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Luther Manor Residents & Staff Help Local Kids get School-Ready


Luther Manor Residents having fun on the bus ride to drop off their donations at Backpack Coalition HQ.

October 17, 2017

This blog is part of our Retire United series. Read past Q&A’s with Retire United members Bev Jurkowski, Reid Engstrom, Dennis Sell, and Veronica Carter.

For the residents of Luther Manor, Wisconsin’s second-largest Life Plan/Senior Living Community, back-to-school season brings up some special memories, like going off to a one-room school house with just a single pencil.

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  • Education
  • Volunteer
Categories: Education, Volunteer

Advocates of Ozaukee Provides Support to Victims of Domestic Violence

October 13, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance, we will be featuring United Way program partners that offer services to those affected by domestic and intimate partner violence.

If you are experiencing violence, dial 2-1-1 or visit the Advocates of Ozaukee webpage to be connected to resources that can help. Advocates also has a 24-hour texting hotline: 262-891-7262.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Podcast: Sheila Cochran Shares her Passion for ALICE


Sheila Cochran addresses the crowd at United Way's 2017 Community Campaign Kickoff

October 12, 2017

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One of the best parts about interviewing community leaders and partners for this podcast is hearing their origin story; how they got to where they are today, and what influences they experienced as a child that led them to their current values and beliefs.

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  • Financial Stability

Meet Vickie Hay, New Health Portfolio Manager at United Way


Vickie Hay

October 10, 2017

Vickie Hay is United Way’s new Health Portfolio Manager. Previously, Vickie worked with United Way as the Kindergarten Readiness Program Coordinator & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator.

We sat down with Vickie to learn a little more about her background and what she is excited about in this new role.

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  • Health
  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

What is it Like to be a Young Man of Color in the Central City?


Shannon Reed Jr.

October 6, 2017

Written by Shannon Reed Jr. Listen to Shannon and his father Shannon Reed talk about what it’s like being a man of color in Milwaukee in a recent episode of the Living Local Podcast.

 

What is it like to be a young man of color in the central city?

 

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  • Agency Partners
Categories: Agency Partners

Podcast: Employment After Incarceration - Dionysus Thomas


Dionysus Thomas

October 5, 2017

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Today’s podcast is hosted by Krystina Kohler, Financial Stability Portfolio Manager at United Way.

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  • Financial Stability

*Fall* in Love with Your Community in October!

October 3, 2017

Fall is officially here! Grab your Pumpkin Spice Latte and come do some good with United Way this month.

 

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  • Emerging Leaders
  • Events
  • Homelessness
  • Volunteer
  • Women's Leadership

Fun & Friendship at The Caring Place


Never a dull moment at The Caring Place!

October 2, 2017

In celebration of National Senior Center Month, we are highlighting our program partners that run exceptional programs for older adults. Check out our feature on senior meal sites that focus on Hmong and Latinx culture and our recent story about Curative Care Senior Center.

 

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Podcast: Make it Work! Chatting with the Project ReUNITED Event Design Team


Designers from Project Runway's 15th season who will be featured at the Project ReUNITED event.

September 28, 2017

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Fashion is powerful. While it may seem like a small detail, the right outfit or piece can increase confidence, boost professional success, and be that bit of motivation we all need to get out into the world and, as the kids say, #SLAY.

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

Podcast: Marquette University Opens its Doors for Project Homeless Connect


Guests at 2016 Project Homeless Connect.

September 26, 2017

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To many outsiders, Milwaukee has two faces: one of privilege, and one of need.

As of the last count, nearly 1,400 people in Milwaukee are homeless and 1 in 3 live in poverty.

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  • Events
  • Financial Stability
  • Homelessness

Curative Care Senior Center Provides Support for the Whole Family


Fun times at Curative Care's Senior Center!

September 25, 2017

A typical day at the Curative Care Senior Center begins slowly, with participants enjoying a light breakfast, coffee and juice, and reading the newspaper or conversation.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Health
Categories: Agency Partners, Health

Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Silver Spring Neighborhood Center’s Tom Ellis


Tom Ellis (second from right) and the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center team.

September 21, 2017

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Today on the podcast we continue our partnership with Ex Fabula, a local organization committed to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling, to bring some of their most compelling stories to you….and to learn a little more about the tellers behind these stories.

Be sure to listen to our interview with Ex Fabula alum Rissie Lundberg, who shared her story about being one of three generations of teachers.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education

Enliven Salon Owners Collect Birthday Bag Donations for Local Kids


Tracey Sternig, co-owner of Enliven.

September 19, 2017

When a parent is struggling to provide the very basic necessities for their family, the expense of a birthday party is an extra many can’t afford. In response, United Way has created a volunteer opportunity to pack Birthday Bags for families served at our agency program partners.

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  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

Auer Avenue Parent Room Transformed by Northwestern Mutual Volunteers (with Photos!)


Northwestern Mutual volunteers and Community School Coordinator Michelle Allison paint the Auer Avenue Parent Room!

September 15, 2017

As the bell rang on the first day of school at Auer Avenue Elementary, a Milwaukee Community School, volunteers from Northwestern Mutual joined Auer parents, staff, and community members came together to celebrate the unveiling of the newly revamped Parent Engagement Room.

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  • Education
  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

Podcast: Chad Wilson on Mass Incarceration and Fatherhood


Chad Wilson

September 14, 2017

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The 53206 zip code in Milwaukee is the most incarcerated zip code in the US, with 62% of adult males having spent time in prison.

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  • Financial Stability

Tying the Community Together


United Way's Shannon Reed lookin' sharp in his signature look: a bowtie!

September 12, 2017

At next week’s Success Starts Here! Men’s Conference, United Way’s Director of Innovative Strategies for Boys & Men of Color Shannon Reed will have a special lesson to share with attendees: how to tie a tie.

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  • Events
  • Financial Stability

Retiree Veronica Carter on Helping Both Community and Family

September 8, 2017

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

Veronica Carter is retired from the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin, where she served as a Program Specialist in Community Disaster Education. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Veronica has been involved with United Way for 20 years, including multiple years as a Loaned Executive.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Volunteering: Good for You and Your Wallet

September 7, 2017

Written By Gabriella Allen, La Casa de Esperanza

As a volunteer program coordinator with La Casa de Esperanza’s Financial Stability program, I often speak about why volunteer work is important and its impact on the community. Volunteering also has a positive impact on the volunteer themselves. In fact, doing good may even be good for your finances!

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  • Financial Stability
  • Volunteer

5 Ways to Do Good in September

September 5, 2017

Happy fall! Between getting back to school, busting out those boots and sweaters, and making a family trip to the pumpkin patch, find an hour – or a day – to get involved and do good with United Way.

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  • Events
  • Volunteer
Categories: Events, Volunteer

Reilly, Penner & Benton Give Back at Guest House


The Reilly, Penner & Benton Team at Guest House of Milwaukee

September 1, 2017

On a bright and sunny August morning, more than 30 employees of Reilly, Penner & Benton, Wisconsin’s oldest CPA firm, got out of the office to help with a number of projects at Guest House of Milwaukee, a United Way program partner.

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  • Volunteer
  • Workplace Partner

United Way Kicks Off 2017 Community Campaign!


The 2017 Campaign Co-chairs Revealed United Way's Fundraising Goal: $60,250,000!

August 31, 2017

Yesterday, more than 300 community members gathered at the Milwaukee County Zoo to kick off the annual United Way Community Campaign.

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  • Events
Categories: Events

Ex Fabula Behind the Story (Podcast): Rissie Lundberg on Three Generations of Teachers


Rissie Lundberg with colleagues Mr. Timothy (left) and Miss Elizabeth.

August 30, 2017

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Collaboration is what United Way is all about. Starting this month, we are proud to partner with Ex Fabula, a local organization committed to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling, to bring some of their most compelling stories to you….and to learn a little more about the tellers behind these stories.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Podcast: Breastfeeding for Healthy Babies and Healthy Communities

August 22, 2017

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Research has shown that, while breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both mom and baby, many women – particularly women of color – do not decide to breastfeed.

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  • Healthy Birth Outcomes

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

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