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Community Spotlight: United Way of Door County's Amy Kohnle

You might not believe United Way of Door County Executive Director Amy Kohnle, but their strategic plan for 2019-2022 did not include navigating a worldwide pandemic or a community disaster. With the blessing of its board of directors and your generosity, the United Way was able to do just that. Over the last two years, the United Way’s partnership with the Door County Community Foundation helped reactivate the Door County Emergency Response Fund, which as of March 9th, had garnered over $1.28 million in donations. Kohnle and her team also helped coordinate food box distribution sites. Their efforts helped spur record amounts of giving for their annual campaigns the last two years, including over $781,000 in 2021. Those funds get distributed to several non-profit organizations and initiatives countywide. The United Way sprang into action again earlier this year when a fire destroyed Butch’s Bar and the apartments above. They have since raised thousands of dollars since, several hundred of which came from auctioning off a guitar signed by the artists that performed at a benefit concert. Kohnle feels blessed that the community has entrusted the United Way with doing this kind of work.

The United Way of Door County is collecting personal care and cleaning supply items for local families who may be living on FoodShare and cannot afford products on their own. You can find more details on the drive and find a link to listen to our entire interview with Kohnle below. 



United Way of Door County is coordinating the collection of personal care items and cleaning supplies. 


These are necessities that many in our community cannot easily access and cannot be purchased using Food Share benefits. Community members can drop items at more than 15 locations throughout Door County.  United Way will distribute the items to the food pantries and other human service agencies throughout Door County.


Items can be donated through the end of March.


For more information please contact United Way of Door County at 920-746-9645 or 

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