This month we recognize Sherry Liebly & Kirstin Kruegel as Milwaukee's Volunteers of the Month
Imagine a cold winter evening, five children living in a van with parents who are struggling with drug addiction and unable to find shelter. The children need someone advocating for them, making sure they are not lost in the child welfare system.
That's when Sherry Liebly and Kirsten Kruegel step in. They "walked alongside the children with a goal of finding them a loving, safe and permanent home".
Sherry and Kirsten are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) through the organization Kids Matter, Inc. As CASA volunteers, Sherry and Kirsten are assigned by Milwaukee County Children's Court to independently advocate for abused or neglected children under the court's protection. They both support and provide stability for the children as they work with them.
When Sherry and Kirstin began working with the five siblings, reunification with the parents was the goal. However, the parents realized they could not care for their children and agreed to adoption. The volunteers were there during the hard transition. Sherry says "the most important part of what I do is being there for the kids." All five children are now adopted in loving, safe and permanent homes. Sherry and Kirstin made an impact in these children's lives by being in their corner.
'Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.' -Martin Luther King
Volunteer with United Way's Reader, Tutor, Mentor Program
Research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages, have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future. That's why United Way launched this historic new effort to recruit one million new volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and find out how you can get involved by helping kids read, tutoring students, or mentoring.
The Volunteer Center is giving away gift cards to Target, Walmart & Walgreens
Simply complete our survey, by clicking here. It only takes a few minutes and enters you into a drawing for a $40 gift card to the store of your choice. Choose from Target, Walmart or Walgreens! Be sure to enter your name and email address into the 'Additional Comments' section to be entered into the drawing.
Donating your time to complete the survey gives us feedback on the quality of service we provide, including improvements we can make. As well as, ensures we continue to receive funding from our partner agency United Way.
Shout Out to Milwaukee Volunteers
Milwaukee has jumped from 7th to 3rd place in the number of residents who volunteered in 2012, among the 51 largest metropolitan cities. We hold this spot with 33.6% up from 32% in previous years.
We are a committed and dedicated community, interconnected by individuals, families, groups, businesses and corporations all working hard to make this a great place to live, work and play.
Volunteering in Milwaukee
Volunteering in Wisconsin
33.6% of residents volunteer
42.8 volunteer hours per resident
50.1 million hours of service
$1.1 billion of service contributed
65.3% of residents donate to charity
45.4% of residents over 55 volunteer
23.4% or residents 20-34 volunteer
35.6% of residents volunteer
36.7 volunteer hours per resident
1.62 million volunteers
165.3 million hours of service
$3.1 billion of service contributed
60.6% of residents donate to charity
34.7% of residents over 55 volunteer
20.6% of residents 20-34 volunteer
Ever wonder what the Nonprofit Center does to promote volunteerism in the Milwaukee Community
Join your friends and neighbors -- 36% of people in Wisconsin already volunteer!
With hundreds of opportunities available there's sure to be something of interest to you. From playing board games and visiting seniors to mentoring kids or serving on a Nonprofit Board, there's an opportunity for everyone. And we'll help you find it!
THE VOLUNTEER CENTER IS MILWAUKEE'S PRIMARY RESOURCE FOR VOLUNTEERISM
A service of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, Inc., our mission is to promote the interests and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through strengthening organizational capacity, expanding volunteerism and encouraging collaboration.