United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will step out for students at its UNCF Walk for Education on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Milwaukee at Veterans Park. The annual event is a celebration of education that will bring together an estimated 2,000 community supporters to raise vitally needed funds to help local students get to and through college. Families, teachers and the community at large are invited to participate in the UNCF Walk for Education. Participants can walk or run a 5k course through the Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s beautiful lake front. Members of the community are invited to support UNCF and its students by forming a Walk for Education team or registering as individuals. UNCF is encouraging everyone to register early. Early registration fees are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 years and under. Helping landlords and tenants avoid lead dangers A partnership between the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Neighborhood Services and a program at the Social Development Commission (SDC) is helping make rental properties safer. The Lead Hazard Reduction Assistance program at SDC is taking part in Landlord Training sessions held by the City to promote lead safety. Staff from the SDC program are taking part in the workshops which are held for new landlords who
have obtained city-owned property. Since May of 2013, more than 300 landlords have participated in the presentations which are offered in both English and Spanish. The workshops inform the landlords about the surprisingly large number of homes in the Milwaukee area which pose a potential threat of lead poisoning, especially for young children and the health ramifications for them if exposed. The presentations allow for new landlords to learn about the problem as well as how they can determine if their new property poses such a threat and how to deal with it. Lead Hazard program staff say the key to preventing lead poisoning of young children is to reach landlords and homeowners early so they can detect any potential problems and abate them right away. The feedback the lead program staff has gotten from the landlords has been strongly positive so far
To learn more about the SDC Lead Hazard Reduction Assistance program, visit www.cr-sdc.org/index/Programs–Services/VITA/Asset-Development/Lead-Hazard-Reduction-Assistance-Program.htm.