Adopt-A-Beach - South Shore Beach

Adopt –A – Beach is the Alliance for Great Lakes volunteer program.  Volunteers will conduct litter removal.  It is always cooler by the lake, so volunteers should dress appropriately.  Waterproof gloves and boots are recommended.

Alverno Adopt a Highway

Volunteers will clean up trash along a one mile stretch of Highway 36 (Loomis Road) between Grange and 76th street.  Work boots and gloves are recommended. 

Alverno Library

Volunteers will repurpose books that have been deselected from the library collection.  The goal is to take something that would likely end up in the trash and repurpose (recycle) it into a work of art. There will be several projects to choose from and volunteers will keep whatever they make.

American Civil Liberties Union Presentation

ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation – What are your rights as a voter? How have voting rights changed over the last 100 years – and the last 10 years? Learn how your vote is your voice, how to get involved to help others vote, and why we can never take our right to vote for granted.

Aurora West Allis Medical Center - Volunteers will knit baby hats (using a loom) for the Women’s Pavilion.  No experience necessary. Volunteers are asked to bring worsted yarn. ***NO WOOL YARN*** 

If you have a loom or other knitting supplies, you are welcome to bring them.

Blanket Making

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 scissors and 4 yards of fleece total for each blanket.  Volunteers are asked to bring enough fleece to make 2 blankets.  Blankets will be distributed to children at the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge and Children's Hospital. 

Clement Manor

Clement Manor is a faith-based continuing care retirement community located in Greenfield, Wisconsin.  Volunteers will assist with a glitz and glam Senior Picture Day.  Volunteers will assist with intake of information, nails, hair, photo shoot and refreshments and light conversation.  Volunteers might also interview the residents for commentary to match their senior photo, similar to a high school yearbook.

Empty Bowls

Milwaukee Empty Bowls is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that uses art to heighten hunger awareness and raise funds that help food pantries and meal programs in Milwaukee. Volunteers will learn about the history of the Empty Bowls project, view videos of past projects, and make two ceramic bowls that will be donated to the Empty Bowls event.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

ReStore volunteers can take pride in knowing their efforts make it possible for Milwaukee families to own decent, affordable homes. Through the resale of donated items, the ReStore raises hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, all while preventing millions of pounds of usable material from going to waste in local landfills.  Volunteers will help at the donation dock, taking incoming donations from donors, prep donations and help display donations on floor, as well as help envisioning new ways to improve certain sections of the store.

Hunger Task Force Farm

Since 2004, Hunger Task Force has operated a 200 acre historic work farm in Franklin, Wisconsin. This farm produces hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables every year that are delivered free of charge to the hungry in Milwaukee.  Volunteers will be raking and cleaning up the apple and pear orchards, removing invasive species, doing trail maintenance in the oak savanna, removing rocks from fields in preparation for spring and summer planting, seeding in the greenhouse, transplanting in the fields, weeding and crop maintenance, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Volunteers are not required to have previous agricultural experience and will be accompanied by a farm staff member at all times. All activities require volunteers to be prepared to be outdoors, bending, stooping, lifting, carrying and being active.  Work boots and gloves are recommended.

Salvation Army & Children’s Hospital

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.  Volunteers will also assemble gift packets containing a coloring book, crayons, children's book, and bookmark for children at Children's Hospital.  All supplies will be provided.

St. Clare Terrace

St. Clare is an assisted living facility located in Milwaukee across the street from the Alverno campus.  Volunteers will be working and playing games with the residents, giving manicures and cleaning up around the outside (weather permitting).

St. Joseph Academy

St. Joseph Academy is a faith-based educational organization sponsored by the Felician Sisters. The Academy educates children to be successful life-long learners and problem solvers. To learn more about this organization visit  Volunteers will be working in the classroom with kids 6 wks-4 yrs old reading and playing. If nice outside will do yard clean up.

Stepping Stone Farms

Stepping Stone Farms is a fully operational therapeautic horse riding and lesson facility.  Stepping Stone's 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 clear trails, clean up manure and horse stalls, barn work, and general outdoor spring cleaning. May have some indoor work cleaning stalls, getting down dust & cobwebs from the indoor arena.   This is a farm.  Work boots and work gloves recommended.  This is not a good site for anyone with allergies.

Terrace at St. Francis

The Terrace at St. Francis, a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, is an 81-bed facility located on the campus of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Cleaning and doing activities with residents. Will help clean up outside if nice.

Victory Garden Initiative

Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.  Volunteers will get a short tour, history, will do a variety of tasks including:

aerating compost piles

spreading woodchips

picking up garbage

planting seedlings and weeding

Other things to be aware of:

There are no restrooms or water.  Volunteers should make sure they have used the restrooms prior to arrival and should bring plenty of drinking water.  Work boots and gloves are recommended.

Villa St. Francis

Villa St. Francis was founded in 1990 by the Felician Sisters, a religious order established in Warsaw, Poland in 1855 to meet the needs of the poor, the orphaned, the sick and the elderly. Today, Villa St. Francis provides a caring, home-like living environment for more than 100 residents with a variety of care needs. Volunteers will be cleaning up outside and interacting with residents.

Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center

The mission of Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center is to meet the needs of runaway, homeless, and other troubled youth and their families from Milwaukee’s diverse communities by providing services to empower youth, help them resolve personal and family problems, strengthen family relationships, and support safe and stable homes.  Volunteers will do spring cleaning, yard work and neighborhood clean-up.