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    2014 Holiday Giving Tree

    For the 30th year, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee is connecting people in need with gift-givers from area companies, schools, congregations, and organizations. Thousands of people served by local nonprofits will receive a gift this holiday thanks to the generosity of people like you.

    Click here to register

    If each group that participated last year were to take just 10 more tags, we will be able to fulfill the holiday wishes of more than 1,500 additional people dealing with disabilities, mental illness, poverty, homelessness, and families unable to provide gifts for their children.

    We will match you with an agency and your tags and list will be ready to pick up mid November. If you want your tags mailed to you, select "Giving Tree tags mailed" in the fee section when registering (there is a $5 charge; credit cards only). If you plan to pick up your tags at 2819 W. Highland Blvd, then participation is free! Also, when completing the registration please select yourself (if you are the main contact) as one of the "attendees."

    Help our Giving Tree grow by passing this information along to other companies and groups who might be interested

    How many tags will you take?

    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

    United Way's Season of Caring 2014

    Volunteer: It's Always In Season

    We believe in the ability to transform communities through the power of volunteers who Live United. 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.

    Volunteer projects will be available September 3 through December 11.

    Opportunities at a Glance

    • Projects available for corporate groups, student groups, congregations and families
    • Diverse offering of projects available throughout the Greater Milwaukee area
    • Select the location, type of work and time commitment that works best for you or your group
    Get Involved: Find Your Season of Caring 2014 Project Here

    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.


    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.


    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

    Toni Wagner - Adult Award

    Nominated by the St. Catherine's Team of Common Ground Southeastern Wisconsin

    Toni Wagner is an inspirational leader, bringing others together to help stabilize and revitalize her Sherman Park neighborhood. It takes a tenacious, persistent, positive person to lead change, and that combination of skills has helped Toni achieve long-lasting impact.

    With Toni as a key part of the Foreclosure Campaign Team, Common Ground garnered $3.8 million from five major banks to reinvest in her neighborhood of 40 years. Then she helped lead the team as they used that money for rehabbing homes, resulting in nearly 50 homes rehabbed to date. Toni is also a founding member of Milwaukee Rising, a home repair program, which has stimulated $206,000 in neighborhood improvements in just one year.

    Beyond her own efforts, Toni has helped organize her congregation, St. Catherine Parish, to support the neighborhood improvement work. She is well known to her neighbors and Center Street business owners, where she concentrates her efforts to improve homes as well as the business district, dedicating 20 to 25 hours per week to this important work.

    St. Catherine Catholic Church is an active congregation serving the people in Sherman Park and beyond. The parish has been located at the corner of 51st and Center ever since its first church and school opened in 1923.

    Common Ground is a community organization with a history of creating significant change in Southeastern Wisconsin through a groups of nonpartisan, proactive citizens dedicated to identifying pressing social problems and bringing about creative solutions

    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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    • 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!

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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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