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Meet the 2017 P5 Winners!

April 28, 2017

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. Meet the 2017 Award Winners: Danielle Bergner, Craig Cerbins, Melissa Goins, Emma Paulson, Rebecca Stoner, and Kalan R. Haywood II.

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Survivor and Advocate Recognizes Young People for Speaking Out Against Sexual Assault

April 27, 2017

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche

Trigger warning: This post contains information about and recollections of sexual violence.

Annika Leonard is a sexual assault survivor. As part of her work and passion for helping others impacted by sexual violence, she speaks openly about her personal experiences. She wants to make sure that her own and others’ experiences are heard – and not “sanitized.”
 

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  • Health
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Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Free

April 26, 2017

Written by Carmen Pitre, Executive Director at Sojourner Family Peace Center

“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness.  It comes from…your raw and beautiful heart” – Chogyam Trungpa

Trigger warning: this blog contains information about and recollections of sexual violence.

As a survivor of sexual violence, I have been anything but at home in my body. Being kind, raw, and tender-hearted with myself and others was never an option. Tenderness was stolen from me by every unwanted touch, every lie, and every secret I had to carry. Surviving required that I live outside my body, outside of myself, among the broken pieces of who I became… after. Unable to abandon myself and unable to accept myself, I have had to make my home on the battlefield. I have not been at home in this body and I have been at war with myself for as long as I can remember. This is the legacy of sexual violence in my life. 

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  • Agency Partners
Categories: Agency Partners

Podcast: Simmi Urbanek, Advocate Extraordinaire!

April 25, 2017

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Remember those summers when you were too young for a job but too old to just hang around the house all day? What did you do to pass the time? Pre-teen Simmi Urbanek’s mom had an interesting solution: she dropped her two daughters off at their local United Way and said "find something to do!"

This began a long life of giving, volunteering, and advocacy for Simmi. After her first summer with United Way staffing charity root beer float stands, playing with kids at local agencies, and volunteering at a nonprofit coffee shop, Simmi stayed involved in volunteer activities through college.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Money Talk with Kids

April 24, 2017

Written by Gina Sanchez, Financial Stability Manager at La Casa de Esperanza

Between running errands, grocery shopping, laundry, and homework, it’s hard to imagine finding time to talk about or do activities around money as a family. Even if you can find the time, you may not know how to start a conversation with your young children about smart finances. According to a 2016 study by T. Rowe Price, 71% of parents are hesitant to talk to about money with their kids. However, talking as a family about money, even with very young kids, is incredibly important.

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  • Financial Stability

Podcast: From Survivor to Champion, Episode 2 (Re-run)

April 19, 2017

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Trigger Warning: This blog post and podcast contain recollections of and information about sexual assault.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men has been sexually assaulted…so why is it still so hard to talk about?

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Making the Most of Retirement!

April 18, 2017

This is the second in a monthly series featuring Q&A’s with members of the Retire United Committee. Learn more about Retire United, including how you can get involved. MSGT Scott Pavelchik is retired from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard. Scott currently resides in New Berlin and has been involved with United Way for nearly 10 years.

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The Importance of Self-Care

April 14, 2017

Written by Dawn Helmrich, Data and Outcomes Manager at United Way & Founder of Denim Day Milwaukee

I am a survivor of rape.

It’s not an easy thing to say out loud or even on paper, but it is a reality in my life.

Over the years, I have become more and more involved in doing advocacy work in the area of sexual assault. Telling my story and talking about victim blaming, statistics, and myths about sexual harm, abuse, assault, and rape can be very, very hard work. And, while I have become accustomed to speaking to the media and to large crowds of people about these topics, the toll it takes on me never goes away. Even in writing this short piece I feel my face getting flushed and my heart speeding up.

That, among many other reasons, is why self-care is so important and why I try to make it a priority in my life. On April 1 of this year, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault hosted their annual Survivors and Allies Day of Healing. This is a time for survivors and their support people to come together and take time to focus on the healing process.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Mayor & County Exec Recognize Impact of AmeriCorps

April 13, 2017

Written by Neil Hanbury, AmeriCorps United Way Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

In the summer of 2016 I found myself, like many college seniors, slightly oblivious when it came to plans for the future. For many students, this sense of uncertainty can be quite overwhelming. How, after all, is one supposed to demonstrate their expertise and enhance their skills without an opportunity to do so?

Thankfully, I was given that chance by AmeriCorps and United Way. As part of the Volunteer Engagement team, I knew that I was planting seeds for something bigger and better. This was evident when considering the countless AmeriCorps members who planted seeds before me; their work has now grown into something meaningful, something worthy of recognition.

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Podcast: From Survivor to Champion, Episode 1 (Re-run)

April 11, 2017

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Trigger Warning: This blog post and podcast contain recollections of and information about sexual assault.

At the age of 21, Dawn Helmrich experienced a brutal sexual assault. This life-altering event had many negative outcomes for Dawn, including rampant victim blaming and lack of support during a traumatic experience on the witness stand. As a result of these experiences, Dawn has become one of Milwaukee’s most vocal advocates for victims of Sexual Assault through her leadership of the annual Denim Day. Each April, Denim Day brings awareness to sexual violence and helps end victim blaming.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

5 Savvy Car Buying Tips

April 10, 2017

Written by Gina Sanchez Juarez, Manager of the Center for Financial Stability at La Casa de Esperanza, Inc.

Next to buying a home, a car is one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime. Ready to go shopping? Use these tips to make the best decision for your family:

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Inspired by Mom, High Schooler Takes Action on Sexual Assault

April 5, 2017

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche

Britny Helmrich vividly remembers the day her mom, Dawn Helmrich, had a panic attack at a crowded outdoor event. Britny was just ten years old but sensed something terrible had once happened to her mom. That day she learned that Dawn was the victim of a brutal sexual assault at age 21.

Dawn had worried for years about how to tell her kids what happened to her. She decided that day was the right time to tell Britny her story.

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  • Health
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Podcast: How Sexual Assault Changed My Life

April 4, 2017

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“It came up casually in conversation. He died. What? No one thought that would be something I would have liked to know? It happened years ago, but to me it was like yesterday, every day. I relived the abuse daily. It affected so many facets of my life.”

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

5 Easy Ways to Do Good in April

April 3, 2017

Welcome to spring 2017! Take advantage of the nice(r) weather, longer days, and improved moods by signing up for a fun volunteer project this month.

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  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health
  • Volunteer

EY’s Geno Tatinsev has a Brain for Accounting and a Passion for Education

March 30, 2017

Geno Tatinsev is a senior analyst at EY and is currently working at United Way on a temporary basis to streamline processes and create efficiencies in the accounting of pledges receivable. We chatted with Geno about his background, his passion for education, and how he came to work on this project here at United Way.

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  • Education
  • Workplace Partner

U.S. Bank’s Prescott Balch on ALICE, Finding New Talent Close to Home

March 29, 2017

Nine years ago, U.S. Bank Business Information Officer and SVP Prescott Balch recognized a problem common to many companies: the demand for software development continues to rise and continues to outpace new entrants to the field from traditional academic institutions. "Companies rely ever more on their technology, so demand for our skills increases a healthy amount every year. Employers prefer hiring only people with experience, because the work needs to get done fast and right. That approach to staffing seems to be preventing enough people from entering the field," reflects Balch.

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  • Financial Stability
  • IT United

Podcast: Daring to Fail Differently

March 28, 2017

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What would happen if we threw our rules out the window and started from scratch?

This is the question Audra O’Connell asked her staff at Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center’s Emergency Shelter when she began her tenure as Executive Director in 2016. The shelter, which serves teens, had a list of rules governing everything from behavior to dress, but Audra did not see how these rules were helping impact the broader issue of youth homelessness in Milwaukee. In fact, 6 months after trying to run the shelter without rules such as “no baseball caps in the house,” Audra and her team found themselves serving more youth than ever before.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
  • Homelessness

Jonas Prising: A Literary Odyssey

March 24, 2017

In celebration of National Reading Month, we asked local leaders about their reading experiences. Jonas Prising is Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, and a co-chair for United Way’s 2017 Community Campaign. 

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  • Education
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Love your Retirement!

March 23, 2017

This is the first in a monthly series featuring Q&A’s with members of the Retire United Committee. Learn more about Retire United, including how you can get involved.

Bev Jurkowski is retired from We Energies. She currently resides in Hales Corners and Boulder Junction, and has been involved with United Way in some capacity for over 30 years.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Podcast: When Black Babies Thrive, All Babies Thrive

March 21, 2017

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Problems. The ones most people don’t have the stomach for. The ones nobody talks about at cocktail parties. The ones that can’t be solved overnight. We go looking for them.

These are the words in United Way’s new credo for 2017, and they perfectly describe the issue of Infant Mortality. Milwaukee has one of the highest rates in the country, with Black babies dying at nearly three times the rate of White babies. 

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  • Health
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

Meet Malayia Roper, Community School Coordinator for Browning Elementary

March 20, 2017

We are excited to welcome Browning Elementary into the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership! Browning Elementary is located on the northwest side of Milwaukee, alongside the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center. In partnership with Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Browning’s new Community School Coordinator is Malayia Roper. Meet Malayia:

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Harley-Davidson’s Matt Levatich Has a Soft Spot for Reading

March 17, 2017

In celebration of National Reading Month, we asked local leaders about their reading experiences. Matt Levatich serves as President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., and will serve as a United Way Campaign Co-chair in 2017.

Why is reading and learning to read so important?

Besides the obvious practical value, reading is a gateway to learning and exploring that has a uniquely singular, immersive quality.

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  • Volunteer
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Findorff Shoots and Scores in the 2017 Free-throw Challenge

March 16, 2017

Written by Amalia Flatley, Marketing Specialist and member of the 2017 Findorff United Way Bucks Free-throw Challenge Team

As a first-time participant of the United Way’s Milwaukee Bucks Free-throw Challenge, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc (Findorff) had a blast! We had high hopes of walking away the winner and checked all the boxes to prepare ourselves: Basketball shoes - check. Custom uniform - check. Ample practice time - check. Extensive player background screening for free-throw ability - check.

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  • Workplace Partner
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Podcast: Representative David Crowley on Urban Underground, Yoda, and Building Influence

March 14, 2017

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There are many ways to affect change in our community. Here at United Way, we raise funds and mobilize volunteers around our communities most difficult issues. In Madison at the Wisconsin State Legislature, Representative David Crowley works with his peers on both sides of the aisle to advocate for issues affecting an area of Milwaukee that is close to his heart: the near-North West side. Representative Crowley intimately understands this neighborhood – it is where he grew up playing on the playground near his Grandma and Uncle’s house, and where he now resides with his family.

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  • Education
  • Financial Stability
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March Volunteer Spotlight: Volunteer Anywhere!

March 13, 2017

March is Virtual Volunteering Month at United Way. Check out these projects that you can do from your desk, your couch... anywhere!

  1. Write a Note of Encouragement to a Student Learning to Read. Encourage a young student to read from wherever you are! Notes will be delivered to youth in programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee through March 26th.
  2. Provide Online Career Coaching to High School Students. Through Inspire Southeast Wisconsin, Career Coaches communicate with local students through a monitored online platform and answer questions about careers, chime in on career-focused discussion boards, share educational history, and more.
  3. Be a Mentor of the Future. Mentor2.0 at Big Brothers Big Sisters is a technology-enriched mentoring program helping high school students graduate and succeed in both college and the workforce by providing support and guidance.
  4. Share Your Web Design Skills. The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee is looking for a skilled volunteer to give their website a makeover to streamline and simplify their home page. Short- or Long-term volunteer position; virtual with some in-person meetings.
  5. Help with Research and Fact-checking. HOPE Network needs assistance publishing their information guide for single-mother families. Gather information, check facts, and update resources and information on community events.

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Easy Ways to Detect Identity Theft

March 10, 2017

Written by Gina Sanchez Juarez, Manager of the Center for Financial Stability at La Casa de Esperanza, Inc

According to the Federal Trade Commission, as many as 9 million people have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft can mean that someone is using your personal information to open accounts, make purchases, or file taxes. These acts can damage your credit status and cost you time and money to fix.

It can be difficult to know whether or not your information is secure, but early detection of identity theft is crucial. Here are some easy steps to add to your financial routine:

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  • Financial Stability

Carmen Pitre on How You Can #BeBoldForChange

March 8, 2017

Written by Carmen Pitre, President & CEO of Sojourner 

I invite you to #BeBoldForChange on behalf of all of the women who have helped and inspired you. On this important day, may you remember the women who made you who you are, who gave you your greatest gifts and those who held the light for you when you needed it most.

I am inspired by the women who carry on in spite of all that has hurt them in their lives. I am inspired by the women who find a way to make it through the pain and still find a way to show up for their lives, their children, and their families. 

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  • Health
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Angela Mancuso on How You Can #BeBoldForChange

March 8, 2017

Written by Angela Mancuso, Executive Director of The Women’s Center​

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the globe. It’s also an important reminder of the work still to be done to achieve gender equality and ensure futures without violence for women and girls. One of the surest ways to do just that is to acknowledge, address, and eliminate any and all forms of violence. Together, we can affect the change needed to achieve this goal.

At The Women’s Center, we are inspired every day by our clients, who have taken the bold step of reaching out for safety, shelter, or support to move beyond the sexual or domestic violence they’ve endured. It is incumbent upon us as advocates to match their courage and to take action in support of all who are suffering at the hands of an abuser.

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Podcast: Violence & Equity Top List of Community Concerns

March 7, 2017

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What kind of Community do you want?

What is keeping us from making progress?

Who do you trust to take action?

These are some of the questions that the 330+ participants in United Way’s Community Conversations project answered in 2016. Participants from 70 zip codes, diverse in race and income level, and ranging in age from 12 to 95, shared their candid thoughts on what they see in their community when they walk out their front door every day. The 2016 Community Conversations year-end report was released on February 22 at United Way’s Annual Meeting.

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  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health

Meet Our AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, Neil Hanbury

March 6, 2017

Written by Anita Mogaka

In celebration of AmeriCorps Week, March 4-11, we talk to our very own AmeriCorps member, Neil Hanbury. Having lived in various states over the course of his life, Neil has always been on the move. We interviewed Neil to learn what inspired his career choice, the mission of his work, and his key takeaways from his work at United Way.

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