How to Get Involved
DIRECT SERVICE ENGAGEMENT
Emerging Workshop Series
The completion of the first set of workshops in our EMERGING program series is a true success serving the clients of YWCA SEW. This collaboration between the YWCA and Professional Dimensions fully supported the cause of the Ripple Effect. The next set of workshops in the Emerging Series will begin in late February.
To continue our mission in ensuring an inclusive and diverse program, we are in need of co-facilitators for the workshops. Workshops will take place Wednesdays from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM. The next set of workshops are themed around "Self-Awareness and Building Your Future" with a focus on creating a career pathway, networking skills, brand strategy, and resume building. Please keep your eyes open for more details in mid-January. Consider your time and talents, and others in your networks, to volunteer for this engaging and impactful program.
Women's Professional Image Program
The YWCA SEW's Professional Image Boutique is in need of scrubs! You can help create a Ripple Effect for the women served by the Boutique by donating new or gently used scrubs (sizes XL through 4X are especially needed). Find reasonably used scrubs at www.allheart.com, or reach out to retired nurses or other healthcare professionals that may have scrubs in their closets. If you are interesting in sewing your own scrubs, reach out to Brenda Skelton at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can set you up with fabric and instructions.
Donations can be dropped off at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, 1915 N Dr Martin Luther King Dr, Mon - Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Security staff in the lobby will accept donations and can provide a tax receipt if desired.
Professional Women's Breakfast Series
Participate in planning and presenting opportunities for a YWCA SEW program focused on women not generally offered professional development programs by employers. Stay tuned for other opportunities moving forward!
For more information on direct service engagement opportunities, please reach out to Kim Casey at Casey.email@example.com.
Advocacy and Systems Change
Specific opportunities around these activities will be announced in early 2021 and beyond. You can start now by becoming educated on the issues by participating in our Learning and Education programs and events.
For more information on advocacy initiatives, please reach out to Janet Slater at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARNING AND EDUCATION
Professional Dimensions All-Member Book Read (Winter/Spring 2021)
Read How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi to build your understanding of how to effect change toward racial equity in the world.
In this powerful memoir and political guide, Kendi argues that we are either racist or antiracist, there is nothing in between. Buy the book on your own and plan to participate in a ZOOM small group discussion on April 22nd from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, hosted but the Reframing Reality SIG, led by Paula Penebaker and Corey Zetts.
Reframing Reality Special Interest Group (SIG)
Attend a thought-provoking film or theater performance with other Professional Dimensions members, or learn together through reading and small group discussions to further your understanding of racial and gender inequity. For questions on the Reframing Realities SIG, contact Corey Zetts at corey@TheValleyMKE.org.
Pledge of Support
Start your own Ripple Effect TODAY by making a financial contribution or pledge! To donate online, visit professionaldimensions.org/SignatureProject.
For questions regarding donating via United Way, please reach out to the Professional Dimensions office:
759 N. Milwaukee St, suite 404
Milwaukee, WI 53202. 414-374-3570.