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    '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

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    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.

    Meet the Volunteer of the Month

    Bill Bravener is Milwaukee's Volunteer of the Month!

    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.

    What new things have you learned through this volunteer opportunity?

    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.

    Has volunteering helped you, has it had benefits for you?

    In addition to enjoying my time with the children in a classroom, I like interacting with the staff and developing friendships - it's been a very positive experience.

    Would you recommend voluntering to others? If so, what would you tell them is the benefit they'd get from volunteering?

    I recommend volunteering because you will get far more than you give. It is a great use of your time, whether you have spare time or make time to help others. It makes you feel engaged in your community, that you are making a difference.

    If you want to volunteer at Penfield's Children Center, contact Ellen Anderson at (414)345-6376.

    Hey Parents:

    Parents play a major role in the structure of their children's free time; inspire your kids to volunteer this summer!

    When youth volunteer they develop a valuable set of skills; including responsibility, punctuality, accountability and reliability. All which will help later in life, as your children apply for high school, college, careers and beyond.

    Hey Students:

    Summer is your chance to give back!

    Constructively use your free time this summer by volunteering. If you're passionate about the environment, health issues, hunger, homelessness, immigration, employment or if you're still finding your passion, you can get involved and make a difference.

    Volunteer service will give your college and job applications a boost, set yourself apart from the competition while doing good for your community.

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

    Meet an Inspire by Example Winner

    Lynn Wilding - Wile Volunteer Management Award Winner

    Nominated by Zoological Society of Milwaukee

    Milwaukee is fortunate to have a thriving Zoo renowned as a worldwide leader in animal conservation, research and education. This reputation would not be sustained without the hard work of the Zoo Pride volunteers and the inspirational leadershop of their Volunteer Services Coordinator, Lynn Wilding.

    Lynn is not only a leader recognized for her dedication and passion, but a cherished friend to the volunteers. She creates a strong foundation of respect and commitment. During her 15 years with Zoo Pride, the base has grown from 65 to 630 volunters contributing more than 50,000 hours annually. Her expertise in identifying each individual's abilities, combined with a rigorous training program, have created a formula for volunteer success.

    Lynn has also developed a variety of opportunities for volunteers to provide educational and interactive experiences that give Zoo guests and understanding of wildlife and preservation issues around the world. And, for the first time, Zoo Pride was selected as a host of the Association of Zoo and Qquarium Docents and Volunteers Conference, which will be held in Milwaukee this October.

    Check out more photo's from the Inspire by Example Volunteer Celebration 2014

    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.

    Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the 32nd Inspire by Example Volunteer Celebration

    Team Award winner Bob Schweers said "It's an amazing world when you can be honored for volunteering at an organization you love, for doing what you love".

    A heartfelt Thank You from the Nonprofit Center and the Volunteer Center to everyone who attended the celebration. There are lots of pictures of the event on the Volunteer Center Facebook page, check them out and be sure to tag yourself and anyone you know.

    Read the Inspire by Example Award winners stories

    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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      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!

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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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