It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
1. Wisconsin Black Historical Society learning center
The Wisconsin Black Historical Society has a learning center, which has lesson plans and worksheets that focus on Wisconsin’s African American history. The lessons are designed for students in elementary and secondary school and cover topics such as the Underground Railroad, the right to vote, desegregation and more. Students can also read biographies on historical figures from Wisconsin.
2. United Way’s #MaskUpMKE challenge
United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County wants to create 3.5 million masks for healthcare providers and essential workers. Volunteers are needed to reach this goal. Once individuals sign up, they will be able to pick up their mask kits at the Fiserv Forum, 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Volunteers are asked to return the assembled masks four days later.
3. Milwaukee County Energy Assistance Program extended
The Milwaukee County Energy Assistance program recently announced that its season has been extended. Applications will now be accepted until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Residents in need of assistance may be able to apply and receive help on their utility bills. To schedule an appointment, residents can call (414) 270-4653 or go online. To learn about additional financial resources, click here.
4. LISC is giving grants to small businesses
LISC is helping out small business owners, by providing small grants through its Rapid Relief & Recovery fund programming. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28. Business owners are encouraged to read LISC’s grant overview and FAQ.
5. Fresh and affordable food at The Farm on Silver Spring
The Farm on Silver Spring, 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive, is providing Milwaukeeans with fresh and affordable food. Residents have the option of pre-ordering produce or pulling through the drive-through. Pre-orders can be made via Venmo (@drive-thru) and picked up between noon and 3 p.m. on Fridays. Drive-through is available starting at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. For additional information, check out the farm’s Facebook page.
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