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UEDA Community News - June 2020
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During the month of June, our Take Root Milwaukee program celebrated Homeownership Month! Along with a number of members, Take Root hosted three workshops throughout the month that connected people to resources and information that can help them buy a home, keep their current home or make needed repairs. View and share sessions here.

On June 25 we hosted our first Emerging Topic Series session of the year! In partnership with AARP Wisconsin and BizStarts we welcomed Joo Yeoun Suh, Director, Thought Leadership - Longevity Economy at AARP National to explore how individuals 50 years and older are contributing to the economy nationwide and here at home. The session was eye-opening and full of information for each of us to consider in our personal and professional lives. View slides here.

Save the Date! Our second Emerging Topic Series session is set for July 29 from 6pm-7:30pm via Zoom. We are thrilled to partner with Walnut Way Conservation Corp. to welcome welcome author, historian, economist and professor, Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, Ph.D. to discuss 'The African American Cooperative Movement: Lessons Learned for Survival & Cooperation'. Along with Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights resident, Emonia Barnett, the two will lead attendees in an informational presentation and discussion on the history of cooperative ownership within the African American community, lessons learned from past successes, and what is possible for the 21st century as we tackle a pandemic and continue to fight for genuine racial justice. This event is free and open to the public. Registration will open soon!
UEDA Member Highlights

In this op-ed, Marjorie Rucker of The Business Council encourages everyone to spend money with black-owned businesses to help them thrive.

Harbor District, Inc. will be constructing a trash collector on the Kinnickinnic River with funding from the EPA's first ever Trash Free Waters grant.

Milwaukee Public Library has put together Tools to Talk about Race and Racism, which includes a number of resources to support knowledge-seeking as a step to dismantling systemic racism and social inequity.

Through the Paycheck Protection Program, Associated Bank has provided critical support to businesses across the nation, positively impacting more than 100,000 jobs.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors latest Turnkey Renovated home is going up for sale soon! Take a look at the beautifully renovated home in this virtual home tour.

My Choice Family Care and Care Wisconsin have a new, combined entity; My Choice Wisconsin! My Choice Wisconsin offers an array of Wisconsin Medicaid programs which support Medicaid-eligible older adults and adults with physical and or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Congratulations to Bridget Robinson of Safe & Sound, Inc. on being named Senior Director of Operations & Administration!

The Commons at Greater Milwaukee Committee has successfully launched a Virtual Summer Internship program where they are helping 120 individuals gain important experience and get paid while other job and internship opportunities disappear due to the pandemic.

On August 14-15, Revitalize Milwaukee is hosting their annual Block Build MKE event where they will provide extensive repair services to 20-30 homes in the Clark Square neighborhood. Please take a look at their volunteer & sponsorship opportunities here.


Milwaukee Christian Center is hiring for a Community Outreach Assistant, Growing Connections Youth Program Coordinator, and a Construction Site Supervisor and Mentor. Find full job descriptions here.

Milwaukee Habitat is in search of a community-minded individual to serve as their Critical Home Repair Manager to oversee contractors, develop and execute scopes, schedule jobs and more.

Safe & Sound is seeking a Director of Development to oversee and implement all resource development functions for the organization.

WWBIC is hiring three positions to support their new Project Optimize initiative that focuses on providing education, training and business coaching to women and socially/economically disadvantaged business owners who have been affected by Covid-19.

UEDA Community

NOW HIRING Community Resource Navigators
Employ Milwaukee is training, employing, and deploying more than 100 Community Resource Navigators to community and neighborhood organizations, churches, shelters, isolation facilities and other public health staging areas to help: Mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the distribution of public health information and resources; Deliver medicine, food, clothing, shelter, and supplies to older or at-risk individuals; Aid in contact tracing; Provide information on how to access mental health resources to individuals suffering from significant additional psychological stress and anxiety about the ongoing public health concerns and their risk of exposure; Provide information on how to access unemployment benefits, dislocated worker resources, or current job openings. Positions will last for 3-6 months and pay up to $17/hour (part-time). Details on how to apply or serve as a host site can be found here.

Rental Assistance is Available to Help Prevent Eviction
Community Advocates, the Apartment Owners Association of Southeast Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee, IMPACT 211, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Mediate Milwaukee and Milwaukee County along with various other housing and eviction support service organization launched the Rental Housing Resource Center earlier this year to help renters and landlords best navigate the eviction process and more strategically connect each party to resources and help. The Rental Housing Resource Center created a Rent HelpLine for tenants and landlords who are having financial problems because of the coronavirus crisis. To get connected to rent assistance or other resources, call 414-270-4646, email or fill out the rent assistance application online. Residents can also connect via IMPACT 211. Learn more about the RHRC.

Milwaukee County $10 Million Housing Initiative
Seven million dollars of the initiative is being allocated to eviction prevention, which will help an estimated 2,000 households with the amount each household gets varying on a case by case basis. Of the remaining $3 million, $2 million will go to housing acquisition and the other $1 million will go to mortgage assistance. Learn more >>

MATC ReStart Program for Returning Students
The ReStart provides a scholarship for eligible returning students to pay off up to $1,500 of a past-due balance owed to the college for items such as tuition, books and other fees. To be eligible, you must have an existing MATC student account balance (past due debt) of $1,500 or less from attending MATC between Fall 2009 and Spring 2018. More information & Application.

WWDA Drive Thru Job Fair | July 15
Wisconsin Workforce Development Association's first ever statewide Drive Thru Job Fair will let job seekers stay safely in their cars while collecting job postings and career opportunities. The job fair is open to all employers seeking employees for current job openings. Registration is required. Locations and details on how to participate here.

Summer Bike Drives for Youth | July 18 | August 15
Milwaukee County Parks, the Milwaukee County Office on African American Affairs, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Milwaukee Police Department, the Office of Violence Prevention, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, in partnership with Feeding 100 Mouths, will be hosting Bike Drives throughout the summer so that kids can ride bikes and practice social distancing safely. They’re looking for volunteers and new or gently used bikes and equipment for their events. Each event will provide volunteers with PPE gear and volunteers will be asked to practice social distancing. Contact Prianca Lal for more information at View & Share Flyers.

  • July 18 | 9am-5pm: King Center, 1531 W. Vliet St., and Kosciusko Center, 2201 S. Seventh St.
  • August 15 | 9am-5pm: Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., and Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Small Business & Nonprofit

MMAC Rebuild and Revitalize Small Business Grant
The fund will provide immediate short-term grants to recapitalize businesses damaged during the recent demonstrations by helping fund physical repairs, replace inventory and meet other pressing needs.
Details & Application here.

Small Business Financial Outcomes During COVID-19
Research published by JPMorgan Chase focuses on how cash balances of small businesses were impacted during the last few months, noting that typical small business cash balances dropped 12.7 percent after the onset of COVID-19, but rebounded by the end of April. View full report.

Confronting & Closing Milwaukee’s Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
The Building Movement Project (BMP) conducted its second national Race to Lead Survey last summer and now has results available to share. To learn about local findings and learn how to engage, register for the July 14 Webinar: Race to Lead in the Milwaukee Area. The Milwaukee brief follows the release of the new national report, Race to Lead Revisited, available here. The webinar presenters are Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Tessa Constantine of the Building Movement Project. They will be joined by panelists: Ashley Lee (Public Allies Milwaukee), Meralis Hood (City Year Milwaukee), Undraye Howard (Alliance for Strong Families & Communities).

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Reopening During COVID-19
June 30 | 10AM | Zoom

Are you reopening your business or facility - or are you planning to start the process soon? Or maybe you are already operating but you have questions about whether you are doing well in order to keep everyone safe. Join the Hispanic Collaborative, African American Chamber of Commerce and Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen for a virtual Q&A session. Register Here >>

The Changing Landscape & Your Nonprofit
July 1 | 11AM | Virtual Conference

Six workshops will be offered during this one-day virtual conference, including topics like Integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity into Your Board Culture and Fundraising Through Fear and Uncertainty.
Register Here >>

2020 Virtual Prosperity Now Summit
September 30-October 2

The summit will offer deep-dive learning labs, sessions covering the topics most important to the current climate and the people you serve, virtual networking opportunities, special events and group activities. Register Here >>

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Member Spotlight

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a neighborhood organization founded in 2000 by Lindsay Heights residents to reclaim and redevelop the economic health and vitality of their community.

Programming focuses on Community Mobilization, Economic Prosperity, Environmental Stewardship, Green Jobs and Health and Wellness.

Community Wealth Building Campaign at Walnut Way
 Driven by neighborhood leaders, this program focuses on cultivating neighbors’ skills and gifts, what people have, versus deficits and needs.  Neighbors are given opportunities to identify and develop their skills and interests, start or grow a businesses and help each other along the way.

You can learn more about Walnut Way and their Community Wealth Building work here and at our Emerging Topic Series Session on July 29.

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My Choice Family Care
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PRISM Economic Development Corp.
Public Allies Milwaukee
Safe & Sound

Sherman Park Neighborhood Assn.
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YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Small Businesses
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Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
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James Hill
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