November is the month of giving so we encourage you to be a volunteer in our community. This is a great way to spend quality time with friends, family and neighbors and do something positive as a community. Volunteering also provides an opportunity for parents and older siblings to be role models.
Here is a list of volunteer possibilities to consider:
Ronald McDonald House: Provides a home away from home for families with children getting treatment at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. You can host a party, holiday activity, craft project or prepare a meal for the children and families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House Charities, 8948 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa. (414) 475-5333, http://rmhcmilwaukee.org/how-to-help/
Wisconsin Humane Society: If you’re a kid and you love animals, there are a variety of purr-fect ways for kids to get involved with helping animals.The whole family can help! Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Campus 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. (414) 264-6257, http://wihumane.org/kids/default.aspx
Locks of Love: This is an idea for family members willing to grow hair at least ten inches and then donate it! Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. http://locksoflove.org/donate.html
Care Packages for the Homeless: Area homeless shelters would welcome any contributions. Many have websites that list their needs. Take the family to a dollar store. Let the kids help choose items to go into a shoebox: shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste or socks.
For a list of area homeless shelters: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Milwaukee&state=WI
Kathy’s House: This is a hospital hospitality house that serves patients of all ages and their families. Guests at the house often sit on the patio to enjoy the gardens after a long day at the hospital. The spring season will offer an opportunity to do planting and landscaping. Kathy’s House, 600 N. 103rdSt., Milwaukee. (414) 453-8290, www.kathys-house.org/
Good Neighbor Project Interfaith: recruits volunteers to help older adults living in their own homes in Milwaukee County. Volunteers are matched with clients who live as close to them as possible, to do outdoor chores such as raking and snow shoveling. Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation and must be physically able to do the work. Interfaith Older Adult programs, 600 W. Virginia Ave., Ste 300, Milwaukee. 414-220-8650, http://home.interfaithmilw.org
Catholic Charities: In the spring and summer, Catholic Charities could use some help sprucing up the garden and shrubs at its offices. No special skills are required, other than an enjoyment of the outdoors. We welcome you once a month, once a week, or even on a one-time basis. Bringing your own tools would be a great help! Ages 8 and up must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 2021 N. 60th St., Milwaukee. (414) 769-3400, http://www.ccmke.org
The Milwaukee Women’s Center’s Emergency Shelter: Is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence, abuse and addiction. The shelter is looking for people to help supply toys, games and craft items for the many children who come to the shelter. The wish list includes: Baby toys (mobiles, rattles, push-n-pull, soft books), Pop up toys for 1-3 year old, Dolls (African American, Asian, Indian), Balls (Nerf footballs, smaller basketballs, any balls except baseballs/hard ball), Puzzles for kids of all ages, Books for all ages (featuring African American and other ethnic groups would be greatly appreciated), Any children’s movies, DVD or VHS, Action figures, Matchbox cars/hot wheels, Games, Lincoln Logs, Play-Doh and utensils, Blunt edge scissors for 4- to 5-year-olds, Coloring books, Markers, Colored pencils, Electric pencil sharpener. (414) 270-2970, www.mwcinc.org
The Robyn’s Nest: (Sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services) provides families with free gently used and new clothing, toiletries, diapers and baby items, toys and books, school supplies and general household items. Volunteers can host product drives for items such as diapers, undergarments, gift cards, and hygiene items. Contact: Laura Goba, 620 S. 76th St. Ste 120, Milwaukee. (414) 231-4871, www.chw.org/display/PPF/DocID/48975/router.asp
Brookfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Care: Volunteers are needed to help transport residents to and from entertainment within the facility on Saturday afternoons. Come enjoy the entertainment and build meaningful relationships! This opportunity is available to families. Volunteers are needed every Saturday from 1:30-3:30pm. 18740 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield. Contact: Sara Hubertz, Volunteer Coordinator, (262) 782-0230, www.brookfieldrehabilitation.com
The Books for Kids Program at Next Door Foundation: Host a book drive. We accept gently used and new books that are age appropriate for preschool and kindergarten, multicultural children. Sixty-one percent of the children in low-income families have no books in their home. Your help can make a difference. 2545 N. 29th St., Milwaukee. Contact Person: Sunny Peete, Administrative Assistant, (414) 562-2929 ext. 145, www.nextdoormil.org
The Youth & Family Development Program (YFDP): Host a health & hygiene products drive for youth. “Casey Kits” for our youth are shower totes filled with basic bathroom essentials that most youth and families cannot afford on their own. Items such as toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, etc. are appreciated. 4041 N. Richards St., Milwaukee. Contact: Jenny Gryniewicz (414) 906-2818, http://www.cr-sdc.org
Pet Therapy Sponsored by Gentiva Hospice: Do you have a special four-legged friend? We are looking for volunteers to bring that special friend to a patient’s home and provide hospice patients with that special companionship they often miss. After completing our hospice volunteer training course, you will visit patients in their homes (may also be a skilled nursing facility) with your pet, providing companionship and friendly visits. 10150 W. National Ave., Ste 200,
West Allis. (414) 546-3200, http://www.gentiva.com/hospice
Milwaukee Make a Difference Day Sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee:Join hundreds of volunteers who help older adults prepare for the winter months by raking leaves, cleaning windows, clearing gardens, putting up storm windows and other small projects. All it takes is 4 hours of your time on one Autumn Saturday. Perfect volunteer opportunity for families and youth groups. Debbie Knepke, Corporate And Events Manager, (414) 273-7887, http://www.volunteermilwaukee.org
Clement Manor: The Activity Department is looking for volunteers to help gather elderly residents, assist with games and distribute prizes. Volunteers will need to walk extensively, push residents in wheelchairs and interact with residents. 3939 S. 92nd St., Greenfield. (414)-546-7386, http://www.clementmanor.com
New Threads of Hope: Experience the joy of providing needy families and individuals with new shirts and slacks, boots and jackets–new items many of them may never have had before. We need volunteers to help sort and process clothes donated by many generous organizations. Volunteers must be at least 13-years-old and accompanied by an adult. 3001 N. 112th Street, Wauwatosa. Contact: Tom Williams, Director Of Volunteer Services, (414) 443-0060, http://newthreadsofhope.ivolunteer.com/
HOPE Network for Single Mothers: Organize a supply drive in your neighborhood for used items to be distributed to families in need at the Northwest Trading Post in Menomonee Falls. Items especially needed are infant and children’s clothing, strollers, high chairs and other baby equipment, books and toys. The Post can also use adult clothing, bedding, and housewares. Located at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, W156 N8131 Pilgrim Rd., Menomonee Falls. (262) 251-7333, http://www.hopenetworkinc.org
Park People Fall Weed-Out: During the fall months, we remove woody invasive plants such as buckthorn and Asian honeysuckle by cutting them with saws and lopping shears. Weed-Out events normally take place on Saturday mornings during the months of September, October and November in various Milwaukee County Parks. Teens under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. (414) 273-7275, http://www.parkpeoplemke.org
Pan-African Community Association (PACA): School Supply Drive for African Refugees. Our after-school program serves between 15 and 30 refugee and immigrant children and teens each day. We would really benefit from each student having items like calculators, writing utensils, dictionaries and more! Any support for their learning would go a long way and be greatly appreciated. 4063 N. 64th St., Milwaukee, (414) 442-5864, www.panafricoma.org/programs.html
Milwaukee Christian Center: Any amount of nonperishable food items will gladly be accepted and distributed through our Emergency Food Pantry. A food drive can be conducted at any time throughout the year. 807 S. 14th St., Milwaukee. Contact: Bernadette Arellano, Volunteer Coordinator, (414) 645-5350 Ext 118, www.mccwi.org
Project Concern: We are a food and clothing pantry for the low income residents of Cudahy and St. Francis. We are always looking for help with food sorting and distribution on the first Saturday of every month. Nativity of the Lord Parish,(Lower Level), Corner of Plankinton and Kirkwood Ave., Cudahy. (414) 774-0645, http://projectconcerncudahy.org/
Jewish Family Services: Older Adults Love a Concert!
Do you like to perform? Are you part of a group that plays music or sings songs? Share your musical talents at a one-time, weekday music or song performance for older adult residents at an east side apartment complex. Volunteers should be able to put on a minimum 30 to 40-minute performance appropriate for older adults, many of whom are Russian speaking. 1300 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. (414) 225-1390, http://www.jfsmilw.org
Great American Cleanup: Takes place in the spring. Choose any day to help clean up a neighborhood, park, or river! Make a difference in your community by volunteering in this clean-up effort happening nationwide! You may choose your own clean up site or join with someone else. It’s up to you! Clean up supplies are provided. Volunteers will also receive “Thank You” coupons for participating! This is a great opportunity for families, children with adult supervision (those under 16). Sponsored by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful. http://www.kgmb.org
The Milwaukee Bike Collective: Bicycle Repair Youth Days are every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. for youth ages 9-15 to work one-on-one with experienced MBC volunteers, either learning to repair their bicycle or building a bicycle if they do not already own one. Youth volunteers agree to help with projects and chores needed to maintain the Bike Collective equal to the amount of time they spend on their project. For example, a youth who spends 30 minutes repairing a flat tire could then help by patching a tire for one of the bicycles the Bike Collective intends to distribute. Further, a youth who spends eight hours building a bicycle for herself will have been spending 1 1/2 hours working on his bike and 1 1/2 hours working on a project for the Bike Collective each session for a total of 16 hours work. This process of encouraging “sweat equity” instills the value of the dollar in youth volunteers as well as the value in supporting production beyond their own consumption. 2930 W. Clybourn St., Milwaukee. (414) 431-0825, http://www.bikecollective.org
Kyle’s Korner: Our mission is to provide a warm, welcoming and safe place where grieving families’ retreat, meet, heal and prosper with the guidance of specially trained bereavement volunteer facilitators. Volunteers would prepare a meal for 24 people and deliver it to Kyle’s Korner before 5:30 on the event date. 7106 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. Contact: Linda Linscott, (414) 777-1585, www.kyleskorner.org.
Adopt a Beach-Lake Michigan: Volunteers (adopters) commit to multiple visits per year and use Alliance for the Great Lakes’ forms to collect data: Give the beach a good look, collect litter, recycle or dispose of it properly. Check the water using a simple test, investigate bacteria levels in the water. Participants enter information into the Alliance’s online data base. We typically hold trainings in Spring and Fall. Go to our website for training sessions. 1845 N Farwell., Milwaukee. Contact: Todd Brennan. http://greatlakes.org/adoptabeach
Brookfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Care: We have a great group of people who love to play bingo. Come and help out; be the callers, help manage the cards, or hand out the great prizes on Wednesdays at 2:00pm or Saturdays at 1:30. Requirements; Volunteers must be a minimum age of 12-years-old. 18740 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield. Contact: Sara Hubertz, Volunteer Coordinator, (262) 782-0230, www.brookfieldrehabilitation.com
Brookfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Care:Volunteers are needed to assist residents in getting to and from a sing-along that occurs Thursdays on the second floor. Assist in passing out rhythm instruments and join us in song! If you play a musical instrument, share your talent! Volunteers must be a minimum of 18-years-old, however families are welcome. 18740 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield. Contact: Sara Hubertz, Volunteer Coordinator, (262) 782-0230, www.brookfieldrehabilitation.com