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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

Five Options to Keep Your Home

June 8, 2017

Written by Gina Sanchez Juarez, Manager of the Center for Financial Stability at La Casa de Esperanza, Inc.

Are you a homeowner struggling to pay the mortgage?

Taking action now can help to keep you in your home. Here are 5 options that may help you:

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  • Financial Stability

Podcast: Telling Stories to Strengthen Community Bonds

Tiffany Miller (L) and Megan McGee, reading UltraShorts while emceeing Ex Fabula’s New Year Spectacular in January (photo credit: Art Montes)

June 6, 2017

Episode 1: Listen Now (00:26:46)
 

 

 

In our region, we hear a lot about what divides us. Our many differences can cause interpersonal conflict, mistrust, and fear. However, many of us learned from a young age to, when conflict arises or mistrust bubbles to the surface, take a moment to “walk in someone else’s shoes;” to consider the world from a different perspective.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Go Do Good in June!

June 2, 2017

It’s finally summer! Enjoy the sunny skies, warm weather, and time with family and friends by joining United Way for some all-ages fun this month:

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  • Events
Categories: Events

Podcast: Meet Milwaukee’s Teen Safe Sex Task Force

Steven Daniels (far right) and Keziah Carter (near right) with Sharonda Phipps and LaTeff Alston, Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program staff

June 1, 2017

Episode 1: Listen Now (00:17:35)
 

 

 

What do you remember about your in-school sexual education class? Maybe you just remember feeling uncomfortable, or tuning out because you felt that you already knew everything you needed to know about sex.

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  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Young Professional Gets LINC’d to the Community

Luke Hammer (3rd from left) and the LINC volunteer committee at the 2016 Wrap Wrap Rap event.

May 30, 2017

United Way LINC (Lead Impact Network Change) is a national strategy that focuses on engaging young professionals through specialized events.

Luke Hammer is an analyst with Wells Capital Management and a member of United Way’s LINC volunteer committee.

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  • LINC
Categories: LINC

Clean Your Closet for a Great Cause


May 24, 2017

Everyone has that favorite outfit. The one that makes you feel like you can take on the world. Maybe it is a dress that fits you perfectly, or a skirt in a pattern you love.

If you’re like most people, you probably also have a lot of clothing that you don’t wear.

United Way’s Women United group is leading the charge to help you clean out your closet for a good cause.

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

From a Life of Accomplishment to a Life of Significance


Jane Durment (left) with her fellow IT United co-chairs Kerrie Hoffman and Todd MacKay

May 23, 2017

Written by Jane Durment, 2017 Linda T. Mellowes Women Leader of the Year Award Winner and co-chair of IT United

I come from a large family: four sisters and four brothers. Mom always told us, “your brains are God-given gifts, and you owe something back to the world,” while Dad always told us girls, “you can accomplish anything you want in life if you just work hard at it.”  We followed Dad’s advice: we got out there and worked it, accomplishing a lot for many years.

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  • IT United
Categories: IT United

Why Book Drives Matter

May 19, 2017

Written by Jim McLaughlin, Education Portfolio Manager at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Kids love books and we do too! In the last year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County has given away tens of thousands of free books to students across our region through our Readers United initiative.

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  • School Readiness
Categories: School Readiness

Reflecting on 10 Years of P5

May 18, 2017

10 years ago, what started as a light bulb moment over coffee and the newspaper turned into an annual event that honored the work of young professionals to improve our community. In celebration of a decade of the Philanthropic 5 Awards, community leaders reflect on the importance of this event to the Greater Milwaukee community:

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  • Philanthropic 5
Categories: Philanthropic 5

Podcast: On Race & Friendship

May 17, 2017

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Episode 2: Listen Now (00:16:18)

 

 

Think about your group of friends. What drew you to these particular people? Often, friends are those we grew up around, went to school with, work with, or met through the pursuit of similar hobbies.

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  • Education
Categories: Education

Putting Plastic Bags to Good Use

May 15, 2017

Imagine a craft project that is simple, fun, and offers comfort to those experiencing homelessness while protecting the environment…it sounds too good to be true!

Kati Meyerhofer is a stay-at-home-mom and is very active with Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Hartford. Earlier this year, Kati and some friends from her congregation attended a retreat and learned how to transform plastic bags into durable sleeping mats.

“We just loved it! I actually didn’t end up doing any of the other available service events at the retreat…I just couldn’t stop making the mats!” reflects Kati. 

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Podcast: Mary Lou Young Announces Her Retirement

May 10, 2017

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This episode is bittersweet: Mary Lou Young, who has served as president & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, will retire from her position after eight years of service.

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

Staying (really, really) Busy in Retirement

May 8, 2017

This is the third in our Retire United blog series. Check out our previous Q&A’s with Bev Jurkowski and Scott Pavelchik.

Dennis Sell is retired from United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, where he was Controller for 17 years. Dennis shares how he keeps busy during his retirement, including volunteering with United Way’s Retire United group and self-publishing a 400 page book!  

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

WISN 12 Shares the Magic of Storytelling with Local Kids

May 3, 2017

Through the “Magic of Storytelling” campaign, WISN 12 and United Way partnered to provide 14,000 brand-new books to six area organizations and four local schools across our region. On April 26, WISN 12 anchors Adrienne Pedersen and Sheldon Dutes attended the distribution event at COA Youth and Family Centers in Milwaukee to read stories with the kids.

After this fun event, we asked Sheldon and Adrienne about their relationship with reading:

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  • Workplace Partner
Categories: Workplace Partner

Podcast: PATCH Mends the Gap Between Doctors and Teens

May 2, 2017

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Think back to when you were a teen. Would you say you were comfortable opening up to your doctor about sensitive topics like sexual health, mental health, or drug and alcohol use?  Who didn’t cringe at the dreaded questions like “are you sexually active” or “could you be pregnant?” In fact, this uncomfortable feeling with telling your doctor the whole truth about your health may have even followed you into adulthood.

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  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Get Involved in May!

May 1, 2017

Welcome to spring 2017! Take advantage of the nice weather, longer days, and improved moods by signing up for a fun volunteer project this month:  

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Meet the 2017 P5 Winners!

April 28, 2017

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. Meet the 2017 Award Winners: Danielle Bergner, Craig Cerbins, Melissa Goins, Emma Paulson, Rebecca Stoner, and Kalan R. Haywood II.

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  • Philanthropic 5
Categories: Philanthropic 5

Survivor and Advocate Recognizes Young People for Speaking Out Against Sexual Assault

April 27, 2017

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche

Trigger warning: This post contains information about and recollections of sexual violence.

Annika Leonard is a sexual assault survivor. As part of her work and passion for helping others impacted by sexual violence, she speaks openly about her personal experiences. She wants to make sure that her own and others’ experiences are heard – and not “sanitized.”
 

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Be Brave, Be Kind, Be Free

April 26, 2017

Written by Carmen Pitre, Executive Director at Sojourner Family Peace Center

“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness.  It comes from…your raw and beautiful heart” – Chogyam Trungpa

Trigger warning: this blog contains information about and recollections of sexual violence.

As a survivor of sexual violence, I have been anything but at home in my body. Being kind, raw, and tender-hearted with myself and others was never an option. Tenderness was stolen from me by every unwanted touch, every lie, and every secret I had to carry. Surviving required that I live outside my body, outside of myself, among the broken pieces of who I became… after. Unable to abandon myself and unable to accept myself, I have had to make my home on the battlefield. I have not been at home in this body and I have been at war with myself for as long as I can remember. This is the legacy of sexual violence in my life. 

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  • Agency Partners
Categories: Agency Partners

Podcast: Simmi Urbanek, Advocate Extraordinaire!

April 25, 2017

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Remember those summers when you were too young for a job but too old to just hang around the house all day? What did you do to pass the time? Pre-teen Simmi Urbanek’s mom had an interesting solution: she dropped her two daughters off at their local United Way and said "find something to do!"

This began a long life of giving, volunteering, and advocacy for Simmi. After her first summer with United Way staffing charity root beer float stands, playing with kids at local agencies, and volunteering at a nonprofit coffee shop, Simmi stayed involved in volunteer activities through college.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

Money Talk with Kids

April 24, 2017

Written by Gina Sanchez, Financial Stability Manager at La Casa de Esperanza

Between running errands, grocery shopping, laundry, and homework, it’s hard to imagine finding time to talk about or do activities around money as a family. Even if you can find the time, you may not know how to start a conversation with your young children about smart finances. According to a 2016 study by T. Rowe Price, 71% of parents are hesitant to talk to about money with their kids. However, talking as a family about money, even with very young kids, is incredibly important.

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  • Financial Stability

Podcast: From Survivor to Champion, Episode 2 (Re-run)

April 19, 2017

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Trigger Warning: This blog post and podcast contain recollections of and information about sexual assault.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men has been sexually assaulted…so why is it still so hard to talk about?

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Making the Most of Retirement!

April 18, 2017

This is the second 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. MSGT Scott Pavelchik is retired from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard. Scott currently resides in New Berlin and has been involved with United Way for nearly 10 years.

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  • Volunteer
Categories: Volunteer

The Importance of Self-Care

April 14, 2017

Written by Dawn Helmrich, Data and Outcomes Manager at United Way & Founder of Denim Day Milwaukee

I am a survivor of rape.

It’s not an easy thing to say out loud or even on paper, but it is a reality in my life.

Over the years, I have become more and more involved in doing advocacy work in the area of sexual assault. Telling my story and talking about victim blaming, statistics, and myths about sexual harm, abuse, assault, and rape can be very, very hard work. And, while I have become accustomed to speaking to the media and to large crowds of people about these topics, the toll it takes on me never goes away. Even in writing this short piece I feel my face getting flushed and my heart speeding up.

That, among many other reasons, is why self-care is so important and why I try to make it a priority in my life. On April 1 of this year, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault hosted their annual Survivors and Allies Day of Healing. This is a time for survivors and their support people to come together and take time to focus on the healing process.

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  • Volunteer
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