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Bryan House, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, had been volunteering with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County when he was approached in 2011 to serve on Community Advocates’ board. At the time, Community Advocates had just acquired and renovated an old warehouse at 728 N. James Lovell St. in downtown Milwaukee to serve as our central offices, a “one-stop shop” that could meet the diverse needs of our community members.
Thinking about expanding your family to add a new furry friend? When you adopt a pet, you’re changing both its life and yours. Here's a list of top reasons you should consider a shelter animal for your next pet.
Through the groups and while working with her counselor from the Milwaukee Women's Center's POWER program, April learned new ways to cope with stress and to stay clean and sober. "I use a lot of coping skills and they help a lot with my triggers to marijuana and getting through things," April says. "I know that life isn’t an easy ride and to have my mind set on what I want to do with my life."
Community Advocates is grateful for the many donors who find unique ways to support the individuals and families we serve. Among those innovative fundraisers is Milwaukee Record -- a local online arts, entertainment, and news resource helmed by co-founder and editor Tyler Maas -- which finds creative ways to support the adults and kids connected to the Milwaukee Women’s Center.
Farmers markets have so much more to offer than just the sights and smells. The following is a list of just a few reasons you should visit your local farmers market this summer.
A donation will be made to our programs with each SISTAS ticket purchased by a Community Advocates and Milwaukee Women's Center supporter. Call the box office at 414-291-7800 and mention that you support Community Advocates, or use the code "Advocates" when you purchase your tickets online, and a donation will be made to our programs.
If you're looking for a way to get outside while also improving your whole self, gardening may be the hobby for you.
This month, Penelope Dixon was named the Milwaukee Women’s Center Manager, making her responsible for the day-to-day operations of the emergency shelter serving adults, families, and kids who are impacted by domestic violence and homelessness.
For Valerie Gabriel, committing to serving on Community Advocates’ Board of Directors for thirty-plus years is an easy one to make. “Community Advocates has stuck to its core, its mission, and it’s been true to itself,” said Gabriel, a longtime Milwaukee resident.
You know volunteering has a positive influence (make friends, build connections, gain experiences, etc.), but did you know that it can actually assist your health?
There are always ways to give back to others around you, even including the presents you buy. Here are some ideas for Father’s Day gifts that give back.
With the help of a bicycle, we can take better care of the environment, our physical bodies and even spend time together. So how can you mark this momentous occasion?
Memorial Day means much more than time off from work and hosting a barbecue, so if you want to get involved this weekend, check out these great ways to give back.
In addition to operating an emergency shelter for adults and kids impacted by domestic violence and homelessness, the Milwaukee Women’s Center offers no-cost substance use disorder treatment programs for women and families that serve the whole person — body, mind, and spirit.
If you’ve heard David sing, you won't be surprised to learn that he made it to the finals of Direct Supply's Golden Idol 2019, to be held on SeniorFest Day, July 3, at Summerfest. Congratulations, David. And good luck in the finals!
Circles of Support are forming throughout Milwaukee to explore hope, healing, and accountability in restorative justice-style gatherings that include returned citizens, community members, and a circle keeper. Community Advocates hosts a circle.
You want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start without money. Fortunately, we have ideas to help you donate to charity without breaking the bank.
For seniors, volunteering is the perfect chance to use extra time to make a difference in the community. Check out these positive reasons for seniors to volunteer.
To schedule an appointment, go to keepwarmMKE.org or 414-270-4653.
Even a small gesture can have a huge influence on the people around you. Here are a few ideas of some easy things you can do to brighten someone's day.
The aim of the Siemer Family Homelessness Prevention Program is to aid families who are at risk of homelessness, or who have already lost their home, so the kids’ lives won’t be disrupted. This allows them to stay in school and achieve academic success while avoiding the trauma associated with homelessness.
There's no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.
Even if you care about a cause, how can you ensure you're a good fit for the position? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit for volunteering.
There are ways we can challenge ourselves to grow in empathy. If you want to learn more, check out these tips for how to cultivate more empathy for others.
What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can!
It can sometimes be difficult to consider how exactly to recognize Black History Month. What can you do? Here are six ideas for honoring Black History Month.
There is a genuine skill to meeting new people and establishing relationships with them. And, you don’t even have to be a social butterfly to master it!
For Pam Klein, a leap of faith turned into a miracle. More than a dozen years ago, Klein was serving on the board of the Milwaukee Women’s Center, then an independent organization serving survivors of domestic violence. The center fell on hard times financially and was looking for a way to survive. Enter Community Advocates.
Recent studies have shown how volunteering with people or a cause you care about can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues. Here's how.
The Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee (ECOM) has announced their 2019 schedule! ECOM meets the third Friday of the month throughout the year and explores topics that are vital to Milwaukee’s human services professionals.
If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are a variety of different ways to be more charitable without spending money. Here are some ideas to try.
You want 2019 to be a great year! If you want to start the new year off on a positive note, check out these seven steps to keep in mind as we dive into 2019.
If you want to make a difference in 2019, make giving a part of your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ideas for how you can create resolutions that give back.
If you live an altruistic lifestyle, you can give back and make someone's holiday a bit more joyful. Here are six ways you can brighten someone else's Christmas.
"We have a particular Achilles heel in Milwaukee," said Community Advocates Public Policy Institute’s Conor Williams, who facilitates the Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative. "There are too many people disconnected from work."
As you prepare for all of the gifts, parties and dinners headed your way this season, here are some ideas for how to decrease stress during the holidays.
For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and help spread the holiday cheer this season.
If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.
If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, help give back in the upcoming season by checking out these volunteering ideas for cold weather months.
Thanksgiving marks an important season for all of us to take a moment and remember the little things in life—and every little thing we’re thankful for.
If you have a student in your life who you want to serve the community, here are some tips for how to encourage teenagers to volunteer with a cause they care about.
Caregiving is a valuable position in our community which often goes unrecognized. Let's look at what National Family Caregivers Month is and how you can celebrate it.
If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to help out this Halloween. Here are some top tricks to make Halloween a treat for everyone.
How can you encourage the children in your life to be active and volunteer with their community? We have some ideas for how to get kids involved in giving back.
Lynn was admitted into the Milwaukee Women’s Center’s emergency shelter after enduring verbal, emotional, economic, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of her spouse of 15 years. The last incident caused her so much pain that she decided to leave for good, even though her spouse had control of their finances and did not allow Lynn to have any money.
Melanie Maddux and Matthias Letson-Maddux have lived in Milwaukee for less than three years, but they’ve already made their mark on their new hometown. Both are using their talents to improve the lives of our community members by cooking dinner once a month for the residents at the Milwaukee Women’s Center’s emergency shelter.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in your community. To get you started, we came up with six spooky-fun volunteering ideas for October.
Please join our Restorative Practice Circles with the goal of supporting you on your journey to take your rightful place in the community after prison. Be part of a monthly circle that includes men who themselves have successfully come back to the community from incarceration and community volunteers who wish to support you in realizing new possibilities for your future.
Books are a valuable source of information, creativity and empathy. If you're not a book lover now, you will be soon. Here's how reading makes you a better person.