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Coordinators Appreciation Week: Dismantling Barriers and Celebrating Growth at Browning Elementary School

September 24, 2018

Written by Malayia Roper, community school coordinator at Browning Elementary School

September 24-28 is Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week! Learn more about the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership and check back here all week to learn more about the exciting projects going on at Milwaukee’s Community Schools.

Today, I give our communities and our schools permission to dismantle the barriers. To make it a point to approach, honor, and feel it all. Feel the highs, the lows, the newness, and even the areas of discomfort. To respect our school environments, to trust the process, yet still be bold enough to be transformative in our ideas. To identify community issues in a way that is relevant to all cultures that are represented. To challenge the system. To be intentional. To be willing. To be present.

Each day is a new day in the fight against educational inequities. We must keep our boots to the ground and our hearts connected to the purpose as purpose triggers passion and passion ignites power in the schools and communities we work with. We must keep that power blazing as this fight is not easy. We’re faced with resistance and even complacency; however, that power precedes any pain or setbacks that may come our way. No, the fight is not easy, but by keeping that passion, we can keep pushing, keep uplifting, and keep carrying on.

As anchors in the work, we must keep focused. We must keep walking. We have to keep going. We have to understand that this mission, this assignment is bigger than what’s easy or what’s safe or what’s comfortable. We have to be willing to stand in the gap and do things differently to understand our students, our families, and our communities. We must operate past our fancy checklists and outside of our comfortable board rooms in order to step out of ‘compliance’ into a radicalness that creates space for everyone to feel free enough to join the movement.

Here at Browning School, we’re into our third year of being a Community School. We’re still in the beginning phases of transitioning away from telling people ‘what’ to think into a new mindset that  encourages people to tell us ‘why’ we should care. For many years, Browning was labeled a “last resort elementary school” or “a failing school,” Everyone had these perceptions of the school that overwhelmed and sometimes outshined the truth behind the Browning way. So, when a group of teachers began listening to the students’ opinions for the school, Browning organized a ‘Hygiene Closet,’ designed to meet the needs of the students and families we engage with. This closet is managed by our school’s social worker and provides students and families with a fun shopping experience. There was a great need to provide our community with high quality hygiene products that were readily available. And though the project is still in its early launch, it is one way Browning is no longer ‘telling’ and is taking the time to lean in, to listen, and to understand.

Browning is such a special place. No, it’s not exempt from challenges; however, there is so much love, excitement, and commitment to the work and the families we engage with. As a Community School , we’ve launched neighborhood events, developed parent groups, leveraged new and existing resources, and invited partners such as UWM Community Nursing Center, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Safe & Sound, Westlawn Resident Council, and Housing Authority City of Milwaukee (HACM) to the table. We’ve crafted the makings of a united school narrative that has helped us to rethink the ‘why’ in order to be more intentional with ‘what’ we do. We’ve given ourselves permission to embrace our school’s culture, to trust the process, to trust the setbacks, and to feel it all. We know the fight is not easy; however, the movement is worth it. Here at Browning, we’re dismantling our barriers, we’re adjusting our plans, and we’re showing up each day united as one band, one voice, one sound.

I charge everyone -- every Community School, every voice -- to fight. Fight with passion, purpose, and a power so strong that it encourages even the naysayers to take a listen. Every day, we are faced with challenges at the local and even national level that try to silence us simply because we’re headed in a new direction. However, with each new ‘why’ and each new story, we will rise. Those in disbelief may try to end our fight, but we will rise. Those too afraid to speak up may try to discourage us, but we will rise. We’re like seeds and though they may try to bury us, we will rise. We will rise.

Cheers to Community Schools. Cheers to Community School Coordinators. We rock!

 

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Life Happens!

September 17, 2018

Written by Greg A. Brigowatz CLF, LUTCF, Managing Partner, Financial Solutions Group

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. If your death would have both an emotional and financial impact on others, making sure your life insurance coverage is adequate should be at the top of your “to do list”.

Unfortunately, having a conversation about life insurance is usually at or near the bottom of most people’s list of things to do. An experienced, well rounded, and educated Advisor can go a long way to help you establish a program that will protect the ones that you love and make sure your plans don’t die if you do.

Life Insurance and the Life Insurance industry has changed a great deal over the years. Obtaining life insurance has become easier with advances like fluid-less underwriting (no needles!), algorithmic underwriting (using technology such as databases available via the internet), and a wider portfolio of products.  Other than procrastination, there really is no good reason to not have the appropriate amount of coverage to protect the people and things you care about the most.

In addition to advancements in the types of products available, the ease of obtaining a policy, and the underwriting process, a couple of innovative and unique programs have been created to help serve a greater variety of people.

MassMutual has created three unique programs that define “out-of-the-box thinking” when it comes to helping people get the life insurance they need…..LifeBridge, SpecialCare, and CoverPath.

LifeBridge is a corporate responsibility program designed to provide free life insurance for income qualifying, working families….yes, I said “free” life insurance for qualifying individuals.

LifeBridge will help give income-eligible parents and legal guardians peace of mind. Under the LifeBridge free life insurance program, MassMutual will issue a $50,000 term life insurance policy for a period of 10 years. If the insued parent or guardian dies during this time, $50,000 will be put in a trust, administered by the MassMutual Trust Company, to pay the educational expenses of his or her eligible children. MassMutual pays the premiums; there is no cost to the insured or their children.

If you or someone you may know may be eligible, please follow this link for more information on LifeBridge and to view the eligibility form! http://bit.ly/LifeBridgeForm

The SpecialCare Enhanced Underwriting Pilot Program can provide insurance coverage to those individuals that were historically considered uninsurable under current guidelines. The objective is to offer an underwritten policy to enhance the special care program and to make a modest amount of life insurance available to a select group of individuals with the most common disability diagnoses. Life Insurance is now available for those with the following impairments:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism

To learn more about this program, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/MassMutalSpecialCare

CoverPath is a program that incorporates fluid-less and algorithmic underwriting to provide people with an opportunity to go online to secure life insurance coverage quickly, and easily. Qualified candidates can get a quote for coverage and a policy approved in under 20 minutes.  Click here to learn more http://bit.ly/CoverpathMassMutual!

If you would like to make sure your life insurance program is correctly designed to have the appropriate amount of benefits, the right type of coverage for your situation, and is structured with the correct ownership and beneficiaries designations, contact a qualified Advisor to assist you. If it has been a few years since you reviewed your coverages, invest the time to review what you have. It will be time well spent.

 

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  • Financial Stability
  • Health

United Way Kicks Off 2018 Community Campaign!


From left: Cory Nettles, Mary Lou Young, Don Layden, David Gay, Amy Lindner, Mike Rowe, Cristy Garcia-Thomas, George Oliver, Mark Irgens, and Jay Magulski proudly announce United Way's 2018 Goals: $56 million fundraising and 40,000 volunteer hours!

August 31, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

For the first time, United Way kicked off the annual Community Campaign right here at our Milwaukee office! More than 350 community members gathered to hear from our 2018 campaign co-chairs, celebrate our $56 million fundraising and 40,000 hour volunteer goals, and tour the brand-new Johnson Controls Volunteer Center.  

Now it’s time to get to work, and we can’t do it without you! Here are some fun and easy ways to get involved with United Way this season:

Share
Did you attend the event? Check out the facebook photo album and don’t forget to tag yourself!

Get those tissues ready! Watch the 2018 United Way success story videos and share with your friends and family.

Or read and share the 2018 stories here.

Volunteer
Caring is always in season! United Way’s newly-expanded Seasons of Caring connects individuals, workplace and professional teams, school groups, and entire organizations to meaningful volunteer work through 15+ signature events and agency partner projects. Find a volunteer opportunity.

Engage
Never miss an opportunity to impact your community. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram (@UnitedWayGMWC). Use #LiveUnited.

Give
Your gift to United Way's Community Fund, strategic focus areas, or community-wide initiatives ensures that your donation is invested where the need is greatest. Donate today.

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“They Teach Us Something, Too.”

August 22, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

When Oby Nwabuzor, a community volunteer, entered James Madison Academic Campus for her first Women United Mentoring Session, she intentionally went in without expectations. “I knew it wasn’t going to be about me,” remembers Oby. “It’s about the girls.”

Since 2015, United Way’s Women United donor group has hosted quarterly mentoring sessions with sophomore girls at James Madison, a Milwaukee Community School. This program is designed to engage and provide role models with a focus on mentoring around issues to help the girls succeed in career and life.

Volunteers are matched one-on-one or one-on-two with students and have candid conversations around professionalism, resume building, and interview skills. Conversations vary based on the interests and goals of the students.

Oby works with Linda and Myonna. When they met, Linda had recently transferred to James Madison from another school and was struggling to achieve enough credits to pass on to the next grade. Both girls wanted to improve their grades and find part-time jobs for extra money.

“Linda and Myonna are bright and receptive to advice to help them do better and become leaders of tomorrow,” says Oby. “However, it took a while for us to get there.”

Many of the students at James Madison have experienced challenges that can make it difficult to succeed in school, such as poverty, homelessness, and trauma.  

“The ideal approach to this is to build a relationship,” says Oby. “As you build that relationship, you help build these young people up. And then, as you build people up, you’re able to expose them to things they may not have been exposed to. That’s when the mentoring comes in.”

Both Linda and Myonna identify as Black, which is one of the reasons Oby felt motivated to mentor in this space. “I wanted the girls to see someone professional who looked like them. I don’t think young girls of color often see other women of color in that perspective.”

Over the course of four sessions, Oby, Linda, and Myonna talked about everything, from professionalism and how to conduct yourself in an interview. They also discussed the unique challenges women experience in work and life, like dressing for your body, dealing with emotions, and the expectation that they play the role of caretaker for the family.

“There are things you can talk to another woman about that you probably wouldn’t talk to a male mentor about – just things he hasn’t experienced,” says Oby, who has faced similar situations in her own professional life. “That’s where the relationship forms, in those candid interactions with other women.”

By the February session, both Myonna and Linda had gotten their grades up, and were working hard on the other goals they had set together with “Miss Oby.”

“These sessions have gotten me started thinking about careers,” says Myonna. “I am working on setting financial goals, ways to get a good job, and how to present ourselves in a professional way.”

“I put my goal sheet on the refrigerator so I remember to stay on track,” says Linda. “I know that, next year, I can aim for higher goals.”

For Myonna, the sessions have helped her with her current job hunt: “I learned I can put volunteering on my resume, and to incorporate language from the job description into it when applying for a job.”

Oby is overjoyed to see her mentee’s progress, and reflected on how the experience has also been impactful for her. “While we are there to mentor them, they teach us something, too. They have taught me to always be in a learning state of mind. It’s an honor to be able to do this, and so rewarding to come back again and again.”

Make an impact on the life and career of a local young woman by signing up to mentor with Women United.

Learn more about how you can help Women United make an impact in our community.

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Sobelmans and United Way – a Delicious Partnership

August 13, 2018

Written by Melanie Sobelman, Co-president, Sobelmans

Give as much of yourself as you can so that others have a chance to blossom.

Something that has always been dear to my heart is giving, which is why I feel so fortunate to be able to incorporate that into my business. Sobelmans embraces the chance to help others in every way possible no matter the circumstances. If we can be of any help at all, we are in.

Connecting with the United Way and various other organizations has been one of the most exciting things we have done. Their mission is the same as ours: to help others, see the good in every situation, and give the most you can.

In so many ways, Sobelmans is that long branch on a tree that extends itself outward with the mission of picking someone up when they’re at their lowest, regardless of the circumstances.

That is exactly why I personally love United Way. They're on the same page as us, with a willingness to give to anyone and everyone continuously for the greater good.

Needless to say, I hope Sobelmans and United Way’s partnership will continue for many years to come and that we will do great things for people who are in need.

Sobelmans is a longtime partner in United We Dine, a delicious, one-day even where restaurants all over the region donate 10% of their sales to United Way’s Community Fund. Learn more and join us in 2018!

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Podcast: Meet the P5! August Ball


August 8, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

Today we talk with P5 winner August Ball, founder of Cream City Conservation. August is passionate about giving diverse youth opportunities to explore their interests in environmental fields as well as encouraging diversity in local workplaces, so she combined these interests into her dream job.

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Dan Sweeney


August 7, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

Today we talk with P5 winner Dan Sweeney. Dan works in community development at Wells Fargo – a job he loves and one that allows him to partner with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to strengthen the communities in which Wells Fargo operates. Dan is also a board member of LISC and Historic Milwaukee. We had fun chatting about why he gives his time to these causes, his love for the water, and who he would most like to invite out on his boat.

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Kris Havlik


August 7, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

Today we talk with Kris Havlik, one of our 2018 Philanthropic Five award winners. An estate planning attorney with Foley & Lardner, Kris was part of the effort to bring Wills for Heros to Wisconsin. Wills for Heroes is a national program started after September 11, 2001, to provide free estate planning to first responders. Kris is a proud mom of two and enjoys leading her daughters Girl Scout Troop and coaching her local middle school forensics team. 

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Ranell Washington


August 6, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Listen Now (00:18:57)

 

Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

In this episode, we hear from 2018 P5 winner Ranell Washington of Town Bank. In addition to his day job in finance, Ranell is co-founder of Social X, a young professional organization committed to drawing diverse talent to Milwaukee and encouraging them to call this city home. Ranell also volunteers with Secure Futures, mentoring high school students to take charge of their finances.

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Podcast: Meet the P5! Kelsey Brenn


August 6, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Listen Now (00:15:10)

 

Welcome to our “5 with the 5” week of podcasts interviews with our amazing 2018 Philanthropic 5 award winners. Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the community through their Philanthropic 5 awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout our region.

In this episode, we hear from 2018 P5 winner Kelsey Brenn of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy. Kelsey is the school’s CFO by day, and fills the rest of her time with community-focused activities…and a lot of exercise. We talk about her passion for developing young girls as leaders, her dedication to making the city a better place, and the unbelievable number of cupcakes she bakes for her colleagues every month.

Register to attend the Philanthropic 5 Awards Event...one of our most popular events of the year!
Thursday, August 16, 5:30pm at The Ivy House

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Saint John’s on the Lake Gives Back to the Milwaukee Community


Saint John's on the Lake staff members Sybil Bell (L) and Mary Przybylski love their role as United Way champions.

July 24, 2018

Written by: Susan Smieja, United Way Sr. Account Manager

Recently I visited the beautiful Saint John’s On The Lake to talk with some staff and residents about why and how they support United Way.

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From Intern Volunteer to United Way Champion


Volunteers show their United Way pride at the 2016 Intern Day of Action

July 19, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

When Karthik Palaniappan was looking for an engineering job last year, he knew he wanted to work for a company that made giving back to the community a priority. As a student at UW – Milwaukee, Karthik enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, building homes all over the country.

Luckily, he knew just where to apply.

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5 Reasons to get your Kids in the Kitchen

July 18, 2018

Written by YMCA of Greater Waukesha County staff

If yours is a home where an adult typically handles the food planning, preparation, and cleanup, it’s time to get the kids involved. It may require a little extra time and patience, but getting kids in the kitchen has lots of benefits:

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  • Health
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Red Cross Saves Hundreds of Lives through Home Fire Campaign


A team of volunteers shares how many families they helped through the Red Cross.

July 12, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Do you know what you would do if there was a fire in your home?

“When people think about disaster relief, the mind automatically goes to hurricanes and tornadoes,” said Viv Chappell of American Red Cross of Wisconsin. “In fact, the type of disaster Red Cross teams respond to most often is home fires…often a couple of times per day in Wisconsin.”

Most Americans think they would know what to do in the event of a home fire, but common mistakes – like not having a predetermined meeting place – can lead to injury or even death.

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Agency Partner Spotlight: Literacy Services of Wisconsin

July 3, 2018

Agency Name: Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Agency Mission: Literacy Services of Wisconsin partners with motivated adults to provide access to quality basic education and skills training so they can improve their lives, enrich their families, and strengthen our community.

United Way-funded programs: Adult Basic Education

Founded: 1965, United Way partner since 2012

Issue areas: Financial Stability

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Meet the 2018 Philanthropic 5 Winners!

June 29, 2018

Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders and one Philanthropic Youth winner for their commitment to the community through the Philanthropic Five awards.

The Philanthropic Five awards recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change. The Philanthropic Youth award recognizes a youth community leader under 21 years old. Get to know the 2018 winners below and register to join us at the Philanthropic 5 Awards event! Thank you to BMO Harris Bank, the longtime sponsor of the P5 awards.

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"Mentors helped me visualize what was possible."

June 26, 2018

As a young woman, Margaret Crowley found herself in need of guidance. After she and her husband welcomed twins, Margaret got a job working at a hospital that provided a variety of services to young moms.  She enjoyed having lunch with the parent educators and nurse practitioners.

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  • Women's Leadership

Agency Partner Spotlight: St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic


A nurse at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Waukesha visits with a patient.

June 19, 2018

Agency Name: St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic (SJMC)

Agency Mission: To support the health and well-being of uninsured, underinsured, and low-income friends and neighbors who reside, work, or attend school in the Waukesha County community.

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  • Health
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Podcast: Meeting the Need for Addiction Services in Waukesha County


Dr. Julie Schuller, president and CEO of Sixteenth Street Community Health Center's, at a recent bike giveaway event.

June 14, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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The Color of Health


Shannon Reed Jr. (left) practicing yoga with his father, Shannon Reed, United Way's director of innovative strategies for Boys & Men of Color

June 8, 2018

Written by Shannon Reed Jr., United Way volunteer blogger

With bills being due, babies crying, work deadlines, and all the other hurdles we constantly overcome in life, health sometime can feel like a burden rather than the beautiful opportunity to nurture ourselves. We must understand health has a direct correlation, not only to the impact that we have on others but also as the basis of where we pull our energy from to pursue our goals.

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Extra Money! How Does $100 Sound?

June 5, 2018

Written by Gina Sanchez, manager, Center for Financial Stability, La Casa de Esperanza

Starting on May 15, 2018 and up until July 2, 2018 you can go to the website https://childtaxrebate.wi.gov/ and apply for a $100 credit per dependent child who is eligible.  (Dependency is determined using the guidance described in the IRS Publication 201 regardless of whether the claimant files a 2017 federal income tax return).

This credit is only available for a child who was a resident in Wisconsin and is a United States citizen as of December 31, 2017.  Nonresidents and part-year residents that moved out of Wisconsin in 2017 must submit receipts showing at least $100 of State sales/use tax paid in 2017 and show proof for each child as a Wisconsin resident on December 31, 2017.

A child can only be claimed by one individual.

What do you need?

  • Your social security number and proof of Wisconsin residency for tax year 2017
  • Your qualified child’s Social Security number and date of birth
  • Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit

Where to start:  https://childtaxrebate.wi.gov/

Help is available: La Casa de Esperanza’s Center for Financial Stability has staff on site that can assist you to apply for the rebate.  Please call 262-899-6784 for further assistance or visit our website.   

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Podcast: Having a Grand Time at the Clubhouse!


Grand Avenue Club members and staff always have fun working alongside one another.

May 31, 2018

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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  • Health
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Bags, Brunch, and Big Impact!

May 31, 2018

Written by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Each year, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council welcomes hundreds of guests to The Pfister Hotel’s Grand Ballroom to celebrate the impact of women on our local community. In 2018, we heard from Keynote Speaker Anna Maria Chavez of the National Council on Aging, Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year Award winner Elizabeth Brenner, and many more. Thank you to everyone who attended our largest Women United Bruncheon to date!

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How I Do More, Be More through United Way


Elizabeth Brenner (second from right) with former Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversite Committee co-chair Bevan Baker, United Way’s Nicole Angresano, and SERVE Marketing’s Gary Mueller.

May 29, 2018

Written by Elizabeth Brenner, 2018 Linda T. Mellowes Award Winner, United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight Committee co-chair, and retired publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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PIE, Building Motors, and Exploring STEM Careers

May 24, 2018

There’s nothing like hands-on experience to get students excited about careers in STEM.

That’s the reasoning behind IT United’s annual job shadows with local organizations. IT United members are technology professionals who have a desire to make difference in their community through contributions, advocacy, and volunteerism with Untied Way.

Each year, IT United connects students from Milwaukee Public Schools with area corporations to get firsthand experience with careers in STEM fields.  

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Agency Partner Spotlight: Meta House, Inc.

May 22, 2018

Agency Mission: Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

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It’s Never too Early – or too Late – to Start Volunteering!


Jason Parry and his son paint the blacktop at a local school during 2016's Emerging Leaders Day of Action

May 17, 2018

Written by Jason Parry, member of United Way’s Emerging Leader donor network

This summer, our family will embark on the fifth year of what has become a somewhat ridiculous tradition.

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  • Education
  • Emerging Leaders

Northwestern Mutual Partnership Ensures Auer Avenue Students Succeed


Chef Michael Feker (l) and Northwestern Mutual Foundation's Noreen Noonan serve Auer Avenue students a healthy breakfast.

May 11, 2018

Written by Lauren Widor, United Way volunteer blogger

 

United Way is proud to bring about community partnerships in the Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County area. One of our special partnerships is the relationship between Northwestern Mutual and Auer Avenue Elementary, a Milwaukee Community School.
 

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  • Workplace Partner

GE Healthcare Helps Kids Connect with New Books


A student at Hawthorne Elementary School in Waukesha chooses books at a 2017 Build My Bookshelf fair.

May 9, 2018

GE Healthcare is a sponsor of United Way’s Build My Bookshelf program, which brings book fairs to five high-poverty elementary schools in the School District of Waukesha. Each student in the school gets to choose three free books to build their own home library. We talked to Kelly Skindzelewski, community relations leader at GE Healthcare, about why they decided to support this effort:

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 8, 2018

Written by Mary Madden, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Waukesha County

The term "mental illness" carries with it a long history of negative attitudes, myths, fear and discrimination.  It allows our society to categorize everyone with a mental health condition into one category "The Mentally Ill."  We certainly would not refer to a group of people diagnosed with cancer as "The Cancers" or those with heart disease as "The Heart Attacks."  The reality is that we all have mental health and it can fall anywhere on a continuum from mental wellness to a diagnosable mental health condition for some people. This is not an “us vs. them” issue; It is about all of us and our mental wellness. 

Having spent much of my personal and work life providing support for people living with mental health conditions, I have often wondered why we don’t talk about mental health the way we do physical health. It seems from a young age we are taught how to take care of our bodies – eat right, exercise, get enough sleep – but not so much about what it means to be mentally well and how those same things can affect our mental health.

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