It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some events that can enrich your weekend. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
Hablas espanol? Ayuda Mutua MKE – coronavirus is a Facebook page that has information and resources about coronavirus in Spanish. The group posts daily on everything from hygiene tips to need-to-know information.
2. United Way economic relief fund
United Way has a COVID-19 community economic relief fund. To donate, click here. The funds go directly toward agencies in need of financial support during this time. It helps cover the cost of emergency food services, cleaning supplies and more. Individuals can also call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your ZIP code to be given a list of local agencies.
3. Request an absentee ballot
The spring general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7. In light of recent events, Milwaukee residents are encouraged to vote absentee. Voting absentee allows residents to exercise their right to vote from the comfort and safety of their homes. To request a ballot, click here. Ballots can be requested until Thursday, April 2 and must be returned by Election Day. Wednesday, March 18, was the deadline to register to vote online or by mail. Now, voters who need to register must do so in person at their municipal clerk’s office until the Friday before the election and on Election Day at the polling place. For more information, click here.
The City of Milwaukee created a temporary program to help restaurants, which have been restricted to delivery and carry out only. The program, titled “Restaurant Carryout Zones,” will allow restaurants to apply for a temporary “loading zone” adjacent to their business. The program is free, and signage will be installed within 48 to 72 hours of the request.
Libraries may be temporarily closed, but the Milwaukee County Public Library’s digital library is up and running. The library offers free online resources to all those with a library card. Individuals without a card can also sign up for one. For the list of digital resources, including e-books, music and more, click here.
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