United Way News: August 2017

Help us get books in the hands of all kids this summer!

Help us slow the Summer Slide! It happens to many disadvantaged children this season. They tread water at best or even fall behind, while higher-income children build their skills steadily during the summer months.

Summer learning loss accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade.

The good news is that we can close the gap and help students stay on track even when they are out of school. It’s as simple as making sure kids have access to books and enriching activities, a caring adult to help them improve their reading and math skills, and good nutrition to help focus the mind.

Here are three ways YOU can help:
  1. Sign up to be an Emerging Reader and create fun book packages for a local student.
  2. Gather your work team and volunteer to read with kids during Season of Caring 2017.

Parents: check out these tips to keep your kids on track this summer.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

United Way Campaign Kickoff Celebration
Wednesday, August 30, 5:00pm Registration/Networking, 5:30pm Program
Celebrate the start of our annual campaign at the Milwaukee County Zoo!
RSVP here.

United Way’s Season of Caring 2017
August – December 2017
Create a workplace team to get out in the community or coordinate an on-site activity and volunteer together!
Browse opportunities.

HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes
August 5, 9:00am – 11:00am
Help promote wellness and prevent infant mortality by joining us for this fun annual event.
Register here.

Help us Fill Backpacks!
Saturday, August 5, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Stop by Boston Store at Brookfield Square Mall to fill backpacks with school supplies to benefit local students in need. No registration necessary.
Learn more.

Ready, Set, Grow! Resource Fair for Families with Young Children
Saturday, August 12, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Music! Snacks! Face painting! Haircuts! Learn more about developmental screenings and other resources available for you and your family. No registration necessary.
Learn more.

Leadership Panel: Generational Inclusiveness in the Workplace
Tuesday, August 15, 7:30am – 9:00am
Join the Emerging Leaders for a panel discussion on creating the best work environment for all generations.
Learn more and register.

IT United Member Connect
Wednesday, September 6, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Gain insights from technology entrepreneurs on how to accelerate the growth of our local startup ecosystem.
Learn more and register.

Diversity Leadership Society Service Day
Friday, September 8, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Join the Diversity Leadership Society at Guest House of Milwaukee for the final harvest and clean-up of the Cream City Gardens! Shorter shifts available.
Learn more and register.

Retire United Connection: Preparing for Unexpected Costs
Tuesday, September 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Join Retire United to hear from local experts on preparing for unexpected costs.
Learn more and register.

Milwaukee LIHF Quarterly Convening
Tuesday, September 12, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative is dedicated to improving community conditions that support healthy birth outcomes. All are welcome to this meeting to learn more and get involved in the work of Milwaukee LIHF.
Learn more and register.

United Way Men’s Seminar
Tuesday, September 19, 9:00am
Volunteer as a resume or interview coach for this free seminar aimed at helping local men build confidence and secure employment.
Register here.

Waukesha Women’s Job Seminar
Friday, September 29, 8:00am
Volunteer as a resume, interview, or assessment coach for this free seminar for women looking to find a job or explore a new career.
Register here.

Project ReUNITED*
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
See and shop new designs from past Project Runway contestants while supporting United Way’s Community Fund.
Check out designer Linda Marcus talking about the event on TMJ4’s The Morning Blend.
Get tickets.

Women United SPREE*
Thursday, November 2, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind luxury shopping experience with a collection of local, women-owned retailers. Proceeds will benefit United Way’s Community Fund.
Get tickets.

*Save $30 when you buy tickets to both events. Learn more.

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