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Making Lives Easier

Many are stepping up to alleviate the boredom, stress and inconvenience that can be a part of this extended isolation.

  • Milwaukee Public Library has expanded its pick-up service!
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison launched a coronavirus resources app. 
  • An MPS first grade teacher used her CARES Act stimulus payment to create care packages for her students and this incredible act of generosity has earned her a shoutout from Chance the Rapper, as well as a $15,000 donation to her and her school.
  • Want to order takeout for dinner tonight? The Coast App launched a section called Takeout Covid for restaurants, breweries, and wine bars that offer delivery, meal kits, and takeout and making them easy to find and sort. In the Milwaukee area, there are already 600 of these businesses listed, including Sherman Perk Coffee Shop, Ashley’s Barbeque, and Dorsia.
  • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service compiled a list of resources for those who might need financial assistance of various kinds and how to find them
  • A new campaign seeks to raise money to buy gift cards to help out the hardworking MCTS bus drivers. 
  • Sprecher not only donated beverages to Milwaukee’s first responders, but also gave all of their employees bonuses to help them weather this crisis.
  • Molson Coors is donating water to the country’s long-haul truckers to help them decrease the number of potentially risky stops they need to take while working.
  • The Milwaukee Kickers soccer club is offering weekly virtual soccer practices for kids on its Facebook page on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m., and special practice for kids ages 3-5 on Mondays at 10 a.m.
  • Beginning April 3,  Lakefront Brewery will bring back its heralded fish fry in a grab-and-go format. Regular takeout service from the beer hall, including their scrumptious cheese curds, will follow soon after.
  • Five local bakeries are offering baking kits to fight the hunger, boredom or both.
  • A new app called MKE Strong is a great way to find and help local restaurants. 
  • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has a great roundup of local restaurants offering curbside pickup.
  • Boswell Book Company is delivering literature and offering curbside pickup
  • Local doughnut shop Cranky Al's has created a box of doughnuts with supplies to decorate them as a very sweet kid-friendly activity
  • The cocktail masters at Bittercube are offering online mixology classes!
  • Need more ways to occupy the kids or adults in your life? Splash Paint Studio is offering curbside pickup for its take-and-make craft projects!
  • Rare Steakhouse has added a service to its menu: butcher shop! Head to Rare for to-go food or to pick up curbside many different delicious cuts of beef. 
  • One Milwaukee church is offering up drive-through blessings for those that lean on spirituality in trying times
  • Want to show your friends, family or coworkers you miss them? Milwaukee Food & City Tours came up with a great solution: They’ll hand-deliver a care package filled with Milwaukee-made goodies, like popsicles, chocolates, coffee, and more. It’s a double win -- you’re showing your love to a friend and supporting the city’s small businesses.
  • Food delivery has never looked so chic! Now when you order a burger from Hamburger Mary’s, a drag queen will deliver it in full regalia. 
  • NO Studios has launched Community Wins, a portal that will feature artist features, live video performances, resources, and their new skill-share initiative. 
  • Arts @ Large is now hosting a story time at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and a family arts day every Saturday at 10 a.m. -- both as Facebook Live events. 
  • Milwaukee’s churches, temples, and mosques have moved services online and have begun email campaigns to stay connected to their members.