The Milwaukee Chapter is committed to the national goal of 'Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.' To fulfill this mission, our mothers and children have impacted several organizations with our time, talent and/or resources through our programming and community service efforts. These organizations include the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin Robyn's Nest, Hunger Task Force, Family House, Growing Power, Milwaukee Renaissance Academy, Wisconsin Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic, Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure, the Jack & Jill of America Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of America, Alice’s Garden, the Greater Milwaukee YWCA, Aurora Sinai Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Children’s Outing Association.
A sample of the type of activities we participate in along with the organizations positively impacted by our efforts include :
Aurora Sinai Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Our teens were educated about Milwaukee’s high infant mortality rate and the impact of teen pregnancy. Presenters also discussed methods to improve these statistics through affordable health care and community support through funding and teaching. In addition to the education session and discussion, each teen donated baby blankets and sleepers and donated their monthly programming funds to purchase transportation vouchers for mothers to visit their babies in the hospital.
COA Youth and Family Center – During our Aim for Fitness weekend, mothers hosted a community Zumbathon to raise money for the youth participating at the COA Youth and Family Centers. Those participating donated cash and school supplies for the center. Proceeds from a gospel comedy show later that evening also benefited COA and the Boys and Girls Club.
Robyn's Nest – For the last few years, mothers, fathers, teens and children of all ages partnered with the Robyn's Nest to sort, organize, and donate clothing for children in foster care during their annual MLK Day Observance. All were engaged and worked throughout the day to make it a “Day On, Not a Day Off” and keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.
YWCA Transitional Housing Program - Our children and mothers painted apartments over a two year period of time and donated furniture and other household items that were purchased by our members.