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2021 Community Campaign


2021 Community Campaign



United Way’s 2021 Community Campaign runs now through December with a fundraising goal of $55.5 million.

This year's campaign co-chairs are Coreen Dicus-Johnson (Network Health), Mark Irgens (Irgens), Dr. Joan Prince (UWM – retiree), and Stacy Williams (Baird) who are supported by our 2021 Campaign Cabinet

We need your help to make this year's campaign a success! If your workplace runs a United Way campaign, please donate through your workplace this year. If not, donate to the Community Fund today!


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Missed our 2021 Community Campaign Kickoff? Watch a recording here.

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2021 Summer investments for youth announced

Children playing at camp

July 12, 2021

In an effort to curb summer slide for local students, and with generous community support, United Way has announced $1 million dollars in summer educational programing. 

Nine out of ten teachers spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year. Investing in summer programing is key to school year success.

"The past 15 months have presented significant challenges to our community's young people, including so much disruption to their academic and social lives,” said Nicole Angresano, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “United Way wanted to make sure to provide extra summer support to those organizations who are creating safe spaces for young people to get back to what they need and love: academic enrichment, jobs, the arts, sports and some good old summer recreation."

United Way is excited to support the following programs.

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Meet the 2021 Philanthropic 5

Head shots of all five philanthropic 5 award winners

June 29, 2021

Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders honors 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. Thank you to our longtime event sponsor, BMO Harris Bank, and our media sponsor, Milwaukee Business Journal! 

Meet our 2021 award winners: Mark Boergers, Caitlin Cullen, Clintel Hasan, James Madlom, Bob VanHimbergen, and Philanthropic Youth winner Anya Ramos.

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Use your voice! Advocate for Right to Counsel for tenants facing eviction.

Image: A gavel

May 13, 2020

Written by Colleen Foley, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee

The goal of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Safe & Stable Homes initiative is to end family homelessness. A major contributor to family homelessness and housing instability in our community is eviction. While COVID-19 eviction moratoria and related public funding have provided relief, evictions nonetheless continue at a steady pace. And data from the last several pre-pandemic years show nearly 14,000 annual eviction filings in Milwaukee County alone. 

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Podcast: Addiction & Mental Health

Image: Mother and daughter holding hands

May 5, 2020

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At United Way, we know that mental health support is key to ensuring everyone in our community can live a healthy and successful life.

Mental health support is at the core of every program and initiative at Meta House, which is funded in part by donations to United Way. 

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Coffee & Conversation: Samantha Mitchell

March 3, 2020

Recently, Katie Kuhn sat down with Samantha Mitchell, engagement manager of diversity and inclusion initiatives at United Way. Samantha spoke about how the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement initiative, championed by the Diversity Leadership Society, adapted to the changes of the past year and found new and innovative ways to connect local individuals with meaningful employment opportunities. Samantha also celebrated the success of the 2020 Men's Job Seminar, which went virtual and had greater participation than ever before. Click the image above to hear the full conversation. 

Learn more about the Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement initiative and United Way's Diversity Leadership Society. 

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United Way expands funding for free tax prep

Image: United Way funding supports free tax preparation services across the community.

March 24, 2020

The 2020 tax season has presented its own unique set of challenges. Due to COVID-19 precautions, many free tax preparation sites closed their doors and funding for these essential services has gone down. 

At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, we know that access to key financial resources like free tax preparation can make a huge difference for individuals and families struggling to achieve financial stability. That’s why we fund free tax preparation, including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs, in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

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Coffee & Conversation: Shannon Reed

March 3, 2020

Recently, United Way's Katie Kuhn sat down with Shannon Reed, director of innovative startegies for boys and men of color, to talk about this exciting initiative. Shannon reflected on a year of adaptation and growth in 2020 and looked forward, sharing what the community can expect from this initiative in 2021. 

Learn more about the Boys & Men of Color initiative at United Way by clicking here. 

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Podcast: Black History is Milwaukee History

Image: Two people joining hands. At United Way, we are proud of our strong partnerships with local nonprofits.

February 15, 2020

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Black History is Milwaukee history, it’s Wisconsin history, it’s United Way history. This month and all year long, we celebrate and reflect on the significant achievements of African American individuals and organizations in our local community. At United Way we are fortunate to partner with local nonprofits with a rich history of serving Milwaukee’s communities of color. These organizations and the incredible individuals who lead them honor their rich legacies every day by continuing to fight for what’s right: a just, equitable, and thriving community for everyone in it. These are their stories.

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See your impact! Social Development Commission’s free tax preparation services.

Image: Milwaukee's Social Development Commission provides free tax preparation services, supported in part by United Way.

February 18, 2020

At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, financial stability is a core focus of our funding and volunteer efforts. That’s why we make grants each year to fund free tax preparation services at the Social Development Commission (SDC) in Milwaukee (seen in these pictures) and La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha. 

A major focus of these free tax preparation services is ensuring eligible families receive the appropriate tax credits. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), aimed at working households with low- to moderate income, is proven to have lifelong health, education and income benefits for children in households that receive it. However, data shows that one in five eligible households miss out on this benefit each year.

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