Join Us for a Month of Livestreams About Giving Back

Lend a helping hand this holiday through our Give Back MKE campaign.

There are a lot of reasons to be proud of the city we call home, and our willingness to lend a hand and help one another is no expectation. As a result, it comes as no surprise that according to Serve Wisconsin, our city ranks fourth in the nation for volunteering.

And after a year like 2020, our community needs more help than ever, so we’ve partnered with the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network to launch our Give Back Milwaukee campaign! We hope to encourage you to show that Milwaukee generosity we’re known for and support your community in whatever way you can.

We’ve lined up a Livestream series to highlight a handful of the many deserving organizations in our community. Through the month of December, we will sit down with these organizations to discuss the ways we can give back. Join us live on Facebook, starting on Giving Tuesday, Dec.1 at noon for our first live stream!



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Livestream Lineup

Week 1:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1: Wisconsin Philanthropy Network has partnered with Milwaukee Magazine to launch our Give Back MKE campaign. Join us for our first Livestream to learn more about the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network and their professional development, research services and networking opportunities.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2: Lyn Hildenbrand from The Gathering will talk about the organization’s initiative to alleviate hunger in Milwaukee while showing respect and dignity to those in need of their services. The Gathering provides meals for individuals who would go without nourishment six days of the week.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3: The Special Olympics is more than just a sports organization. The Special Olympics focuses on encouraging inclusivity, equality and empowerment for those with intellectual disabilities. Christa Shields will sit down to discuss the way the organization works to instill a community of acceptance where those with disabilities can become valued and welcomed members of their communities.
  • Friday, Dec. 4: Linda Fausel from the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative will discuss the unique programs and services the initiative provides for homeless and at-risk veterans. Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative’s mission is to help veterans in need reach and sustain their highest level of independence.

Week 2:

  • Monday, Dec. 7: Make-A-Wish Wisconsin will join us to discuss the life-changing wishes they grant for children fighting critical diagnoses. 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County is an organization that works to confront major community issues regarding health, education and financial stability. Amy Lindner will sit down to speak about the charity and volunteer opportunities the organization has for others to give back.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9: Andrea Roberts from GPS Education Partners will share more about how they equip students with work and life skills to help them succeed in technical careers. One of the ways GPS Education is able to prepare the students is through work-based learning experiences such as apprenticeships.
  • Thursday, Dec. 10:  Hear from Safe & Sound, which focuses on building safe and empowered neighborhoods. Through their work, they are able to unite residents in these neighborhoods and implement public safety efforts.
  • Friday, Dec. 11: Learn more about Operation FINALLY HOME from senior vice president of marketing, Molly Halliday. Operation FINALLY HOME provides peace of mind to veterans, first responders, and widows of the fallen by providing them with custom-made, mortgage-free homes along with home modifications to better accommodate wounded, ill, or injured veteran’s needs.

Week 3: 

  • Monday, Dec. 14: Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund’s Heather Weininger will sit down to talk about providing pregnant women with financial resources to raise their children and empower youth.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16: The International Institute of Wisconsin works to provide programs and services for immigrants through low-cost family-based immigration and naturalization counseling. The Institute additionally helps to resettle refugees who have fled their homes due to persecution. Tune in to learn more about The Institute’s mission.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17: Tune in to hear from Ginny Finn from the YWCA. The YWCA is an organization working to eliminate racism and empower women. 
  • Friday, Dec. 18: Learn more about the work Outreach Community Health does through behavioral and community health services, including work with the homeless.

Week 4: 

  • Monday, Dec. 21: Director of Supported Parenting Program of Catholic Charities, Sarah Matson, joins us to discuss the support they provide to those affected by poverty. Their work helps a wide range of individuals such as pregnant moms, those with disabilities and refugees. 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 22: President and CEO of Kathy’s House, Patty Metropulos will sit down to talk about the hospital guest house’s commitment to providing lodging for families coming to Milwaukee for life-saving medical care, while also creating a supportive environment for them during this time.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23: Tune in to the final Livestream where State Director Elizabeth Koehler from The Nature Conservancy will join us to share more about the conservancy’s mission to protect nature and preserve life in order to create a world where people and nature can thrive side by side.



Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck