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Second Cohort of 2022 Racial Equity Fund Investments Announced

July 7, 2022

It affects everyone when a social system is out of balance, but people of color feel the impact most severely. Racial equity works to eliminate racial disparities and improve outcomes for everyone.

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Meet the 2022 Philanthropic 5

Head shots of All P5 Award Winners

June 29, 2022

Leadership. Volunteerism. Mentoring. Philanthropy. For some community leaders, these powerful words are something they embrace with heartfelt passion and extraordinary commitment.

Each year, United Way's Emerging Leaders honors five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who give, advocate, and volunteer for change. We do this through our Philanthropic 5 and Philanthropic Youth 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 2022 award winners: Katie Cummings, Marquayla Ellison, Rachel Hunter, Angela Pecoraro, Nick Welle, and Philanthropic Youth winner Amira Adams.

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2022 Pride United Equity Fund Announced

Pride Flags

June 29, 2022

The Pride United Equity Fund, launched in 2021, is a new funding opportunity of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. 

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Help us Distribute 50,000 Computers in Five Years

Group of people unloading computers.

June 6, 2022

Written by Dave Berka, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County 

What do you use your computer for? For many of us, a computer helps us work, learn, shop, manage money, find resources, and connect with friends and family. For those in need, a computer is an essential tool to find safe housing, seek help, secure employment, access nutritious food, and so much more. 

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Community Schools High School Highlights

May 31, 2022

The Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership (MCSP) is a collective strategy to transform schools into a place where students, families, staff, and the surrounding community can work together to ensure every student is successful. There are currently 15 Milwaukee Community Schools with more added each year.

Community School high schools wrapped up the year on May 26. It was a year of learning and adjustment for everyone as schools returned in person. Community Schools never stopped working on creating memorable experiences for students, families, staff, and community throughout the year. Look back at just some of the amazing things that took place at MSCP high schools this year. 

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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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