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Be a Part of the 25th Anniversary NBC15 Share Your Holidays Grand Finale

Pam Higham
Volunteer Services Manager

You’re invited to sign up for available volunteer spots at the Grand Finale Phone-a-thon or Sort-a-thon on Wednesday, December 9!

During last year’s NBC15 Share Your Holidays to eliminate hunger campaign, we focused on the difference that ONE person/donation/dollar can do for those struggling with hunger. This focus helped us raise a record 4.5 Million Meals! Building on the power of ONE, we know for our clients that there are so many hopeful moments that fill this blank: Because of YOU___________.”

  • Because of you, the campaign helps provide 1/3 of the more than 14 million meals Second Harvest provides every year.
  • Because of you, new programs like school pantries and Kids Cafes are giving children at risk in our community enough healthy food so they can grow, learn, and reach their full potential.

If you would like to volunteer at these well-organized and safe events, please reply to me at your earliest convenience with the number of desired volunteer spots and coordinating time slots. You’ll find links to the up to the minute schedule below.

If you are signing up for a group, you do not need to provide names at this time but are asked to provide individual volunteer names and email addresses by this Friday, December 4.  We are planning on a no contact check in process at the events and need this information in advance to ensure safety.

Schedules will be updated each time spots are secured.

Phone-a-thon (View Schedule)  yellow cells = available
Sort-a-thon (View Schedule) yellow cells = available

The schedules and more details are located on this webpage:

If you can’t volunteer, but still want to help… consider donating on Wednesday, December 9 when all donations will be doubled!

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Local EXIT Realty Affiliated Office Welcomes New Team Members



Susan Harrison
Senior Vice President
EXIT Realty Corp. International

Local EXIT Realty Affiliated Office Welcomes New Team Members

Madison, WI (Grassroots Newswire) November 24, 2020 – EXIT Realty HGM is pleased to announce that Leo Salazar, Cecilia Rios and Nancy Ramirez have joined its growing team of dedicated real estate sales professionals.

EXIT Realty HGM, located at 4211 W. Beltline Hwy, Madison, Wisconsin, is a proud member of EXIT Realty Upper Midwest’s rapidly expanding network of independently owned and operated brokerages across the region.

About EXIT Realty: EXIT Realty is a company founded and built on human potential. A full service, forward-thinking, real estate franchisor with offices across North America, EXIT has to-date paid out more than a half a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates. The Expert Marketing Suite™ including geolocation Smart Sign™ technology gives sellers an edge in a competitive marketplace. The Focus on Good Health blog promotes wellness at work and home. A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. To-date, more than $6 million has been pledged to charity. For more information, please visit and

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State Bar launches new pro bono portal to connect lawyers with their communities

Madison, WI – More low-income Wisconsinites facing civil legal challenges are expected to receive free legal help from pro bono attorneys with the development of Wisconsin’s first statewide Pro Bono Opportunity Portal, thanks to a partnership between the State Bar of Wisconsin and Paladin, a justice technology company.

The portal, which launched today at comes as civil legal service organizations in Wisconsin face critical funding issues and are turning away nearly 50 percent of those who need legal help. Examples of civil legal challenges include landlord evictions, unpaid health care bills due to unemployment, and child custody issues during the pandemic.

The new website will enable attorneys and law students to match their skills and interests with opportunities available through free legal agencies across the state, such as Legal Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Judicare. It will also allow the agencies to post their opportunities to a nationwide, American Bar Association-led Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal to extend reach for COVID-19 specific pro bono work.

“Civil legal aid programs in the state are telling us that pro bono assistance is crucial to making our shared goal of equal justice for all a reality,” said State Bar President Kathleen Brost. “Requests for legal services have surged with the recent pandemic, and increased pro bono engagement will greatly benefit people in need of critical legal services.

“Pro bono efforts by private attorneys and law students help their clients, the courts, and the profession by reducing barriers to justice and closing the justice gap by meeting the legal needs of all Wisconsin residents and ensuring a just and equitable legal system,” Brost said.

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Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools Selected as Hometown Charity for the Subaru Share the Love Event

We are thrilled to announce Don Miller Subaru of Madison has chosen the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools as their hometown charity for this year’s Subaru Share the Love Event. For every new car sold or leased between Nov. 19, 2020 and Jan. 4, 2021, Subaru will donate $250 and Don Miller Subaru of Madison will donate an additional $50 to the buyer’s choice of one of four national charities or YOUR hometown charity – the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools! In addition, Don Miller will donate $5 for any routine service visit during that time period.

Schedule a safe visit to either the East or West Don Miller Subaru dealership today and stop by the Foundation’s booth. All proceeds will benefit our school supply fund, which since September, has raised $220,000 supporting over 3,500 students in need of resources to properly engage in virtual learning. Donations purchased comprehensive school supply kits for students at every one of our 50 Madison public schools.

Please share this great news with your friends, family and colleagues! Learn more about how you can make a safe trip to either dealership by visiting their websites linked below.

Don Miller Subaru East
Don Miller Subaru West

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WPS Charitable Foundation funds insurance scholarships in partnership with Urban League of Greater Madison and Madison College


DeAnne Boegli
Vice President of Communications

Bill Bessette
Senior Communications Lead

WPS Charitable Foundation funds insurance scholarships in partnership with Urban League of Greater Madison and Madison College

MADISON, Wis.—Nov. 23, 2020—The WPS Charitable Foundation has donated $25,000 that will give selected students the opportunity to earn an insurance certificate through Madison College. 

“While working on a plan to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion at WPS Health Solutions, we realized there is a golden opportunity to help those in our community to pursue an education that could lead to a career in the insurance industry. We reached out to Madison College and the Urban League of Greater Madison, and the scholarship plan quickly came together,” said Jim Baird, Executive Vice President of WPS Health Insurance.

The Urban League worked with Madison College to enroll students in the 14-credit Insurance Certificate for the Business Professional program under full scholarships. The WPS Charitable Foundation currently is funding eight students. Participants will graduate in spring 2021 and will receive ongoing support, career advising, and opportunities for employment with WPS or other local employers after graduation.

“When approached in early fall 2020 about efforts to recruit more people into the insurance field, we knew this opportunity would be mutually beneficial to the community we serve as well as to our partners at WPS to help meet their workforce needs,” said Dr. Ruben L. Anthony Jr., President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

“Through the generosity of the WPS Charitable Foundation, individuals who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to go to college are receiving an education to pursue business careers in the insurance industry,” said Madison College Provost Dr. Turina Bakken. “This is a pathway to very competitive wages in a stable field with a large presence in our state. The career opportunities are endless.”

About WPS Health Solutions

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation is a nationally regarded benefits administrator for a variety of U.S. government programs and a leading not-for-profit health insurer in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation utilizes “WPS Health Solutions” to refer to our entire enterprise. Within our enterprise, there are three divisions, including Government Health Administrators, Military and Veterans Health, and WPS Health Insurance/WPS Health Plan/EPIC Specialty Benefits. WPS Government Health Administrators manages Medicare Part A and Part B benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and WPS Military and Veterans Health serves millions of members of the U.S. military and their families through TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs. Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation has been based in Madison, Wis., for nearly 75 years. For more information, please visit

About Madison College

Madison College serves more than 33,000 students throughout a 12-county district in south-central Wisconsin, offering nearly 180 diverse career programs, diplomas and certificates. Its mission is to provide open access to quality higher education that fosters lifelong learning and success in the communities it serves. Madison College is the second-largest institution in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

About the Urban League of Greater Madison

The mission of the Urban League of Greater Madison is to ensure that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed, and empowered to live well, advance professionally, and contribute to the common good in the 21st century. The Workforce Development team provides connections between high-demand industries and job seekers in the community. For more information, please visit