'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
"My proudest accomplishment was when I received an award from Mayor Tom Barrett at City Hall for volunteering with Painting with Purpose." - Javin
Javen Smith is Volunteer Milwaukee & Urban Milwaukee's spotlight volunteer! At just 17 years old Javen has a deep passion for keeping his neighborhood safe and educating youth through community service.
What made you decide to become a youth volunteer?
I've lived in the Amani neighborhood for 10 or 11 years. I wanted to help out my neighborhood, with a growing problem of break-ins into houses. People were breaking into and sleeping in these houses, and neighbors were worried for the safety of kids in the neighborhood.
What surprised you the most about volunteering?
The amount of kids who were volunteering. There were two girls who used to volunteer with us. They enjoyed it so much that they would show up early, even on days we didn't do the painting program. They would ask, ''Can we do the board-ups today?'' They would be really disappointed if it was an off day for painting.
The kids that worked on Painting with Purpose were young, the youngest probably 8. There was one girl who had over 80 hours with Painting with Purpose. She was only 9 years old.
Has it changed your view of this community in any way?
I did learn that kids care about stuff if they learn about the problem. If they have the opportunity to, they'll do something about it. Lots of people came and went, but the kids 13 and under were the ones really motivated to do the work.
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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!!
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!
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.
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
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!
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.