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    Sex trafficking is an everyday reality in our community

    Three ways to help make a difference for survivors and their children Over the last few years, there’s been a growing awareness that sex trafficking isn’t just a “big city” issue. No Wisconsin city or town is immune from this threat—sex trafficking has been reported in every county[i]–and Brava Magazine recently ran a powerful, in-depth story about the crisis in our midst. As people learn more about the reality of trafficking in our communities, they often ask, “What can I do now to make a difference?” We have three suggestions for you to investigate: Shop and share your skills at Yada Fair Trade & Resale. After discovering how pervasive sex…

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    Explore Wisconsin!

    Wisconsin Fall Color Report  travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report Devil’s Lake State ParkHiking, camping, fishing, spectacular bluff scenery, food stands and more. Devilslakewisconsin.com  Henry Vilas Zoo- Free AdmissionVisit the Polar Bears, Lions, Children’s Zoo, Carousel, Train rides and more! https://www.henryvilaszoo.gov/ Madison Parks HayridesEnjoy a hay wagon ride, pulled by a tractor in Elver, Olin, Warner Parks and Cherokee Marsh with scenic tours of the parks. https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/reserve/hayrides.cfm Appleberry FarmCome visit the orchard for fresh picked apples and delicious cider, feed the chickens, sit by the duck pond, and enjoy hayride. www.theappleberryfarm.com Door Creek OrchardChoose from a variety of produce, including apples, grapes, and pears and specialty goods like cider, honey, and wool. www.doorcreekorchard.com Eplegaarden OrchardTake…

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    ReSupply/Dell Reconnect – Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin

    With spring right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to freshen up your space. Gearing up for a move? Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin can help lighten the load with quick and easy in-home pickup of your donations through a partnership with ReSupply. If you are low on time or have too many large items to fit in your car, book an appointment online and let ReSupply do the heavy lifting. Your local Goodwill also offers free electronics recycling at their 14 locations across South Central Wisconsin. The best part? Your donations and purchases help fund programs and community services in South Central Wisconsin, including supported employment and job…

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    Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin

    With 14 convenient locations and donation center hours that fit your schedule, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin makes it easy to donate your gently used household items, including furniture and electronics. If you are running short on time or have large items that are too cumbersome to haul away on your own, you can book an appointment with ReSupply – this veteran-owned business has partnered with Goodwill in our local area to offer a low-cost solution for quick and easy pick-up. Goodwill also partners with Dell Reconnect to make sure that all electronics not suitable for resale are kept out of the landfill. Better yet, it’s free! Gather your old…

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    Today’s LinkedIn Tip

    Social media is a beast. Each platform has its own language, cheats, algorithms, weaknesses and stylistic conventions.  Today, let’s focus on a LinkedIn tip. There are key operational differences and possibilities for posting from a corporate account versus a personal account. Let’s say you’re a Realtor, posting from your personal account and you want to show multiple photos. You have options. You could use a photo collage app and make one photo, but the photos will be much smaller and harder to focus on. Even better: you can post multiple photos easily and tag people within each photo. Simply click on “start a post” either on your desktop or your phone.…

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    Get To Know The Ronald McDonald House

    RMHC-Madison provided 8,248 room nights to families with a sick or injured child through the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room, and offered preventative healthcare services to over 275 children with 130 emergency room visits avoided through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Our Mission Believing that every family deserves access to healthcare, RMHC-Madison creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Our Vision A community where all families have access to healthcare and the support needed to fully participate in their children’s care. Programs & Services Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison (RMHC-Madison) was established in 1993 to provide a “home-away-from-home” for families of children being treated at area hospitals.…

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    Where Kids Thrive Beyond the School Day

    Wisconsin Youth Company is a non-profit organization that provides 4K wrap, after school, before school, and summer camp programs in both Dane and Waukesha Counties.  The organization also operates two neighborhood centers — Elver Park Neighborhood Center and Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center — providing services to residents of Madison’s southwest side, including a food pantry that was established during COVID-19. Wisconsin Youth Company is dedicated to providing high-quality programs that fulfil the mission to engage youth in opportunities that encourage them to be their best selves and to help them thrive beyond the school day.  Before and After School programs are choice-based, providing children with opportunities forself-directed play, reading, and…

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    Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin

    Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin’s mission programs are supported through the resale of gently used and new clothing and household items in our retail and online stores. Our mission focuses on maximizing an individual’s success and enhancing their independence through workforce development and supportive housing. For example: The Supported Employment (SE) program helps adults with developmental disabilities enjoy greater independence and confidence through working in the community. Goodwill partners with local employers and provides job coaches at no cost to the employer to support SE participants in their work.  Goodwill SCWI owns three group homes for individuals with chronic mental illness and other challenges. The residents receive the support they…

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    Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

    Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin is a non-profit organization that with the community’s help, creates life-changing wishes for children between the ages of 2½ and 18 who are battling critical illnesses.  The Wisconsin Chapter has been granting wishes since its founding in 1984, and has granted more than 7,300 wishes since that time. In the Madison area alone, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin typically grants about 50 wishes each year. Wishes are as unique as the children who wish for them, including wishes to have gaming computers, bedroom makeovers and outdoor playsets; wishes to be a police officer, a ballerina or a fireman; wishes to meet celebrities and heroes, like members of the Green Bay Packers, YouTube…

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    Thank You for Your Service!

    Thursday, November 11 Veterans Day, observed annually on November 11, is a tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans. We at Restaino & Associates, Realtors ERA powered take this moment to give our appreciation for your service. Ask us about our Military Rewards Program which can give veterans or their families a cash back incentive at closing.  Call Nadya Nahirniak-Hansen today at 608-395-3103 to learn more and connect with one of our real estate agents trained to work with military personnel and their extended families. …