United Way Donor Dollars at Work: Remembering Our Friend Bessie

United Way Blackhawk Region donor dollars have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of those we serve. When people in our community pledge to #LiveUnited, their contributions enable us to offer essential services which provide not only nutritious meals, but also vital human connections to our community members.

One particularly touching example of the difference we make together is the story of Bessie, a cherished client who recently passed away at the age of 96. Bessie was a beloved member of our program. Admitted at 92 years young, she brightened the lives of everyone she met over the four years she received services.

Volunteers who delivered meals to Bessie at Rock Bay Harbor were continually inspired by her warmth, wisdom, and zest for life. She enjoyed sharing her bits of wisdom with volunteers and made a meaningful impact in each of their lives.

Bessie’s story is a poignant reminder of the importance of our work and the impact of the support we receive through the United Way Blackhawk Region. Every dollar donated through United Way directly contributes to enhancing the lives of individuals like Bessie right here in our community. It’s through these generous donations that we can maintain and expand our services, ensuring that we continue to meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable members.

Executive Director Ellen Wiegand shared, “Our services deliver more than meals; they foster hope, health, and happiness. United Way donor dollars play a crucial role in allowing us to make a meaningful difference in our community.”

The notes of gratitude we receive from clients and their families reaffirm the value of our mission. These messages highlight the joy and comfort our volunteers bring, as well as the essential human connections that develop through our program. Our volunteers don’t just deliver meals; they offer companionship, emotional support, and a friendly face that clients look forward to seeing.

We are deeply saddened by Bessie’s passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to her family; she will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. You can share your condolences at https://strouffuneralhome.com/bessie-bauer/. Mona, Bessie’s daughter, shared this note with Beloit Meals On Wheels, the staff, and volunteers highlighting what our organization meant to her mother:

“Dear Beloit Meals On Wheels Staff & Volunteers,

Thank you so much for your note of sympathy regarding my mother, Bessie Bauer’s death. Our family appreciated not only the daily meals you delivered to her but, also, the genuine kindness you showed her. Mom looked forward to your daily visits & getting to know the people who delivered the meals. We wanted you to know that you made a difference in her life. We thank you for that!”

Through United Way’s support, we continue to touch lives, create cherished memories, and uphold the dignity and well-being of those we serve. Bessie’s story is a beautiful reminder of the impact we strive to achieve every day, thanks to the generosity of United Way Blackhawk Region supporters.

If you, or someone you love, is 60+ years and is in need of home delivered meals because of a health condition and/or is no longer driving, please contact us for support at 608-362-3683.

To To learn more about United Way Blackhawk Region services visit https://liveunitedbr.org/ or Call 211. United Way 211 specialists can connect you with a wide range of resources and services. Simply dial 211 from your cell phone or landline anywhere in Wisconsin (or call 877-947-2211).

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