rooms have become classrooms. Countless jobs have been lost, while others fortunate enough to keep their positions have transitioned to working from home. Many of us would not have guessed the impact that COVID-19 would have on so many families in such a short amount of time, creating additional needs for food, financial assistance and other critical supplies. In Ozaukee County alone, over 9,500 households are struggling to make ends meet, and they cannot afford basic needs.
In response, the United Way of Northern Ozaukee stepped up to develop the COVID-19 Relief Fund, and they decided to absorb administrative costs so that all donations would go directly to those affected by the pandemic. Desiring to do our part, Port Washington State Bank decided to challenge the community to give by agreeing to match 100% of all donations up to $10,000 from May 1-May 15. The challenge was exceeded. United Way received $26,075, so PWSB contributed an additional $10,000, making the overall total contribution $36,075.
“We are so grateful for Port Washington State Bank and the many people who stepped up and invested in building a stronger more resilient community,” said Barbara Bates-Nelson, executive director for United Way of Northern Ozaukee. "With this boost to the COVID Relief Fund, we will be able to help more people who are suffering from this economic crisis."