It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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1. Health centers expand testing for COVID-19
Several health centers in Milwaukee have expanded their COVID-19 diagnostic testing. Testing is by appointment only. There are no insurance, income or immigration restrictions. If someone is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, body aches and more, they can call the Milwaukee Health Center closest to them or dial 2-1-1. The health centers include Milwaukee Health Services, Outreach Community Health Services, Progressive Community Health Services, Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.
2. Webinar with Walnut Way’s Antonio Butts: Friday, May 1
Antonio Butts, the executive director of Walnut Way is hosting a webinar at the Bridging the Virtual Gap at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1. The webinar, titled Connecting Climate Optimists in Times of Crisis, will cover topics such as Walnut Way’s history, green infrastructure and renewable energy, social enterprise and community leadership solutions to environmental issues and more. The presentation is free and those interested can register here.
3. Sojourner offers resources to victims of domestic violence
Sojourner Family Peace Center, which provides domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, is offering tips and resources to those living with domestic violence. The organization has created several bulletins available in English, Spanish and Russian. The bulletins cover warning signs, safety tips and numbers to call for assistance. For additional help visit the Sojourner website. In case you missed it: Places in Milwaukee where you can find help for domestic violence
4. Available plots at the Victory Garden Initiative
The Victory Garden Initiative has four plots available for purchase for the season at its Community Garden, 220 E. Concordia Ave. Plots are $10 for Harambee residents and $30 for residents outside the community. To learn about additional ways to grow your own food, read Edgar Mendez’s latest article.
5. Confectionately Yours in need of donations for its cookie drive
Every week, Confectionately Yours, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., has a cookie drive for essential workers. It relies on donations to make 500-600 cookies a week. Those interested can send donations via the mail to the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Suite 112, Milwaukee, WI 53216 or via Cash App to $cy3g or via Zell or Apple Pay to (414) 617-7575.
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