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Your guide to volunteering in Milwaukee

Being a part of the community and being an active volunteer is something everyone should strive to do. It brings warm feelings of giving to yourself – and, most importantly, warm feelings of receiving to those in need. If you put "volunteer more" on your resolutions list this year, this is the guide for you. We compiled a list of places in need of volunteers in January and February so you can start to gather ideas, grab a few friends (or go by yourself) and give back! And if you have other recommendations and places that need help in order to help, please let us know in the comments.

Zion Rock Food Pantry
Saturdays, 9-12:15 p.m.
10230 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
Contact: Katie,

Help at the Zion Rock Food Pantry! Food will be unloaded and stocked on the shelves. You'll help guide people through the pantry, sort food, restock shelves, and other things. Bring a group and the work may get wrapped up ahead of schedule, but individuals are also welcome. Wear comfortable clothing.

Wrap Gifts for Youth - Boys & Girls Clubs Annual Wrap Party
Dec. 7, 10:00-12:00, 12:30-2:30
1975 S. 24th St.
Contact: Click here for more information

Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee's annual Wrap Party will be held on Saturday, December 7 at the Don & Sallie Davis Club (1975 S. 24th St. Milwaukee). They are looking for approximately 200 volunteers to take part in holiday festivities, share the joy of the season, and most importantly, help wrap thousands of presents for our Club Members.

Food Pantry Assistance at Hope House
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m
209 W Orchard Street
Contact: Cheryl,

Sign up to help assist community members through the pantry.

Advocate at the Women's Center
January 2020
505 N. East Avenue, Waukesha

Adults age 18 and older are welcome to help and take part in a five-part series providing education on the realities of domestic and sexual violence, and allows participants to become a volunteer working directly with survivors and their children. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Read with Me at Next Door
Thursday mornings, 8:45 - 11 a.m.
5310 W. Capitol Dr.

Share your love of reading with children ages 2-5. Next Door Milwaukee provides the books; adults age 16 and older provide the enthusiasm and time. Reading is done one-on one during the child's library time.

Meta House
2625 N Weil St.
Contact: Laura Jacobson,

Help connect Meta House to other community leaders, or the person involved in funding or support of local charities at your company. Offer to speak to your group, club, service organization or professional association about Meta House (or invite them to come and speak). Your connections could help to continue to provide our essential, comprehensive services to women and children.

Volunteer @ MPS
Various times and locations
Contact: Click here for application

Milwaukee Public Schools is excited to get community members, alumni, businesses, faith based organizations and families involved in making a difference in the lives of students this academic school year. MPS offers a variety of volunteer opportunities such as volunteering in a classroom, lending a hand in the school cafeteria or providing career support to high school students.

Hospice Volunteer at Horizon
11400 W. Lake Park Dr.

Become one of hundreds who are helping to bring the comforts of home to Horizon Home Care & Hospice patients and families by being a companion or serving behind-the-scenes.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Second Saturday of every month, from 9-11 a.m.,
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, (414) 935-0241 or

Volunteers at the MRM work on whatever is needed at the time: cleaning classrooms, sorting clothes, working in the courtyard, wrapping presents and more. You must first confirm with the Volunteer Coordinator by the first of that month if you would like to participate. Other volunteer opportunities including Cross Trainers Academy, Joy House, Equip and more are available on the website.

Salvation Army
Various times and locations
Contact: Nancy Zompolas, or (414) 302-4300

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Salvation Army's Worship and Community Centers and homeless shelters. There are also bell ringing opportunities or host a collection drive. For general volunteer information, visit their website.

Habitat for Humanity
Most days Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Contact: Beth Van Gorp, or (414) 316-5615

Volunteers for Habitat age 16 and over in the construction sector help build or repair homes for families. Currently, building, rehabbing and repairing is underway for 100 homes in the Midtown neighborhood. No construction experience is necessary as volunteers will receive specific, day-of training for each shift. Basic tools and safety equipment are provided by Habitat but you are welcome to bring your own tools and safety items. Other opportunities besides construction are available, including donations center volunteering, surveying, office and filing, and youth volunteering.

Riverwest Food Pantry
1250 E Burleigh St

Come volunteer and help unload trucks, assist with the distribution of food, and even harvest fresh produce for the community. Volunteer opportunities are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Contact: or (414) 264-6257

Volunteer opportunities to help improve the lives of animals are available on the Milwaukee Campus, Ozaukee Campus, Racine Campus, Green Bay Campus and more. Sign up for a six-month commitment for two-three hours each week. Volunteers, age 18 and older, come in for a regularly scheduled recurring shift on the same day and time each week.


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