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, and on the next block. There are many families in Waukesha County and the Lake Country area that are in need this holiday season. Not only does volunteering help those in need, it also generates gratitude, promotes perspective, and builds bonds. 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:
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.
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 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. If interested, check out their website and contact JenniferFleigle@ladlake.org.
Lake Area Free Clinic
Lake Area Free Clinic provides medical and dental services to individuals and families who do not have health insurance, whose income is 250% below poverty level, and reside in Waukesha County. Volunteer opportunities include those who can meet and greet at the clinic, interpreters, screeners, and various medical positions. Click here to access their volunteer application and start the process.
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.
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. If interested, contact email@example.com. (*Stay tuned to LCFF for more information about being a foster parent in Waukesha County!)
Edit: Check out this reader suggestion – there is an intergenerational playgroup that meets every Friday in New Berlin (not just during the holidays). It’s a great way to involve your family and give of your time while serving your community and benefiting the residents. More information here.
Lastly, check out our Food Pantry Guide as well to volunteer or donate.
We hope this gives you a good place to start. If this has inspired you to give back, please share your experiences with us. We would love to hear! Happy Holidays!