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Roles of Whites in Racial Justice


Martha Barry and LG Shanklin-Flowers work together to plan the next session of Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action

February 23, 2017

Written by Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

These are challenging times. There is a great deal of hatred, divisiveness, bigotry, and uncertainty in the air. Many of us, as good white people, want to get through it, but feel unsure how to stay engaged. At times, our fear of making mistakes stops us from taking action.

As a white woman, I need to think deeply about my role as an individual dedicated to a more just and equitable world. What can I personally do to challenge the narrative of disdain and hatred?

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Roles of Whites in Racial Justice


Martha Barry and LG Shanklin-Flowers work together to plan the next session of Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action

February 23, 2017

Written by Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

These are challenging times. There is a great deal of hatred, divisiveness, bigotry, and uncertainty in the air. Many of us, as good white people, want to get through it, but feel unsure how to stay engaged. At times, our fear of making mistakes stops us from taking action.

As a white woman, I need to think deeply about my role as an individual dedicated to a more just and equitable world. What can I personally do to challenge the narrative of disdain and hatred?

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education

How Being a Loaned Executive Earned Veronica Carter a 20-Year Career

February 22, 2017

Veronica Carter is a 2017 honoree of the John A. Puelicher Award for Loaned Executive Excellence. Veronica has served as a Loaned Executive (LE) for four years, first in 1993 then again in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Veronica is considered a mentor, leader, and strong role model by her fellow LEs and United Way staff. In addition to her work with United Way and in the community, Veronica is a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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  • Education
  • IT United
Categories: Education, IT United

Podcast: Greg Marcus on Making Generosity Fun

February 21, 2017

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Who is the CEO of your bank? Do you know their name? Better yet, do you follow them on social media or see a commercial featuring them when you pay your bills? 

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Raven Wilson Reflects on Excellent LE Experience

February 20, 2017

Raven Wilson is a 2017 recipient of the John A. Puelicher Award for Loaned Executive excellence, which will be presented at the United Way Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 22. Raven served as an Administrative Loaned Executive, sponsored by MillerCoors, during the 2016 campaign. Throughout the season, Raven openly shared her personal story at United Way campaign kick-off meetings. Her story is one of incredible strength that reveals the power of United Way’s Community Fund and the collective impact of United Way’s partner agencies. Raven now works part-time with United Way, is pursuing her associate’s degree at MATC, and serves on the board of directors at Legal Action of Wisconsin.

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  • Education
  • IT United
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Are You Filling Your Kindness Bucket?

February 17, 2017

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche

As usual, we were cutting it close, rushing to get into the classroom on time. As I helped my five year-old twins (picture above) hang up their coats, another mom dropped an activity box, its contents rolling all over the floor in the busy hallway. I abandoned the coats for a moment to bend down and help her quickly put the box back together so others could make their way through the hallway.

I looked up to see my son smiling at me. “Mom! You helped her! That’s so nice,” he said. His comment caught me off guard. “Well, uh, that’s what we do, buddy,” I replied.

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  • Education
  • IT United
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“What’s Your Why?” Nominate a Community Hero for a P5 Award

February 16, 2017

Kadie Jelenchick is a 2013 winner of United Way’s Philanthropic 5 Award. A Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, Kadie regularly donates her time and legal services to Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Volunteer Lawyers Project and helps serve the young women of Milwaukee through her role on the Board of Directors of PEARLS for Teen Girls.

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  • Education
  • IT United
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Podcast: Looking for Romance? Swipe Right on Volunteering!

February 14, 2017

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If you’re in a relationship, how did you meet your partner? If you’re single and looking for a relationship, where do you usually go to meet people? If volunteering doesn’t spring to mind, maybe it should.

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Reviving American History

February 13, 2017

Written by Katrina Hightower

Katrina Hightower is a UWM Student studying Information Technology. One of her passions is uncovering stories of Black American history, such as the one she shares below. Hear more about Katrina’s experience finding a career through IT United’s career fair on our Living Local podcast.

It’s Black History Month, the time where America takes twenty eight days to recognize the accomplishments of Black Americans.

Every year we hear about the same Black American icons: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. The accomplishments of these noble men and women, who fought in their unique ways for the rights of Black Americans, can never be diminished or underestimated. However, why is it that we only hear of a handful of individuals when there are thousands that helped developed America to what it is today? Where are these stories in the history books? How do we study the history of these brave men and women who fought oppression and racism to live, work, and love in a society that did not want them? February may be the month to recognize Black History, but twenty-eight days is not enough to honor the thousands of contributions and sacrifices by Black Americans who fought for the equality and freedoms of all men and women in America.

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  • Education
  • IT United
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Building My Library and My Future

February 10, 2017

Montrell Manuel is an 8th grade student at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School. He sat down with us to talk about getting free books through the My Very Own Library program, his favorite book, and how reading more will help him succeed.

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  • Health
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

Introducing Natalie Harlan: Director of the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families

February 10, 2017

The Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) recently announced its top priorities to address the leading cause of infant deaths in Milwaukee: premature births. The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County also named a new director, Natalie Harlan, to coordinate Milwaukee LIHF, a community-wide collaborative dedicated to reducing racial disparities in birth outcomes.

We sat down with Natalie and asked her a few questions about herself and her new position with Milwaukee LIHF.  

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  • Health
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

Podcast: City Year Connects with Students to Transform Schools

January 8, 2017

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Only 61% of students in Milwaukee Public Schools graduate in four years. The remaining 39% may take longer than four years to graduate, or drop out of school completely. Students who drop out of school are eight times more likely to become incarcerated and three times more likely to be unemployed. Students who drop out earn roughly $1 million less over their lifetime than high school graduates. 

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Reinhart Turns a Day Off into a Day On

February 6, 2017

Written by Andy Narrai, Chief Marketing Officer, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Trading keyboards and legal pads for paintbrushes and rollers, 37 Reinhart attorneys, paralegals, and staff volunteered their time to work together on school beautification projects at Rufus King International Middle School and Lincoln Avenue Community School. Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. organized a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event on January 16, 2017. The firm was closed that day to allow employees to observe the holiday and volunteer their services to the community.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Tips

February 1, 2017

Written by Julie Divjak, Director of Community Impact at United Way

Human trafficking means buying and selling human beings for the purposes of exploitation, often through commercial sex or labor. It is a violation of our human rights and is often referred to as "modern-day slavery." Traffickers recruit and harbor victims through force, fraud and coercion. One-third of human trafficking victims are children and the average age that a child is trafficked is thirteen.

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Podcast: How a Volunteer Opportunity Led to a Career Path

January 31, 2017

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The motto for IT United, a United Way donor network group comprised of IT Professionals, is “connecting the dots.” Throughout the year, IT United members volunteer their time to put on an IT Career fair for college and high school students at UW-Milwaukee, as well as coordinating a variety of job shadow opportunities for these students to learn more about the IT field and connect with professionals.

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  • Volunteer
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Using Data to Show Impact and Build Bridges

January 30, 2017

Written by Steve Schwartz, Tableau Software, Inc.

Chris McFadin needed a bridge.

On one side, the data manager for United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County had suburban commuters who came to downtown Milwaukee each day for work.

On the other side, he had a fundraising team that raised over $60 million through workplace campaigns to support 220+ programs at over 110 local nonprofit agencies, providing essential services to people across the greater Milwaukee area.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Income
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Podcast: Free Money for Families This Tax Season

January 27, 2017

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What would you do with an extra $265 dollars per month?

This is the average amount by which a low- to moderate-income family can increase their income when they take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. However, in 2015, one in five eligible families did not take advantage of the EITC credit. 

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February Volunteer Spotlight: Spread the Love!

January 26, 2017

Show the community how much you care by signing up for a fun and fulfilling volunteer experience in February:

  1. Do good while you shop. Bring your family and friends to Boston Store at Brookfield Square mall to pack together hearty, healthy, and warm breakfast packs for families in our community. Create 1 kit or 100 kits! Saturday, February 11, 11am-1pm. No registration necessary.
  2. Help a student build their own library. United Way has partnered with Scholastic Inc. to offer students local MPS schools free books to build their very own home library. Volunteers help students pick out books, assist with organization and check-out.
  3. Feed the hungry. Spend the day helping Milwaukee families put food on the table. Volunteers will pack and give out bags of healthy food to those in need. Multiple dates available.
  4. Help at the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Help us make it a night to remember for daddies and daughters across Milwaukee. Volunteers will assist with setup, registration, welcoming guests, checking coats, serving refreshments and helping at the photo booth.
  5. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Come to Boys & Girls Club to help with literacy activities, arts and crafts & Dr. Seuss Bingo with youth of all ages. Activities will be facilitated February 27, 3-5pm at a Club of your choice. Teams of all sizes are welcome.

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4 Tips to Make Doing Your Taxes Less Taxing

January 25, 2017

Written by Kristin Gross, La Casa De Esperanza

Here at La Casa de Esperanza, we are hard at work supporting the community during what can either be an exciting or stressful time of year: tax season. If you normally get a large refund, this may be your favorite time. If you owe Uncle Sam a big check you may not be as excited. Here are a few tips for a stress-free tax season:

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Mobile Market Brings Fresh Food to Hopkins-Lloyd Neighborhood

January 20, 2017

Written by Glenn Carson, Hopkins-Lloyd Community School Coordinator

Hopkins-Lloyd Community School (HLCS) is located in a food desert, or an area in which it is difficult to buy affordable, high-quality, fresh food. As the Hopkins team discussed potential ways to address better food access for our surrounding neighborhood, a teacher mentioned the Pick 'n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market. I reached out to Hunger Task Force, the primary partner in this effort, to see how we could host our own.

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  • Health
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Podcast: Waukesha Social Worker Shares Personal Story of Hope

January 17, 2017

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Imagine that you’re suffering from a chronic disease. This disease affects your personal and professional life. It affects your overall health including your sleep and diet. This disease is something that has an official diagnosis and can be treated with professional therapy and medication. However, people in your community often question the legitimacy of your disease. They believe that you simply need to “think positively” or “turn your frown upside-down” to feel better and that perhaps you brought the disease on yourself. For the one out of every four people living with mental illness in our country, this scenario is often the reality.

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  • Health
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16 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16th

January 16, 2016

Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While many of us have the day off work, for the past 20+ years, we have been encouraged to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a “day on,” or a day to be of service in our community. 

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  • Volunteer
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Podcast: From Loss to New Life. Death of Daughter Spurs Local Filmmaker to Action.

January 10, 2017

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A year ago last October, Joey Papa and his wife Nikki lost a child, Canaan. For the entirety of her brief life, Canaan, though never formally diagnosed, dealt with innumerable medical complexities and was what one might describe as a child with "special needs."

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Board Diversity: More than Simply “the right thing to do”

January 9, 2017

Written by Joel Peterson, Th.D​

Diversity on nonprofit boards is not just the right thing to do, it is simply the best way to solve problems. It is not just about rights and equal access, it’s about the positive effect on your bottom line. The evidence speaks for itself: countless boards are now understanding that by embracing diversity they gain access to new markets of donors and new partners for collaboration. With a diverse board, a nonprofit will have an assortment of experiences, expertise, and perspectives that will allow it to plan for the future, manage risk, and make prudent decisions. Most importantly, they will be able to apply the correct amount of sensitivity to cultural differences and be in touch with the community needs.  

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  • Education
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Keep Your Health Resolutions by Volunteering

January 6, 2017

Written By Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way Volunteer 

With the start of a new year, many of us are making resolutions to take better care of our health or do more for our community. Did you know that you can meet both of these goals through volunteering? It’s true – there are both mental and physical benefits to giving your time and talents to your community.

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Podcast: Human Trafficking Episode 2

January 3, 2017

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Think back to when you were thirteen years old. Were you secure, happy, and confident all the time? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no. Thirteen is the average age when young women and men are forced or coerced into Human Trafficking. Traffickers look for people who are vulnerable; those who lack confidence in themselves and are looking for a protector-figure. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, regardless of gender, age, or socioeconomic status, and it happens in both urban and rural areas. In fact, the latest data shows human trafficking has become a $150 billion dollar industry worldwide. 

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Podcast: Human Trafficking Episode 1

January 3, 2017

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Think back to when you were thirteen years old. Were you secure, happy, and confident all the time? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no. Thirteen is the average age when young women and men are forced or coerced into Human Trafficking. Traffickers look for people who are vulnerable; those who lack confidence in themselves and are looking for a protector-figure. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, regardless of gender, age, or socioeconomic status, and it happens in both urban and rural areas. In fact, the latest data shows human trafficking has become a $150 billion dollar industry worldwide. 

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Generac Power Systems Celebrates the Season by Giving Back

Generac employees have fun packing shoeboxes with health and hygiene products

December 29, 2016

Now THIS is how you get your employees into the giving spirit!

On November 18th, a large and lovely giving tree went up in the Generac offices, complete with Live United tshirt-shaped tags in red and green. Employees purchased the gifts listed on these tags to bring joy to clients of two local non-profits: The Women’s Center and Interfaith Senior Programs.

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S.M.A.R.T. Financial Goals

December 27, 2016

Written by Kristin Gross, La Casa De Esperanza

The start of a new year is a great time to think about all the changes you want to make in your life, especially when it comes to your finances. By following the S.M.A.R.T. goal approach, you can make positive changes to your financial health that will last well into the new year!

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Host a Winter Supply Drive

December 22, 2016

Hosting a supply drive is an easy way for your family, workplace, school group or congregation to help the community. Many of our partner agencies rely on supply drive donations to keep their clients warm, fed and having fun during the winter months…and all year round!

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