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From Intern Volunteer to United Way Champion


Volunteers show their United Way pride at the 2016 Intern Day of Action

July 19, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

When Karthik Palaniappan was looking for an engineering job last year, he knew he wanted to work for a company that made giving back to the community a priority. As a student at UW – Milwaukee, Karthik enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, building homes all over the country.

Luckily, he knew just where to apply.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

5 Reasons to get your Kids in the Kitchen

July 18, 2018

Written by YMCA of Greater Waukesha County staff

If yours is a home where an adult typically handles the food planning, preparation, and cleanup, it’s time to get the kids involved. It may require a little extra time and patience, but getting kids in the kitchen has lots of benefits:

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Red Cross Saves Hundreds of Lives through Home Fire Campaign


A team of volunteers shares how many families they helped through the Red Cross.

July 12, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Do you know what you would do if there was a fire in your home?

“When people think about disaster relief, the mind automatically goes to hurricanes and tornadoes,” said Viv Chappell of American Red Cross of Wisconsin. “In fact, the type of disaster Red Cross teams respond to most often is home fires…often a couple of times per day in Wisconsin.”

Most Americans think they would know what to do in the event of a home fire, but common mistakes – like not having a predetermined meeting place – can lead to injury or even death.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Volunteer

Agency Partner Spotlight: Literacy Services of Wisconsin

July 3, 2018

Agency Name: Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Agency Mission: Literacy Services of Wisconsin partners with motivated adults to provide access to quality basic education and skills training so they can improve their lives, enrich their families, and strengthen our community.

United Way-funded programs: Adult Basic Education

Founded: 1965, United Way partner since 2012

Issue areas: Financial Stability

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  • Agency Partners
  • Financial Stability

Meet the 2018 Philanthropic 5 Winners!

June 29, 2018

Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders and one Philanthropic Youth winner for their commitment to the community through the Philanthropic Five awards.

The Philanthropic Five awards recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change. The Philanthropic Youth award recognizes a youth community leader under 21 years old. Get to know the 2018 winners below and register to join us at the Philanthropic 5 Awards event! Thank you to BMO Harris Bank, the longtime sponsor of the P5 awards.

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  • Awards
  • Events
Categories: Awards, Events

"Mentors helped me visualize what was possible."

June 26, 2018

As a young woman, Margaret Crowley found herself in need of guidance. After she and her husband welcomed twins, Margaret got a job working at a hospital that provided a variety of services to young moms.  She enjoyed having lunch with the parent educators and nurse practitioners.

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  • Volunteer
  • Women's Leadership

Agency Partner Spotlight: St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic


A nurse at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Waukesha visits with a patient.

June 19, 2018

Agency Name: St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic (SJMC)

Agency Mission: To support the health and well-being of uninsured, underinsured, and low-income friends and neighbors who reside, work, or attend school in the Waukesha County community.

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Podcast: Meeting the Need for Addiction Services in Waukesha County


Dr. Julie Schuller, president and CEO of Sixteenth Street Community Health Center's, at a recent bike giveaway event.

June 14, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Listen Now (00:26:42)

 

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

The Color of Health


Shannon Reed Jr. (left) practicing yoga with his father, Shannon Reed, United Way's director of innovative strategies for Boys & Men of Color

June 8, 2018

Written by Shannon Reed Jr., United Way volunteer blogger

With bills being due, babies crying, work deadlines, and all the other hurdles we constantly overcome in life, health sometime can feel like a burden rather than the beautiful opportunity to nurture ourselves. We must understand health has a direct correlation, not only to the impact that we have on others but also as the basis of where we pull our energy from to pursue our goals.

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Extra Money! How Does $100 Sound?

June 5, 2018

Written by Gina Sanchez, manager, Center for Financial Stability, La Casa de Esperanza

Starting on May 15, 2018 and up until July 2, 2018 you can go to the website https://childtaxrebate.wi.gov/ and apply for a $100 credit per dependent child who is eligible.  (Dependency is determined using the guidance described in the IRS Publication 201 regardless of whether the claimant files a 2017 federal income tax return).

This credit is only available for a child who was a resident in Wisconsin and is a United States citizen as of December 31, 2017.  Nonresidents and part-year residents that moved out of Wisconsin in 2017 must submit receipts showing at least $100 of State sales/use tax paid in 2017 and show proof for each child as a Wisconsin resident on December 31, 2017.

A child can only be claimed by one individual.

What do you need?

  • Your social security number and proof of Wisconsin residency for tax year 2017
  • Your qualified child’s Social Security number and date of birth
  • Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit

Where to start:  https://childtaxrebate.wi.gov/

Help is available: La Casa de Esperanza’s Center for Financial Stability has staff on site that can assist you to apply for the rebate.  Please call 262-899-6784 for further assistance or visit our website.   

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  • Financial Stability

Podcast: Having a Grand Time at the Clubhouse!


Grand Avenue Club members and staff always have fun working alongside one another.

May 31, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Bags, Brunch, and Big Impact!

May 31, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Each year, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council welcomes hundreds of guests to The Pfister Hotel’s Grand Ballroom to celebrate the impact of women on our local community. In 2018, we heard from Keynote Speaker Anna Maria Chavez of the National Council on Aging, Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year Award winner Elizabeth Brenner, and many more. Thank you to everyone who attended our largest Women United Bruncheon to date!

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

How I Do More, Be More through United Way


Elizabeth Brenner (second from right) with former Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversite Committee co-chair Bevan Baker, United Way’s Nicole Angresano, and SERVE Marketing’s Gary Mueller.

May 29, 2018

Written by Elizabeth Brenner, 2018 Linda T. Mellowes Award Winner, United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committee co-chair, and retired publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

PIE, Building Motors, and Exploring STEM Careers

May 24, 2018

There’s nothing like hands-on experience to get students excited about careers in STEM.

That’s the reasoning behind IT United’s annual job shadows with local organizations. IT United members are technology professionals who have a desire to make difference in their community through contributions, advocacy, and volunteerism with Untied Way.

Each year, IT United connects students from Milwaukee Public Schools with area corporations to get firsthand experience with careers in STEM fields.  

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  • IT United
Categories: IT United

Agency Partner Spotlight: Meta House, Inc.

May 22, 2018

Agency Mission: Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

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  • Agency Partners
Categories: Agency Partners

It’s Never too Early – or too Late – to Start Volunteering!


Jason Parry and his son paint the blacktop at a local school during 2016's Emerging Leaders Day of Action

May 17, 2018

Written by Jason Parry, member of United Way’s Emerging Leader donor network

This summer, our family will embark on the fifth year of what has become a somewhat ridiculous tradition.

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  • Education
  • Emerging Leaders

Northwestern Mutual Partnership Ensures Auer Avenue Students Succeed


Chef Michael Feker (l) and Northwestern Mutual Foundation's Noreen Noonan serve Auer Avenue students a healthy breakfast.

May 11, 2018

Written by Lauren Widor, United Way volunteer blogger

 

United Way is proud to bring about community partnerships in the Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County area. One of our special partnerships is the relationship between Northwestern Mutual and Auer Avenue Elementary, a Milwaukee Community School.
 

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  • Education
  • Workplace Partner

GE Healthcare Helps Kids Connect with New Books


A student at Hawthorne Elementary School in Waukesha chooses books at a 2017 Build My Bookshelf fair.

May 9, 2018

GE Healthcare is a sponsor of United Way’s Build My Bookshelf program, which brings book fairs to five high-poverty elementary schools in the School District of Waukesha. Each student in the school gets to choose three free books to build their own home library. We talked to Kelly Skindzelewski, community relations leader at GE Healthcare, about why they decided to support this effort:

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  • Education
  • Workplace Partner

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 8, 2018

Written by Mary Madden, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Waukesha County

The term "mental illness" carries with it a long history of negative attitudes, myths, fear and discrimination.  It allows our society to categorize everyone with a mental health condition into one category "The Mentally Ill."  We certainly would not refer to a group of people diagnosed with cancer as "The Cancers" or those with heart disease as "The Heart Attacks."  The reality is that we all have mental health and it can fall anywhere on a continuum from mental wellness to a diagnosable mental health condition for some people. This is not an “us vs. them” issue; It is about all of us and our mental wellness. 

Having spent much of my personal and work life providing support for people living with mental health conditions, I have often wondered why we don’t talk about mental health the way we do physical health. It seems from a young age we are taught how to take care of our bodies – eat right, exercise, get enough sleep – but not so much about what it means to be mentally well and how those same things can affect our mental health.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

ERAs Senior Network Connects Generations through Storytelling


ERAs volunteer Lynn Revoy shares her history with a group of students at Horning Middle School in Waukesha.

May 1, 2018

Written By Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way Volunteer 

Lynn Revoy stunned students at Horning Middle School in Waukesha recently when she explained that her family didn’t have a television in their home until she was in high school. No cable, no Netflix, no video games. The students immediately wanted to know what she did for fun. “We did some of the same things you do today,” she explained. “We read books and we played outside. But instead of watching our favorite shows on TV, we listened to them on the radio.”

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Volunteer

Agency Partner Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee

April 26, 2018

Written by Amy Chionchio, president & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee

Agency Mission: Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

United Way-funded programs: One-to-One Mentoring Program

United Way partner since: 2005. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) was founded in 1976

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education

Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Dan Lococo & Zach Lifton


Zach Lifton (L) and Dan Lococo

April 25, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Listen Now (00:23:44)

 

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

“The Faith Community is Not Immune to Sexual Violence”

April 24, 2018

Written by Bishop Walter Harvey, senior pastor of Parklawn Assembly of God church and 2018 Denim Day co-chair alongside Mayor Tom Barrett

Since The New York Times first released an investigation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, it seems that every day is plagued with new accusations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, politics, and even the faith community.

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  • Events
  • Health
Categories: Events, Health

Grant Helps Lincoln Avenue Third Graders become Good Citizens


Carlos Velazquez of the Milwaukee Fire Department demonstrates how he displays good citizenship through his role as a firefighter.

April 23, 2018

Written by Amy Narr, community school coordinator at Lincoln Avenue Elementary

 

The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) Neighborhood Grant is an opportunity given by United Way that is meant to strengthen the relationship between schools and their local communities in tangible ways that can benefit both the school and the local neighborhood.

 

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Mobilizing the Power of Women to Fight for our Community


Christine Liu McLaughlin (far left) with fellow Women's Leadership Council members at 2017's Project ReUnited event.

April 18, 2018

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Women United network is made up of over 2,000 members who raise $17million annually, making it the largest Women United network in the country. Locally, Women United is governed by the Women’s Leadership Council, made of up over 30 outstanding women-leaders in our local community.

The Women United Global Leadership Council (WUGLC) is made up of women across the world who inspire other women to get involved and assist local United Ways with starting a Women United chapter in their own region. We are proud to have two outstanding women representing Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County on this global council: Gail Lione, who is currently chair of the WUGLC, and Christine Liu McLaughlin.

We asked Christine to share with us the work of the WUGLC and what continues to inspire her to stay involved:

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

Torrid Makes $38k+ Donation of Clothes to Benefit Women at Local Agencies

April 12, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Torrid, a clothing store that sells stylish clothing for women sizes 10-30, recently made a large donation of clothing to United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

As part of an initiative at Torrid stores all over the country to provide clothes to local non-profits, the brand’s Brookfield Square location donated 38 boxes of clearance clothing, about 1,250 pieces, with a full retail value of $38,244.92.  

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  • Agency Partners
  • Homelessness

TeamTeal365 Helps Sexual Assault Survivors Thrive


Sam Collier (left) founded TeamTeal365 to reach out and provide survivors with trauma-informed care resources.

April 10, 2018

Written by Samantha Collier, founder of TeamTeal365, thriver, healer, educator, and advocate for sexual assault survivors #SAAM

“I am a voice of powerful, visible change”

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  • Health
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Milwaukee Succeeds Meets Early Childcare Goal!

April 6, 2018

Written by Tim Coughlin, manager, Kindergarten Readiness Partnership, Milwaukee Succeeds

 

Recently, Congress passed and the president signed the FY18 Omnibus appropriations bill. This bill includes a $2.3 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which means an additional $35.4 million in child care funding for Wisconsin.

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  • Education
  • Milwaukee Succeeds

Podcast: Leadership Panel on Innovation & Automation in the Workforce


(from left) Panelists Rebekah Kowalski, Bill Caraher, Mary Burgoon, and Moderator John Dunn.

April 5, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Listen Now (00:41:31)

 

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  • Emerging Leaders
  • IT United

Make April Your Most Impactful Month Yet!

April 3, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

No matter how much time you have, United Way can help you make a positive impact on your community this month. Celebrate (almost) spring by helping out in one of the following ways:

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  • Financial Stability
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