United We Stand - Affinity Group


United We Stand is a caring group of community members who leverage their passions, ideas, expertise and resources to focus on Stephenson County community issues, including: Health, Education, Financial Stability, and Equity & Inclusion

United We Stand’s mission is to Unite, Educate, and Inspire. 


Nothing coming up at this time, but keep an eye out for information on our Annual Gratitude of Giving Event in November

Deontae Collier, Sr.
Tom Keyes 
Bridget Trainor 
Josh Elliott
Brandi Balles

Volunteer Intern
Nicole Haas

What is an Affinity Group?
It's a group of like-minded community members who join together to network, advocate and create meaningful change in our community. United We Stand is our United Way of Northwest Illinois' premier Affinity Group and we welcome you in joining them to create change and improve lives today! 

United We Stand offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that are well-suited for all members of our passionate community. Volunteer options include activities such as mentorship, volunteer leadership, community-wide United Way Days of Action, back-to-school supply drives, Unity Walk and Thanksgiving Day of Giving. 

Click here if you are interested in volunteering with United We Stand.

As membership grows, new programs will be thoughtfully created in other areas of Stephenson County. Additional programming and volunteer opportunities will allow United We Stand to continue to create a positive impact in our area.

There are many ways to donate to United We Stand...

To make a donation with a Credit Card, please click here

To make a donation from your smart phone, text UWS815 to 41444

To make a Cash or Check donation, please mail to:
United Way of Northwest Illinois
C/O United We Stand
524 W. Stephenson St., Suite 101
Freeport, IL 61032

UWS Facebook

Each week, United We Stand hosts a live podcast featuring interviews with dynamic individuals who share their passion for volunteerism and who are impacting change in ways that effect families in our community. The UWS Podcast hosts are long-time friends, Deontae Collier, Sr. and Tom Keyes. You can tune in to the United We Stand Facebook page for weekly episodes to listen in and interact with the guests.

A Special Thank You to the Sponsors of United We Stand:

UWNI Healing IL Logo

Zealous Art Studio
Bocker Auto Group  
Sam Cimino  
The Dean Team Sliders   
Jim & Lisa Torrisi