The following is a list of locations we volunteers worked at in April 2013. Check back in February to see where we'll be going in 2014!
Adopt-A-Beach South Shore Beach Transportation Provided
Adopt –A – Beach is the Alliance for Great Lakes volunteer program. Volunteers will conduct litter removal and complete a beach health assessment that includes science-based observation and testing. It is always cooler by the lake, so volunteers should dress appropriately. Boots and gloves are recommended.
Alverno Campus Clean-up On Campus Site
Volunteers will pick up cigarette butts and trash around campus and in the surrounding Alverno community.
Audubon Technology & Communication Center High School Walking Site
Chartered by Milwaukee Public Schools, this high school serves approximately 300 students by bridging academic success between middle and high school. Volunteers will participate in a panel discussion for 9th and 10th graders talking about their path to college and tips for getting ready, work one-on-one with juniors, providing one-on-one ACT test preparation, advising them on their college essay and resume and conducting mock interviews.
Crafting for Africa On Campus Site
Volunteers will make items to sell at Alverno's African Market in August. Proceeds from the market will help set up a computer classroom at the St. Joseph High School in Cameroon. Craft making will focus on jewelry, picture frames, and crosses made with African fabrics and beads. No previous art experience necessary.
Elm Dale Elementary School Transportation Provided
Elm Dale School is part of the Greenfield School District, serving approximately 550 students. Staff and children work together in becoming lifelong learners who make a positive impact in the community. Volunteers will bring their favorite children’s book to read to children in grades K5-2nd. Students will also have their favorite book to read or have read by the volunteer as well. Volunteers will be paired with 2 students and will read three books. Following the readings, volunteers will lead a book comparison talk with the children.
Face to Face On Campus Site
Face to face is a dialogue where people of different racial/ethnic backgrounds ask questions of one another. The questions have been professionally developed and are designed to help break down barriers. Participants sit across from each other and engage in the inquiry. The questions are provocative and stimulate conversations that we often avoid. It is a community building activity designed to help people better understand blind spots and stereotypes that they may have of different cultural groups.
Fleece Blankets for Meta House On Campus Site
Meta House is a residential treatment facility for women with substance abuse disorders. Meta House has been helping women reclaim their lives and rebuild their families for over 40 years. Volunteer s will make no sew, fleece tie blankets. No experience necessary. Blankets have 2 sides and require 2 yards of fleece per side. Volunteers must bring 4 yards of fleece total for each blanket they will make and scissors.
Guest House Transportation Provided
The Guest House, established in 1982, provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to men. The Volunteers will conduct one-on-one mock interviews with Guest House residents. Interview preparation and materials will be provided.
Hawthorn Glen High Physical Work
Hawthorn Glen is a 23-acre nature center, serving as a field trip location for approximately 12,000 children annually. Natural features include steep bluffs, flood-plain hardwood forest, spring-fed wetland, and a restored prairie. Volunteers will remove garlic mustard and resurface trails. Wheelbarrows, pitch forks, shovels, and wood chips will be provided. Volunteers will also remove fallen logs, rebar, pieces of retaining wall, concrete, lannon stone, etc. from a particularly sensitive environment. Work boots and gloves recommended. Be prepared to get dirty!
Jackson Park Walking Site
Volunteers will be cleaning up litter and tree branches in the park with Audubon high school students. The group will meet a Park worker at the Boathouse by the lagoon. Volunteers will be provided with rakes, bags, and pickers. Participants need to bring their own gloves!
Milwaukee Riverkeeper Walking Site
Milwaukee Riverkeeper protects water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors and to advocate for sound land use in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds. Volunteers will clean up the banks of KK River west of Jackson Park. Participants will get dirty. Dress in old clothes. Boots are suggested. Bags, gloves and some pickers will be provided.
Rain Garden On Campus Site
The Rain Garden is located near Elizabeth Hall. Volunteers will be weeding and mulching. This group will also make stepping stones for the garden in honor of Team Green founder, Evelyn Matthews. Dress appropriately. Rain boots and waterproof gloves are recommended.
Repairers of the Breach Transportation Provided
This is a shelter and resource center for the homeless. Repairers of the Breach serve the homeless from 7 a. m. to 4 p. m., Monday through Saturday and on all major holidays. Volunteers will tour the facility, work side by side with homeless individuals sorting clothes and cleaning, and if weather is nice, possible outdoor gardening. Cleaning is involved so volunteers should wear clothing that can get dirty.
Salvation Army Snack Bag Project On Campus Site
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Lodge is a 120 bed facility that provides temporary shelter, meals and case management for homeless adults and families. Volunteers will decorate and fill snack bags for children who stay at the Emergency Lodge. All supplies are provided. No experience necessary.
Stepping Stone Farms Transportation Provided
Stepping Stone Farms mission is to foster resilience, responsibility and self- esteem in at-risk youth and others by allowing participants to experience the healing power of horses. Volunteers will clean-up manure and horse stalls, clear brush and other trail work and spend some time with the animals. This is a farm. Work boots and work gloves recommended.
St. Joseph Child Development Center Transportation Provided
St. Joseph Child Development Center is a licensed childcare center serving approximately 275 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Volunteers will read, play, and assist with art activities. If some would prefer not to work directly with the children, there always are toys to be sanitized and windows to be cleaned.
St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive On Campus Site
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons which seeks to help those who are suffering by providing assistance that promotes human dignity and integrity. Volunteers will wash, sort and organize donated clothing items for St. Vincent de Paul.
Sweet Water Transportation Provided
Sweet Water is an urban fish and vegetable farm that provides fresh, safe food for our local communities while maintaining reasonable prices and respecting our environment. Volunteers will be cleaning and organizing the large storage area, composting, and getting seed beds ready.
Terrace St. Francis Transportation Provided
The Terrace at St. Francis is an 81-bed facility, offering transitional and long-term care to patients and residents. Volunteers will clean and do activities with the residents. Possible outdoor clean-up if weather permits.
Urban Ecology Center Transportation Provided
The Urban Ecology Center provides outdoor science education for youth, makes public natural areas
Safe, accessible, and vibrant, preserves and enhances natural areas and surrounding waters, offers resources that support learning and volunteerism, and practices modeling environmentally responsible behaviors. Volunteers will pull garlic mustard, clean up trash along the bike trail and playground. If time permits, groups will also do some wood chipping along the trail.
Villa St. Francis Transportation Provided
Villa St. Francis is an assisted living community, providing home-like care to more than 100 residents. Volunteers will be cleaning chairs and areas inside and outside. Dress appropriately.