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Jonas Pirsig: A Literary Odyssey

March 24, 2017

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

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  • Education
Categories: Education

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
  • Health
  • Income
Categories: Education, Health, Income

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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  • Volunteer
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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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  • Income
Categories: Income

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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  • Health
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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
  • Health
  • Income
Categories: Education, Health, Income

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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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

United Way Staff Share Their Favorite Books

March 2, 2017

March is National Reading Month. To kick it off, we asked United Way staff about their favorite books:

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  • United Way People in the News

Volunteer Anywhere (Yes, Really!) During Virtual Volunteering Month

March 1, 2017

Let’s face it: there’s just never enough time in the day to do everything we want to do. Between work, family and friends it’s hard to squeeze in extra activities like volunteering. Well, United Way is here to help. During the month of March, we are highlighting a new type of giving back that you can do from your desk, your couch… wherever! It’s called virtual volunteering.

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  • Volunteer
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Podcast: Shaquita and Adrienne, Street Beat Team (Rerun)

February 28, 2017

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Here at United Way, we recently said goodbye to Living Local co-producer Rebecca Schimke, who moved on to an excellent position with Palermo’s Pizza. In her honor, let’s revisit one of her favorite interviews from 2016. 

This week we talk to two women who spend a majority of their time on the streets. They aren’t homeless but spend their time helping youth who may be experiencing homelessness and young people who need help finding resources or maybe just need a friend.

These two women are Shaquita and Adrienne. They are outreach specialists on the Milwaukee Street Beat team through Pathfinders and the Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center. Our conversation ranges from how they got the job to what some misconceptions may be about who they are working with.

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Simple Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2016

February 27, 2017

By Tammy G. Bruzon, America Saves

America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

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  • Income
Categories: Income

Documentary Filmmaker Joanne Williams Uncovers the Incredible Story of Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later


Joanne Williams interviewing a student for her upcoming documentary Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later.

February 24, 2017

Written by Joanne Williams, Producer/Director of the documentary film Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later; Host of Black Nouveau on MilwaukeePBS; former anchor/reporter at FOX6 News; and Loaned Executive for United Way for four campaigns.

In my “retirement,” I have discovered a new passion and profession: documentary filmmaking. My first full-fledged project, occupying most of my time for the last year, is titled Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later.

Through interviews and research, this documentary tells the story of a special student exchange aimed at racial understanding that made a difference in the lives of 13 high school students, their families, and broader communities at the height of the Civil Rights era in 1966.

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  • Education
  • United Way People in the News

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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  • Workplace Partner
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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
Categories: Education, IT United

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
Categories: Education, IT United

“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
Categories: Education, IT United

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
Categories: Education, IT United

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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