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ULGM Announces 50th Anniversary Campaign – $2,000,000, 1,500 jobs, 1,500 families!

MEDIA RELEASE October 16, 2017 Contact: Ruben L. Anthony, Jr., Ph.D.  | 608-729-1268 Madison, WI (October 16, 2017) - At its annual Urban Cabaret fundraising event this past Friday - with the theme of "Amplify" - the Urban League of Greater Madison announced it will honor its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a commitment to place 1,500 low income job seekers into career pathway employment by 2020. To accomplish that goal, the organization aims to raise $2 million by this time next year. The campaign was kicked into gear with an announcement of a $410,000 pledge from five of the Urban League's longest standing corporate partners - Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, CUNA Mutual Group, Exact Sciences, and Madison Gas & Electric. Urban League CEO Ruben L. Anthony, Jr. explained that for every $2,000 raised the League can help train, place, and coach an unemployed or under-employed job seeker into new or better employment. "We're a place of second chances," Anthony explained. "We're helping people who maybe didn't get it right the first time overcome obstacles such as criminal records or a lack of a degree break into good jobs with great employers like Exact Sciences, CUNA Mutual Group, and others." The funds raised will help with things like operating a second employment and training center in Southwest Madison through a new partnership with the City of Madison, launching new employer-driven training programs, placing more youth into summer work experiences and internships, and even expanding its award-winning affordable home ownership programs. Anthony also noted that "we have exciting plans over the next 12 months to commemorate our illustrious...

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