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UEDA Community News - January 2023
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Tickets on sale for Carnival Milwaukee on February 6th!

UEDA's annual fundraiser is back in-person on Friday, March 3, 2023 from 5:30-9:30 PM! We’ll be celebrating with all the local, diverse amazing food, music by De La Buena, local dance companies, a raffle, and themed drinks! This year Carnival Milwaukee will be held at The Historic Prtizlaff in downtown Milwaukee. Keep up with the latest at and look for our announcement next week! 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities from UEDA and Nonprofit Academy of WI (NAWi)
Good Trouble, a two part series webinar on how to advocate for your constituents and your community will be held on February 10 & 17 featuring Martha Collins, a co-founder of NAWi. Join the conversation and learn some effective methods of public policy and advocacy through direct contact with decision-makers and through grassroots campaigns.

Part 1 - February 10, 2023 | 9:00am |
 Virtual - Register here | Learn the importance of developing a lobbying and advocacy plan, and how to implement it.

Part 2 - February 17, 2023 | 9:00am | 
Virtual - Register here | Learn more about how to implement the plans you have created, and share important information with decision-makers. 

UEDA Member Highlights

Congratulations to these UEDA Members and Partner organizations for their employees’ recognition in the 40 Under 40 Class for 2023: Dr. Kate Essad (AdvocateAuroraHealth), Julie Niznanski (Associated Bank), Maggie Dauss (Greater Milwaukee Committee) and Evan Reed (Northwestern Mutual). Access the lists for all class members here>>

UEDA Board Member Nikki Purvis, President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce, was featured in this recent “Workforce Insights” podcast by Employ Milwaukee. She discussed challenges facing small businesses and new Federal investments to support them. Listen here>>

Congratulations to the following for receiving Federal Community Project Funds as part of the FY 2023 omnibus bill passed in December: Revitalize Milwaukee (emergency home repairs), LISC Milwaukee (predevelopment loans for affordable housing), Milwaukee Public Library (Ready to Read program), Near West Side Partners (Concordia 27 Consortium), and Milwaukee County (rehabilitate foreclosed properties). See the full list of projects sponsored by Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Senator Tammy Baldwin.

2022 Home Upgrade Grant Program is opened! Revitalize Milwaukee and Green Homeowners United have opened their home energy efficiency upgrade program for low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who own their home. The program is funded by a grant from the Public Service Commission. Upgrades aim to reduce utility bills and increase comfort. Each home will be evaluated for the improvements that best meet those goals and include things like attic insulation, gap sealing, and air conditioning, and more. Learn more about the 2022 Home Upgrade Grant Program.

The FlexRide initiative was featured by Urban Milwaukee! A micro-transit service connecting Milwaukee residents to jobs in suburban communities called FlexRide is planning to expand its service area in 2023. A number of other organizations are partnering on the project, including the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC). Read the article here >>

WWBIC's "Strong Women Strong Coffee" series recently featured client Aureal Ojeda, owner of Outwoken Tea who was also was recently featured on CBS 58! Check it out here>>

Check out this recap of the LISC Rubinger Fellowship program, which supported 49 community developers in mid-career with funding and professional development and recently came to a conclusion. This cohort included two people from the Milwaukee, Dasha Kelly and Branden Dupont who worked on projects that helped advance creative place-making and rental housing work.

Save the Date! “Working Together to Protect Wisconsin Consumers” Conference
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
| 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Madison College - Goodman South Campus, Madison
Attendance is free! The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (DATCP) is hosting this event for organizations that work with diverse and traditionally underserved communities, including community-based organizations and chambers of commerce. Topics will include the history & current state of consumer protection, housing & eviction issues, data privacy, consumer reporting with the Federal Trade Commission, and a season on how to work together. Agenda and registration link coming soon! 

Find a listing of current job openings HERE. Contact if you are a member and have an opening you would like added. And, be sure to check out the Jobs That Help website to find or list a nonprofit job opportunity in the state!

UEDA Community

February is Black History Month! Check out some of these opportunities to celebrate, learn, and connect. 

  • From the Milwaukee Public Library check out a variety of learning activities and opportunities to connect, including a reading challenge, crafting, Jeopardy, crafts, documentary screening, and more. They've also put together a curated spread of must-read books by Black authors for the reader’s advisory presentation in the library’s community room. View the full listing on the library's website>>
  • America's Black Holocaust Museum is coordinating Black Business Expo 2023 and the Magical Black Tears Experience exhibit. Learn more on ABHM's website
  • MKE Film has their Black Lens series, which has put together film screenings and events for the month. View the Black History Month Guide, purchase tickets, and the full-line up of events here
  • At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee planetarium, you can celebrate Black History Month under the stars with "Stars, Stories, & Rhythms of Africa." The free event features indoor stargazing, dancing, music and storytelling. During the month of February, the planetarium will also have three nights of indoor stargazing entitled “Under African Skies,” featuring a different guest speaker each night. The Feb. 8, 15 and 22 events cost $6 per person. Learn more here>>

In Celebration of Valentine’s Day, the City of Milwaukee would like to hear from residents, who are the heart of our City, about how the balance of ARPA funding should be spent. Alderwoman Milele Coggs sent out a press release with the listening sessions information and survey information. View the press release here You can also take the survey now in English, Spanish or Hmong. The City of Milwaukee also made an "ARPA Love MKE" website with information on the feedback initiative.

Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide. Included in the guide are trainings, toolkits, and wellness resources. You can download it here

Mark your calendars for the 2023 Alverno Community Conference on April 28, 8:45 am – 12:30 pm!
The annual Alverno Community Conference invites faculty, staff, students, alumni and the greater Milwaukee community to engage in dialogue highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing Southeastern Wisconsin. The 2023 Community Conference theme, Building a Stronger Milwaukee, aims to bring us together to celebrate our differences, open our minds, and explore various topics to strengthen our community. Session proposals are being accepted through February 9th. To submit a proposal, fill out this form. More information on the conference or view the 2022 program HERE

Community Advocates and Soares has partnered to create a Spanish-language mental health/substance use prevention workshop tailored to Milwaukee’s Hispanic/Latinx residents’ needs. This workshop will be available to the community in Spring/Summer. The project is supported by Milwaukee County’s Better Ways to Cope initiative and a SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Training grant. Soares’ work helps to fill a gap in culturally appropriate mental health services for Hispanic/Latinx individuals and families in Milwaukee County, who face many barriers to care. You can find mental health and wellness resources on PPI’s website, including “Escucha Tus Emociones: Cuida Tu Vida / Listen to Your Emotions: Care for Your Life” videos and materials, plus an interview with Soares.

Department of Children and Families published a new LGBTQ+ Resource Hub website. This website links to resources and learning opportunities for our child welfare workforce, service providers and out-of-home care providers at all levels, and children and families.  See below for additional details.

SecureFutures is looking for volunteers to serve in the Money Coach program for the spring semester! They have the goal to serve 20 sites in the Milwaukee area, and need volunteers to bring Money Coach to even more teens in the community! Please check out the volunteer recruitment flyer for a program overview and the coach role descriptions for more details. 

If you are interested in becoming a Money Coach for the spring semester, please take one minute to complete the volunteer interest form. SecureFutures is asking individuals spread the word to friends, colleagues, and others in your network who might be interested in becoming a Money Coach! 

Marquette University Trinity Fellows Program is accepting nonprofit or government applications to host a Fellow.  The Trinity Fellows Program is a 21-month work/study fellowship designed to develop emerging leaders for social and economic justice. Fellows are graduate students with a background in service, social justice, and civic engagement, who work at Milwaukee-based organizations while attaining their master’s degree.  Fellows work 18 hours per week for 21 months with their placement and organizations get supportive funding to cover the cost of a Fellow. Organization applications to host a Fellow are due February 17, 2023. The organization applications and instructions can be found here>>

Small Business & Nonprofits

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "6 Steps to Your Best Business" webinar with ActionCoach. Tune in from 12:30-2:30 on February 6th to join. Learn things like jow to turn your advertising and marketing into an investment instead of an expense, how to leverage your time to maximize efficiency and profits, and more. Register to join here

Wisconsin Center 1st Annual Gala Giveaway
The convention center, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, will gift one area 501(c)(3) organization a complimentary gala in their expanded, new state-of-the-art rooftop ballroom, set to open in spring 2024. Eligible organizations must apply using this application, which is due on March 31, 2023.

WWBIC has upcoming "Cup of Joe" events in February. Fueled by entrepreneurs, this FREE virtual networking event is for people who are focused on growing their business, expanding their business networks, and getting fresh ideas for their business. This networking event will feature a local small business owner and their journey! All are welcome. View upcoming sessions here>>>

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

WEDA Conference
February 1-3 |  Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee
The 2023 WEDA Governor’s Conference on Economic Development will feature industry thought leaders and practitioners who will cover today’s challenges and opportunities as we explore community revitalization, data-driven talent attraction, transportation, early childhood care, housing, and entrepreneurship. More information is available here>>

Community Engagement in Collective Impact
February 23-24  |  Virtual 
The Collective Impact Forum is hosting a Community Engagement in Collective Impact, an online workshop that is designed for those early in their community engagement work and will focus on foundational concepts and practices around community engagement. This workshop will also review a series of tools for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic so that community residents and grassroots leaders are true partners for achieving impact.

This session includes both a half-day workshop on February 23 from 1pm - 4:30pm ET and a coaching hour with workshop faculty to answer further questions on February 24 from 1pm - 2pm ET. Ticket are $175. Register and learn more here>>>

National Council on Disability (NCD) Listening Sessions
March 2, March 16, March 30 |  3-4:30 (ET) | virtual 

NDI is gathering feedback from the public, through three online listening sessions in March, to learn how public benefits programs (like SSI, SSDI, Medicaid and vocational rehabilitation) are working (or failing) to support people with disabilities. Join to share your ideas about policy reforms in the areas of health and employment, as critical for establishing and maintaining financial stability for working-age adults with disabilities. Learn more and register here
Member Spotlight

The Fondy Farmers Market is a 105-year-old market and Milwaukee’s largest and most diverse. It is also the springboard for Fondy Food Center’s healthy food efforts. The open air market creates space for the community to connect with each other, and the more than 40 farmers and local food producers, and makers who sell at the Market from May through November.

Learn more about the Fondy Farmers Market
Become a UEDA Member TODAY!

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UEDA Members

New & Returning Members
Fondy Food Center
Menomonee Valley Partners
Milwaukee Development Corp.

Nonprofit & Governmental

AARP Wisconsin
Acts Housing
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Burleigh Street CDC
City of Milwaukee DCD
Community First

Congress for the New Urbanism, WI
Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCSS) of Greater Milwaukee
Data You Can Use
Gateway to Milwaukee
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Groundwork Milwaukee
Guest House of Milwaukee

Harbor District
Historic King Drive BID
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
Independence First

Landmark Credit Union
Latino Chamber of Commerce
LISC Milwaukee

Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Metropolitan Milwaukee
Fair Housing Council
Milwaukee Christian Center
Milwaukee County Economic Development
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
Milwaukee Public Library
My Choice Wisconsin

PRISM Economic Development Corp.
Riverworks Development Corp.
SBA Wisconsin

Sherman Park Community Association
The Business Council
TMG Wisconsin
United Methodist Children's Services (UMCS)
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
UW Credit Union
WI Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
WI LGBT Chamber of Commerce
WI Partnership for Housing Development

WI Veterans Chamber of Commerce
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Small Businesses
Bright Horizons Real Estate
Center of Care LLC
Center for Public Skills Training
Community Charge PGH
Community Insurance Info Center

Diverse Dining
GoodFlow Enterprises
Goyke & Associates
HomeWorks Bronzeville
Jobs That Help
Lloyd Consulting, Inc.
Midwest Executive Realty
P3 Development Group

Corporations & Funders
Associated Bank, NA
AT&T Wisconsin

BMO Harris Bank
First Federal Bank
Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS
Johnson Financial Group
JPMorgan Chase
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC)

Mueller Communications
U.S. Bank

Zilber Family Foundation

Individual Members
Amy Turim
Avery L. Goodrich, Jr.
Barbara Markoff
Bob Berlan
Brittany Thome

Carol Maria
Christina Luna
Clarissa Ortiz

Cordella Jones
Dan Brophey
George Calaway
Julia O'Connor
Kathryn Berger
Kurt Paulsen
Leigh Kunde
Leo Ries
Lynnea Katz-Petted
Matthew Frederick
Montavius Jones
Rusty Borkin

Sarah Greenberg
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