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Hunger Task Force goes head to head with other cities in Facebook campaign
Milwaukee-based Hunger Task Force was recently selected by Roundy’s Foundation to participate in an online food drive on Roundy’s Facebook page. Hunger Task Force is going up against food banks from Madison, Green Bay, Wausau and Minneapolis.
The organization is encouraging Milwaukee resident’s to ‘like’ The Roundy’s Foundation Facebook page and then vote for Hunger Task Force.
Roundy’s will donate a can of food to the full donation every time someone ‘likes’ the page. The food bank that receives the most votes will receive the food donation.

Historical Society receives major gift
The Wisconsin Historical Society recently received a $500,000 gift from the Jeffris Family Foundation. The gift will establish the Fuldner Heritage Fund and represents a major step toward the $77 million goal of the organization’s Forward!, campaign.
This endowed fund, named in honor of Henry Fuldner who served on the Jeffris Family Foundation board for 30 years, will recognize Wisconsin heritage by funding the preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations in Wisconsin. The National Register is the nation’s official list of places deemed significant in American history and culture.
"Properties with awe-inspiring histories are vitally important to the identity of their communities. The Wisconsin Historical Society wishes to collect, preserve and share those stories," said Jim Draeger, deputy state historic preservation officer. "By recognizing rare, unique or distinctive properties and encouraging their preservation, we can tell important Wisconsin stories in a compelling and authentic way, allowing people to experience firsthand places that tell us who we are and where we come from."
The Fuldner Heritage Fund will support the preparation of National Register nominations in communities such as small towns and rural areas that are not eligible for other funding. The fund will ensure that important properties are discovered, documented and made eligible for other preservation benefits like historic preservation tax credits, technical assistance, eligibility for private and public grant funds, and special consideration in federal and state planning. It would include properties associated with events of state or national importance, and those with high architectural qualities, including National Historic Landmarks.
The Society will begin contracting for nominations from the Fuldner Heritage Fund in September of 2012.

Outpost donates $30,000 grant to Walnut Way
Outpost Natural Foods recently presented a $30,000 grant to the Walnut Way Conservation Corp. This one-time grant is an opportunity for Outpost to extend its partnership with Walnut Way and to further contribute to efforts to strengthen the central city. For over six years, Outpost and Walnut Way have allied together, sharing a common interest in providing access to both locally grown and healthy food options.
Pictured from left to right are: Sharon Adams, Walnut Way program director; Francesca Dawson, Walnut Way board president, Pam Mehnert, Outpost Natural Foods general manager.

Admission Possible welcomes largest student class in its history
Admission Possible Milwaukee, a national organization dedicated to helping low-income students earn admission to and succeed in college, will serve more than 350 students through its core high school program in eight Milwaukee high schools this fall. For the first time, Admission Possible will partner with Morse-Marshall High School to offer intensive after-school college access curriculum to its students. In addition, more than 600 freshmen and sophomores at partner schools will attend college planning workshops offered by Admission Possible and more than 150 former Milwaukee high school program participants will be supported in their transition to and through college.
“We are so fortunate to be part of a community that places such a high value on a college education– from our partner schools to our AmeriCorps members and from our community supporters to our students themselves,” said Kelly Schaer, Admission Possible Milwaukee program manager. “Admission Possible students have the talent and motivation that it takes to earn a college degree, but sometimes they lack resources—we’re working to change that. Together, we can ensure our students have the bright futures they deserve.”
Admission Possible has been able to grow rapidly in large part due to its top-of-field results. Historically, 98 percent of Admission Possible students earn admission to college, and juniors increase their ACT scores by more than 21 percent. Of Admission Possible students who enroll in college, 80 percent have either graduated or are working toward their degree – compared to the 11 percent of low-income, first generation students nationwide who graduate within six years of enrollment.

Law firm hosts day long volunteer event for employees
The law firm of  Godfrey & Kahn S.C. held an employee volunteer day at the Urban Ecology center’s new site location in the Menomonee Valley. 


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