Retire United

Lunch & Learn

As a valued leadership donor we invite you to join us for the second of a three-part informational series of webcasts addressing United Way's current work in our community.

Lunch & Learn: Getting Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck: Financial Empowerment for Individuals and Families will take place Wednesday, October 28 from 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Topics will include:
  • The difference between the basic cost of living and poverty in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties
  • Resolving homelessness and housing instability in our four-county region
  • Financial empowerment for women
  • Addressing racial inequities in housing and employment
  • What can you do? Current volunteer opportunities related to financial stability
Learn more and register.

Thank you to everyone who joined us earlier this month for session one: COVID-19 Through Children's Eyes. If you missed the presentation, you can watch the recording here.

Special thanks to Retire United whose mission includes ensuring donors are educated about our community's most pressing issues.

Technology United

Member Connect

Join Technology United on Tuesday, October 27 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm for an evening of virtual networking with technology professionals and an interactive discussion with Paul Batz, CEO and Founder of Good Leadership, about How CIOs Transform their Enterprises with the Idea: Goodness Pays.

The event will be hosted on Zoom and will be recorded. When registering for the event, please provide the email address associated with the Zoom account you will use to login to the event. Space is limited.

Learn more and register.

Questions? Contact Brea Stevenson at 414.263.8163 or

Emerging Leaders

Join us to learn more about The March on Milwaukee

On Wednesday, October 28 at 4:00pm, Emerging Leaders will host their fall leadership panel with Adam Carr, Deputy Editor for Community Engagement of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, and Dr. Robert S. Smith, History Professor at Marquette University, for a critical Milwaukee history lesson and discussion. Dr. Robert Smith and Adam Carr came together as part of the 50th anniversary of the open housing marches in 2016.

Milwaukee's NAACP Youth Council marched for 200 consecutive nights for an open housing law that was passed in 1968. This engaging discussion will cover the inequities and discrimination that lead to these marches and the impact of that law and the inequities that still exist today. Attendees will be able to ask questions and will be given tools and resources on how they too can be advocates for change.

Learn more and register.

Emerging Readers needs your support!

We previously announced that we are modifying the Emerging Readers program to make it contactless, while still being able to get books in the hands of children in need and supporting locally-owned bookstores.

This year we're asking volunteers to visit the Emerging Readers webpage to donate funds to purchase books. United Way will work in partnership with locally owned bookstores to purchase thoughtfully curated book bundles for participating children. Book bundles will be delivered to our partner agencies four times throughout the school year.

While this year will look a little different the heart of this program – to share the joy of reading with a child in need – will continue to beat strong.

Learn more and support here.

Questions? Contact Brea Stevenson at 414.263.8163 or

Women United

Women United Bruncheon

Join Women United at this year's virtual Bruncheon Tuesday, October 6 to learn how United Way is addressing the prevalence of evictions in our community, which disproportionately impact female heads of households, and about efforts to help keep those at risk of evictions in safe and stable homes. Hear from Suzanne McCormick, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, on how the world has changed from COVID-19 and how you can join the fight to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable community. Attendees will also receive an update on United Way's teen pregnancy prevention initiative, Women United's signature issue area. Additionally, we will honor this year's Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year award winner, Thelma Sias.

10:30am - 11:00am Network via online chat and view preshow
11:00am - 12:00pm Program
Q&A with Suzanne McCormick immediately following the program

Learn more and register.

Special thanks to our event sponsor, Advocate Aurora Health!

Diversity Leadership Society

Meet the 2020-21 Partnership MKE Cohort!

We are excited to introduce our next group of leaders embarking on a journey to become change agents within their social networks and workplaces, for a better, stronger, more inclusive Milwaukee.

Meet the 2020-21 Partnership MKE Cohort!

Thank you to our Partnership MKE Sponsor, Milwaukee Jewish Federation!

Danishes & Diversity

Danishes & Diversity took place virtually September 21. Attendees heard from Jud Snyder, President, BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company and 2020 United Way Campaign Co-chair, and Greg Wesley, Senior Vice President Strategic Alliances and Business Development, Medical College of Wisconsin. The guest speakers talked about the Diversity Leadership Society's current work around reducing barriers to employment and advancement, funded partners, and how to support their work.

View the event recording here.

View the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement video.

Men's Job Seminar 2020

The 5th Annual Success Starts Here! Men's Job Seminar took place on September 9. United Way, in partnership with ManpowerGroup, held a successful seminar that streamed live on United Way's Facebook page. Guest speakers including Donald Driver, Goodwill's spokesperson, Green Bay Packers All-Time Leading Receiver, and Super Bowl Champion, addressed the whole person focusing on improving mental health practices, wellness habits, personal brand, and tips on securing employment.

Thank you ManpowerGroup for providing laptops for two lucky winners, and thank you to Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. for providing five $100 gift cards!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who sent a note of encouragement to attendees!

View the event recording here.


And the winner is...

This September LINC members gathered for a virtual quiz competition. Congratulations to Ben Holt from Silver Spring Neighborhood Center on winning a custom United Way branded bike courtesy of Central Standard Distillery.

The 50 minute quiz included updates from United Way, various quiz categories, an interactive chat box, and real time scoring results! Members enjoyed a short networking happy hour in Zoom breakouts.

Stay tuned to hear about what we come up with next!

Additional Ways to Make An Impact

Help Assemble Flash Cards for Local Students

While a common finding in most classrooms, many local families with young students lack access to these simple but incredibly effective resources. Join Northwestern Mutual, in partnership with United Way, to help assemble and pack 12,000 sets of reading and math flash cards, right from the comfort of your own home.

Volunteers will pick up bundles of cards to be assembled, write notes of encouragement, and more! This is an easy and family-friendly volunteer activity.

Learn more and sign up today!

Thank you to our project sponsor, Northwestern Mutual.

In 2020, we celebrate the faces of change. You are invited to be part of our United Way 2020 Community Campaign. Record a video on your phone sharing why you support United Way. Learn more.

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