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Living Local tells the stories that connect us in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington & Ozaukee Counties through interviews and personal testimony. Hosted by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County staff and donors, we cover topics ranging from fatherhood to homelessness, volunteering to school readiness…and everything in between. Our communities’ toughest issues affect all of us because we are all connected. Have a listen. Join us. Live United.

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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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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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Podcast: Dignity at Work

January 26, 2020

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Diversity. Equity...and inclusion. These words seem to be on the minds of leaders in every company, regardless of the industry. While organizations are attempting to create a better workplace culture for their employees, a term often lost in the weeds is dignity. Dignity is the right to be valued, treated with respect, and ultimately allowing a person to maintain a sense of pride and self-worth through various interactions. Dignity is a concept that exists within the intersections of diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Podcast: The Faces of Change

December 22, 2020

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During this time of reflection, a lot of us are looking back on a year more challenging than any of us could have imagined.

Annually, United Way provides funding to hundreds of local programs that run the gamut from early childhood education to disabilities services to employment support to food security. In a normal year their work is astounding, and this year, when both need and uncertainty were higher than ever, our local nonprofit partners showed us all what it means to serve our community.

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Podcast: Reimagine Our World

Octboer 7, 2020

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Change. It’s the one word we all got to know a little bit better in 2020.

COVID19 has impacted all of our lives, but many members of our community were already struggling before the pandemic hit. Issues like housing instability, living paycheck to paycheck, and navigating serious health concerns were only amplified by COVID19. And the need keeps growing.

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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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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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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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