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A United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Blog

 

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United Way board approves flexibility in agency grant use

March 30, 2020

Written by Nicole Angresano, Vice President of Community Impact 

United Way’s Board of Directors has approved a temporary measure to give our nonprofit agency partners more flexibility in how they spend the dollars allocated to them by United Way. 

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health

Technology is a necessity, not a nice-to-have

Aerial view of an open macbook on a black background

March 24, 2020

People are finding themselves working from home without the right technology. Digital Bridge is providing technology to low-income families and nonprofits.

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  • IT United
  • Technology United

The Pfister donates food for local nonprofits

March 18, 2020

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s local nonprofit partners are experiencing increased demand for emergency food, medical equipment, cleaning supplies, and staff time.

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3 tips for acing your next job interview

March 6, 2020

On May 4, 2020, United Way and Fidelity Investments will host the annual Waukesha County Women’s Job Seminar, a  free, one-day job seminar for local women looking to develop professional skills, find a job, or explore a new career.

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Supporting homeless veterans in Waukesha County

March 3, 2020

At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, we are proud to support veterans in our community. 

In December of 2018, United Way made a $15,000 grant to the Wisconsin Veterans Network, also known as “VetsNet,” to support their work with veterans living in Waukesha County. 

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Missed our Annual Meeting? Here’s a recap.


From left: Linda Benfield, Amy Lindner, and Cory Nettles

February 28, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and hundreds of community partners gathered at Downtown Kitchen in the U.S. Bank building for our Annual Meeting. This event allows United Way donors and volunteers get the latest data on their investment, hear stories of community change they made possible, and celebrate our award winners.

Thank you to Baker Tilly, our longtime Annual Meeting sponsor.  

In case you missed it, here are some exciting updates from the 2020 United Way Annual Meeting:

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Celebrating our 2020 Annual Meeting award winners!


From left: James Mathy, Cory Nettles, David Michalski, Paula Penebaker, and Eric Collins-Dyke

March 2, 2020

On Thursday, February 27, we announced the winners of several awards at the United Way Annual Meeting. Learn more about these incredible community change-makers below.

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For DeVona Wright Cottrell, mentorship is key


DeVona Wright Cottrell

February 25, 2020

During Black History Month and all year long, we celebrate local individuals who are paving the way for the next generation of community leaders of color. Looking to get involved and make a difference? Learn more about the work of United Way's Diversity Leadership Society, Boys & Men of Color initiative, and work in Reducing Barriers to Employment for local, diverse individuals.

 

Attorney DeVona Wright Cottrell knows the importance of mentorship in helping young people of color succeed.

 

“I knew since middle school that I wanted to be a lawyer but I wasn’t sure how to get there,” recalls DeVona. “I didn’t know any lawyers.”

 

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Safe & Stable Homes: your donations are already hard at work!

February 13, 2020

In 2019, United Way and community partners announced a goal: end family homelessness in our community by 2025. The community responded by giving generously to this new initiative and those dollars are already hard at work making lasting change in our community.

Donations to United Way’s Community Fund also support this work by funding local emergency shelters, food pantries, and urgent needs.

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Chef Deborah trusted her gut and lives her dreams


Chef Deborah Spriggs-Ross (L) with friend and mentor Thelma Sias

February 18, 2020

During Black History Month and all year long, we celebrate local individuals who are paving the way for the next generation of community leaders of color. Looking to get involved and make a difference? Learn more about the work of United Way's Diversity Leadership Society, Boys & Men of Color initiative, and work in Reducing Barriers to Employment for local, diverse individuals.

Chef Deborah Spriggs-Ross trusted her gut when it told her she should be her own boss.

“I knew that if I came out of culinary school and worked for a male chef, making $8 an hour, I would not have the same story,” says Deborah.

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Shop local, shop diverse: check out these Black-owned businesses


Simplistic B.S.C, a local beauty business, hosting a table at the 2019 Recycle the Black Dollar event.

February 4, 2020

One of the most powerful decisions we make each day is where to spend our money. From delicious food to beautiful jewelry to expert wellness coaching, our community has tons of ways for you to support Black-owned businesses during #BlackHistoryMonth and all year long.

Feel good about where your dollar is going by checking out these local, diverse businesses.

Notice a business missing from this list? Let us know by filling out this form.

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More than a food pantry

January 30, 2020

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County volunteer blogger

Food is not only a basic human need, it is a source of comfort and an important part of social connectivity and human bonding. So for members of the community experiencing food insecurity, how and where they access food is important.

This is one of the driving philosophies for Friedens Community Ministries, Milwaukee’s largest network of food pantries and a longtime United Way partner.

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2019 Community Campaign: Thank you!

2019 Campaign Co-chairs: Cecelia Gore, Blake Moret, George Oliver, and Mike Flynn

December 12, 2019

Thank you to all who donated and volunteered in 2019!

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We Remember Henry Monaco

December 9, 2019

Henry Monaco knew the value of the word “community.” As a past president of United Way of Greater Milwaukee for 13 years, and 29 years of service at United Way, Henry knew that there was power in bringing people to together to make a difference in the lives of so many in our neighborhoods.

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  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health

Podcast: Good Health

December 9, 2019

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A few years ago, we shared a story about a man named John. John worked full time until his mother became ill, when he quit his job to care for her full time. Unfortunately, his employer also provided his health care coverage, and John was left without a lot of options for how to manage his diabetes.

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Cold Weather Resource Guide

November 13, 2019

As temperatures drop, please share this important information about warming rooms with folks who may benefit. We will continue to share updates on warming room resources throughout the cold-weather season.

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  • Financial Stability
  • Health
  • Homelessness

Podcast: #DVAM

October 21, 2019

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Sensitivity warning: This podcast contains references to instances of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and violence.  Please take whatever precautions necessary to protect yourself emotionally and psychologically. 

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  • Health
Categories: Health

Modernizing expungement law in Wisconsin

September 26, 2019

Written in partnership with Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, and Waukesha County Business Alliance

How do you measure the power of a job? For many, it’s measured in dollars and cents—money needed to pay for everyday expenses like housing, food, education and insurance.

For others, the power of a job goes much further than money. It’s about value and worth. It’s about confidence, empowerment and living with a purpose.

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The one period students shouldn’t have to worry about in school.

September 16, 2019

Between school, friends, family, and extra-curriculars, being a teen can be tough. And for those young people who have started to menstruate but don’t have the means to purchase hygiene supplies, it's even tougher. 

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Friendship & Food Trucks


LINC volunteers and members of the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC "Chaverim" program

September 6, 2019

At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, we love connecting people with unique opportunities to give back to their community. 

In Hebrew, the word “chaverim” means “friends,” and friendship was the theme at a recent LINC event. 

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Podcast: Ending Family Homelessness

August 29, 2019

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United Way and our community partners have set a goal: end family homelessness by 2025.

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  • Financial Stability

Lifelong Learning through Volunteerism


Gary Sprong

July 1, 2019

Written by Meghan Marsden Parsche, United Way volunteer blogger

 

Many people end up using skills they developed in their careers by volunteering in retirement. But for Gary Sprong, it was a desire to learn something new in retirement that inspired him to volunteer.

 

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Meet the 2019 Philanthropic 5

June 19, 2019

Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s who give, advocate and volunteer for change through the Philanthropic 5 Awards. The Philanthropic Youth award recognizes a youth community leader under 21 years old.

Meet our 2019 award winners: Liz Caldwell, Jilly Gokalgandhi, Mike Maschek, Jason Rae, Keith Stanley and Philanthropic Youth winner Erica Lofton.

Help us celebrate these winners at our annual Philanthropic 5 Awards event on Thursday, August 8th at Venue Forty Two. Register today!

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Podcast: Fatherhood


Hopkins Lloyd Community School parent Bobby McKnight with daughter Nivea and grandson Isaac.

June 19, 2019

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Happy Father's Day! In this episode, we celebrate the love, hard work, and quality time that local dads give to their children and explore the ways that being a dad has changed, and all the ways it never will.

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  • Education
  • Health
  • Volunteer
Categories: Education, Health, Volunteer

2019 Women United Bruncheon Recap

May 16, 2019

Each year, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council welcomes hundreds of guests to The Pfister Grand Ballroom to celebrate the impact of women on our local community. Thank you to all those that attended this year's event! Take a look at some of the highlights from today's program. 

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

Gail Lione finds Strength in Numbers with Women United

Gail Lione (left) and Linda Mellowes at the 2019 Women United Bruncheon event

May 15, 2019

Congratulations to Gail Lione on winning the 2019 Linda T. Mellowes Women Leader of the Year Award!

Gail Lione is a powerful leader and passionate advocate for women, both personally and professionally. As Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council for United Way Worldwide, Gail leads a global force of 75,000+ women dedicated to creating a world of opportunity for everyone.

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  • Women's Leadership
Categories: Women's Leadership

Retire United Event Recap: Recognizing the Signs of Normal vs. Not-normal Aging

May 10, 2019

The Retire United 2019 Spring Connection Event was an expert discussion on signs of normal versus not-normal aging. Patricia Durham, ADPC/MC, PAC Certified Trainer, PAC Certified Engagement Leader and Senior Director of Life Enrichment at Heritage at Deer Creek shared her expertise and passion for understanding dementia and assisting older adults and their families.

 

This event was sponsored by Vesta Senior Network, a local organization that helps older adults and their families navigate the world of long-term care and find the solution that is right for them.

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Podcast: The Power of a Job

April 23, 2019

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How do you measure the power of a job? For many, it’s gauged in dollars and cents, money needed to pay for everyday expenses: housing, food, education, and insurance. For others, the power of a job goes much further than money; it’s about value and worth, about confidence, empowerment, and living with a purpose.

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  • Financial Stability

Milwaukee Community School Wins Green Award!


Lincoln Avenue student "Green Team" members with their Sugar Maple Award banner.

April 22, 2019

In observance of Earth Day 2019, we celebrate the amazing achievements of one of our very own Milwaukee Community Schools!

In November 2018, Lincoln Avenue Elementary on Milwaukee’s South Side was awarded “Sugar Maple” status by Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin, the program’s highest possible designation. Lincoln Avenue is now only one of 35 schools in the state - and one of the only bilingual schools in an urban environment - to achieve this designation.

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Milwaukee Named My Brother’s Keeper Alliance “Community to Watch”


From left: Mike Peeples, Shannon Reed, and Donovan Hemphill

April 19, 2019

We are proud to announce that Milwaukee was recently named a My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) “Community to Watch.”

 

President Barack Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in 2014 to address the persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.

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