The Helen Bader Foundation (HBF), a leading philanthropic Milwaukee-based foundation, announced today its Board of Directors has approved $855,000 in funding for 20 Milwaukee workforce development organizations. Of these 20 grants, 15 specifically address populations in Milwaukee facing unique employment barriers that are often overlooked, such as adults with disabilities, those with vision impairments, and low-income minorities.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently reported the metro Milwaukee area unemployment rate stood at 6.9 percent for September 2012, however, some segments of the local population have unemployment rates more than four times this rate.
According to Eric Grosso, Senior Economist at the DWD, the most recent unemployment statistics from the 2011 American Community Survey estimate that, in metro-Milwaukee, unemployment among the labor pool of adults with disabilities is 25.8%, for those with vision impairments is 22.4%, and among African American males is 29.4%.
HBF recognizes that while there are current unemployment initiatives and services that assist the general population, there are segments of the population that need a different approach in order to bridge the unemployment gap. This is one of the primary reasons HBF is concentrating its current workforce development efforts on serving populations within Milwaukee that face unique barriers to employment.
“We all know that people are unemployed, but the system treats unemployment as a one-size-fits-all situation and that’s not the reality of it,” said Jerry Roberts, program officer and manager of HBF’s efforts to address workforce development. “We need to address the many, many barriers to employment in our community in order to fully address the unemployment situation as a whole.”
The United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin (UCP) is just one of the 15 organizations HBF has chosen to fund for its direct services to the unemployed. With nearly a quarter of Milwaukee’s disabled adults unable to find work, UCP plans to expand its existing program that targets six of the city’s poorest zip codes, to help job-seekers who have a range of disabilities find and maintain employment. As sole supporter of this expansion, HBF is taking on a unique opportunity to reach out to Milwaukee’s disabled population and focus on identifying those individuals who want to work, but for whom the traditional work search channels are not effective.
Similar to UCP, Wiscraft, Inc. provides workforce development programming for a population with a major barrier, Milwaukee County’s blind and visually impaired adults. Wiscraft’s “Beyond Vision” program provides skills training and personal development through its light manufacturing, machine shop, and other operations. The new HBF grant will enhance Beyond Vision’s approach to providing marketable, transferrable skills to these adults by expanding its call center and customer service operations, which provide contract services for a number of local corporations.
While many of the 15 programs that HBF is funding address specific populations that may have some job experience, Operation DREAM’s “Learning to DREAM” program attempts to reach Milwaukee’s African American males, ages 11-17, during the crucial stages of preparing and entering the workforce. This program provides education, mentoring, job training, placement and college visits. It also offers a safe haven for many of the youth and implements positive motivation through their development of skills and exposure to employment.
“It’s important that we reach youth well before they enter the workforce,” said Roberts. “The basic skills and positive attitudes they develop will not just prepare them for their first real job, but also help them build a solid career path.”
Will Allen, the founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc. holds the award he received from the Community Brainstorming Conference during its 23rd annual James Howard Baker Award dinner held Friday at the Radisson Milwaukee North Shore, 7065 N. Port Washington Road. Congratulating Allen are (left to right): Dr. Pamela J. Malone, chair of the CBC and the dinner’s MC; Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Allen, and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who was the Baker Award dinner’s keynote speaker. Allen founded Growing Power in 1993. Its mission is to transform communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of community food systems. These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy and affordable food for all residents in the community through training, active demonstration, outreach and technical assistance. Allen and Growing Power has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama and Time Magazine, which in 2010 named Allen to the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
The Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation, Inc. Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter is pleased to announce its 39th Annual Debutante Cotillion. The event will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Pfister Hotel, located on 424 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI. 53202. The theme is… 2012 – A Time To Shine: Stellar Commitment to Service and Excellence
For 39 years, young women have been presented to the Milwaukee community through the Debutante Cotillion. This AKA signature program promotes and cultivates, Scholarship, Elegance and Poise. Since the cotillion inception in 1973, Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter has used the cotillion as a means of awarding scholarship dollars to young ladies for their scholastic achievement, community service, fundraising, and overall participation in the program. Funding for the scholarships will come from patron donations and solicitations.
The Cotillion, a scholarship program, is preceded by months of community service projects, interaction and bonding in group activities. The Debs are also introduced to the principles of exemplary service, academic achievement and exceptional character embraced by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
The program will begin at 7:00pm which includes a meal. Tickets are available in advance for $65.00(per person).Please note the pageant will start at 9:00 pm.
A limited number of tickets are available with a purchase deadline of Saturday, November 17, 2012 by calling 1 (262) 637 – 7727 or if you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the scholarship fund, please make checks payable to Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 18577, Milwaukee, WI. 52318.
The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is celebrating on December 8, 2012, a great milestone in Wisconsin history, fifty years of service and accomplishments in Wisconsin and specifically in Milwaukee County. The late Frankie Jones, Hazel Maxwell, and Mildred E. Parrish organized this organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 8, 1962. The only living charter member is Judge Vel Phillips. The present chapter president is JoAnne Pollard Williamson. The gala chair is Dr. Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor, Global Inclusion and Engagement for University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, who was nominated by President Barack Obama and serves as an Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sixty-seventh Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. JoAnne Williamson, chapter president, invites you and a photographer to cover the event.
Time, Place, and Costs
The Golden Anniversary Gala will commemorate the chapter’s accomplishments of service in the areas of Services to Youth, International Trends, National Trends, and the Arts. The gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 333 W. Kilbourn Street, Milwaukee, WI, in the Grand Ballroom. The silent auction is from 11AM until noon, with the luncheon proceeding from noon until 2pm. Tickets are $75 per person.
Community Involvement over the Past Fifty Years
Over the past fifty years, The Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been of service in the community. The chapter has gifted over $300,000 in educational scholarships, provided ACT/SAT prep courses for high school students, and sent laptops in partnership with Jamaica for students and literacy. It has also adopted two Milwaukee elementary schools concentrating on social, academic, and cultural programming. The chapter is active in community voter registration initiatives. In 1966, the chapter commissioned Aaron Douglas to create an oil canvas, Song of the Towers and Aspects of Negro Life, for the governor’s mansion in Madison, Wisconsin.
Community Volunteerism Awardee – Mavis McCullum
Deputy Superintendent at the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center
The Edith Norman Finlayson Award for Volunteerism to Youth will also be awarded to community advocate, Mavis McCullum. Her volunteer work on behalf of Milwaukee’s youth is unparalleled. She is the board president emeritus of New Concept Self Development Center, a human services agency meeting family needs. Ms. McCallum is the founder and first president of the Milwaukee Youth Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. McCallum is a lifelong youth advocate and has ensured that the voices of youth have been included in citywide discussions for over 30 years. Professionally, she was the first African-American female Deputy Superintendent at the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center, and brought a voice of youth advocacy to that position.
Donation marks $100 million milestone of clothing NewThreads distributed since 1987
Thousands of area adults will have new warm clothing this winter thanks to a donation from Harley-Davidson Motor Company to NewThreads of Hope. Jackets, pants, sweatshirts, hats and gloves from the Milwaukee-based company were packaged and distributed today to 15 various community organizations.
The items, valued at roughly $1.2 million, helped NewThreads reach of milestone of distributing $100 million worth of clothing since its inception in 1987.
“As temperatures begin to drop, NewThreads has been working tirelessly to provide warm shirts, pants, coats, hats, and gloves to those in need in our community,” said Dennis J. Brand, President of NewThreads.
“NewThreads and Harley-Davidson have formed a wonderful partnership to help us meet this goal. We thank Harley-Davidson for being such outstanding corporate citizens by supporting NewThreads and, in turn, those throughout our entire community.”
Harley-Davidson has donated hundreds of thousands of new items to NewThreads over the past few years, with a total value of $6.1 million. Additionally, the company provides NewThreads with financial grants for operating and outreach.
“Harley-Davidson and NewThreads have a shared vision of freedom and independence for everyone,” said Patrick Smith, Vice President and General Manager of General Merchandise for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Our donation of new clothes helps provide a sense of greater self-sufficiency for people in our community, which is important to all of us at Harley-Davidson.”
NewThreads of Hope uses volunteers to process, sort and divide the clothing among the local social service agencies who distribute the items.
Fifteen local organizations are slated to receive items from the Harley-Davidson donation.
For more information about NewThreads of Hope, visit its website at www.newthreads.org.
NewThreads of Hope is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that acquires new, first-quality apparel, footwear, home goods and bed and bath items from local and national manufacturers and retailers and shared these products with families in need.
By forging strong relationships with non-profit agencies, NewThreads of Hope fulfills its mission to provide new clothing for new opportunities in our local community and throughout the United States.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise.
Wauwatosa, WI – Tinker the miniature horse will be
ringing bells this Saturday for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
“I think Tinker is always excited to do his share to help bring hope to
families in need,” said Major Roger Ross, Salvation Army Milwaukee County
“We train all summer and Tinker loves ringing bells for The Salvation
Army,” said Carol Takacs, Tinker’s owner.
Tinker will be ringing bells at the following locations:
Sat. Nov. 17 Holiday Craft Fair 9:00-Noon
Washington County Fair Grounds
3000 County Hwy PV
West Bend, WI
Sat. Dec. 1 West Bend Pick ‘n Save 11:00-1:30 p.m.
2518 W. Washington St.
West Bend, WI
Sat. Dec. 22 Cabela’s 10:00-Noon
1 Cabela Way
Christmas Eve West Bend Pick ‘n Save 9:00-Noon
1629 S. Main St.
West Bend, WI
To volunteer to ring bells for The Salvation Army visit
www.SAmilwaukee.org or call 414-302-4300.
Musical to benefit the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge
Wauwatosa–Gervis Myles, Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices and Friends, will host a musical benefit Friday, November 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian & Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3302 N. Sherman Blvd to benefit The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge.
Admission to the musical event is a donation of one of the following items: toiletries such as soap, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste; hats, scarves, gloves, non-perishable food items or a small cash donation.
Since 1979, the 120 bed Emergency Lodge has provided emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families.
Services are offered in a 24 hour setting that requires residents to be drug & alcohol free.
Residents stay in semi-private rooms, receive three nutritious meals a day and have laundry facilities available. Forty-one percent homeless individuals in Milwaukee suffer from mental illness.
Our social work staff has mental health expertise, education and degrees.
Each resident is assigned a primary social worker to develop an individualize plan of self-sufficiency. Part of each plan requires residents to establish income, either through employment or benefits, and to save 80% of their income in preparation for their move to housing in the community.
More than 80% of residents successfully move from shelter to safe, affordable housing each year.
Eve Hall (second from left), president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), welcomed Common Council President Willie Hines (next to Hall), U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (second from right), and Delon D. Price from American Family Insurance, to the AACC’s membership drive and networking event held recently at PAJE’, 2213 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. The AACC event, sponsored by American Family Insurance, allowed the minority business organization to mingle with Milwaukee’s top entrepreneurs and professionals while learning about the new direction and benefits of an AACC membership. American Family Insurance also shared with the gathering its business accelerator program, which offers free growth coaching for your business. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
When: November 17, 2012
Where: 3624 W. North Ave
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Wonderfully Made will be providing free chili as well! We also are accepting new or gently used coats for all ages and genders for more info please contact Montell Glover @ (414) 233-9936 or [email protected]