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Volunteering: Behind the Numbers

Volunteers (pictured above at the 2019 Intern Day of Action) are the heart and soul of United Way.

April 1, 2022

Written by Karissa Gretebeck, United Way  

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe 

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7,300+ Households Supported!

United Way and community partners have set a goal to end family homelessness in our community.

March 22, 2022

Written by Krystina Kohler, United Way 

I want to share some exciting things going on in United Way's Safe & Stable Homes (SASH) initiative so you can see your advocacy and fundraising effects in action! 

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Helping Children Cultivate a Lifelong Love of Books

(Above left) Margy Stratton, third from right, with bestselling children's author Jason Reynolds, center. (Above right) Margy Stratton reading with her daughter.

March 14, 2022

Margy Stratton, a longtime United Way supporter who started the Emerging Readers program, has loved books all her life.  

“From book fairs and author visits at school to weekly bookstore trips with my dad and library trips with my mom, I am where I am today because I was surrounded by books,” said Margy. 

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Waukesha Overflow Shelter Keeps Families Safe

Image of beds and couches inside the  Waukesha overflow shelter.

(Above) A living area and a bedroom area in the newly-renovated Waukesha overflow shelter.

March 3, 2022

United Way and community partners have set a goal: end family homelessness in our community by 2023. 

An end to family homelessness means homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it cannot be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and one-time experience.

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2022 Racial Equity Fund Investments Announced

February 1, 2021

At United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, we believe in racial equity. We believe in building a community that offers access, resources, and the opportunity for long-term success. The Racial Equity Fund is focused on a commitment to deepen our impact as funders, partners, and conveners, especially as related to racial equity and social justice. 

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Meet our 2021 Annual Meeting Award Winners

Linda Benfield, Colleen Foley, Gunna Middleton, Mark Thomas, and Joanne Williams headshots

February 15, 2022

Congratulations to our 2021 Annual Meeting award winners. 

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Q&A with Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas headshot

January 17, 2021

Mark Thomas has been named the 2021 Linda McFerrin African American Nonprofit Leadership Award honoree. Thomas is the regional CEO and southeast Wisconsin chapter executive at American Red Cross. 

 The Linda McFerrin African American Nonprofit Leadership Award was established by United Way’s 2019-20 Board Chair Cory Nettles, founder and managing director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc. and his wife Michelle Nettles, chief people and culture officer at ManpowerGroup. The award is in honor of Linda McFerrin, retired vice president of resource development, and her 42 years of leadership and service to United Way. 

We spoke with Mark about his work, his inspirations, and how he likes to give back to his community. 

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Women United Holiday Shopping Guide 2021

image of wrapped gift

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

Image of hands holding a wrapped gift. Image of hands holding a wrapped gift. 


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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