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    Your Opportunity to Volunteer Starts Here

    Check out the 2014 - 2015 Fall/Winter 'At the Center' for holiday volunteer opportunities.

    At the Center is a listing of volunteer opportunities. Each opportunity has a short description, day or dates volunteers are needed and the minimum age without adult supervision.

    Holiday Volunteering

    The holiday season is a time when temperatures drop and hearts warm, this is when family and friends gather to volunteer and give back. This year hundreds of Milwaukeean's have already signed up to volunteer on Thanksgiving day and ALL volunteer opportunities we had listed are full. Don't be discouraged though, there are lots of other ways for you to volunteer this holiday season. Explore the list below for alternative ideas for holiday volunteering:

  • Collect and donate food to a food pantry
  • Bring a group of friends to an adult day center, nursing home or homeless shelter and sing holiday songs, bring homemade treats or help clients make homemade gifts
  • Collect and donate winter clothing (hats, mittens, scarves, jackets) to a homeless shelter or school
  • Cook and bring a meal to an elderly neighbor
  • Purchase personal hygiene items and drop them off at a shelter
  • Buy cat and dog supplies and donate them to an animal shelter
  • Have a Holiday Cooking Party - hold a holiday cooking party with friends and family to contribute to a food pantry or shelter

    United Way's Season of Caring is Still Going Strong

    Over 5,474 volunteer hours have already been logged and we've still got 3 weeks to go!

    Gather your groups, find a project, cause or agency that sparks your interest and sign up... it' s that easy to find meaningful volunteer opportunities for Season of Caring

    In 2013, over 4,000 individuals and corporate groups strategically invested in our community by participating in United Way's expanded Season of Caring. Join us in 2014 to make an even greater impact at nonprofit organizations throughout the community.

    Click here to Season of Caring Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer of the Month

    Sharon La Roche is Milwaukee's Volunteer of the Month!

    Describe the organization where you volunteer and the work they do.

    Interfaith Older Adult Programs respond to the diversity of aging and current social challenges by providing innovative programs, rewarding opportunities, caregiver resources and the often much needed extra helping hand. Interfaith's volunteers and professionals help those we serve stay safe, connected, independent and engaged in the public community. In addition, the RSVP program of Interfaith collaborates with Milwaukee Public Schools by providing tutoring services to various MPS students. RSVP engages people 55+ in volunteer service.

    What do you do when you volunteer, what kind of help do you provide?

    I tutor second grade students in reading and math. Tutoring is something I enjoy and had never done anything like it. The children are fun and adorable.

    How long have you volunteered with Interfaith?

    Two years.

    What are you proudest of accomplishing in your work as a volunteer?

    One day I was in the hallway and I heard a young voice calling to me. I turned around and saw the first student I ever worked with. He gave me a big hug and continues to hug me every time he sees me.

    How would you suggest someone begin if they want to volunteer?

    Inquire - don't be afraid to ask questions. Go to an orientation to learn more. Embrace it.

    Interfaith has many different volunteer opportunities. You can help serve a noon meal, visit an older adult in the home, help someone get to a doctor's appointment, help with seasonal yard chores, share a skill or hobby at a senior center, be an ambassador to other seniors, help with clerical needs in an office or be a tutor. If you are interested in becoming a tutor call Karen at (414)220-8653, for all other volunteer opportunities with Interfaith call Eddy at (414)220-8655.

    Learn more about Interfaith Older Adult Programs.

    Sharon tutors at Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee

    Ready to Volunteer...

    '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

    Click Here to Find Volunteer Opportunities

    One Million Strong

    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.

    Check out the list of current Reader, Tutor, Mentor opportunities available now.

    Did You Know...

    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
    • 380,000 volunteers
    • 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

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    • Anyone Can Volunteer!

      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!

      Here are some ways to get started:

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      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.

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