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United for Waukesha Community Fund to Open Application Process

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Details will be available on the WCCF website beginning Dec. 10

Waukesha County Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County announced today they have moved to the initial application phase of the United for Waukesha Community Fund.

To date, nearly 12,000 individuals and organizations have donated over $3 million to the fund. Donations have come from all 50 US states, and 16 countries worldwide.

“We are so grateful to everyone who donated to the fund,” said Shelli Marquardt, President of the Waukesha County Community Foundation. “We now begin the next phase of the process to begin offering financial support to those involved in this tragic event.”

“We will continue to be transparent with the process for distributing funds,” said Amy Lindner, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “Our goal is to get funds into the hands of the right people as quickly as we can while protecting them and our donors from fraud or other harm.”

Details on fund administration

The fund will be administered by the Waukesha County Community Foundation, in partnership with the United for Waukesha Community Fund Committee.

The payments from the United for Waukesha Community Fund are to be apportioned in accordance with the severity of the injury to the victims arising from the tragedy in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21, 2021. The immediate priorities are families who lost a loved one, and those persons who have received in-patient care.

The committee has been given the authority to develop a protocol for the distribution of financial assistance to those most seriously affected by the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy.

There are three unique application forms:

  • The first is for families who have lost a loved one.
  • The second is a universal form for those who sustained physical injury, for those who were physically present at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, or an individual that was a first responder or other medical professional treating victims.
  • There is also a form for area nonprofits serving the affected community.

A single claim form should be submitted for each eligible claimant. The committee has made these forms as simple as possible, so as not to over-burden family members and survivors. Individuals can request a personal call or meeting to discuss details, if needed.

The protocol, claim forms, and additional details will be available on the WCCF website beginning on December 10, 2021.

Copies may also be requested by emailing the Fund Administrators at info@waukeshafoundation.org.

Claim forms should be completed and submitted to the fund administrator between December 10, 2021-February 28, 2022.

About the committee

United for Waukesha Community Fund Committee consists of:

  • Paul Farrow, County Executive, Waukesha
  • Shawn Reilly, Mayor, City of Waukesha
  • Jennifer Dunn, Director, Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Waukesha County Department of District Attorney
  • James Sebert, Ed.D, Superintendent, School District of Waukesha
  • Ty Taylor, President & CEO, Waukesha State Bank
  • Shari Campbell, Interim President & CEO, La Casa de Esperanza
  • Karin Kultgen, MD, Waukesha County Physician (retired)
  • James Moore, Director of Operations, Waukesha County Community Foundation
  • Nicole Angresano, Vice President Community Impact, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Additional committee members may be added as needed.

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