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  • 10 Aug 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Drive will meet the needs of students when school begins

    (Milwaukee – August 10, 2020) The Milwaukee Urban League Guild’s annual effort to help students have the supplies needed for a successful school year is shifting to a online school supply drive for the 2020-21 school year. The Virtual Back-to-School Drive, which runs through August 31, provides support for several Milwaukee Public Schools that Milwaukee Urban League partners with in the 53206 and 53212 zip codes. Those zip codes are among the poorest areas of Milwaukee.

    “Whether children attend school virtually or face-to-face, they still need pens, pencils, paper, and other supplies to complete their homework and learn,” says Milwaukee Urban League Guild president Cynthia Stokes-Murray. “Students, families, and teachers depend on the supplies donated by the community. Without the generous contributions of so many people, students would struggle.”

    It is easy to participate in the Virtual Back-to School Supply Drive. Just visit the Milwaukee Urban League Guild website and click on the Visit the Registry Site link. Users are then directed to a special page on the Target website with links to all the items on the school supply list. After individuals make choices and check out, the materials are directly sent to the Guild, which will distribute the supplies to students.

    “Students need our help and support now more than ever,” states Stokes-Murray. “Current economic conditions caused by COVID-19 are hitting poor families especially hard. Unless we all step up, children may be without needed supplies this year.”

    The Milwaukee Urban League Guild was formed as an auxiliary in 1970 to support the Milwaukee Urban League. The goal of the Guild is to design fundraising opportunities and programs that support the community served by Milwaukee Urban League.

  • 3 Feb 2020 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    Spectrum today announced The Milwaukee Urban League has been awarded a $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant for its Digital S.O.S. program, as part of a $5 million national commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the country.

    “We are proud to support The Milwaukee Urban League, whose Digital S.O.S. program will help further our mission to provide families and seniors in the Milwaukee area with the necessary tools to grow and prosper in the digital age,” said Rahman Khan, Vice President of Community Impact for Charter Communications, Inc.

    The funding from Spectrum’s Digital Education Grant creates a mobile computer lab that supports the Milwaukee Urban League’s efforts to offer employment and education services at churches, schools and community engagement events. With a new mobile lab, the organization can now showcase program offerings at off-site education workshops, senior living facilities, employment fairs, conferences, and utilize the mobile lab during its annual Youth Summit.

    “This generous grant from Spectrum helps the Milwaukee Urban League bridge the invisible – but very real – digital divide across parts of Milwaukee’s African-American community,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, President and, CEO of Milwaukee Urban League. “We will now be able to share important information about our successful education and workforce development programs, helping more individuals improve their lives.”

    Spectrum Digital Education Grants is Charter’s philanthropic initiative supporting nonprofit organizations that help local community members improve their lives through digital education. This support includes financial and technology grants, PSAs and technical assistance for local nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the company received more than 200 eligible applications and awarded grants to 31 organizations across 13 states. Since the inception of Spectrum Digital Education in 2017, the company has awarded 71 financial and technology grants to local nonprofits in 41 communities.

    Charter Communications, through its Spectrum brand, is committed to improving communities and impacting lives where our customers and employees live and work. More information on Spectrum Digital Education and Charter’s other signature program, Spectrum Housing Assist — a commitment to engage employees and community volunteers to improve 50,000 homes by 2020 — is available at communityimpact.spectrum.com.

    About Spectrum

    Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV®, Spectrum Internet®, Spectrum Voice®, and Spectrum Mobile™. Spectrum Business® similarly provides scalable, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to small and medium sized business organizations, including Internet access, business telephone, and TV services. Spectrum Enterprise is a national provider of scalable, fiber-based technology solutions serving many of America's largest businesses and communications service providers. Charter’s advertising sales and production services are sold under the Spectrum Reach® brand. Charter’s news and sports networks are operated under the Spectrum Networks brand. More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.

    About Milwaukee Urban League

    The Milwaukee Urban League was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest Urban League affiliates in the country. Its mission is to empower communities and change lives by creating economic equity and vibrancy through education and employment, especially in Milwaukee’s African-American community.

  • 31 Jan 2020 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski brought Governor Evers’ Retirement Security Task Force to Milwaukee today to hear directly from small business owners and individuals about the barriers they face in saving for a financially secure retirement. The listening session took place at the Milwaukee Urban League in Milwaukee, with a formal task force meeting taking place afterwards. This is part of a broader effort by the State Treasurer to hear directly from Wisconsinites on what can be done to address the retirement crisis. 

    “Before we can truly develop solutions as a task force, we need to hear from Wisconsinites first-hand on the challenges they face when it comes to saving for a financially secure retirement,” said Treasurer Godlewski. “People work their entire lives and deserve the chance to not have to worry about going into poverty later in life.” 

    In addition to in-person testimonies, the agenda for the task force meeting included a presentation on a poll of 501 Wisconsin small business owners by AARP Wisconsin. Key findings from their report show that 70% of small business owners think more should be done to encourage Wisconsin residents to save for retirement, and 80% agree retirement savings options help small business attract employees and stay competitive. 

    “Our small business owners employ nearly half the workforce here in Wisconsin,” said Treasurer Godlewski, “So when they are concerned about their personal savings and their employees, we need to step up to the plate and offer solutions that work for them.” 

    Hard-working Wisconsinites deserve peace of mind when it comes time to retire, and we risk the long-term financial health of our state if no action is taken. Leading the Retirement Security Task Force, State Treasurer Godlewski is working to build a greater understanding of the challenges people face and bring pragmatic solutions to the table. The Task Force will be presenting their report to the Governor’s office in August. 

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