Oshkosh Area United Way (OAUW) awarded 45 community programs, including seven new programs, with the annual United Way Community Investment grant process. These programs were selected to address the growing needs in Oshkosh and surrounding communities.  

The Community Investment grants are funded by the annual OAUW Community Giving Campaign to improve access to resources for Early Childhood Development, Mental Health, and Steps Toward a Living Wage. The grant process is available to programs serving residents in Oshkosh and surrounding communities that offer services in these impact areas.  

Each impact area is overseen by a volunteer committee that reviews and interviews each program applying to ensure that the applicant has measurable outcomes and impact on the community. Over 30 volunteers are involved in the Community Investment Grant process, giving nearly 1,000 hours of their time to our area. OAUW is grateful to those community members who continue to lead this process and ensure that donations are allocated to those programs making the most impact in Oshkosh and the surrounding area.  

Oshkosh Area United Way is proud to announce 2023 funding to the following local programs: 



Access to Jobs


Back to School Fair

Be Great Graduate Mentoring Program

Be Well Fox Valley Food as Medicine

Bonus 10 Food Bucks Program

Community Clothes Closet

Community Engagement



Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Early Intervention Program


Emergency Shelter

Employment Services

Empowerment Advocacy

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Eviction and Homelessness Prevention

Financial Counseling

Food for All

Food For Kids

General Educational Development (GED)

Growing Readers

Home Visits

Making the Ride Happen


Member Scholarships

OFD Mental Health Initiative

Oshkosh Area Home Delivered Meals

Radford Kids

Reaching Out

Resource Coordination


Rise Up

Road to Work

Robert Glass Focus on the Children Program

Sexual Abuse Treatment Program

Skills Enhancement Program

Social Emotional Mental Health Programming

Solutions Sober Living

Tiny House Village

Youth Mentoring Programs

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


United Way Fox Cities


Reach Counseling

Back to School Fair

Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh

United Way Fox Cities

Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market

The Traveling Closet


Reach Counseling


Omro Area Community Center

Oshkosh Area United Way

Valley Packaging Industries

Reach Counseling

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services

Lakeside Packaging Plus

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services

Oshkosh Area School District

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc

Goodwill Industries

Oshkosh Food Co-Op

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.

Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes

Oshkosh Community YMCA

Oshkosh Area Fire Department


Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh

Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes

Day by Day Warming Shelter


Oshkosh Area School District

Winnebago Literacy Council

Tri-County Dental

Reach Counseling


Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh

Solutions Recovery, Inc.

Oshkosh Kids Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

“The investment our community makes to support these nonprofits is truly inspiring. Being part of this process is an amazing honor working alongside dedicated volunteers and United Way staff to make sure we’re supporting kids, stabilizing families, and helping those most vulnerable in our community. By funding these programs we’re not only helping our community but impacting generations to come, “said Jennifer Skolaski, Vice Chair of Community Impact. “A big thank you to all those involved through giving, volunteering, working at these organizations, and making sure we’re caring for everyone in our community.” 

Oshkosh Area United Way will be accepting applications for the 2024 Community Investment Grant during the month of June 2023. The application is available to organizations serving the Oshkosh Area United Way’s service area that offer programming to improve resources for Early Childhood Development, Mental Health, and Financial Stability. 

For more information on the above programs or the 2024 Community Investment Grant, contact the Oshkosh Area United Way at oauw@oshkoshunitedway.org. To continue your commitment to our Oshkosh area community by donating to the 2022 Community Giving Campaign, visit www.oshkoshunitedway.org/donate. 

Oshkosh Area United Way