Who We Work With

In their junior or senior year, all MIAD students complete a four credit Social Science course (HS380), which includes 35 hours of service in the Southeastern Wisconsin area. Below is a list of over 200 organizations committed to strengthening the community, utilizing both grassroots and well-established means. MIAD students and alumni have worked with all of these organizations to better understand the issues that they deal with and to give of their time and energy.

Learn more about the work of these organizations and how you can volunteer your time – visit one of our community partners listed below.

Featured Placements for Fall 2021

  • Groundwork MKE – Help with community gardens and/or cleaning, painting, and organizing the office space.
    • Current COVID policy: mask required indoors, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces.
    • For more information contact Elena Olson-Valdez: elena@groundworkmke.org
  • Ovation Communities Senior Living Facility – Variety of duties including helping residents with activities and tasks, transporting them within the building, assisting with outings and office tasks.
    • Current COVID policy: proof of vaccination required, mask required at all times, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces.
    • Volunteers are also required to receive and show proof of a flu vaccine when it becomes available in the Fall.
    • For more information contact Beth Draper: bdraper@ovation.org or 414-277-8848
  • Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens – Help with tending gardens
    • Current COVID policy: mask required indoors
    • For more information contact Deborah Koepsel: dkoepsel@fbbg.org 414-525-5653
  • St Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care – Many opportunities available, including childcare, clerical assistance, assisting elders with disabilities, and assisting with art activities.
    • Current COVID policy: Anyone volunteering with children must show proof of vaccination, masks required at all times, 6ft distancing enforced, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces
    • Volunteers must take a tuberculosis test.
    • For more information contact Delma Vega: 414-977-5000
  • Next Door Milwaukee – Assisting the arts coordinator with programming for children ages 2-5 OR assisting the Books for kids manager with sorting, packing and preparing books to go home with children.
    • Current COVID policy: Proof of vaccination required, mask required indoors
    • Both opportunities require commitment of 8-10hrs/week
    • For more information contact Martina Stevens: mstevens@nextdoormke.org
  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee International Learning Program – Tutoring in English as a second language or Citizenship. There is also an opening for a design-based opportunity.
    • Current COVID policy: mask required indoors, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces.
    • For more information contact Cynthia Zarazua: 414-344-4777 or czarazua@nh-milw.org
  • Father Gene’s Help Center – Assist client shoppers, sort incoming donations
    • Current COVID policy: handwashing/sanitizing station, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces, will follow current CDC guidelines
    • For more information, contact Jessica Luebbering: director@fathergeneshelp.org
  • ALS Association, Wisconsin Chapter – design and layout of publications, social media campaigns and initiatives, promotion and fundraising campaigns, on-site volunteering during walks to defeat ALS
    • Current COVID policy: proof of vaccination required, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces.
    • For more information, contact Erin Maddox: erin@alsawi.org
  • Friedens Community Ministries, Inc. – Many opportunities including helping with daily operations of the pantry, operating social media, collaborating on graphic art, helping with marketing, working with gardens, and more. 
    • Current COVID Policy: mask required at all times, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces.
    • For more information, contact Katrina Ramsey – 262-957-6773 or volmgr@friedenspantry.org
  • Schlitz Audubon Nature Center – Land Stewardship, which includes removing invasive species, planting native trees and plants, and assisting with seed collection.
    • Current COVID policy: mask required indoors, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces, subject to change based on guidelines of North Shore Health Department.
    • Schedule for volunteering is Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Volunteers choose what days they would like to volunteer, but must arrive by 9:00am.
    • For more information, contact Marie Honel – mhonel@schlitzaudubon.org
  • Friends of Lakeshore State Park – Help with designing, setting up, and assisting with a community event where people can come build ‘Bug Motels.’ Must be available to help on the day of the event, September 25th, from 9am-6pm.
    • Current COVID policy: no requirements currently but will follow public health guidelines.
    • Information on building Bug Motels can be found here.
    • If more hours are required after the Bug Motel event is done, there are opportunities to help remove invasive species and paint railings in the park.
    • Fore more information contact Mary Jo Layden – 414-254-5757, maryjo.layden@gmail.com
  • Friends of Mitchell Park Domes – Help design activity stations and reading areas for the newly renovated Domes Education Center.
    • Two placement opportunities available. One for designing materials for younger children (more information here) and one for older children/adults (more information here.) Please refer to the links for detailed information on these opportunities.
  • Woodland Pattern Book Center – help document community events through DSLR photography and assisting with live streaming.
    • Current COVID policy: mask required indoors, handwashing/sanitizing stations.
    • For more information contact Marla Sanvick – marlas@woodlandpattern.org
  • Discovery World – Aquarium Touch Tank Attendant or Kohl’s Design-it! Lab Assistant
    • Current COVID policy: mask recommended indoors, handwashing/sanitizing stations, regular sanitizing of tools/surfaces
    • For more information contact Kelly Christman – 414-765-1978, kchristman@discoveryworld.org

Complete list of MIAD Community Partners

NOTE: Not all community partners are accepting in-person volunteers at this time. Please visit the organization’s website and look for current volunteer information before contacting a placement regarding in-person service.

Search by Category All | Animal Care | Community Arts Programs | Elderly | Emergency Lodging | Environmental Programs | Health / Wellness | Homelessness | Literacy / Public Resources | Meal Programs and Co-ops | Medical / Special Needs | Multifaceted Programs | Schools / Child Emphasized Programs

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin:

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is at the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment and is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV disease.
Contact: http://www.arcw.org/

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin:

The ACLU of Wisconsin is the state affiliate of the national ACLU and is a non-profit, non-partisan, private organization. The ACLU of Wisconsin has 7,000 members and is dedicated to defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.          Contact: http://www.aclu-wi.org

American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Contact: http://www.redcross.org/wisconsin

Artists Working in Education:

A.W.E. is a nonprofit organization that sponsors artists to work creatively with children to enhance human potential, advance learning and cultivate community. A.W.E. accomplishes this through our School Studio and Truck Studio programs.
Contact: http://www.awe-inc.org/

Art is Life Inc.:    

Art Is Life Inc. is a nonprofit organization established to give Milwaukee inner city youth new creative outlets. Our first step in creating change, is committing ourselves to explore new opportunities to help inspire our youth and community to be great through partnerships with artists, students, local business owners, and community leaders so that we can C. R. E. A. T. E. future leaders today. Together WE will mold new foundations, challenging youth to think outside of the “norm” and follow their dreams.
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/ArtIsLifeInc/timeline

Bay View Middle and High School:

Bay View Middle and High School provides a comprehensive 6 -12 grade education program that includes three specialties focused on math and science, construction and the legal system. Bay View also hosts a Project Lead the Way program and a Building, Architecture and Technology (BAT) Academy.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/bayview/


A non-profit organization creating a resilient environment through education and advocacy of the plight of insect pollinators.
Contact: http://www.beevangelists.org/

Ben Franklin Elementary:

Our mission is to work with parents and community partners to provide a nurturing learning environment that allows students to thrive intellectually, socially and physically in their pursuit of life-long learning.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/franklin/

BESTD Clinic:

The mission of BESTD Clinic is to provide quality, professional sexually transmitted disease diagnosis and treatment as well as HIV/AIDS prevention counseling and testing in a manner that is sensitive to the sexual orientation and gender identity of our clients. BESTD Clinic provides it’s services at no cost.
Contact: http://www.bestd.org/

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum:

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing interactive exhibits and educational resources that promote the healthy development of children in their formative years—from birth through age ten. The Museum experience encourages hands-on learning and the development of fundamental skills, self-esteem, and the ability to work with others. Caregivers use the Museum as a resource that provides information on early childhood brain development, learning styles, and effective parenting skills. The Museum maintains a strong commitment to providing access to all children and families in the community, including low-income and special needs families.
Contact: http://www.bbcmkids.org/

Big Brothers, Big Sisters:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is helping children in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties discover their Big potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships, but we can’t do it without you!
Contact: http://www.bbbsmilwaukee.org/site/c.8hKPI2MGIkI0E/b.6448757/k.F061/Home_Page.htm

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee:

Our mission is to inspire and empower young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Contact: http://www.boysgirlsclubs.org/

Boy Scouts of America:

The mission of the Milwaukee County Council, Boy Scouts of America, is to meet the spiritual, developmental and social needs of young people by instilling lifetime values enabling them to achieve full potential. The values we strive to instill are derived from the Scout Oath and Law.
Contact: http://www.threeharborsscouting.org

Broadscope Disability Services:

Broadscope Disability Services seeks to advance the independence, productivity and rights of citizenship for persons with disabilities and their families in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties.
Contact: http://www.broadscope.org/

Bublr Bikes:

Bublr Bikes is Milwaukee’s bike share program! With Bublr Bikes, you’re able to take a bike from one Bublr Station, enjoy a quick ride to wherever, and return the bike to any Bublr Station that’s nearby. It’s our goal to launch 100+ Bublr Stations in Milwaukee and the surrounding ‘burbs!
Contact: http://bublrbikes.com

Cass Street School:

Cass Street School strives to help all students meet our high academic standards and provides them with a diverse educational foundation. We foster a positive school climate conducive to learning by encouraging good citizenship, critical thinking, problem solving, respect and an appreciation for individual and cultural differences in our community.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/cass/

Cathedral Center:

To provide a safe environment for women and families while working to end homelessness, one life at a time.
Contact: http://www.cathedral-center.org/

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin:

The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the leading centers for pediatric health care in the United States. The hospital provides inpatient care, including transport of critically ill or injured children and intensive care services, and more than 70 specialty outpatient clinics that care for the full range of pediatric health care needs.
Contact: http://www.chw.org

Clement Avenue School:

Clement Avenue School is committed to providing quality multicultural learning opportunities for all pupils. The focus of our mission is to improve academic achievement. The Clement Avenue staff is committed to providing exceptional academic experiences in all subject areas with a particularly strong emphasis on growth and deep understanding for students in the areas of reading/language arts and mathematics. The staff is willing to do anything within their power to improve our student population’s reading and math skills. To achieve our goals, individual differences are accommodated within grade leveled, self-contained classrooms. This is our true mission statement.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/clement/

Coalition of Photographic Arts:

The mission of the Coalition of Photographic Arts is to develop appreciation, promote growth and support the creation of photographic arts in the Greater Milwaukee Region.
Contact: http://www.copamilwaukee.com/

CORE/El Centro:

CORE/El Centro, located on the near Southside of Milwaukee, is a social-profit, bilingual, natural healing center which embraces all people and has a passion for serving those of low income. Our purpose is to make healing services accessible, to build community, and to inspire to wholeness all who desire the healing capacities of natural therapies. As a non-profit, we are dedicated to accomplishing this by offering natural healing practices and wholistic exercises that integrate body, mind and spirit and by creating an environment that nurtures self-healing and community well-being.
Contact: http://www.core-elcentro.org/

Council for the Spanish Speaking:

The Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. advocates on behalf of Latinos and the socially and economically challenged. It offers programs in education, housing and human services to improve quality of life for families, children, youth, and the aging; promotes cultural, racial and linguistic understanding; and community planning and development supportive of social and economic equity.
Contact: http://www.centrohispanomke.org/

Discovery World:

Discovery World connects innovation, science, technology and the environment with exploration and learning through interactive exhibits and experiential learning programs. It is dedicated to helping people positively impact their communities by developing a better understanding of technology and the environment while fostering both innovation and creativity.
Contact: http://www.discoveryworld.org/

Easter Seals Disability Services:

Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin is a not for profit values-based agency that supports children and adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers through a range of services.
Contact: http://wi-se.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=WISE_whoweare

Elm Creative Arts Elementary School:                                                                     

A Milwaukee Public School that integrates the arts — visual arts, music, drama, dance and creative writing — into a curriculum which supports the Milwaukee Public Schools K-12 Teaching and Learning Goals. Students are academically and socially prepared for the future which will take them through the school experience and into the work force of the 21st Century. Elm’s mission is to develop an individual who can think critically and creatively, accept diversity, appreciate the arts and contribute to society.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/elm/

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin:

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a food bank that works with a network of hunger relief partners to distribute more than 18.3 million meals a year to 377,000 people in eastern Wisconsin. We have facilities in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley.
Contact: http://feedingamericawi.org

Fernwood Montessori School:

The Mission of Fernwood Montessori School is to educate children in a safe, nurturing environment and to help them achieve their fullest potential using Montessori philosophy, principles and materials. Fernwood staff members work with parents and community volunteers to provide opportunities for children to develop academic and personal skills, decision-making ability, and social and intellectual independence in a diverse, multicultural setting. Through research and project-based learning, we prepare our students for active and involved citizenship in the larger community.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/fernwood/index.html

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens:

The Boerner Botanical Gardens were developed as a public garden intended to be a place of beauty, an outdoor classroom and a living museum for all to enjoy. The Gardens are owned and managed by Milwaukee County Parks and Recreation.
Contact: http://www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org/

Future Urban Leaders:

Future Urban Leaders is a youth leadership development program for students in grades 3-12. We are proud partners of Milwaukee College Prep and work to build scholars communication skills, problem solving skills, and ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding for different cultures. We accomplish this through experiential, hands-on activities in STEM, Visual & Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, and College & Career Readiness programs.
Contact: http://futureurbanleaders.org/

Gaenslen School:

Gaenslen School believes that achievement, sense of community, and utilization of technology, along with positive student relationships maximize the potential of all students. Gaenslen offers fully integrated programs for regular education, grades K-8, and students with disabilities, ages 3-14. By reaching hearts and minds, our program strives to develop well-rounded students who are prepared to meet the future and have the skills and motivation to contribute to the community. A dedicated staff of 140 including administrators, teachers, aides and therapists work together to create a productive atmosphere for learning.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/gaenslen/F._J._Gaenslen/Home.html

General Mitchell Elementary:

General Mitchell Elementary School offers a friendly, nurturing atmosphere with a focus on Quality Student Achievement, Student Engagement, Customer Satisfaction, and School Efficiencies. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college, life and work. Our students will become socially responsible, lifelong learners able to thrive in our community and global society. Together we are working to provide quality educational experiences for our students and their families.
Contact: http://www.cudahy.k12.wi.us/schools/generalmitchell/

Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin:

The unique Girl Scout experience begins with the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls Discover, Connect, and Take Action, building skills that yield the desired outcomes of courage, confidence, and character. Ultimately, through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls aspire to make the world a better place.
Contact: http://www.gswise.org/

Grand Avenue Club:

The mission of Grand Avenue Club is to provide Milwaukee County adults who have experienced mental illness with an array of opportunities that will assist them to experience recovery, to integrate into society via work and education, and to live lives that are vocationally productive and socially satisfying.
Contact: http://www.grandavenueclub.org

Grateful Girls:

Grateful Girls is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is geared to inspire, motivate and encourage girls, teens and women of all ages.
Contact: https://www.gratefulgirls.org/

Guest House:

The Guest House of Milwaukee, Inc. provides shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose.
Contact: http://www.guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/

Habitat for Humanity:

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity transforms lives and our city by providing simple, decent and affordable housing for Milwaukee families in need.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeehabitat.org/


The Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization, Inc. (HALO) is a 120 bed emergency shelter located in Racine, WI. HALO meets emergency shelter needs for all men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness, coordinates supportive services that help homeless adults become self-sufficient, provides community leadership to prevent chronic homelessness and ensures children get positive support through stable living and learning environments.
Contact: http://www.haloinc.org

Happy Endings No Kill Shelter:

We currently place an average of 200 cats per year. All potential adopters must fill out an application and go through an interview process. Adoption facilitators walk potential adopters through the shelter and help them find a cat that will touch their heart and fill an empty space in their home and life.
Contact: http://www.happyendings.us/

Havenwoods State Forest:

Havenwoods State Forest offers 237-acres of grasslands, woods, and wetlands in the City of Milwaukee.
Contact: http://friendsofhavenwoods.org/index.html

HAWS Pets:

HAWS promotes the humane care and treatment of all animals, supporting cooperative humane efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. It is not affiliated with any other local or national humane society. HAWS is a member of the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies.
Contact: http://www.hawspets.org/

Hawthorn Glen:

Hawthorn Glen is a 23-acre nature center that primarily serves as a field trip location on weekdays for 12,000 children annually.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeerecreation.net/hawthorn-glen/

Hebron House of Hospitality:

The mission of Hebron House of Hospitality, Inc. is to provide emergency housing and related services to people in transition with the basic needs of shelter, food and personal support.
Contact: http://www.hebronhouse.org/

Hmong American Friendship Association:

The Hmong American Friendship Association Inc., is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Southeast Asian Refugee families in the Greater Milwaukee area by promoting self sufficiency and the preservation of cultural heritage.
Contact: http://hmongfriendship.org/

Hope House:

Our mission is to end homeless and create healthy communities.
Contact: http://www.hopehousemke.org/

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge:

The northern two-thirds of Horicon Marsh is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the 21,000 acre Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.
Contact: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/horicon/

House of Peace:

Based on Gospel values, the House of Peace serves the community by assisting families and individuals in meeting their spiritual, material, and emotional needs, thereby helping families remain together and promoting self-sufficiency.
Contact: http://www.capuchincommunityservices.org

Hunger Task Force:

Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.
Contact: http://www.hungertaskforce.org/about-us/

Independence First:

Independence First is a non-profit agency directed by, and for the benefit of, people with disabilities, primarily serving the four county metropolitan Milwaukee area.
Contact: http://www.independencefirst.org/

International Learning Center:

The International Learning Center (formerly Indochinese Learning Center) has provided English as a Second Language instruction to over 5,000 African and Southeast Asian adult refugees in the Milwaukee area since 1981. We specialize in literacy and communication skills for refugees who have had little or no prior education in their own country.
Contact: https://www.neighborhoodhousemke.org/category/international-learning-center/

Islands of Brilliance:

Islands of Brilliance utilizes project-based learning which allows our students to grow their intrinsic capabilities and practice communication, increasing their likelihood of independence as adults. IOB design workshops create a space for students on the autistic spectrum to explore creativity through the use of technology, during which they learn technical skills and grow confidence in critical social and peer-to-peer interactions. Students are matched one-to-one with mentors—design field professionals—which not only changes public perception of this disability, it also paves the way for future higher education and employment opportunities. Contact: http://islandsofbrilliance.org/

Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy:

Curtin has been recognized three times in the past six years by Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a New Wisconsin Promise school because we have met annual achievement goals and have higher than average reading and math scores when compared with similar state schools. We offer classes in music, art, gym, and piano keyboarding. An accelerated reading program ensures that all pupils become competent readers. Band instrument lessons are offered during the school day.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/curtin/

Journey House:

Established in 1969, Journey House is grounded in the philosophy that Education is a Family Journey. We embody this belief through our mission of working with the community utilizing a self-help philosophy in order to increase education, reduce unemployment and crime, strengthen families, and revitalize neighborhoods.
Contact: http://www.journeyhouse.org/

La Causa:

La Causa, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 that prevents abuse and provides education and social services to thousands of Milwaukee County residents. For nearly 40 years, La Causa has been totally committed to helping low-income children and parents overcome the odds in some of Milwaukee’s poorest — yet most diverse — neighborhoods.
Contact: http://www.lacausa.org/

Lad Lake:

We provide kids safety, individualized therapy, and skill-building for independence. Whether it’s support for foster kids, mentors for troubled youth, or a safe-haven for exploited and abused girls, Lad Lake counselors cultivate stability and self-reliance for more than 1,100 kids and their families every year.
Contact: https://www.ladlake.org

La Escuela Fratney:

La Escuela Fratney provides a rigorous curriculum in English and Spanish that includes a focus on multiculturalism and collaboration with both our parents and the community. Fratney is a feeder school to Lincoln Center of the Arts.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/fratney/

Lake Valley Camp:

We believe a child’s potential should not be limited by their circumstance and that all youth have the right to be involved in activities and pursuits that nurture their spirit and support their passion. This is why LVC works tirelessly to ensure that our young people have access to purpose-driven, experience-based programs, facilitated by highly-skilled professionals firmly invested in seeing them thrive. Our mission is to support the development of youth from underserved neighborhoods to teach, lead and inspire others in the community.
Contact: http://www.lakevalleycamp.org/

Lincoln Center of the Arts:

The mission of Lincoln Center of the Arts is to provide an arts-based learning environment with high expectations for student achievement. At our school, academics, the Arts and technology are interwoven. Our students are provided with creative, concrete opportunities to integrate academics with visual, musical and performance arts lessons. Students demonstrate what they have learned by applying classroom knowledge to real life situations. Our students understand technological advances, develop the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, communicate effectively and cooperate with others. We are a caring community that enhances the quality of life for all.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/lcmsa/

Literacy Services of Wisconsin:

For more than four decades, LSW has been here when motivated adult learners want to improve their education, particularly those who dropped out of school years ago. We’re also here for people who come to our country and want to learn our language, or for those who want to attain a high school equivalency degree.
Contact: http://www.literacyservices.org

MacDowell Montessori School:

MacDowell Montessori School promotes concentration, practical life and problem-solving skills as students apply knowledge in all subjects. Students integrate science, history, geography and the arts through lessons, projects and community experiences.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/macdowell/

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin:

Wishmakers On Campus is designed as a hands-on, student driven service learning program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin. We can provide you college organizations, student governments, athletic teams and Greek organizations with ideas, objectives and tools to run a successful fundraiser.
Contact: http://wisconsin.wish.org/ways-to-help/fundraising/wishmakers-on-campus

Marquette University Child Care Center:

The Marquette University Child Care Center, located in the Krueger Parent and Child Care Center, serves the children of students, staff, and faculty of the university. The curriculum focuses on creative, child-centered play and hands-on discovery learning. The center is committed toward educating the whole child – socially, physically and intellectually – to set the stage for lifelong learning.
Contact: http://www.marquette.edu/child-care-center/

Maryland Avenue Montessori School:

Maryland Avenue School is a K-8 school located in the heart of Milwaukee’s historic and culturally diverse East Side. Maryland Avenue School has been a part of the neighborhood for over 110 years. Recent modernization of the building has incorporated a Supportive Staff Center, and a Parent Center.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/maryland/

Medical College of Wisconsin:

To be a national leader in the education and development of the next generation of physicians and scientists; to discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical sciences; to provide cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and compassionate clinical care of the highest quality; to improve the health of the communities we serve.
Contact: https://mcw.edu/

Messmer High School:                                                                                            

Messmer Catholic Schools dedicate themselves to serving a diverse, urban population and providing their students with an education that represents the schools’ Catholic heritage. Messmer Catholic Schools prepare their graduates to excel in college, to succeed in the work force, and to become productive citizens.
Contact: http://www.messmerschools.org/page.cfm

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Center:

To provide animal regulation and care services which protect the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Milwaukee County.
Contact: http://www.madacc.org/

Milwaukee Art Museum:

The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education.
Contact: http://www.mam.org/

Milwaukee Bike Collective:

The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides a publicly accessible bicycle resource center for the city of Milwaukee. It is a place where bike construction and repair can happen in a creative and supportive environment and at an affordable cost.
Contact: http://bikecollective.bike/

Milwaukee Catholic Home:                                                                                    

Milwaukee Catholic Home is a continuing care retirement community that provides older adults with an array of residential, healthcare, and spiritual services, respecting dignity, independence and individuality.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeecatholichome.org

Milwaukee Center For Independence:

The Milwaukee Center For Independence’s mission is to assist individuals and families with special needs to better live and work in the community. They believe that all people living with disabilities and other barriers to success can reach their highest levels of independence.
Contact: http://www.mcfi.net/MCFI.htm

Milwaukee Christian Center:

The Milwaukee Christian Center believes all people deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. We exist to move people beyond the challenges of poverty through life-affirming programs and supportive services.
Contact: http://www.mccwi.org/

Milwaukee County Historical Society:

The Milwaukee County Historical Society was founded in 1935 to collect, preserve and make available materials relating to the history of the Milwaukee community. Through a broad range of activities, the Historical Society seeks to recognize and preserve our local history. In promoting a greater appreciation of Milwaukee County’s heritage, the Historical Society hopes to develop a better understanding of the issues and challenges facing Milwaukee County today.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeehistory.net/

Milwaukee County Parks:

Milwaukee County Department Parks, Recreation and Culture, an operating unit of Milwaukee County Government, provides quality of life experiences to Milwaukee County residents. This is accomplished through environmental and community stewardship and through the operation and maintenance of parks and facilities by a reliable, diverse and well-trained workforce/management team. Efficient, effective, and affordable recreational opportunities are provided by the department, often in collaboration with the community and designed to meet the diverse needs of its residents.
Contact: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/Parks

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center:

The mission of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is to further develop our vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the greater Milwaukee area, thus improving the quality of life for all of us. The mission is supported by the Center’s leadership in community building, health promotion, advocacy, and communications.
Contact: http://www.mkelgbt.org/

Milwaukee Public Library:

The Milwaukee Public Library is a member of the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.
Contact: http://www.mpl.org/

Milwaukee Public Museum:

The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) was among some half dozen major American museums of natural and human history established during the last half of the 19th century. Its special distinction is that it began and remains a people’s museum, instituted without wealthy benefactors, and has always been much larger and broader in scholarly scope than would be expected relative to the size of the population it serves.
Contact: http://www.mpm.edu/

Milwaukee Recreation Department:

Our mission is to enrich the lives of Milwaukee’s youth, adults, and families through many innovative programs. These programs are designed to improve the academic achievement of all students during non-school hours, strengthen families, reduce crime in the neighborhoods, and enhance the well-being of all residents.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeerecreation.net/about-us/

Milwaukee Rescue Mission:

In response to the command of Jesus, we compassionately serve to help make whole the hungry, homeless and poor in body, mind and spirit for the glory of God. “…to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter…Isaiah 58:7.”
Contact: https://www.milmission.org/

Milwaukee Riverkeeper:

Our mission is to protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.
Contact: https://www.milwaukeeriverkeeper.org/

Milwaukee School of Languages:

The Milwaukee School of Languages is a member of the Milwaukee Public School system.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/msl/

Milwaukee Women’s Center:

To provide holistic care to empower women and families who are experiencing abuse to live safe, independent and healthy lives.
Contact: http://www.mwcinc.org/

Milwaukee Zen Center:

MZC provides a place for meditation, study and reflection, leading to inner awakening and mindful, compassionate action through traditional Soto Zen Practice.
Contact: http://mkzen.org/

Mitchell Park Domes:

The Mitchell Park Conservatory, known affectionately to generations of Milwaukee and Wisconsin residents as, “Mitchell Park Domes,” is a world class horticultural adventure right here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Contact: http://www.milwaukeedomes.org/

Neighborhood House:

The mission of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee is to build a strong community by strengthening individuals, families, and the neighborhood.
Contact: http://www.nh-milw.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=5&Itemid=68

Neu-Life Community Development:

Our vision is to empower children and youth by equipping them with the necessary information, strategies and support systems to have better self-images, develop better life management skills and to cope with their environments by refraining from crime, drugs and other deviant behavior.
Contact: http://www.neu-life.org

Next Door Foundation:

The Next Door Foundation supports the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.
Contact: https://www.nextdoormke.org/

Northshore Academy of the Arts:

North Shore Academy of the Arts, Inc. (NSAA) is a not-for-profit company dedicated to offering high caliber opportunities in the performing, visual, and literary arts to all ages. It is designed to encourage, inspire and promote creativity while fostering a cultural appreciation of the arts in our communities. NSAA promotes a sense of self worth, responsibility, and strength of character while providing individuals and families the means to recognize and develop talents, interests, assets, and aspirations. Beyond the arts, NSAA strives to build healthy communities through the development of positive values and a commitment that will be evident across all cultural and socio-economic groups.
Contact: http://northshoreacademyofthearts.com/about-nsaa/#

Our Next Generation:

Our Next Generation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, community-based organization that provides academic support and enrichment programs for students, kindergarten through high school, in central Milwaukee. Our programs are designed to address a holistic view of the needs of our community’s children and young adults.
Contact: http://ongkids.org

Ovation Communities: 

Each community is dedicated to the specific needs of our residents and serves as a gathering place for agile seniors seeking engagement, companionship, and, most importantly, purpose.
Contact: https://ovation.org/


For 40 years, Pathfinders has helped those we serve to take charge of their lives, connect to others, and contribute to the community. Our programs are designed to protect youth, strengthen individuals and families, and improve the emotional and mental health of our neighbors struggling with difficult challenges. In partnership with generous individual supporters, foundations, businesses, faith communities, and government more than 7,800 people each year are able to find safety, hope and healing.
Contact: http://pathfindersmke.org/

Penfield Children’s Center:

Penfield Children’s Center is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help infants and young children with and without disabilities to reach their full potential through education, therapy services and family programs.
Contact: http://www.penfieldchildren.org/

Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.
Contact: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

Project STAY High School:

Project STAY is an alternative school offering a nurturing and challenging education to 250 high school students, ages 16-21, who are at risk of dropping out. Students apply for Project STAY and are accepted based upon the definition of at-risk under Wisconsin state law. To be enrolled, students must appreciate what the program offers, follow school rules, maintain a 90% attendance and complete the at-risk requirement.
Contact: http://www5.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/school/stay/

Repairers of the Breach:

Repairers of the Breach is Greater Milwaukee’s grassroots homeless outreach, provider of the area’s only daytime shelter and resource center for homeless people.
Contact: http://www.repairers.org

Retzer Nature Center:

At Waukesha County’s Retzer Nature Center “education is the key.” Retzer is dedicated to providing hands-on outdoor / environmental educational opportunities for school groups, families and adults through public and private programs. Retzer Nature Center strives to create awareness and appreciation of the environment in all patrons and visitors.
Contact: http://friendsofretzer.org/#

Riverbend Nature Center:

Our mission is to help people of all ages learn to live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world.
Contact: http://riverbendnaturecenterracine.org/

Riveredge Nature Center:

The mission of Riveredge Nature Center is to inspire, inform and enable responsible environmental decision-making
Contact: http://riveredgenaturecenter.org/

River Revitalization Foundation:

The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education, bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.
Contact: https://riverrevitalizationfoundation.org/

Riverwest Co-op:

The Riverwest Co-­op and the Co-op Café are dedicated to providing the community with nutritious, wholesome food and are proud to feature organic and local ingredients.
Contact: http://www.riverwestcoop.org/

Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts:

The unique educational program of Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts provides students with opportunities to develop their fullest potential personally, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially through a curriculum based on the creative arts. The purpose of this program is to develop each child’s creativity in all subject areas with particular emphasis on critical thinking, individual creative expression, and group responsibility.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/roosevelt/

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center:

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center connects people with nature and inspires them to become responsible stewards of the natural world.
Contact: http://www.schlitzauduboncenter.com/

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center:

For 52 years, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center has been a stabilizing presence of Milwaukee’s northwest side. Silver Spring Neighborhood Center is a nonprofit social service agency whose mission is to build a safer, stronger neighborhood and community.
Contact: http://www.ssnc-milw.org/

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center:

To improve the health and well-being of Milwaukee and surrounding communities, by providing quality, patient-centered, family-based health care, health education and social services, free from linguistic, cultural and economic barriers.
Contact: http://www.sschc.org/

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care:

The mission of St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care is to provide community-based health and educational services for children and frail adults and to serve as a resource and support for caregivers.
Contact: http://www.stanncenter.org/

St. Francis Children’s Center:

Serving infants through Kindergarten (K4 and K5) in our Early Education and Child Care programs. At St. Francis Children’s Center, we believe that all children can learn if we can learn how to teach them.
Contact: http://www.sfcckids.org/

St. Vincent de Paul:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization of lay persons which seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, and by person- to-person involvement of its members, to help those who are suffering, by loving and serving their neighbor. Vincentian helping can include any person-to-person assistance that promotes human dignity and integrity. The Society is concerned not only with relieving need but also with addressing the situations that cause it.
Contact: http://www.svdpmilw.org/

Summit Educational Association:

Summit was established in 1990 to provide One-On-One tutoring and mentoring program for Milwaukee’s inner city children. Through tutoring, recreation, personal friendship, and a virtue based character program, Summit fosters relationships between dedicated mentors, parents, and their children in order to encourage intellectual, cultural, and moral growth. We are inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church which places primary importance on the dignity of each human being.
Contact: http://www.summitea.org/

The Gathering:

Our mission is to provide meals and associated services to those who would otherwise go hungry.
Contact: http://www.thegatheringwis.org/

Trowbridge Street School of Great Lakes Studies:

At Trowbridge, we are proud of our safe, comfortable environment, where students are encouraged to be self-confident, independent decision makers.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/trowbridge/

TRUE Skool:

TRUE Skool’s mission is to provide arts education and community service opportunities for youth to create positive sustainable change in their lives and in the community.
Contact: http://www.trueskool.org/


UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.
Contact: http://www.umos.org/

United Community Center:

Our mission is to provide programs to Hispanics and near south side residents of all ages in the areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development, and health and human services. The UCC assists individuals to achieve their potential by focusing on cultural heritage as a means of strengthening personal development and by promoting high academic standards in all of its educational programs.
Contact: http://www.unitedcc.org/index.htm

Urban Ecology Center:

The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Contact: http://www.urbanecologycenter.org/

Urban Underground:

Urban Underground is advancing a new generation of young leaders committed to building safe and sustainable communities. We advance our mission through effective and age appropriate programs, strategic partnerships, and youth-led social change projects in the areas of health, education, and restorative justice. Our programs establish key pipelines for youth leadership, help groups broaden their definitions of diversity and inclusion, and create educational models relevant to today’s youth.
Contact: https://www.urbanunderground.org/

US Grant Elementary:

The staff and parents at Grant School hold high expectations for individual student achievement. Our student centered curriculum focuses on educating the whole child with emphasis on learning by integrating technology in the areas of reading, language arts, science, social studies and mathematics. We provide experiences for children that motivate them to become better prepared to meet the demands of the 21st Century. These experiences develop the child intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically so they are able to make meaningful decisions in our society.
Contact: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/grant/page1.htm


Through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, all Wisconsin people can access university resources and engage in lifelong learning, wherever they live and work. Fundamental to this mission are UW-Extension’s partnerships with the 26 UW campuses, the county and tribal governments, and other public and private organizations. Fulfilling the promise of the Wisconsin Idea, UW-Extension extends the boundaries of the university to the boundaries of the state and helps the university establish mutually beneficial connections with all its stakeholders.
Contact: http://www.uwex.edu/

UWM Children’s Learning Center:

The UWM Children’s Center serves the University with distinction through the provision of high-quality education programs for children and families, UWM students and the professional child development community.
Contact: http://uwm.edu/children/

UWM Women’s Resource Center:

The WRC enhances awareness and understanding at UWM of the diversity of women’s lives and experiences, and the role gender plays in everyone’s life. We promote and support the health and well-being of women juggling school with other responsibilities, and help students to address their problems, recognize their individual and collective power, and achieve their full educational, career and personal potential at UWM and beyond. And, we build partnerships and advocate for change to create a campus climate that enhances the quality of life for all members of the University community.
Contact: https://uwm.edu/womensresourcecenter/

Victory Garden Initiative:                                                                                   

We are fighting for food security and the health of our ecosystems. We are fighting for resilient communities that support one another and for strong local economies. Through gardening we are seeking a connection to the cycle of life, and for good, tasty food…from garden to plate.
Contact: http://victorygardeninitiative.org

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum:

Villa Terrace Museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, the Renaissance Garden, and changing exhibitions.
Contact: http://www.villaterracemuseum.org/index.html

Vision Forward:

Combining over 130 years of expertise, Vision Forward is Southeastern Wisconsin’s premier resource for people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.
Contact: http://www.vision-forward.org/

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts:

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts supports visual and performing arts and learning in a multicultural environment. The center fosters creativity in children through innovative education and encourages audience development and artistic talent with a diverse blend of programming.
Contact: http://wpca-milwaukee.org/

Washington County Humane Society:

The mission of The Washington County Humane Society is to protect animals from suffering and cruelty, to provide care for animals afflicted by neglect and abandonment, and to enhance the lives of animals and people through education, adoption and compassion.
Contact: http://www.wchspets.org/

Wehr Nature Center:

Rustling leaves, shimmering seas of grass, a cool rush of water over rock, birds and waterfowl calling, a rainbow of wildflowers, a scamper of animal feet… all of these natural treasures and many more await you at the Wehr Nature Center.
Contact: http://www.friendsofwehr.org/

Wisconsin Humane Society:

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.
Contact: http://www.wihumane.org/


An inclusive organization with a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Offering programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, its impact can be seen when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.
Contact: http://ymcamke.org/

Zeidler Center for Public Discussion:

Offers professional facilitation, team building, strategic planning and community engagement services, working with organizations, neighborhoods, businesses and faith communities across a range of issues. Believes that positive and sustainable community action aimed at repairing relationships must start with trust building and humanizing.
Contact: https://www.zeidlercenter.org/