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    Beat the Heat, Volunteer this Summer

    Download At the Center, Volunteer Milwaukee's semi-annual newsletter featuring youth friendly volunteer opportunities

    Volunteer opportunities are available at homeless shelters, environmental protection organizations, food pantries, special events, nursing homes, museums, children centers, schools, nature centers, community gardens and more!!

    Click here to download At the Center

    Win a Target Gift Card!

    Take Our 3 Minute Survey & Be Entered to Win a $40 Gift Card

    Simply complete our survey, by clicking here. It only takes a few minutes and enters you into a drawing for a $40 Target Gift Card! Be sure to enter your name and email address into the 'Additional Comments' section to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be selected July 3rd.

    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.

    This month we recognize Bill Bravener as Milwaukee's Volunteers of the Month

    "I feel good about being a positive male role model in the children's lives" -Bill

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

    Penfield Children's Center, has been helping children ages 3 months to 6 years reach their full potential through education, therapy services and family programs for over 45 years. Over 90% of the children come from homes below the US poverty level. They serve both typical kids and children with special needs, providing Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. Penfield has a Behavioral Clinic, and Outpatient Therapy Clinics, and a Special Care Nursery.

    What surprised you the most about volunteering?

    That I receive more benefits from volunteering than I provide.

    What new things have you learned through this volunteer opportunity?

    The children are so accepting of each other, no matter the developmental ability or ethnicity. They are good reminders to all of us that we are in this together, and to make the most out of life, and to celebrate our diversity.

    Check out the rest of Bill's story on Urban Milwaukee

    Celebrate Spring and Earth Day 2015!

    Soak up sunshine and fresh air this April by volunteering outdoors

    There are many great volunteer opportunities to get you and your group outside this Spring. Everything from picking up litter, helping older adults with yard work, collecting and counting seeds, monitoring water quality, assisting with trail maintenance, trimming bushes, cleaning up garden bed, removing invasive species and so much more!!

    Click here for a full list of Spring and Earth Day one-time volunteer opportunities

    What is a Service Enterprise?

    A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on their social mission

    Milwaukee was part of an national pilot in 2013-2014, to help nonprofits increase their mission-based services, expand community outreach and achieve objectives by effectively engaging volunteers. Administered by Volunteer Milwaukee this process prepared organizations to become certified as a Service Enterprise.

    We are excited to announce seven Milwaukee nonprofits successfully completed the process and are experiencing increased impact through volunteer engagement. Of the seven, four have become Service Enterprise certified!

    Service Enterprise Certified Organizations:

    Guest House of Milwaukee

      Click here for volunteer opportunities at Guest House of Milwaukee  


      Click here for volunteer opportunities at IndependenceFirst  

    Vision Forward Association

      Click here for volunteer opportunities at Vision Forward Association  

    Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

      Click here for volunteer opportunities at Nonprofit Center of 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.

    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

      Ever wonder what the Nonprofit Center does to promote volunteerism in the Milwaukee Community

    • 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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