Pledging to expand diverse workforce
CFI joined the 100-plus Milwaukee area organizations that signed the Region of Choice Initiative’s pledge to increase the hiring and promotion of minorities.
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce initiative, launched in 2019, calls for a 15% increase in overall employment of African Americans and Hispanics, and a 25% increase in the number of management employees from those groups by 2025.This result would increase the percentage from 3.8% to 4.8% of total management positions.
If achieved, this increase would double the last decade of growth in half the time. The ultimate aim is to raise prosperity and move forward as a Region of Choice for all.
Read more here.
We are grateful for your gifts
The Milwaukee Center for Independence, whose corporate parent is CFI, is pleased to acknowledge the following donors who recently made contributions in support of our programs:
  • The Speaker Family Foundation donated $16,000 to use for MCFI's greatest need
  • The PPC Foundation, $2,500, Children’s Programs
  • The Krause Family Foundation, $1,000, Children’s Programs
  • QPS Employment Group, $750, where MCFI needs it most.
  • The RGJ Foundation, $500, to use where MCFI needs it most
  • The Usinger Foundation, $500, Children's Programs' transportation need
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s F. Thomas Ament Fund, $500, where MCFI needs it most; it's Paul P. Lipton Fund, $15,000, for Whole Health Clinical Group; and its Catherine and Walter Lindsay Foundation, $7,500, where MCFI needs it most

Special thanks to the hundreds of individual donors who supported us during this past challenging year, as well as the many individuals and businesses who provided gifts such as masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, food for clients and staff, cardboard boxes for packaging meals, furniture, gift cards and toys.
100 meal sites offer free
We are proud to be part of a partnership that offers nearly 100 free meal sites throughout the Milwaukee area to feed hungry kids.
We are partnering with the Hunger Task Force and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to offer free healthy meals to children ages 18 and younger.
Heidi Chada, our vice president of Employment and Commercial Services, spoke at the press conference in January where the initiative was promoted.
The Hunger Task Force created a map outlining all meals sites and hours of operation. Children do not need to be members or students of a particular school or program to receive free meals at those sites. Families or caretakers may pick up meals for the children in their household (up to three meals per day for up to seven days). Meals include a protein, a fruit or vegetable, a healthy grain and a carton of milk. These meals are absolutely free and do not require identification or paperwork.