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January 19, 2021 Newsletter

Hello! My name is Kelly Christianson and I am the Lead Community Impact Director. I have been at United Way for just over a year. Prior to joining UW, I spent 30+ years in the nonprofit world working for four different agencies, all of whom were United Way Program Partners.
I have lived in Eau Claire since I was 12 when my Dad retired from the Air Force. I graduated from UWEC and attended Graduate School at UW-Stout. I have been a member of Clearwater Kiwanis for over 15 years and enjoy the camaraderie as well as the good work that we do in the community.
I have an adult son Jesse and a Goldendoodle Nelson (named after Jordy Nelson). Clearly, I’m a huge Packer fan. Nelson and I are a certified Therapy Dog team and we enjoy visiting a local middle school as well as UWEC. COVID has sidelined us and we are anticipating returning to that important work.
I’m looking forward to working with our Program Partners to make the Chippewa Valley a better place to live for all of our residents, particularly those that are vulnerable. I am hoping to bring my experiences as a Program Partner to United Way to help improve and streamline processes while maintaining the integrity that our donors expect and deserve. If you want to learn about Community Impact, feel free to give me a call or visit our website at
Kelly Christianson
Lead Community Impact Director
Walmart Supports United Way this January
Walmart is supporting your local United Way by giving shoppers the opportunity to round-up their purchases to the nearest $ and donate the change. Round-up is available on and the Walmart app through Jan. 29.
ALICE in Chippewa Valley Communities
ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE represents the households with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost of living. United Way's ALICE Report provides current research-based data that quantifies who in Wisconsin is living on the edge of financial insecurity. 
Residents living right here in the Chippewa Valley fall below the ALICE threshold. This means that people are going to work every day but struggling to make ends met. These families are often faced with tough decisions, like paying the rent or taking the kids to the doctor.
Learn more about ALICE by clicking here.
Be Prepared This Tax Season!
No one loves filing taxes, right? But this year, it's easier than ever for simple returns if you use!
MyFreeTaxes is a long-standing partnership of United Way and H&R Block, which provides tax return help for anyone!
Filers save an average of $200 in fees by using MyFreeTaxes. Also, 80% of filers finish their taxes in 1 hour.
Leinenkugel Snowmobile Giveaway with NextGen Powersports & UWGCV
Leinenkugel’s is currently hosting a raffle to give away a new 2021 Ski-Doo snowmobile this upcoming February. All proceeds will benefit United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.
Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 each and are available for purchase at the Leinie Lodge-124 E. Elm St. Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.
A limited amount of tickets will be sold and will be available during the month of January. There will be a live drawing at the Leinie Lodge on Friday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m.
You must be 21+ to enter the raffle, please view the Leinie Lodge website ( for hours of operation. The Leinie Lodge is taking extensive measures to keep guests safe during COVID-19. Capacity is limited to 50 guests at a time in the Lodge, masks are required, social distancing measures are in effect, and contactless payment options are available. These rules apply to anyone wishing to enter the Lodge to participate in the raffle.
Continue nominating those that have a positive impact in Chippewa Valley communities!
Click here to submit your nominations for the Humanitarian, Nonprofit Excellence, and Senn Awards.
This years honorees will be announced in a series of videos on
United Way's social media and website.
Nominations are
due by January 29, 2021.
This issue of Impact in the Chippewa Valley is sponsored by: