Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee wouldn’t be able to provide for youth in our community without our many dedicated volunteers. Even after a record-breaking 1,967 volunteers lent their support to the Clubs in 2015, we can never have too many dedicated helpers at our 44 locations and are always actively seeking additional volunteers.
Community partners such as Kohl’s occasionally set up large activities to engage hundreds of employees with the Clubs. Last month, more than 300 Kohl’s employees spent the day at Camp Whitcomb/Mason, helping provide maintenance for Camp’s many facilities to prepare for a busy summer. Our friends at Kohl’s built fences for our new garden, replaced benches and picnic tables, pulled weeds and even redesigned Camp’s trading post building. Kohl’s wasn’t done making a direct impact on our youth, as more than 130 of the company’s interns engaged in several literacy fair activities at our Maple Tree and Engleburg Clubs earlier this month. Club members created new bookmarks, played bingo while learning animal facts as well as word-based “sprint & spell” and matching games.
Our helpful volunteers come in small groups as well, like our friends in the UWM Men’s Basketball team. As the team’s second volunteer opportunity with the Clubs this year, players and coaches alike spent several hours interacting with 81st Street Club members, playing hide and seek with the youth as well as basketball and kickball. We’re equally grateful to our individual volunteers, who spend even one hour helping Club members hone their reading and math skills. Whether as individuals or collectively with your coworkers and friends, you can make a difference in your community by volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs. To learn more about volunteering with the Clubs, visit the volunteers page and contact Katie Sparks: (414) 267-8109.