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Teen Nonprofit Leader Encourages a Love of Writing in Kids


Katie Eder helps Kids Tales writer's workshop participants craft their own stories.

August 18, 2017

Written by Alice Gilliam, United Way Summer Intern

Katie Eder was one of several nominees for the 2017 United Way Emerging Leaders Philanthropic Youth Award. We will be profiling these incredible local youth throughout the year.

In the fifth grade, Katie Eder broke her arm. While that may have been devastating to her at the time, it was the start of her passion for writing. Unable to play summer sports, Katie reluctantly, attended the summer writing classes that her parents signed her up for. On the first day of class, she fell in love with writing and three years later, in 2014, she started her own nonprofit organization rooted in writing workshops: Kids Tales.

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  • Education
  • Emerging Leaders
  • School Readiness

Off to College? Important Money Tips for Students and Parents

August 17, 2017

Written by Gabriella Allen, La Casa de Esperanza

As summer transitions into fall, many people move from planning and enjoying summer vacations to thinking about class schedules and homework. Some students are returning after already becoming familiar with college life, others are experiencing college for the very first time.

Here are some helpful financial tips for all students to start the 2017 school year off on the right foot:

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  • Agency Partners
  • Financial Stability

Growth and Excitement at Bradley Tech Community School


Bradley Tech students enjoy their welding class, where they learn how to design and construct art or structures made out of metal. Students are involved in every process from design to implementation to building.

August 15, 2017

Written by Monte Glover, Public Ally at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Monte sat down with Jilly Gokalghandi, Community School Coordinator at Bradley Tech, to reflect on successes from last school year and what she is excited about for 2017-18.

Bradley Tech is one of eight Milwaukee Public Schools that are part of the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership, a collective strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Former Harley-Davidson IT Director on Staying Strong in Retirement

August 10, 2017

This Q&A is part of our Retire United blog series. Check out previous interviews with Bev Jurkowski, Scott Pavelchik, Dennis Sell, and Jim Angresano.

Reid Engstrom is retired from Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where he served as IT Director and VMware Chief Strategist. Reid lives in Whitefish Bay and has been involved with United Way for 20 years.

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United Way Partners with Next Door to Get Free Books to Kids

August 9, 2017

Written By Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way Volunteer 

Children can fall three months behind academically while school is out, especially if they lack great books at home. To help encourage year-round reading, United Way has teamed up with several partners to offer more than 10,000 free books this summer for kids to pick out and take home to keep. At a recent event at COA Goldin Center, several families had the opportunity to enjoy reading-focused activities and take new books home to enjoy.

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  • Education
  • Events
  • School Readiness

Podcast: National Diversity Leaders Share Message of Dignity & Respect


Candi Castleberry Singleton (L) and Darlene Slaughter

August 8, 2017

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Diversity is a popular word these days. For most, when we hear the word diversity we tend to think of racial diversity. However, our guests today want us to expand our understanding of the word diversity as inclusive of all ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, backgrounds and, yes, races.

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  • United Way People in the News

Get Ready For Fall at the Back to School Health Fairs!


Nicole Angresano, Mayor Tom Barrett, and Elmo at the 2016 Back to School Health Fairs

August 3, 2017

Written by Nicole Angresano, VP of Community Impact at United Way and BTS Health Fair superfan

One of the best things about working at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is that we get to partner with tremendous agencies and organizations that serve this community every day.  One of our favorite partners? The Milwaukee Health Department.  One of our favorite ways to partner with them?  The Back to School Health Fairs!

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  • Education
  • Events
  • Health
Categories: Education, Events, Health

Go Do Good in August!


The start line at the 2016 HaRUNbee 5k Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes

August 2, 2017

Summer is in full swing! Here are some fun ways to Live United in August:

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  • Emerging Leaders
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes
  • Milwaukee Succeeds
  • Volunteer

Podcast: Brookfield East High School Tackles Racism with Conversation


The Conversations Count team: Toni Gray (second from left), Nalani (second from front left), Riley (second from front right), and Kellie Tutkowski (second from right)

August 1, 2017

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Did you feel like you “fit in” in high school?

This is a complicated question, and the answer can change depending on the day. Most teenagers experience at least a moment of self-doubt, of feeling different, of feeling that no one could possibly understand.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Checking Back in the Game


Tonda and Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Bevan Baker at the 2016 HaRUNbee 5k Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes

July 31, 2017

Written by Tonda Thompson, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative

As a former varsity basketball player for Milwaukee Tech High School, I know all too well about sitting on the bench to recharge my mind and body so I could finish the game strong. Our beloved coach Kenneth Williams had no problems saying, “Tonda! Get your head back in the game”, when I was not performing to my best abilities.

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  • Healthy Birth Outcomes
  • United Way People in the News

Podcast: Celebrating Healthy Birth Outcomes with Tonda Thompson

July 28, 2017

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Today, we mark a couple of milestones for the Living Local podcast: Our one-year anniversary and our youngest (and cutest) guest to date! To celebrate one year of Living Local, we invited Tonda Thompson to join us again. Tonda was our very first interview in August of 2016, when she shared her journey from losing a child to working on the issue of infant mortality here at United Way. At the time, Tonda was finishing her tenure as a Public Ally with the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF) Collaborative, funded by WPP, and was preparing to move on to another job. Today, Tonda is back at United Way, once again working with Lifecourse to reduce racial disparities in and prevent infant mortality in the city of Milwaukee.

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  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

Smart Apartment Shopping

July 24, 2017

Written by Gabriella Allen, La Casa de Esperanza

Spring has sprung and summer is finally here! With nicer weather comes the most popular time of the year to “shop” for apartments. Whether you are currently looking or will be searching soon, here are some helpful tips to guide you on your apartment-hunting journey:

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  • Agency Partners
  • Financial Stability

United Way Dad and Grandpa Reflects on a Life of Service


Jim and his daughter Nicole

July 21, 2017

Written by Jim Angresano, Retire United member and father to Nicole Angresano, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way. Jim participated in Retiree Day of Service on June 20th, packing caregiver support kits. Below, he reflects on a life of volunteering and giving back to his community.

I spent my career teaching economics, focusing particularly on income and wealth distribution both in the USA and throughout the rest of the world. This experience, as well as traveling to poorer countries, emphasized how well off I am compared to over 99% of the world's citizens.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Podcast: YWCA’s Jamaal Smith on Bridging Milwaukee’s Jobs Gap

July 20, 2017

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CORRECTION: In the July 11th epiosde of Living Local, Shannon Reed's professional title was incorrect. Shannon is Director of Innovative Strategies for Boys and Men of Color at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Milwaukee is among the top five cities in the nation in poverty as well as in the bottom five cities in Black male and female employment. Milwaukee is also the most segregated metropolitan city in America, leading to limited opportunities for some in comparison to others.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Financial Stability

Baird’s Jon Hurley Shares Love of IT with Local Students


Jon Hurley and a colleague at a recent My Life! My Plan! session

July 19, 2017

Written by Jonathan Hurley, Senior Network Engineer, Baird

My road to a career in IT and joining IT United is something I love to share with the students I interact with during the annual IT United Technology Career Fair and My Life! My Plan! sessions.

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  • IT United
Categories: IT United

Why ManpowerGroup Sponsors a Yearly Loaned Executive


2015 Loaned Executives

July 17, 2017

ManpowerGroup, a longtime partner of United Way, has sponsored a Loaned Executive for United Way’s annual Community Campaign for several years. We talked with Nafessa Jackson, Community Investment Program Manager at ManpowerGroup, about why they choose to renew their commitment to the “LE” program each year.

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  • Workplace Partner
Categories: Workplace Partner

Appreciating Parents at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School


Community School Coordinator Glenn Carson addresses a group of parents.

July 14, 2017

Written By Monte Glover

Last month, more than a dozen parents gathered for lunch at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School to be appreciated for their commitment to building a welcoming, inclusive community for the students, parents, and neighborhood.

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  • Education
  • School Readiness

New “Green” Park Will Enhance Wellness on Milwaukee’s North Side


Alderman Russell W. Stamper and Friends Celebrate the Groundbreaking of Fondy Park

July 12, 2017

Written By Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way Volunteer 

Parks are a crucial part of any community. Green spaces improve the environment and give people a place to gather. Residents in Lindsay Heights and other nearby neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s North side are excited that a once-empty lot next to the Fondy Farmer’s Market is being transformed into a very special “green” park.

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  • Agency Partners
Categories: Agency Partners

Podcast: Father & Son

July 11, 2017

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Fatherhood is powerful. Whether he is a biological father, a step-father, or simply a role model, having a man to look up to is critical to young men as they navigate the complications of life and growing up.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

BMO Harris Bank Packs Hundreds of New Parent Kits


BMO Harris Bank employee volunteers with their packed New Parent Kits

June 30, 2017

BMO Harris Bank wants to support every parent and baby with the supplies they need to succeed.

As part of their enterprise-wide BMO Volunteer Day, 80 local BMO Harris Bank employees came together to pack ‘New Parent kits’ to welcome babies into the community and make sure their parents have all the essentials.

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  • Healthy Birth Outcomes
  • Workplace Partner

Senior Meal Sites Celebrate Latinx and Southeast Asian Cultures

June 28, 2017

Written by Alice Gilliam, United Way Earn & Learn Student

A part of aging healthily is having good nutrition. Being a senior ethnic meal site means not only providing nutritious meals, but also preserving and celebrating the culture of those that are served.

The United Community Center (UCC) and the Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC) are senior ethnic meal sites that cater to the Latinx population and Southeast Asian population, respectively. Their nutritious meal programs serve meals that are specific to their respective culture 3-4 times a week. These meals are served to connect the seniors to foods they ate growing up and to preserve the Hispanic and Southeast Asian culture.

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  • Financial Stability

Podcast: Waukesha Business Owner on Addiction, Recovery, and Compassion (rerun)

June 27, 2017

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Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is a growing public health concern in Wisconsin and across the country. In 2013, more Wisconsin residents died from drug overdose than motor vehicle accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that, in 2015, Wisconsin experienced 872 drug overdose deaths.

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  • Health
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Orchard Lane Elementary BOGO’s For a Great Cause

June 26, 2017

After the turmoil in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood during the summer of 2016, New Berlin parent Beth felt moved to do something to support children who may not be as lucky as her own. “We are a fortunate community, and I thought that the students and parents at our local school might be interested in sharing that good fortune with others,” says Beth.

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  • School Readiness
Categories: School Readiness

Born Learning Trail Volunteers Share Their Favorite Park Moments


The Deloitte team setting up for their Born Learning Trail installation at Enderis Park in Milwaukee.

June 23, 2017

Over the last week, two local corporate volunteer groups have installed Born Learning Trails in area parks. A Born Learning Trail contains 10 interactive signs with activities for adults to engage in with young children to turn an outdoor trip into a fun learning experience.

On June 9, volunteers from Deloitte installed their trail at Enderis Park on Milwaukee’s west side, and American Transmission Company completed their installation on June 13 at Lewis Playfield in Bay View. 

We visited these teams and asked volunteers about their favorite park memories:

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  • Education
  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

Retiree Day of Service Focuses on Supporting Caregivers

June 21, 2017

On Tuesday, June 20th, Retire United invited community members to volunteer to help pack Caregiver Support Kits that contain resources and items to aid caregivers in our community. Thanks to the help of over 50 individuals, more than 1,000 kits will be distributed to partner agencies such as Interfaith and ERAs Senior Network Inc.!

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Podcast: Kavon Cortez-Jones on Writing Poetry for Everyone

June 20, 2017

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“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”

When William Wordsworth said that, he was talking about the art created by poets like Kavon Cortez-Jones.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Celebrating Birthdays – Lots of Them!

June 19, 2017

Written by Elaine Sweet, former United Way Loaned Executive.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Why We Energies Participates in the Loaned Executive Program

June 16, 2017

John Zaganczyk, Vice President of Customer Service at We Energies, has led the effort to recruit, recommend, and select an employee to participate in United Way’s Loaned Executive program the past few years. A 34-year United Way donor, John is happy to serve as chair of the We Energies United Way campaign for the second year in a row. John is also a member of the Major Campaigns division of United Way’s campaign cabinet.

We asked John about why We Energies chooses to be part of the Loaned Executive Program year after year.

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  • LINC
Categories: LINC

Podcast: Empowering the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Brad Fisher (center), Holly McCoy (second from right), and members of the YNPN MKE board at a fundraising event.

June 15, 2017

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It’s graduation season and, for many young people, the time is right to explore available careers and find a satisfying and sustainable job. Each year, more and more emerging professionals choose careers that allow them to give back to their community. According to Deloitte’s 2015 Millennial survey, six in ten millennials chose their current employer because their role gives them a feeling of purpose. For many of these young people, that means a career in nonprofit work.

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  • LINC
Categories: LINC

Volunteer Over Summer Vacation!

June 9, 2017

United Way and our program partners have TONS of opportunities for you to give back during your summer vacation. Grab a friend and sign up for one of the following fun projects:

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

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