United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Women United

Mary Ellen Stanek named Linda T. Mellowes "Woman of the Year"

Join us on Thursday, June 10, for the Women United Bruncheon as we celebrate Mary Ellen Stanek, this year's Linda T. Mellowes "Woman of the Year" award recipient. Among Mary Ellen's significant contributions throughout our community, she was a long-time member of United Way's Board of Directors; a driving force behind the launch of our incredibly successful Women United donor network; a founding member of the Women United Endowment Fund supporting Teen Pregnancy Prevention; and a past United Way campaign co-chair.

In addition to honoring Mary Ellen, attendees will receive an update on United Way's Teen Pregnancy Prevention initiative. Please join us for this year's virtual event and register here.

Retire United

Volunteer opportunities

Retire United believes in the power of volunteerism. While we aren't able to participate in our group volunteer activities just yet, there are still many opportunities with United Way's agency partners looking for volunteers.

Whether you want to volunteer once a month or once a week, there are many options to choose from!

Technology United

Thank you vaccine clinic volunteers & Generac Power Systems!

Throughout the month of April, United Way volunteers assisted FEMA and the City of Milwaukee at the state’s largest vaccination clinic at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Corporate and individual volunteers were at the core of the operation, managing everything from welcoming patients, answering questions, monitoring post-vaccine observation and more.

A special thanks to the Generac Power Systems IT Team, who was among the list of volunteer group that stepped in to play a critical role in improving the public health of our community. Tim Dickson, CIO Advisory Board member and Technology United Council member, had this to say about his experience:
"As a part of giving back to the local community, the Generac IT Team decided to dedicate their time to vaccine distribution efforts. It was a high energy day of showing support for the initiative, physically assisting local residents to get their vaccine, and transitioning them throughout the process. It was great to get a chance to #payitforward and provide value to a community that has been so good to Generac and our team members."
Thanks in part to volunteer support, the Wisconsin Center has administered more than 40,000 doses of the vaccine to our community members.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Spring Leadership Panel

Every spring and fall our Emerging Leaders hold a Leadership panel where notable executives discuss important local topics. This year's spring panel will be held on May 20 from 5pm to 7pm and will be held virtually on Zoom.

We will be highlighting notable executives (listed below) and their plans for "bounceback" – the many paths to returning to normal. To ensure thoughtful discussion, space is limited so please RSVP.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Amy Lindner
Timothy Baack
The Tandem
Caitlin Cullen
Hansberry-Sands Theater Company
Corry Joe Biddle
We Got This & Running Rebels
Andre Lee Ellis
Grand Avenue Club
Rachel Forman
Diverse Dining
Emerald Mills

LINC (lead. impact. network. change.)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Earlier this month LINC Committee members and Emerging Leader Council members gathered for a socially-distanced photo shoot to show their support for sexual assault survivors.

The group is gathering online to learn more about Denim Day, get training on how to speak to sexual assault survivors, and make volunteer items for survivors.

Thank you to our sponsor, Milwaukee Harley-Davidson.

May is Older Americans Month

On the afternoon of May 25, LINC members will be doing some socially-distanced volunteering as they partner with Eras Senior Network to do yard clean up and beautification for area seniors. Afterwards groups will meet for a socially-distanced beer at a local beer garden. Not ready yet for in person volunteering? You can help us by making calls to isolated seniors from the comfort of your home.

Space is extremely limited. If you are interested in registering or being a sponsor of this event, please contact Casey Renn.

Diversity Leadership Society

Council member spotlight: Samantha Maldonado

Samantha Maldonado joined United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society Council to be a part of the conversation, enact positive change, and act as a catalyst to bring awareness to why we need to intentionally invest in our diverse community.
“As a community we need to rally and have the difficult conversations about what is needed to create access, opportunity, and equity for our underestimated population. I feel compelled as part of this lived experience to contribute my perspective and move us forward."
Fun facts... Samantha enjoys black and white photography, going on long hikes, slowing down to read a book, Marvel, chicken tikka, and sparkling rosé!"

Leadership Society

Leadership Registry

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Leadership Registry, which recognizes donors that contributed $1200 or more in 2020, is going digital this year. Later this spring you will receive a private link to access the registry online.

We are excited to celebrate you, our most generous donors!

Additional Ways to Make An Impact

Learn how you can improve our community's future by joining the Legacy Society. Support your community for generations to come and create your will for free by using www.freewill.com/unitedway.

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