Near West Side Partners, Inc.
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Walk-In Vaccine Event Incentivizes Community Vaccination with High-Value Raffle Prizes, Free Meal

Near West Side vaccine event to offer participants free meals and the chance to enter for several raffle prizes to encourage vaccination in the community

By - Jul 16th, 2021 10:16 am

MILWAUKEECatholic Financial Life, with support from Near West Side Partners and Walmart, is hosting a free walk-in COVID-19 vaccine event on July 20 from 4:00 8:00 p.m. at Catholic Financial Life’s Home Office building (1100 W. Wells St.). Those who are vaccinated at the event will receive a free meal and a raffle ticket towards prizes that include $50 gift cards, a flat screen television and up to $500 to put toward rent for those who live in the Near West Side.

“Serving God through serving others and enhancing quality of life are two central components of our mission,” said John Borgen, president of Catholic Financial Life. “By hosting this event, we are improving access to vaccinations and creating a positive impact on the health and safety of the residents and employees of the Near West Side.”

This event is one of many occurring in the Near West Side aimed at vaccinating community members and addressing low vaccination rates in the neighborhood. Support from Near West Side Partners is made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services awarded to increase efforts to promote health and safety and combat the effects of COVID-19 on Milwaukee residents.

“Reaching community members with accurate information about COVID-19 and health resources is crucial,” said Keith Stanley, executive director of Near West Side Partners. “In partnering with known, trusted organizations like Catholic Financial Life, we’re bringing vaccines directly into the Near West Side and making resources as accessible as possible, and that will be the critical piece in our efforts to get residents vaccinated and keep them safe.”

The event will be administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is available to individuals ages 12 and older. Catholic Financial Life is planning a follow-up clinic to administer the vaccine’s second dose on August 10.

Near West Side Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to revitalize and sustain the Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor, through collaborative efforts to promote commercial corridor development, improved housing, unified neighborhood identity and branding, and greater safety for residents and businesses.  Near West Side Partners, Inc. is an organization of businesses and civic leaders from throughout the Near West Side, including the organization’s five anchor institutions – Advocate Aurora Health, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MolsonCoors and Potawatomi Business Development Corp.

Through services including life insurance, retirement planning, education savings and more, Catholic Financial Life has been helping its members protect their financial lives for more than 150 years. With assets of $1.7 billion and members across the United States, Catholic Financial Life’s strength comes from being a different kind of financial community. As a member-owned organization, Catholic Financial Life’s longevity and success are a result of being a trusted financial partner. It has been recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a Top Workplace eight years in a row. For more information about Catholic Financial Life, visit

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