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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 community issues around the
Health, Education, Financial Stability, Equity and Inclusion of all Stephenson County residents. 

United We Stands Mission is to Unite, Educate, and Inspire the community.

Each week, United We Stand hosts a live podcast featuring interviews with dynamic individuals who share their passion for volunteerism and impacting change on issues that effect families in our community.

United We Stand Podcasts hosts are long time friends, Deontae Collier and Tom Keyes. You can tune in to the United We Stand facebook page every Thursday at 7pm to listen in and interract with the guests. 



Join United We Stand and Become a Leader in Your Community Today 


Your contribution will strengthen our time, talent, and resources to ensure children and families living in our areas most vulnerable communities are supported with access to the resources they need to thrive.

Click here to donate, or text UWS815 to 41444 to join United We Stand 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, a Junteenth Celebration and Thanksgiving Day of Giving.

United We Stand volunteer committee members include:
Deontae Collier
Tom Keyes 
Bridget Trainor 
Josh Elliot and 
Brandi Balles

Thank you to our Volunteer Intern:
Nicole Haas


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.



A special Thank you to the sponsors of United We Stand

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


What is an Affinity Group?
It is 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!