Voices United

 

Voices United

A United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Blog

 

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Empowering school staff to create positive environments for students of color.


 

August 11, 2020

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is proud to support Community Schools, an initiative to transform schools into places where parents, teachers, staff, and neighborhoods can work together to ensure success for every student. 

In Milwaukee there are 12 Community Schools. Each Community School may use different strategies and activities to improve its school and community, but all share three guiding practices: shared leadership, equity, and cultural relevance.

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Meet the 2020 Philanthropic 5

July 21, 2020

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. Thank you to our longtime event sponsor, BMO Harris Bank, and our media sponsor, the Milwaukee Business Journal! 

Meet our 2020 award winners: Mary Ferwerda, Ashely Hines, Sean Lowe, Lindsey & John Muchka, Brandon Tschacher and Philanthropic Youth winner Britny Helmrich.

Help us celebrate these winners at our virtual Philanthropic 5 Awards event on Wednesday, August 12.
Register today!

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Gerry Coon on Pride, racial justice, and a hopeful future


Gerry Coon (L) and Casey Renn

June 29, 2020

June is Pride Month, celebrating the dignity, equality, and visibility of all in the LGBTQ+ community. At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, we are honored to partner with and support local organizations fighting for a healthier, safer, and more equitable community for all LGBTQ+ individuals. 

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Yolanda and 211 connect people in need during COVID-19 to life-saving support


Yolanda on the phone at IMPACT 2-1-1 in January 2020

June 15, 2020

Donations to United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County help local people access life-saving resources. 

Yolanda is a Community Resources Specialist with IMPACT 2-1-1, a hotline and online portal for people in need to access resources. Yolanda and her team are the first points of contact for individuals calling for help. 

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Drive-thru tax assistance program helps local family achieve a financial dream

June 15, 2020

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County supports programs that help local families achieve their financial goals. 

For Raymond, a local firefighter and father of four, tax season used to be stressful. 

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A Message from Amy Lindner

June 3, 2020

Written by Amy Lindner, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

It has been over one week since the murder of George Floyd. A death that followed the police killing of Breonna Taylor and others whose names we know and don’t. I’ve finally had a chance to sit down, collect my thoughts, and attempt to wrap my head around this horrific event.

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COVID-19 Impact Update with Nicole Angresano

May 27, 2020

Written by Nicole Angresano, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. 

I have been in my role with United Way for over 13 years, and I’ve got to tell you—I thought I had seen it all. Natural disasters and economic downturns—these are things you prepare for in philanthropy. 

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health
  • Volunteer

United Way hosts blood drive to benefit American Red Cross

May 10, 2020

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County team embraces any opportunity to give back in creative ways. 

COVID-19 has created a lot of unique challenges for nonprofits, and the American Red Cross is no exception. Due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations, equalling hundreds of thousands of blood donations lost across the country, they are more in need of donors than ever before.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health
  • Volunteer

Your donation may qualify for an increased charitable deduction

April 20, 2020

Here’s another great reason to consider a gift to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund:

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), signed into law on March 27,  provides additional incentives for those looking to give charitably during the 2020 tax year.

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health
  • Volunteer

5 ways to show love during COVID-19

April 6, 2020

With children at home, an service project can be a great addition to your day’s activities. However, the health and safety of your family and others are extremely important, so be sure to stay safe avoid touching and sharing items that you’ve touched with others outside your home. 

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  • Agency Partners
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health
  • Volunteer

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
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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
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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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