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COVID-19, Where to Donate and Help in Waukesha County

With the pandemic of the coronavirus and COVID-19, many in our community are in need more than ever. If you want to help, but don’t know where to start, see below. To find all the information regarding coronavirus and Waukesha County, visit the Waukesha County government site HERE. You can also access up to date case location by municipality in Waukesha County HERE.

This is an active and living post and will be updated as more information comes in. You can also click/tap through to the Facebook post and or Instagram post to join the conversation. Thank you for being an amazing community. ❤️

If you are in need of a delivery to be scheduled in the Oconomowoc area, please go to LakeCountryStrong. Deliveries can be scheduled to deliver food (both from a grocery store or a restaurant) or prescription medication. Find all the delivery details HERE.

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Now you can spread kindness and help those less fortunate by simply clearing out your closet and dropping off your new or gently used shoes, sneakers and boots for men, women, and kids as well as new socks at Stan’s Fit For Your Feet annual “Share-A-Pair” drive from Monday, February 1 through Sunday, February 28. 

Items can be dropped off 
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at any of the “Share-A-Pair” collection bins at:

  • Stan’s in Brookfield at The Plaza at 17155 W. Bluemound Road
  • Stan’s in Glendale across from BayShore at 505 W. Silver Spring Drive
  • Stan’s in Greenfield in the Layton Plaza at 7405 W. Layton Avenue
  • New Balance Milwaukee store in Brookfield at 17155 W. Bluemound Road, Suite A
  • New Balance Milwaukee in Greenfield at 7411 W. Layton Ave.

This year the donated shoes, sneakers, boots and socks for men, women, and kids will be distributed locally to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission/Joy House, Repairers of the Breach homeless day shelter in Milwaukee, and Father Gene’s HELP Center in West Allis. The remainder of the shoes will be given to Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit organization that distributes shoes to impoverished people in over 125 countries around the world.

Anyone donating gently used or new shoes, sneakers or boots or new socks to the “Share-A-Pair” drive will also receive $10 off their next regular price men’s and women’s shoe purchase valid through the end of February at any Stan’s Fit For Your Feet or New Balance Milwaukee location. 

Since its inception 15 years ago, Stan’s Fit For Your Feet’s annual “Share-A-Pair” shoe drive has collected more than 295,000 new and gently-used pairs of shoes from Greater Milwaukee residents. For more information on the “Share-A-Pair” shoe drive, visit www.stansfootwear.com or call 262-432-4030.

Are you in need or in a position to help your neighbor in need? LakeCountryGiving will facilitate local gift cards for you. Access the website for all the details. 

Organizations to Support in the Coronavirus and COVID-19

Many of these organizations are in need of financial support as well as physical donations. Please visit the website of each to see how best to serve. Thank you for helping our community thrive in the face of a pandemic. 

Children’s Wisconsin

ProHealth Care Hospitals in Waukesha County are in need of new, unused medical supplies. See HERE.

  • If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, you can through this link.
  • Looking for guidance from a ProHealth doctor regarding navigating this time? We interviewed one HERE
  • Lake Country Family Fun partnered with Chick-fil-A Pewaukee and Chick-fil-A Delafield to deliver meals to hospital staff at the three Waukesha County locations (Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Pewaukee) in April 2020. 

Froedert Hospital in the greater Milwaukee area is need of new, unused medical supplies.

  • See details HERE
  • If you can sew or have access to a 3D printer, Forbes put out an article looking for handmade masks.

Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County

  • It is anticipated to have a large increase in requests for Christmas assistance due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organization, they must start now to be able to keep their promise of helping every child who qualifies for the program. 
  • Between July 1st-31st, 2020, donate a $25 gift card at any Waukesha State Bank lobby or drive thru location. ALL gift cards will be given directly to a qualifying family in need this Christmas 2020. 
  • Share on Facebook to increase the word this July!

Local Food Pantries are in need of supplies.

  • The Oconomowoc Food Pantry is overflowing with generous items. They encourage those in need to come. If you are going to donate, pantry items are in most need (canned items, peanut butter, pasta sauce, etc…) 
  • You can buy items from Wal-Mart online and have them delivered directly to the Waukesha Salvation Army Food Pantry through THIS LINK. A perfect way to help the community, without leaving your home!

Lake Area Free Clinic in Oconomowoc

  • Not seeing patients in-person. 
  • Dental clinic is open for emergencies only.
  • If able, please consider making a monetary donation to the clinic through the link above.

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County

  • If able, they are currently seeking donations at this time to support funding of their programs in our communities. 

Waukesha County Health and Human Services

  • Offering an array of services for Waukesha County residents.
  • Financial assistance, parenting assistance and more.

Gals Institute

  • Offering mental health services

On Purpose Psyche

  • Offering mental health services
  • See their teletherapy offerings HERE.

The Salvation Army of Waukesha County


        (Where possible, avoid items packaged in glass and opt for items packaged in sturdy cans, boxes or bags), including: Canned meals (soup, stew, chili), tuna, chicken (or other canned meats), boxed instant meals (mac and cheese, Hamburger Helper), peanut butter, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans, pasta and spaghetti sauce, rice, cereal, healthy snacks, flour and sugar.

        Formula, food, bottles, pacifiers, diapers and wipes.

        Purchased and unused items such as hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, deodorant, hairbrushes and combs, and feminine hygiene products.

        Antibacterial spray (such as Lysol), antibacterial wipes, bleach, dishwashing detergent and laundry detergent

        Paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper.
        Thank you, very, VERY much! Drop-off hours at The Waukesha Salvation Army Food Pantry are M-F 8am-Noon and 1-4pm.

      • You can buy items from Wal-Mart online and have them delivered directly to the Waukesha location through THIS LINK. A perfect way to help the community, without leaving your home!
  • COMMUNITY MEALS: Although we will NOT be “seating” people inside for our supper at our three meals per week Community Meals Program, we WILL stage WALK-UP operations in our parking lot. We will have “hand-out,” “take away,” “to-go” meals available from 5:00-5:40pm on our standard Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings as which we typically serve 85-115 persons.

  • YOUTH: The Waukesha School District has suspended in-person school activities, and all of our Youth Activities are suspended until further notice.

  • CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS: Both the Thursday Noon weekly Kiwanis lunch meeting and the Wednesday morning weekly TOPS meeting (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) are suspended until further notice. We are working to confirm similar suspensions with the contact persons of other organizations that use our building — in short, all public gatherings/meetings are suspended for now.

  • BUILDING CLOSED — Men will continue to be buzzed into the Emergency Shelter as always. If access to the building is needed otherwise, please call the office at 262-547-7367 for admittance.

  • FOOD PANTRY: We will continue to have our standard Food Pantry distribution hours of Tuesday and Wednesday 1-4pm, and Friday 9am-Noon,  but PATRONS WILL NEED TO TAKE THE ADDITIONAL STEP OF CALLING FOR AN APPOINTMENT DURING THOSE TIMES, to 262-547-7367. We are suspending our “choice pantry” service (in which patrons shop for their needs), and we will temporarily return to our pre-bagged food distribution.

  • BREAD ROOM: Free loaves of bread will still be available daily, but not in our standard “Bread Room.” An alternative arrangement outside of the parking lot main doors will be set-up for people to pick up bread.

  • RENT and MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE: Help is available to those at risk of losing housing due to COVID-19. Please email Amber at Amber.Mussomeli@usc.salvationarmy.org to discuss your options.

  • An anonymous donor will provide a generous match grant to The Salvation Army of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division’s (WUM) COVID-19 response efforts.

    In order to receive the $125,000 donation, WUM Division must raise up to $125,000 in cash donations from April 13 until June 1, 2020. More details HERE.

  • The Salvation Army of Oak Creek has a specific list here if you live closer to Milwaukee County.

Family Promise of Western Waukesha County

  • Helping homeless children regain and retain their independence
  • Currently looking for donations. Please see their wish list through the link above.

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin (Waukesha) 

  • There are blood shortages. Please consider donating if you are feeling 100% well. 

American Red Cross

  • There are blood shortages. Please consider donating if you are feeling 100% well. 

School Lunches

  • If your children attend a local public school, please contact your local school district for information regarding meals provided throughout the extended coronavirus/COVID-19 break. 

Local Woman Helping 

  • Heather Winser of Pewaukee is assisting families with help at this time. If help is needed, Winser can be contacted at 414-659-0932.

Badgerland Pressure Cleaning

  • Donating services to area parks and schools for a limited amount of time. 
  • Waukesha Based Company
  • Details
  • They came and cleaned Imagination Station in Oconomowoc!

Area Nursing Homes:

Sussex Outreach Services

  • Currently looking for volunteers
  • VolunteerManager@ErasWaukesha.org to express interest in Spring Yard Clean Up.
  • Currently looking for donations of physical items from their wish list. 

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