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Podcast: Chatting with Project Runway/ReUNITED Designers



From left: designers Alex Snyder, Mah-Jing Wong, Jenni Riccetti, and LaTasha Henderson

November 17, 2017

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If you are a fan of the television show Project Runway, you won’t want to miss this episode of Living Local!

On October 11, 2017, all designers from season 15 of Project Runway, plus a few guests, came together in Milwaukee for a one-of-a-kind fashion show experience. Project ReUNITED was the brainchild of contestant and Milwaukee local Linda Marcus, who invited her close-knit group of co-competitors to come together to benefit United Way’s Community Fund.

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  • Events
  • Women's Leadership

Retiree Finds Fulfillment in Volunteering


Retiree Gary Sprong loves travelling the country on his motorcycle.

November 16, 2017

Written by Gary Sprong, retiree from A.O. Smith and member of the Retire United Donor Network.

This blog is part of our monthly Retire United series. Check out past posts from Dennis Sell, Veronica Carter, Reid Engstrom, Jim Angresano, and Scott Pavelchik.  

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Understanding Your FICO Credit Score

November 13, 2017

Written by Gabriella Allen, La Casa de Esperanza

This blog is one of a series from the Center for Financial Stability at La Casa de Esperanza. Check out previous blogs on ways to maintain a good credit score, car-buying tips, and smart apartment shopping.

FICO Score, VantageScore, NextGen Score, oh my! If you have ever applied for a loan, you have most likely been given some version of your credit score. For some, it’s no surprise. For others, this can be confusing because they just checked their (fill in the blank) app and it was 50 points higher! Businesses and lenders use different types of credit scores with some estimates of there being over 1,000 types.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Financial Stability

Red Cross Staffer Reflects on 30 Years of Military Service


CSM Richard Seymour during his time with the U.S. Army.

November 10, 2017

For Richard Seymour, finding his next project after retirement from a 30-year career with the United States Army was surprisingly easy. “I was sitting with my wife reading the paper one day,” recalls Richard, “and she saw a job ad and said ‘this is what you’re doing right now! Why not pick up where you left off?’”

The position was services to the armed forces director with the American Red Cross Wisconsin Region. In this role, Richard supports veterans and military members through financial aid, VA state home and hospital support, programming, and helping with efforts like the annual Homeless Stand Down, a resource fair similar to Project Homeless Connect, but aimed at veterans.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Homelessness

Ayres Associates Mini Golfs for a Cause

November 9, 2017

During United Way campaign season, it is fun to see the exciting and creative ideas local workplaces come up with to encourage their employees to give. Ayres Associates, a nationwide engineering, mapping, environmental, architectural, and survey firm, continued a longstanding United Way campaign tradition in their Waukesha office this year: a homegrown mini golf course!

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2016 Give & Win Sweeps Winners: Where Are They Now?


Cindy Schaefer enjoying her prize: a trip to Disney World!

November 6, 2017

Each year, donors who give a new or increased gift of $25, $50, or $75 to the Community Fund are entered to win some seriously awesome prizes in the Give & Win Sweepstakes: a brand-new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, a trip to Disney World, a Ultimate Bucks Fan Experience…even a new car!

You can see United Way’s prize patrol surprise the winners at work each year, but what happens after the camera stops rolling? We spoke with two winners of the 2016 Sweepstakes to see how making even a small gift to United Way changed their life.

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  • Awards
  • Events
Categories: Awards, Events

FRIENDS Inc. Supports Washington County Violence Survivors

November 2, 2017

The blog is part of a series highlighting some of our partners who provide services to people experiencing domestic violence. Learn about Advocates of Ozaukee and read a blog from Carmen Pitre, president and CEO of Sojourner Family Peace Center. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and lives in or near Washington County, contact FRIENDS Inc.’s 24/7 crisis lines or visit their website.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Volunteers have a Spooktacular Time at Bay View Community Center!

October 31, 2017

During United Way’s Season of Caring, volunteer groups can choose from a variety of different ways to get involved in their community. Each year, a few lucky groups get the chance to put a smile on kids’ faces while having a *scary* good time at Bay View Community Center’s Halloween Spooktacular!

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  • Agency Partners
  • Events
  • Volunteer

Podcast: Support for Fathers Leads to Healthy Birth Outcomes



Earnest Goggins (left) and Keith Parris

October 31, 2017

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While many healthy and successful people grow up with only mom in the house, research shows that having dad involved throughout pregnancy and the first year of life contributes to greater health and better outcomes for baby. That is why the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative (LIHF) has enlisted local fatherhood experts in their goal of making sure every baby makes it to their first birthday.  

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  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis Receives United Way Funding for Outreach to Latina Community

October 30, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In observance, we are proud to highlight a new partner, ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (or “ABCD”), which recently received funding through the Waukesha Community Impact Fund for Nuestra Conexión, a program focused on outreach to the Latina community.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Mary Lou Young Honored with BMO Harris Bank’s Women Who Serve Award


Mary Lou Young accepts the Women Who Serve award from BMO Harris Bank's Raquel Filmanowicz

October 27, 2017

As part of a long-standing commitment to helping the advancement of women, BMO Harris Bank’s Celebrating Women program follows BMO's second Catalyst Award win for its industry-leading work to accelerate diversity and inclusion in its workplace and dedication to gender equality.

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  • Awards
  • Workplace Partner

At SPREE, Lisa Ricke Helps Women Find their Finishing Touch

October 26, 2017

For Lisa Ricke, owner of Finishing Touch Jewelry, creating beautiful baubles for local women is more than just a job; it’s a true passion.

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  • Events
  • Women's Leadership

Together, We Can Prevent Domestic Violence

October 24, 2017

Written by Carmen Pitre, Sojourner President and CEO

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.”  - A.A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Podcast: Collaborating to Solve Hunger with Feeding America’s Patty Habeck



Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin President Patty Habeck

October 20, 2017

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At United Way, we believe that collaboration is key to solving our community’s most pressing issues. In order to fight (and win) against a sweeping challenge like hunger, we know we cannot do it alone.

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  • Financial Stability
  • Health

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Kicks Off United Way Campaign with a Bang!


The Harley-Davidson Motor Company team at the 2017 United Way campaign kickoff event

October 18, 2017

The employees of Harley-Davidson Motor Company know how to have fun.

On Friday, October 6, about 400 employees gathered at 2 locations to kick off their month-long United Way workplace campaign.

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  • Events
  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

Luther Manor Residents & Staff Help Local Kids get School-Ready


Luther Manor Residents having fun on the bus ride to drop off their donations at Backpack Coalition HQ.

October 17, 2017

This blog is part of our Retire United series. Read past Q&A’s with Retire United members Bev Jurkowski, Reid Engstrom, Dennis Sell, and Veronica Carter.

For the residents of Luther Manor, Wisconsin’s second-largest Life Plan/Senior Living Community, back-to-school season brings up some special memories, like going off to a one-room school house with just a single pencil.

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  • Education
  • Volunteer
Categories: Education, Volunteer

Advocates of Ozaukee Provides Support to Victims of Domestic Violence

October 13, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance, we will be featuring United Way program partners that offer services to those affected by domestic and intimate partner violence.

If you are experiencing violence, dial 2-1-1 or visit the Advocates of Ozaukee webpage to be connected to resources that can help. Advocates also has a 24-hour texting hotline: 262-891-7262.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Podcast: Sheila Cochran Shares her Passion for ALICE


Sheila Cochran addresses the crowd at United Way's 2017 Community Campaign Kickoff

October 12, 2017

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One of the best parts about interviewing community leaders and partners for this podcast is hearing their origin story; how they got to where they are today, and what influences they experienced as a child that led them to their current values and beliefs.

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  • Financial Stability

Meet Vickie Hay, New Health Portfolio Manager at United Way


Vickie Hay

October 10, 2017

Vickie Hay is United Way’s new Health Portfolio Manager. Previously, Vickie worked with United Way as the Kindergarten Readiness Program Coordinator & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator.

We sat down with Vickie to learn a little more about her background and what she is excited about in this new role.

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  • Health
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

What is it Like to be a Young Man of Color in the Central City?


Shannon Reed Jr.

October 6, 2017

Written by Shannon Reed Jr. Listen to Shannon and his father Shannon Reed talk about what it’s like being a man of color in Milwaukee in a recent episode of the Living Local Podcast.

 

What is it like to be a young man of color in the central city?

 

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  • Agency Partners
Categories: Agency Partners

Podcast: Employment After Incarceration - Dionysus Thomas


Dionysus Thomas

October 5, 2017

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Today’s podcast is hosted by Krystina Kohler, Financial Stability Portfolio Manager at United Way.

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  • Financial Stability

*Fall* in Love with Your Community in October!

October 3, 2017

Fall is officially here! Grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and come do some good with United Way this month.

 

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  • Emerging Leaders
  • Events
  • Homelessness
  • Volunteer
  • Women's Leadership

Fun & Friendship at The Caring Place


Never a dull moment at The Caring Place!

October 2, 2017

In celebration of National Senior Center Month, we are highlighting our program partners that run exceptional programs for older adults. Check out our feature on senior meal sites that focus on Hmong and Latinx culture and our recent story about Curative Care Senior Center.

 

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Podcast: Make it Work! Chatting with the Project ReUNITED Event Design Team


Designers from Project Runway's 15th season who will be featured at the Project ReUNITED event.

September 28, 2017

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Fashion is powerful. While it may seem like a small detail, the right outfit or piece can increase confidence, boost professional success, and be that bit of motivation we all need to get out into the world and, as the kids say, #SLAY.

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

Podcast: Marquette University Opens its Doors for Project Homeless Connect


Guests at 2016 Project Homeless Connect.

September 26, 2017

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To many outsiders, Milwaukee has two faces: one of privilege, and one of need.

As of the last count, nearly 1,400 people in Milwaukee are homeless and 1 in 3 live in poverty.

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  • Events
  • Financial Stability
  • Homelessness

Curative Care Senior Center Provides Support for the Whole Family


Fun times at Curative Care's Senior Center!

September 25, 2017

A typical day at the Curative Care Senior Center begins slowly, with participants enjoying a light breakfast, coffee and juice, and reading the newspaper or conversation.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Silver Spring Neighborhood Center’s Tom Ellis


Tom Ellis (second from right) and the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center team.

September 21, 2017

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Today on the podcast we continue our partnership with Ex Fabula, a local organization committed to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling, to bring some of their most compelling stories to you….and to learn a little more about the tellers behind these stories.

Be sure to listen to our interview with Ex Fabula alum Rissie Lundberg, who shared her story about being one of three generations of teachers.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education

Enliven Salon Owners Collect Birthday Bag Donations for Local Kids


Tracey Sternig, co-owner of Enliven.

September 19, 2017

When a parent is struggling to provide the very basic necessities for their family, the expense of a birthday party is an extra many can’t afford. In response, United Way has created a volunteer opportunity to pack Birthday Bags for families served at our agency program partners.

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  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

Auer Avenue Parent Room Transformed by Northwestern Mutual Volunteers (with Photos!)


Northwestern Mutual volunteers and Community School Coordinator Michelle Allison paint the Auer Avenue Parent Room!

September 15, 2017

As the bell rang on the first day of school at Auer Avenue Elementary, a Milwaukee Community School, volunteers from Northwestern Mutual joined Auer parents, staff, and community members came together to celebrate the unveiling of the newly revamped Parent Engagement Room.

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  • Education
  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

Podcast: Chad Wilson on Mass Incarceration and Fatherhood


Chad Wilson

September 14, 2017

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The 53206 zip code in Milwaukee is the most incarcerated zip code in the US, with 62% of adult males having spent time in prison.

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  • Financial Stability

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