United Way Fox Cities

Engagement Groups

Would you like to connect with like-minded leaders in the Fox Cities to create lasting change? United Way Fox Cities’ engagement groups offer you the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in our community with your time, talent, and treasure.

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LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) is a group of energized individuals, 30 and under, who are passionate about building a stronger community through giving their time, talent and generous donations. Let’s “LINC” together to cultivate lifelong partnerships, enhance leadership skills personally and professionally, and create a better future for the Fox Cities.

Personal Impact

  • Build relationships and connections to other like-minded individuals.
  • Make a positive impact on your community.
  • Access exclusive events and volunteer opportunities.
  • Connect with industry and community leaders.

How to Join

LINC engages people aged 30 and under who make an individual or combined gift of $5 per week ($250 or more annually) to United Way Fox Cities. For more information or to join LINC, please contact Meghan Sherwood at Meghan.Sherwood@UnitedWayFoxCities.org or 920-364-9630. Connect with Us

Ways to Get Involved

Involvement in LINC can be flexible and work with your schedule. You can choose what events you’d like to attend and your level of engagement. Engagement and Event Options:   
  • Volunteer Events (Diaper Repacking, Book Packing, Born Learning Trail events)
  • Social Events
  • Visit the LINC Events tab page for more information about upcoming events.
Or, if you’re interested in taking your membership a step further, join our planning committee. For more information about joining the planning committee please contact Meghan Sherwood at the contact information listed above. Sponsor logos of local companies in a grid layout that support Emerging Leaders and LINC for 2023
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Upcoming LINC Events

17 October 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Appleton Yoga & Wellness, 103 E. College Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911 United States

Join LINC for a relaxing evening of yoga at Appleton Yoga & Wellness Where: Appleton Yoga & Wellness, 103 E. College Ave., Appleton, WI 54911 When: Tuesday, October 17 from 5:00 - […]

14 November 2023
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SECURA Insurance Co., 1500 Mutual Way
Neenah, 54956 United States

Help us bake desserts for Youth Go's Thanksgiving Meal and prepare tie-blankets for Community Clothes Closet's PajamaRama event. Where: SECURA Insurance Co., 1500 Mutual Way, Neenah, WI 54956 When: Tuesday, […]

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Build connections with more than 1,000 young professionals in the Fox Cities and make an impact in your community through dedication to service and philanthropy. Become an Emerging Leader today!

United Way Fox Cities’ Emerging Leaders is a way for young community members to invest in lasting change in the Fox Cities community. For people aged 40 or under, Emerging Leaders support the community by giving an individual or combined gift of $10 per week ($500 or more annually) to United Way Fox Cities.

As a United Way Emerging Leader, your participation begins with your investment, but can lead to so much more. Your membership in Emerging Leaders can include volunteer opportunities, community & networking events, Leadership Series, and participation in Emerging Leaders’ committees. View the Emerging Leader Events tab and sign up to attend. We would love to see you there!

Are you interested in becoming an Emerging Leader?

Connect with us or contact a Membership Committee Member by emailing Brooke Janse at Brooke.Janse@CommunityFirstCU.org.

You can also contact Meghan Sherwood at Meghan.Sherwood@UnitedWayFoxCities.org or 920-364-9630. 

Sponsor logos of local companies in a grid layout that support Emerging Leaders and LINC for 2023

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United Way Fox Cities is keenly interested in building the future with youth. Their energy and insights help drive the process so that the decisions and actions of our United Way have the greatest possible positive impacts. The future we build is for everyone.


We are an organized voice for the youth of our community helping young people make a positive impact by promoting the objectives of United Way Fox Cities and creating a spirit of community service.


Youth Board Members are sophomore through senior high school students from the Fox Cities who are interested in becoming more involved and engaged in their school and community. Youth Board members attend bi-monthly meetings, participate in volunteer projects, distribute grant funding to help youth-focused organizations, and help plan and run the empowering Teen Symposium event. Interested in applying for the Youth Board? Please scroll down for even more information!


Youth Board Members participate in community volunteer projects with organizations in our own community! Many members get to learn more about United Way Fox Cities and partnering agencies.

 Examples of community volunteer projects:

  • Decorate St Joe’s Food Program
  • Freaky 5K
  • Collection for Coats for Kids
  • Plan events for Best Friends Neenah/Menasha
  • Help at the Community Christmas Event at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum
  • Ring bells for the Salvation Army


The United Way Fox Cities Youth Board meets monthly on rotating Mondays in the evening.

Meetings are held at the United Way office: 1455 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952, 920-954-7210

Now Accepting Applications/Nominations:

United Way Fox Cities Youth Board

  • Deadline: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
  • Application: Apply online
  • Details: Youth Board members are high school students who are interested in becoming more involved in their school and community. Through participation on the board, students learn about many different organizations that exist with the help of the United Way Fox Cities. Youth Board members bring information back to their school peers and community organizations that they learn through the various volunteer and grant opportunities for youth.

New and returning Youth Board members must complete a Youth Board Application, which requires a parent signature for anyone under the age of 18. Interested students should thoroughly answer each question and bring or mail the application to the United Way Fox Cities office.

For more than 25 years, United Way Fox Cities has guided a Youth Board that functions as an advisory committee to the adult board of directors. Sophomore, Junior, and Senior high school students from our Fox Cities area participate in volunteer projects, agency site visits, and grant funding opportunities for youth-organized projects. 

Youth Board members also help plan and implement a Teen Symposium event for Freshman High School Students. Each year in early February, 300 ninth graders from area high schools participate in a day of activities to help build, develop, and reinforce leadership skills. These young citizens experience a day of leadership activities and guest speakers. Youth Board members have the opportunity to help plan and run this annual leadership-building event. Please visit the Teen Symposium page for more details and information!

ANY QUESTIONS? Please Contact Mandi Dornfeld, Youth Board Advisor and Teen Symposium Coordinator at Mandi.Dornfeld@UnitedWayFoxCities.org, or call 920-735-5460 direct.

Grant Funding Opportunities for Youth-Focused Organizations

Twice a year, United Way Fox Cities Youth Board evaluates grant applications submitted by local youth-focused organizations. Once grant applications are submitted, all organizations are requested to make a brief presentation of their program to the Youth Board. These presentations take place at the regularly scheduled Youth Board meetings. There is a maximum of $500 awarded per youth organization and applications can be picked up at the United Way Fox Cities office or printed online. 

The Fall 2022 Grant Application is now closed. Please check back in spring for the Spring 2023 Application!

Who Decides How the Money is Distributed?

The Youth Board members do!

Youth Board members take into consideration the following factors for each program to arrive at the final funding recommendations:

  • Program and fiscal management
  • Program community impact
  • Need for the program.
  • Quality and accuracy of the application
  • Program presentation
  • Level of youth involvement in planning and implementation of the program

Based on these criteria, Youth Board leaders present the funding recommendations to the United Way Fox Cities Board of Directors. After the Board of Directors approves the recommendations, applicants are notified and grants are distributed.