United Way of Greater Milwaukee mobilizes people and resources for community problem-solving endeavors, with focuses including education, income, and health. Since its start in 1909, it has invested more than $1 billion to help solve the community's most serious issues. The organization coordinates community members to take collaborative action through more than 160 programs, bolstered by partnerships with 80 other local agencies. They also report that 91% of students who participate in United Way-funded youth development programs feel they were on track to graduate high school on time.
Karma Bar & Grill aims to feel more like a stylish friend's man-cave than a typical sports bar. Upstairs amid the tangy aroma of buffalo wings and the clink of beer glasses, clusters of friends gather around 72-inch TVs, eyes locked on the game. Downstairs, the Sutra Lounge eases post-victory comedowns with candlelight and sectional couches, while keeping coffee tables laden with cocktails and almond-crusted duck tenders. Karma has restored the former John Ernst Café's crafted stone and hand-carved wood to their former luster—and has also preserved its classic fireplace and replaced the springs on its many, many trap doors. Servers keep the atmosphere inviting as they deliver pitchers of beer, hefty burgers, and plates of six-cheese mac.
At Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, families and friends can explore 185 acres of scenic wilderness and wander along 6 miles of hiking trails. The myriad perks of membership entitle patrons to unlimited year-round access to the center as well as more than 140 partner centers across North America. Both adults and children enjoy discounts on educational jaunts and the chance to dominate the center's resident eagles and owls in aerial stunt challenges. Guests often ascend the park's 60-foot observation tower to observe hikers and cross-country skiers traversing the flora-laden premises. Invitations to exclusive events allow members to wine and dine with other nature lovers and included membership in the Schlitz Audubon Bird Club grants knowledge of the secret handshakes of local talons.
Not all runners are morning people, eagerly warming up before the latest crack-of-dawn race event. Luckily, the night owls have their own outlet: The Glo Run. The fluorescent 5K unleashes its participants into the dwindling light of the evening armed with glow sticks, glow-in-the dark bracelets, and light-up sunglasses. This illuminating paraphernalia helps them navigate the shadowy corners of the course, which features thumping music, lighting effects, and squirrels equipped with laser-beam eyes. At the finish line, runners and walkers can relish another staple of nighttime parties, dancing the evening away to rollicking tunes spun by a live DJ.
Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive residential treatment facility, supports women and their children through the process of recovery from substance abuse.
As one of the only treatment centers in Wisconsin that allows children to reside with their mothers as they undergo treatment, Meta House aims to support children, rebuild families, and end the cycle of intergenerational substance abuse. While mothers undergo treatment—including parenting courses and health education—children up to 10 years old learn interpersonal skills and receive interventional services if necessary in a facility next door. When not in class, women are responsible for preparing meals for their children, giving baths, and delegating chores, to ensure they are able to establish the basis of a healthy family routine.