Northwestern Mutual invests $1.7 million in Milwaukee neighborhoods – Milwaukee Business Journal – The Business Journals

Northwestern Mutual continues its support in the Milwaukee community, donating $1.7 million to three local neighborhoods through its Northwestern Mutual Foundation.
The foundation invested in almost 30 nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods.
“The most impactful changes happen when we listen to the residents directly within our communities and provide them with the skills, guidance and resources they need to build a vibrant neighborhood,” Northwestern Mutual Foundation president Steve Radke said in a press release. “Our partners continue to inspire us as they mobilize their collective power to change the experience and narrative for residents in Milwaukee.”
The Northwestern Mutual Foundation was founded in 1992. Since its inception, it has donated over $400 million to efforts on curing childhood cancer, local education initiatives and improvements in the Milwaukee community. Since 2013, the foundation has invested almost $15 million into the three neighborhoods of Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way.
As part of the $1.7 million investment, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation created a collaborative grants program, which encourages collaboration across local nonprofits in an effort to eliminate programmatic duplication. This year, six projects received a total of almost $240,000 through this program with efforts to better the entire neighborhood.
In the Amani neighborhood, which runs from North 15th to North 35th streets and West Capitol Drive to West North Avenue, the Dominican Center is leading a home repair and training program with Ezekiel Community Development Corp. and Habitat for Humanity. The project’s goal is to identify homes that need critical repairs or remodeling projects on the pilot block of the Amani Housing Strategy.
Safe & Sound is also leading the resident leadership training program with Data You Can Use, the Dominican Center and Wisconsin Voices. The goal is to educate residents on traffic-calming initiatives to reduce reckless driving in the neighborhood.
In the Metcalfe Park neighborhood, which runs from North 27th to North 38th streets and West North Avenue to West Center Street, Artists Working in Education will partner with Imagine MKE, the Jewish Community Center, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Running Rebels for the activating green spaces project. This project works to increase public green spaces in the neighborhood. Parks and empty lots will be redesigned with art structures to prevent illegal dumping.
The Wisconsin Black Historical Society will work with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, Running Rebels and Wisconsin Voices on a civil rights revisited project that has a goal of educating youth on civil rights history and building awareness on housing, social and environment justice issues.
In the Muskego Way neighborhood, which runs from West Greenfield Avenue to West Becher Street and South 16th Street to South Layton Boulevard, Sixteenth Street alongside Imagine MKE, Milwaukee Christian Center and Safe & Sound are working on the community green lounge project, which works to transform vacant lots into community spaces with café-style workshops.
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