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GE Healthcare Provides Support to Keep the Community Warm


In addition to supporting the warming centers, employees of GE recently donated warm winter items of hats, scarfs and mittens to some local charities and schools.

January 19, 2018

When the winter weather dips below ten degrees Fahrenheit, it can be uncomfortable even walking from your home to your car.

However, what is uncomfortable weather to most of us becomes dangerous for those without a place to sleep.

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  • Financial Stability
  • Health

Podcast: Celebrating with Service on MLK Day

January 18, 2018

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  • Agency Partners
  • Events
  • Volunteer

Partner Spotlight: Milwaukee Christian Center


Having fun at Milwaukee Christian Center's Senior Program!

January 16, 2018

Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC) is a United Way-funded program partner in the areas of education and financial stability, and has been since 1949! The programs at MCC that receive United Way funding are the Emergency Food Pantry, Senior Program, and Youth Development Program.

This is the first in a series of blogs highlighting United Way-funded partners across the region. If you have a favorite United Way partner agency, let us know in the comments! You can see a full list of United Way program partners by clicking here.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Financial Stability

Finding Inspiration in Retirement

 

January 12, 2018

Eddy Magnus is a member of Retire United and director of volunteer services for Interfaith Older Adult Programs. Eddy has been involved with United Way since she joined Interfaith, a United Way funded program partner, in 2006.

This blog is part of our Retire United Q&A series. Read previous entries from Bev Jurkowski, Reid Engstrom, Dennis Sell, Gary Sprong, and Kathy Gale.

City of residence: Pewaukee, WI

What is your favorite thing about your involvement with United Way and/or the Retiree Committee?
My favorite thing about working with United Way is seeing all of the connections we make for both for volunteers and clients in need. It's humbling to see what others will do for someone else simply because they were asked.

Do you volunteer in your spare time? If so, what do you do and where? I was very involved with volunteering when my children were younger. For example I was a soccer coach, Girl Scout leader, president of the Booster Club at their school and various roles in my church. Lately, circumstances have taken me away from volunteering as much. However, I am still very active in the Service Club of Pewaukee Lake where we concentrate on raising funds for women and children in Waukesha County. They have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars by hosting an annual style show. This is an inspiring group of women to work with.

If you could change one thing about your community, what would it be? I would love to see less violence in the Milwaukee area, these past years have seen an incredible amount of violence which is frightening to everyone.

What is your favorite place you’ve travelled and why? I have been lucky to travel to some amazing places, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be Japan. Their culture is very different than the United States, which is interesting. If I had to describe Japan in a few words I would say, respectful and thankful. They respect others, the earth and their elders all while having an amazing work ethic. There is not a gum wrapper to be seen on the sidewalks as they all respect their spaces, every person does their part. Their love of art can be seen everywhere including amazing gardens over the entire city.

What is the last book you’ve read? I love my book club! The group chooses very eclectic books so it makes me read a wide variety of styles, mysteries, biographies, poetry, historical fiction, science fiction and more. I find myself reading books I would have never even glanced at in the store. I also find that after reading a book that I maybe wasn’t thrilled about, once we discuss it with the group I generally realize that I did enjoy the book. In our 14 years together reading hundreds of books there are only 3 books we can all agree on that were not the best. I think that is an amazing record!!! The last book we read was Bill Browder’s Red Notice: A True Story . It is fascinating, sad and timely, a book that really makes you think.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Playworks’ TeamUp Helps Kids Have a Positive Playground Experience

January 9, 2018

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way Volunteer

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): My American Dream


Cesar Torres with his wife and daughter

December 22, 2017

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  • Financial Stability
  • Volunteer

4 Elements of a Righteous Black Man

December 21, 2017

Written by United Way Guest Blogger Shannon Reed Jr.

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  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health

Northwestern Mutual Encourages Students to Explore Careers in IT


Students from local high schools work on challenges during NM's Risk Management Capture the Flag activity

December 19, 2017

When it comes to hosting an IT United job shadow for high-schoolers, Northwestern Mutual goes by the motto “show, don’t tell.”

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  • IT United
Categories: IT United

What game are you watching that you’d rather be playing?

Written by Kathy Gale, Executive Director of ERAs Senior Network and member of Retire United

December 18, 2017

John C. Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker is identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association.  His books include The 21 Indispensable Qualities of  A Leader, Failing Forward, How Successful People Lead, and many more.  His most current book is entitled Intentional Living:  Choosing a Life That Matters.

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  • Volunteer
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United we Fight, United we WIN!

December 15, 2017

Thanks to your generosity, United Way raised an unprecedented $60,355,186 for programs to improve the health, education, and financial stability of all in our community. Additionally, thousands of volunteers donated over 25,252 hours of service during the annual Season of Caring.

All we can say is: THANK YOU. 

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  • Workplace Partner
Categories: Workplace Partner

Houston 2017: Memorable Moments Packing Thanksgiving Kits with Rockwell Automation Volunteers


The United Way team with piles of Thanksgiving kits at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston, TX

December 13, 2017

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, families come together to share warm meals and spend time with one another. For thousands of families affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, that special yearly tradition of sharing a meal on Thanksgiving together may have been challenging, if not impossible.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

’Helping Kids Succeed’ Takes Action to Improve Outcomes in Waukesha Public Schools


Students at Whittier Elementary School in Waukesha.

Written By Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way Volunteer 

December 5, 2017

Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. Since there is a clear link between community support and the success of children, an initiative known as Helping Kids Succeed is connecting community resources to schools in Waukesha, enhancing the educational experience and improving outcomes for students.

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  • Education
  • School Readiness

Zizzo Group Chows Down on Donuts for United Way


Each contestant had their own method for ultimate donut consumption. Winner Michael Shank (second from right) dipped his donuts in water.

December 1, 2017

The first annual Zizzo Group Donut Smackdown Challenge was no ordinary United Way campaign event.  Five contestants, all male members of the Zizzo Group team, pledged a certain amount per donut, then participated in a contest to see how many donuts they could consume in 5 minutes.

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  • Workplace Partner
Categories: Workplace Partner

Local Accountancy Firm Makes an Impact Without Leaving the Office


WKMR employees make sandwiches for clients of local United Way partner agencies.

November 30, 2017

When Karen Rux, administrative assistant at accountancy firm Winter, Kloman, Moter & Repp, S.C.’s Oconomowoc office, was deciding what activities to choose for the annual United Way campaign, she knew it had to be flexible. “I wanted activities that everyone in our company could participate in, whether they had a lot of time or just a little,” says Karen. “I wanted to have both small and large ways to get involved.”

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

From City Year to United Way Loaned Executive


Grayson Bourke brings the sunshine (and flamingos!) at United Way

November 28, 2017

Written by Grayson Bourke, 2017 United Way Loaned Executive and former City Year Corps Americorps member on the United Way team at James Madison Academic Campus.

One person really can make a difference. I know this because I have. However, I did not make a difference in a vacuum. Moreover, to quote Sir Isaac Newton, “if I have seen further than others it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Podcast: Chefs and Volunteers Fill the Freezer for Local Families


The Fill the Freezer participating chefs.

November 22, 2017

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Last Saturday, 11/18, United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Team celebrated the inaugural Fill the Freezer event, bringing together area chefs and volunteers at the MATC downtown campus teaching kitchens to create nearly 300 freezer meals for families in need in our community.

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  • Events
  • Financial Stability
  • Volunteer

What You Need to Know about Health Insurance

November 20, 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.

The holidays are here and so is the healthcare marketplace open enrollment period. Whether you are signing up for health insurance for the first time or verifying coverage you’ve had for many years, here are some things to consider as open enrollment time reminds us to check up on our health insurance.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Financial Stability

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

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