HAWS makes finals

in video contest

Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS) has been named as one of ten nonprofit finalists in WaterStone Bank's 95th anniversary video contest.

In celebration of 95 years serving the Greater Milwaukee community, WaterStone Bank is giving away $95,000 to local nonprofit organizations. Registered nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties were invited to submit a one-minute video that tells the story of how their organization is making a difference in the community. HAWS was the only animal charity chosen for the final voting.

Online voting ended May 31. The nonprofit organization that creates the winning video will receive a donation of $50,000, with all finalists receiving cash donations. The winner and runners-up will be announced June 8.

Waukesha courts to

lead eFiling effort

Waukesha County Circuit Courts has been selected by the Director of State Courts to be the first large court system in Wisconsin to transition to eFiling. eFiling will streamline the process to file court documents and provide increased accessibility and convenience to attorneys and case parties.

Beginning July 1, all circuit court systems statewide will be required to begin phasing in mandatory eFiling, with all cases required to be eFiled by 2019. Starting in November, Waukesha County Circuit Courts will lead this effort by transitioning all civil, family, paternity and small claims cases to the mandatory eFiling system. The county will add criminal, probate and juvenile cases over the course of the next two years. Voluntary eFiling for civil, family, paternity and small claims have been accepted since 2014.

More information on eFiling in Wisconsin is available at

Bank employees serve

meal at Salvation Army

Waukesha State Bank's employee volunteer group, Helping Hearts, recently brought a group of bank employees together to help serve a Thanksgiving-style meal at the Salvation Army.

'This Salvation Army event was a great reminder of how we should all be thankful for what we have,' said Jane Murphy, Helping Hearts assistant chairperson. 'Helping Hearts does many things for nonprofit organizations throughout the year, but actually being at the Salvation Army to serve a meal to those in need makes the reasons why we are needed more real.'

Helping Hearts began nearly 30 years ago as a way for bank employees to serve the residents and nonprofit organizations in Waukesha County.

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