Between enjoying the family fun that Lake Country has to offer and being wrapped up in the chaos that can be the holiday season, it’s easy to forget that this time of year can be really tough for some families out there. When I say “out there,” I mean down the street, around the corner, on the next block, maybe in the backyard. There are many families in Waukesha County and the Lake Country area that are in need this holiday season. Giving back to the community also cultivates gratitude, perspective, and connection. It’s about families helping families and building the village to support strong families in our community. Here are some ideas to get you started if you are looking to give back this holiday season. Find where to volunteer with your kids and volunteer with your family in Waukesha County below.
14 Holiday Volunteer Ideas for 2019-2020
Family Promise of Waukesha County*
Family Promise is a non-profit organization that assists homeless families in Waukesha County by providing overnight shelter, meals, and supportive services to help families achieve permanent housing and independence in partnership with community churches. If interested in volunteering, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or go here to see volunteer opportunities and items needed for donation. Follow the Family Promise of Waukesha County Facebook page as they often post items needed and share the good work they are doing.
Salvation Army of Waukesha
The Salvation Army of Waukesha provides a variety of programs and services including providing shelter and meals to those in need. Some of the volunteer opportunities include serving meals, ringing bells, and providing office support. If you are interested, check out their website or Facebook page to view the opportunities available and sign up.
Lad Lake provides services to at-risk youth through education and outreach as well as providing residential and independent living services. Volunteer opportunities include being a family advocate, handy person, and assisting at special events. Information about how to get involved can be found here.
Lake Area Free Clinic*
Lake Area Free Clinic provides medical and dental services to low income individuals and families who do not have health insurance. Volunteer opportunities include those who can meet and greet at the clinic, interpreters, screeners, and various medical positions. Click here to view volunteer opportunities and to sign up.
Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County
The Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County coordinates giving to families in need during the holidays. Volunteer opportunities include sponsoring a family, donating toys, and working at the toy shop. Further information and sign up is available on their website and Facebook page.
Chosen is a non-profit adoption and foster care ministry which offers community education and provides necessary items to foster and adoptive families. Volunteer opportunities include sorting inventory, event planning/promoting, and carpentry work. Information about opportunities to give and volunteer can be found here.
Lake Country Family Fun recently donated our costumes from our past Costume Swap event to Chosen so foster children could have access to like new costumes at no cost.
The Women’s Center
The mission of The Women’s Center is to provide safety, shelter, and support to empower all impacted by domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, and trafficking.
Intergenerational Playgroup at Heritage Creek in New Berlin
Join in the weekly intergenerational playgroup visits with the residents at Heritage of Deer Creek, an assisted living and memory care community. This is a playgroup for parents, caregivers, and kids of all ages to serve the community through weekly visits to the residents of Heritage at Deer Creek (3585 S. 147th Street New Berlin, WI 53151.) The intergenerational playgroup was meeting every Friday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with the first and third Fridays of each month reserved for music therapy. Join in for visiting and benefitting these residents! Parents, guardians, and kids of all ages are welcome to join. They are open to meeting anytime, please call ahead. Find out all information here.
Lake Country Caring*
Lake Country Caring is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides new and gently-used clothing, household items, hygiene items, appliances and furniture to people in need, at no cost. Find volunteer opportunities here.
Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County
The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County seeks to aid and enrich the lives of women and girls in our community by providing financial grants that enable opportunities otherwise unavailable to them. Opportunities to donate and volunteer can be found here.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Food Drive
If you are attending the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train this year, please remember to bring non-perishable food donations for the Food Pantry. Both Hartland and Oconomowoc locations will be taking in food pantry donations. In 2018, they had a friendly contest to see which community could give the most donations. Be a change for good in the community!
HAWS: Humane Animal Welfare Society
There are age requirements at HAWS (13), but HAWS also offers other opportunities, such as their Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp for younger children. Find all the opportunities to get involved with the animals through the link just above.
Bonus, reader recommendation:
Sunbeam Kids: Lending a Little Hand
Sunbeam Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides resources and consistent, turn-key, volunteer opportunities for busy families who want a way for the whole family to get involved in community service.
Lastly, check out our Food Pantry Guide as well to volunteer or donate.
*Those with an asterisk are available to accept AmazonSmile donations. “AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.”
We hope this information has inspired you to give back to our beautiful community this holiday season. We would love to see how your family gives back to Lake Country. Please share your experiences with us and tag us in your photos @lakecountryfamilyfun #lovelcff. Happy Holidays!
Looking for more opportunities? Check out our Foster Care Guide which offers many ways, including but not limited to foster care, to help vulnerable children in our community.