Pressing Community Needs & Challenges
It is an extraordinary time as our world faces pressing community needs and challenges. What a great opportunity to reflect the love of our Savior and the confidence we have in Him! This web page will serve as a place to share local needs and stories. We look forward to sharing ways in which we can knit together the community through Christ’s love.
Supporting Existing Organizations’ Efforts to Tackle Race & Injustice
- The Milwaukee Declaration builds bridges to racial reconstruction through our love for God and our neighbor. They often host forums for people of faith to discuss race in today’s America. Milwaukee Declaration Pastor Matt Erickson published resources for furthering the race conversation.
- BASICS in Milwaukee hosts Front Row Seat, a panel dialogue for understanding and facing racism together. They also published resources to on the challenges of racism.
- Darnell & Donna Robinson are missionaries to Milwaukee through the 24/7 Prayer Movement. They have been called to serve with the Milwaukee House of Prayer.
Supporting Programs that Address Emergency Needs Caused by COVID-19
We are identifying programs, nonprofits and resources that are serving the community in direct response to COVID-19. Consider supporting them as you feel led. Please email us about those who are addressing emergency needs.
- NCF Wisconsin and BASICS in Milwaukee are hosting a Hygiene Drive June-August. Items will be distributed to Milwaukee families in neighborhoods where job loss has been significant. Collection Partners are needed and financial donations are being accepted.
- IMPACT is a not-for-profit that connects those in need with thousands of nonprofit and government services; simply dial 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211, 24/7/365. Additionally, visit their COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage (includes medical concerns, assistance for employment & unemployment, school district meals and business info).
- Employ Milwaukee (Milwaukee County’s Workforce Development Board) has a faith-based initiative that connects individuals within a congregation whose employment has been affected (i.e. layoffs, termination, or facilities closing) with resources. Ministries should designate a contact person to gather pertinent info and email Millie Coby. Also email Millie for job fairs and other hiring efforts.
- Employ Milwaukee will also deploy 100+ Community Resource Navigators into the community to support humanitarian efforts. Businesses can apply to be host sites and individuals can apply to be employed on a CRN team.
The Aurora Health Team Member Crisis Fund will assist Aurora employees who are financially impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about this benevolence fund.
Blood centers are open. Blood is critically needed in light of many blood drives being cancelled. Learn more on the Versiti (formerly Blood Center of WI) website.
The Ascension Wisconsin Foundation will assist Ascension frontline caregivers as take care of people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supporting Ministries that Serve Vulnerable Populations
Ministries’ already thin resources may be stretched beyond capacity during this time. The ability for the local church and ministries to support the community is more important than ever. Consider supporting them as you feel led:
Hope Street Ministry houses approx. 40 men, women and children in a nurturing, drug/alcohol free environment. Their needs include: Paper Towels, Soup (canned), Lysol Spray/Clorox Wipes/All Purpose Cleaner (non-bleach), Crayons/Markers, Board Games, Learning Activities/Booklets
Milwaukee Rescue Mission serves up to 400 homeless men, women and children each night. They’re grappling with the new reality of serving neighbors in need while keeping guests, staff, and the community safe and healthy. Please click here to view their full list of emergency needs.
Repairers of the Breach is Milwaukee’s only daytime Resource Center for the homeless.
Families & Food
City on a Hill breaks the cycle of generational poverty and brings transformation to Milwaukee central city neighborhoods. Their needs include: Dry & canned goods for meals (pasta, sauce, fruit, veggies), high protein food (peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken), bread, paper products, soap, laundry detergent, can openers, frozen meals, healthy snacks (granola bars).
Crimson Charities is offering free Home Activity Kits for families. They are also bringing food to families in need on a limited basis, and also hosting a monthly Drive-Up Food Pantry. Email Hannah Gonzalez.
Christian Hope Ministry Inc. serves the most vulnerable, including seniors and disabled. Known for being hands on, boots on the ground, they seek financial support and gas cards to directly serve those affected by COVID-19 in the areas of healthcare, transportation, food and access to pantries. Email Pastor Andre Atwater.
There is a substantial increase in the number of folks who need food.
- Local food pantries supply free food for people in need (and are often without food reserves)
- UpStart Kitchen is a “kitchen with a mission”, stepping in the gap to provide fresh, healthy meals to the community in partnership with other local nonprofits. As UpStart kitchen isn’t set up for distribution, they can provide these meals to the community through local partners (churches or other non-profits) who have distribution networks or processes in place:
WELS Lutherans for Life serves the community with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds & consultations, diapers, wipes, and parenting supplies.
CareNet serves the community with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds & consultations, diapers, wipes, and parenting supplies. Their needs include $5 and $10 Pick ‘n Save and Aldi gift cards.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27