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United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement

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Give to the root and you’ll nourish all the branches.

Led by United Way's Diversity Leadership Society, this initiative is anchored in the belief that all adults of working age should have the opportunity to obtain permanent employment with a livable wage at a workplace where they are treated with dignity and have opportunities for advancement. This helps families create safer, more stable, and healthier homes.

In the second quarter of 2021, the Black unemployment rate in the US was 9.2% as compared to the white unemployment rate of 5.1%.

Together we can get to the root of that problem. It starts with systemic change. To dismantle systemic inequities means we change those systems that are not working. It means we invest in people in order to produce better outcomes. 


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New and increased gifts to Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement are doubled by ManpowerGroup from 7/1/22 to 6/30/23 up to $200,000.


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The Pillars

This work is focused on four key pillars.

Education, training, and credentials
Supporting programs that help adults obtain their GED, learn a new skill or trade, or earn a new certification.


Supporting programs that provide innovative transportation solutions and/or assist with driver’s license recovery.

Involvement in the justice system
Advocating for policy change that assists individuals who were involved in the justice system, with a focus on strengthening workplace re-entry

Diverse talent retention
Collaborating and advancing equitable research and evaluation to retain diverse talent in Wisconsin.

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Special Thanks to our Reducing Barriers to Employment & Advancement Sponsor