Among the banks that will participate in United Way of Walworth County’s Change Lives event is Citizens Bank, including representatives (from the left) Alaina Ford, Beth Keizer, Jennifer Christensen and Jake Starck. (Submitted photo)

Area banks will participate by collecting change Sept. 14-19

Check under the cushions, clean out the car and bring your spare change to one of 14 participating banks in Walworth County next week during the United Way of Walworth County’s Change Lives event.

“One donation, no matter the size, can impact hundreds of lives throughout Walworth County,” said Tammy Dunn, Executive Director of the United Way of Walworth County.

Donations, which will be collected Sept. 14 through 19, will collectively help neighbors in need while improving coin circulation in Walworth County for area businesses affected by the current coin shortage.

One hundred percent of donations collected will remain local.

“Many people think that a large percentage of their donation to the United Way of Walworth County goes to support the national organization when in fact, we pay only two percent in annual dues and receive so many national contributions that it not only makes up that two percent, but covers all of our annual administrative expenses,” Dunn said.

That spare change in the center console of a car can keep food pantries stocked and Walworth County individuals and families in their homes. It can provide medical, behavioral and dental assistance to those most vulnerable. Donated change can help defenseless women and children, provide mentoring programs, support conservancy, and bring critical programs like EZ ID to Walworth County. That jar of change in the office can educate neighbors on dementia, trafficking, drug abuse, and citizenship.

“What seems like only a few dollars in change quickly adds up and will change lives throughout Walworth County,” Dunn said.

Change can be dropped off at the following banks: Associated Bank in East Troy, Elkhorn and Lake Geneva; Citizens Banks in East Troy; First National Bank and Trust in Darien, Delavan, Elkhorn, Walworth and Williams Bay; and Town Bank in Delavan, Lake Geneva and Walworth.

The United Way of Walworth County raises money year-round to disperse among over 40 supported local agencies fighting for health, education and financial stability for every Walworth County resident.

Call 211, FamilyWize prescription savings, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program are among other United Way contributions to the area. The local United Way also focuses on strengthening local charitable agencies through collaboration and countywide volunteerism.

United Way is at 203 E. Walworth St., Elkhorn and can be reached by phone at 262-374-4474. For more information visit the website at



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