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Women United Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

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November 22, 2021

It’s holiday shopping season! As you prepare to head out and hunt for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, consider supporting one of these local women owned* businesses – favorites of our Women United council members. Learn more about Women United here. Happy shopping! 

*One listed business, Build-A-Bow, is not women owned, but founded by a local young entrepreneur with a great mission!  

Alia Morgan Photography 
333 Bishops Way Unit 126, Brookfield 

“Alia is an amazing photographer with great vision. She makes the experience so seamless and stress free and gives you memories that will last a lifetime. Alia can do it all, from maternity, newborn, milestones, family, seniors, weddings, you name it!” Amy O’Brien, Enterprise Holdings 

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Diversity Leadership Society Holiday Shopping Blog 2021

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November 19, 2021

Support local makers while picking up unique, beautiful, and delicious gifts for friends and family this holiday season. Members of the Diversity Leadership Society council shared a few of their favorite local Black owned businesses with us below. Learn more about the Diversity Leadership Society here. Happy shopping! 

At Peace Design 
3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee (inside Sherman Phoenix) 

“I had the honor of watching the amazing Pam McCreary think through the concept of her business and building it around the concept that everyone should have inner peace – and then watching her business grow to a Milwaukee go-to brand. It’s a favorite place for me to shop for the holiday season because her shop is full of items that are in a ‘gifty’ price range for the holidays AND I can help spread peace.”
Kaaren Neuendorf, Northwestern Mutual 

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Pride United Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

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November 17, 2021

Use your dollar to support local Queer owned businesses this holiday season! Members of the Pride United council recommend some of the local shops and restaurants where they’ll be
purchasing gifts this year.

Interested in learning more about Pride United, United Way’s newest donor network? Click here. Happy shopping!  

315 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee 

“Tasty, delicious, and unique, the restaurant Amilinda -- drawing from the flavors of Spain and Portugal -- is owned by the amazingly talented Chef Gregory Leon. I've never had a meal there that I didn't like!”  
Angela Quigley, Married In Milwaukee 

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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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It's Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Updated October 11, 2021

Written by Angela Mancuso, executive director of The Women's Center

October is here, and with the changing of the season comes an important time: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

DVAM, observed every year in October, is an opportunity to come together as a community to talk about these issues, to understand them better, to share our resources, and most importantly, to support and stand with survivors. 

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New United Way partnership safely connects students and seniors with essential food.

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October 8, 2021

For Elizabeth of Milwaukee, grocery shopping is a challenge.  

Relying on a cane for mobility, Elizabeth has a hard time getting around. However, as a mother and caregiver to her son Kyle, who uses a wheelchair, having the supplies to make healthy meals is essential.  

Thanks to Ride United Last Mile Delivery (RULMD), grocery shopping has become a little easier for Elizabeth and hundreds of seniors and students in our community.  

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Angela F. Williams named president & CEO of United Way Worldwide

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September 22, 2021

United Way Worldwide recently announced that Angela F. Williams will become the next president and CEO of the organization. Williams will be the first woman and first African American to lead United Way’s Worldwide organization. She currently serves as president and CEO of Easterseals, a role she has held since 2018. Her appointment takes effect on October 15, 2021.    

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Policy Win! Right to Counsel for tenants facing eviction has been approved.

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September 22, 2021

Update: Thanks in part to the tremendous work of our Safe & Stable Homes partners, the City of Milwaukee Common Council approved a $1.8M allocation to Right To Counsel for families facing eviction in our community! With this investment, the City of Milwaukee joins Milwaukee County, which made a two year, $2.7 million contribution to Right to Counsel in July of 2021.

May 13, 2021

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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2021 Summer investments for youth announced

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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

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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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