Our Mission

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

 

Our members have taken an active role in making democracy work ever since the League was formed in 1920. As a nonpartisan organization, the League does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1989 as a merger of three area Leagues that were active for many years.

Below are brief descriptions of the various teams and committees within LWVMC. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with us, please contact volunteer@lwvmilwaukee.org.

If you have interest in a specific team/committee, please contact us via the email included with the respective description below.

Comite por el voto latino/Latinx Voter Outreach Team:

Aims to increase the number of Milwaukee Latinx voters by primarily (but not exclusively) targeting our work on Milwaukee's South side.  We work to increase language appropriate and culturally relevant voter information that support the Latinx communities to register, become more knowledgeable about the candidates and issues, and to vote.

Contact votolatino@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Communications Committee:

Comprised of members of the Social Media Team, the Update coordinators, The Voter editor and others interested in how best to disseminate information to our members. 

Contact comms@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee:

strategizes and advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of League operations and programs.  Utilizing suggestions from LWVMC membership, DEI strategies seek to improve outreach to people from underrepresented groups and students at all levels, collaborate with diverse organizations on issues of common interest,  improve communications, offer DEI educational programming, and actively promote greater diversity in LWVMC's membership and leadership.

Contact dei@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Election Night Reporting:

The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County participates in Election Night Reporting to raise funds.  We and our partnering organizations report election results from various municipalities in Milwaukee County and from several outlying counties.  Our volunteers usually arrive to a county clerk's or municipal clerk's office by 7:50 p.m. on election night.  They call in results to a media contact until results are final.  

Contact volunteer@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Lunch & Learn:

LWV Milwaukee County sponsors a free, virtual gathering on the third Tuesday of each month.  We build friendship, inspire action to work together to influence public policy, meeting basic human needs in Milwaukee County. Gatherings about about 1 - 1.5 hours and focus on a specific topic. To learn when the next meeting will take place, please view our calendar page.

Contact volunteer@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Membership Committee: 

Recruits, renews and retains members by maintaining the membership roster, overseeing the creation of membership material for members and for community outreach, phones new and prospective members, organizes New Member Orientations, organizes the Fall Kickoff event, and greets and registers attendees at public forums, Annual Meetings, and other League events.

Contact volunteer@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Member Engagement Team:

Relies on Member Interest Surveys (MIS) and the weekly Update to match member interests and talents with League volunteer opportunities.  A Volunteer Request Form has been designed to communicate single event needs (such as registering attendees at Public issues Forums) and long-term situations (such as committee interests).  The Team refers to a database of member-submitted MIS forms to coordinate indicated interests and skills.

Contact volunteer@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Natural Resources Committee:

Provides advocacy for five content strands:  Lead Issues in Milwaukee, PFAS contamination, Enbridge Company's Pipeline 5 that currently crosses the Bad River Reservation near Ashland, climate change including a Climate Focus section within the Update, and a joint infrastructure education and development project with the LWV-WI and the American Society of Civil Engineers across Wisconsin.  We also have a representative to the inter-League organization for the Great Lakes watershed region. If you are interested in joining our meetings, they are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm. Please contact us for details.

Contact nr@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Nominating Committee:

Recruits members for the board and the executive group.  We have just started working on the nominations slate for 2021 which will be presented for membership approval at the annual meeting in May.  We welcome contacts from members who are interested in serving on the board or who would like to recommend someone for a board position, or who is interested in exploring developing their leadership within the League. 

Contact volunteer@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Police Policy and Practice Reform Committee:

Advocates for reforms in policing and police governance locally, and to enhance knowledge and engagement with respect to police-related matters within the League and broader community. To achieve these ends, we research;, listen to and, when feasible, participate in official meetings; bring in outside speakers, and share ideas at meetings. When appropriate; we may ally with like-minded community groups and encourage League members not on the committee to join in our efforts. We may, in the future, sponsor one or more public issues forums.

Contact advocacy@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Social Media Team:

Posts and maintains content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with important voting announcements as well as relevant League news and information. 

Contact social@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Voter Services Team:

Provides voter education, registration and voting information to individuals, organizations, and community institutions including but not limited to schools, libraries, Naturalization ceremonies, Latinx Voter Outreach, senior and other institutions with a focus on reaching and engaging with those groups under-represented in the voting population and those groups facing barriers to voter registration and voting. Provide voter education and dissemination of information to the general public through voter registration drives, voter and election resources including training, printed materials and social media, candidate forums and Voter Guides (VOTE411). 

Contact voterservices@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

Waukesha Branch:

The Waukesha County Branch formed in 2018 in response to an expanding membership of Waukesha County residents within the Milwaukee County League. This local branch offers great opportunities to stimulate citizen interest and action at the local government level and provide a public service to the community. The Branch has formed active Membership, Natural Resources, Social Media and Voter Service Committees with 4 dedicated voter service teams: High School, Higher Education, Public Library, and Community. When events are scheduled in Waukesha County volunteer opportunities are listed on the LWVMC calendar at https://www.lwvmilwaukee .org/. All members of the Branch are also members of the Milwaukee County League. You can join the Branch through the Milwaukee County League website. 

Contact waukesha@lwvmilwaukee.org to learn more.

"Democracy isn't something we have, it's something we do." --Doris "Granny D." Haddock

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