United Way News: May 2018

It’s not too late – nominate your community hero for a Philanthropic 5 or Philanthropic Youth award! Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders award five leaders in their 20s, 30s, or 40s, as well as one person under 21, who give, advocate, and volunteer for change throughout Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

Joseph has the help he needs to declutter and get healthy again...

After losing his job and experiencing a number of health issues, Joseph of Waukesha found himself cooped up alone in his small studio apartment surrounded by junk mail, VHS tapes, and old exercise equipment.

"Some problems in our community are obvious, but so many problems lie behind closed doors," said Krystina Kohler, United Way’s financial stability portfolio manager. “Hoarding intervention is eviction prevention and it brings environmental and emotional safety to individuals and their families that are suffering in silence.”

Today, Joseph works twice a month with a helper from United Way program partner Catholic Charities and is making progress. Read the full story here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. "This is not an 'us vs. them' issue; it is about all of us and our mental wellness." Follow our mental health blog series from National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Waukesha.

Learn more about how your dollars and volunteer support help United Way fight for the health of our community.

Social Spotlight: We're Halfway There!

Check out the progress that has been made so far on the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center! Our Grand Opening is scheduled for August 30 as part of our 2018 Campaign Kickoff Celebration. Read more about the Center here.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

My Very Own Library
Wednesday, May 16 (Milwaukee); Wednesday, May 23 (Waukesha)
Volunteers are needed to help children at Milwaukee and Waukesha public schools pick out books to build their very own home libraries! Sign up to volunteer in Milwaukee or Waukesha.

Southeast Wisconsin Reentry Employment Expo
Thursday, May 17, 8:00am-4:00pm
This resource fair is for employers interested in hiring people returning to the community from correctional facilities. Agencies preparing ex-offenders to succeed in the workplace will be on hand to answer your questions and explain why your business – and your community – will benefit when you hire returning citizens. Learn more and register.

Women United Bruncheon
Thursday, May 31, 11:00am-1:00pm
Don’t miss this popular annual event celebrating women making a difference in our community, featuring Keynote Speaker Anna Maria Chavez. Register today.

Milwaukee LIHF Quarterly Convening
Tuesday, June 12, 2:00pm-4:00pm
The Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative is dedicated to improving community conditions that support healthy birth outcomes. All are welcome to this meeting to learn more about the work. Event details.

Emerging Leaders’ Day of Action
Thursday, June 21, 1:00pm-4:00pm
United Way's annual Day of Action, presented by the Emerging Leaders, is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity where hundreds of individuals in our community harness the volunteer spirit to improve local conditions and build stronger communities to live in. Sign up today!

Fill the Bus – Backpack Coalition
Saturday, July 28, 9:00am–2:00pm
Fill the Bus is the Backpack Coalition's largest supply drive of the year! Head to your local Wal-Mart store to pick up a few extra school supply items to help us fill over 5,000 backpacks for our community's students! Volunteers are also needed to help out. Learn more or host your own supply drive.

Retiree Day of Service
Monday, July 30, 10:00am–12:00pm
Retire United is hosting its annual volunteer event this summer! Join us if you are retired or soon-to-retire! Volunteers will pack backpacks in support of the Backpack Coalition, which provides supplies to students in need. Register here.

HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes
Saturday, August 4, 9:00am-11:00am
The HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes, an annual event taking place in Milwaukee’s Harumbee community, was designed to raise awareness and to prevent infant mortality. Sign up to walk, run, or volunteer.

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