Resources for the Community
“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
Resources for Generous Givers
- Read 19 simple ways to love your neighbor right now to support community and foster relationships, even if high-risk or confined at home
- Review a list of local (Wisconsin) that are serving those affected by COVID-19 as well as 20+ National charities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle
- Give Essential: Connecting essential workers to essential items. Send a package of household items you already own to an essential worker in your own city—without leaving your home.
Resources for Small Businesses
- A CAP (Corporate Assistance Program) enables your company to follow God’s calling to help employees and others that are going through hard times. Email Linda for more information and learn more from Helping Hands, a CAP strategic partner.
Resources Addressing Racial Injustice
- Programming and Conversations
- City on a Hill offers an innovative program called Removing Racial Residue. The training focuses on three levels of “racial residue” and teaches practical steps to remove the racial residue we identify in ourselves and in others.
- Plain English is builds bridges to address issues of race and culture through honest conversations. They offer cross-cultural leadership coaching sessions, literacy sessions, podcasts, videocasts, facilitated discussions on race & diversity and more.
- BASICS in Milwaukee hosts Front Row Seat, a panel dialogue for understanding and facing racism together. They also offer We Race Ahead, a multiethnic movement spanning city and suburban spaces. It was established to end systemic racism and bridge intercultural gaps across public and private sectors.
- 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.
- Why is race still an issue in America? Phil Vischer – creator of Veggie Tales – turned a popular podcast into a 17-minute video on race in America.
- Economic Development
- UpStart Kitchen is a food business incubator that caters to entrepreneurs, offering resources, training, mentoring, and community—to help launch dreams, elevate their economic status and create generational wealth in Milwaukee.
- Milwaukee JobsWork prepares and encourages motivated individuals living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency through sustainable employment.
- Partners in Hope is a prisoner reentry program that helps the previously incarcerated living maintain sustainable employment, increase their skills, live free of addictions in stable housing and contribute back to their community.
- James Place is a neighborhood resource center that works with homeless, disenfranchised, mentally ill, and jobless to assist people with resume writing, budget coaching, finding jobs, preparing for interviews, finding shelter and assistance, and more.
Resources for Nonprofits (churches and ministries)
- Many churches/nonprofits have Benevolence Funds that can be used to support church families or families in the community. Read best practices around how the church can use a Benevolence Fund. Feel free to share with your leadership.
Resources for Those In Need
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Local food pantries supply free food for people in need (and are often without food reserves). There is a substantial increase in the number of folks who need food. Please look up the food pantry in your neighborhood or town and support them!
- Pregnancy Centers
- 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.
Do you know of (or work for) an organization that needs help utilizing or setting up a way to accept charitable gifts online? If so, please email us.