Milwaukeeans show up to help. That’s why our city ranks fourth in the nation for volunteering, according to Serve Wisconsin. But this year, the need is greater, so we have to aim a little higher and dig a little deeper.
To help rally support for our local nonprofits, Milwaukee Magazine has partnered with Wisconsin Philanthropy Network to launch Give Back Milwaukee, a multimedia effort to encourage you, our readers, to donate your time and resources with the generosity that Milwaukeeans are known for.
There are so many deserving organizations in our area, and numerous ways to get involved. Read about them here, then join us on milwaukeemag.com where, starting on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, we’ll go live at noon, Monday through Friday, talking to the leaders of some of these worthy causes. Please heed the call, and help these organizations continue to address crucial needs across our region.
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6 Ways to Help Right Now
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS needs help, and all you have to do is drive around. The DAV needs volunteers from all over the state to drive vets who don’t have reliable transport to and from doctor appointments at the VA Hospital. It only takes a couple hours of your time every few weeks.
What should you do with those outdated blinds or scuffed kitchen chairs gathering dust in the basement? HABITAT FOR HUMANITY will probably take them: either to fill or finish homes for Milwaukeeans who need them, or to refurbish and sell at one of three area ReStores.
Having books in the home is directly related to educational success. But two out of every three low-income families have zero books of their own. NEXT DOOR MKE has distributed 2 million books (and counting) since 1990. They’ll take donations of all books, new and used.
MILWAUKEE BIKE COLLECTIVE makes it easy to volunteer. Experts will train you to be a bike mechanic. They also specialize in “upcycling,” so not only can you donate that Schwinn rusting in your garage, you can be the one to fix it, too.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one out of every five American families was food insecure, pushing FEEDING AMERICA to nearly double its output – and also vastly increase its need for manpower. “Volunteers are needed!” says the always-ebullient Ron Tatum, director of operations for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
MILWAUKEE PETS ALIVE, as its name implies, wants to end all euthanasia of homeless pets in the city. The volunteer-driven group constantly shares (adorable) photos of cats and dogs up for fostering and adoption. You can save one of these animals’ lives by opening your home to Fido or Salem.