From United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County


The Vello Experience

Want to volunteer but don’t have the time? Vello is a virtual tutoring opportunity perfect for busy people! Vello volunteer Patrice Burrell shares her experience reading with students using this innovative computer program. “Nothing makes me smile more than having a student go from wondering when the session will be over to asking if we can read another book,” shares Patrice. Read more.

Check out our other recent blogs: SoftwareOne shares the secret to fulfilled employees and Linda McFerrin reflects on the power of history to inspire change.

Our Living Local podcast got a makeover! Check out our new format (inspired by “This American Life”), which we debuted in February.

United Way named one of "World’s Most Innovative Companies"

Fast Company has named United Way Worldwide to its list of World’s Most Innovative Companies (nonprofit category) for 2019.

The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture. Read more.


Reserve Space in the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center!

In August 2018, the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center opened in the ground floor of United Way’s current Schlitz Park location.

In addition to United Way-hosted volunteer experiences, the meeting space is available for outside groups to reserve, or for one-on-one meetings in the Live United lounge and coffee bar.

Take a virtual tour of the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center and request space reservation.

Mary Lou’s Closet: Toothbrushes & Toothpaste Drive
February - March 2019

Donate new toothbrushes and toothpaste for kids at Milwaukee Community Schools! Mary Lou’s Closet is an ongoing donation supply drive celebrating former United Way CEO Mary Lou Young and her passion for serving local youth. Donations can be dropped off at United Way’s Johnson Controls Volunteer Center. Learn more.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Help Make the New Waukesha Overflow Shelter Feel like Home
United Way and the Housing Action Coalition are pleased to announce the opening of the new overflow shelter for women and families in Waukesha. This shelter will provide additional emergency beds for people unable to be accommodated by the community's other shelters when they are at capacity.
Help us make this shelter feel like home by signing up to make dinner for guests or purchasing items from the Amazon wish list.

Show Some Love for Zablocki Community School
Saturday, March 23, 10:00am-2:00pm; Wednesday, March 27, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Support Zablocki Community School in helping to promote student enrollment and recruitment by canvassing local neighborhoods and speaking to families. Learn more and sign up.

Partnership MKE 2019 Cohort Graduation
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Join us at Foley and Lardner as we congratulate the 2019 Partnership MKE graduating class! Partnership MKE guides community leaders and influencers through an eight-month process of relationship, understanding, and trust-building, creating a blueprint for how to address and solve biases and prejudices. Register to attend the graduation and learn more about Partnership MKE.

LINC March Volunteer Event
Saturday, March 30, 8:15am-12:00pm
Join LINC, United Way’s young professional network at Friedens' Community Ministries' food pantry for a day of volunteering, both in the food pantry and serving hot meals to guests. Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

Emerging Leaders Spring Panel
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30am-9:00am
The Emerging Leaders Spring Panel will revisit the Philanthropic 5 Award winners over the years and answer the question "Where Are They Now?" Learn more and register.

Denim Day 2019
Wednesday, April 24
Wear jeans on Denim Day to honor survivors of sexual abuse and raise awareness about victim blaming during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For more information, visit or follow @denimdaymilwaukee on Facebook.

My Very Own Library
May 14, 15, and 16, various times
United Way partners with Scholastic Inc to provide free books to children and we need volunteers to help run these free book fairs. Register to volunteer.

Save the Date! 2019 Women United Bruncheon
Thursday, May 16, 11:00am-1:00pm
Learn how Women United members are fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our local community and help us honor the annual Linda T. Mellowes “Woman Leader of the Year” award recipient. Register now.

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