Toddlers and Kids on a Mission volunteered with Life Navigators for their winter celebration at the Oak Creek Community Center. Life Navigators is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental and related disabilities and their families. Our families helped with the raffle table and had the honor of calling out the winners for all the prizes. We were also able to spend time getting to know many of the participants and their families during the event. The evening was topped off with an amazing special performance by the Milwaukee Ballet for all to enjoy!
It may not feel like spring outside but we made it feel like spring inside at our St Johns playgroup. Our theme was rainbows! We read a rainbow book, sang a rainbow song, made a rainbow craft and played some rainbow games. Joy was spread by all :)
Cold winds may blow, but hearts and stomachs are full at Milwaukee's Fisher House! Many thanks to the Women's Employee Resource Group of Northwestern Mutual for your meal contribution to families supporting their veterans at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. We love connecting families and organizations with volunteer opportunities to contribute to our greater community! Thank you, Annie Turim, for your leadership and guidance during this mission!
Toddlers and Kids on a mission helped to support the Boys and Girls Club that serves an average of 5,000 youth every day throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Their mission is to provide safety and support during critical hours of the day as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics and access to the arts. Our families worked together last Saturday morning decorating 180 snack bags and then packing them full of healthy snacks. The snack bags are distributed to children in the Boys and Girls Club who miss the dinner in their after-school program or may not eat when they arrive home.
Great fun was had cookie decorating, Valentine making, dancing and reading with our reading buddies at Thurston Woods. Happy Valentine’s Day!
So proud of our little ones who became part of the Street Angels Community! Their hands made 25 lunches and sweet notecards to share with our homeless neighbors. Thank you for sharing your big hearts, and extra special thanks to Bridget McMahon and her husband for leading us on this mission! We are excited for the next one!!
100 bags were packed for our neighbors living without a home this winter by 38 loving, generous families! These kids did very important work and they will continue to spread their actions into the future!
The joyful sounds of the holidays were alive at Metro Market in Shorewood! A HUGE thank you to the 17 families who joined us for some bell ringing and singing to benefit the Salvation Army!
Tummies are a little fuller! Hearts are a little happier! All because of the sweet cookie donations from our little ones 🎄 102 dozen delivered just in time for the holidays!! Our friends at three local agencies - Bayview Community Center, The Cathedral Center and Meta House - all graciously welcomed our treats (and many handmade cards) to share with their families. We are especially thankful to Alison Resch for your dedication to leading this mission! Thanks to all of you for your generosity and love.
"You know, so much has changed in the last 50 years but the one thing that remains the same is the sound of children laughing". -A resident friend of ours...
On Halloween our 5th annual Trick or Treat event took place at Saint John's on the Lake. Each year we go back on October 31st to trick or treat with the residents and staff and celebrate another year of volunteer! This year we celebrated 4 years as an organization and the amazing partnership we have with Saint John's, we are reminded that our children can do great things!
Toddlers and Kids celebrate their 4th birthday this fall. With the help of a few friends, we threw a party to thank all of our parents and kids for working together to serve Milwaukee. Special thanks to The Cheel and The Baaree, Jen and the Jellyfish, and Smash a Cake.
Several of our older kids visited the offices of Safe and Sound, Inc. to have a conversation about race, racism, and Milwaukee. The tone, set by Youth Organizers Daniela and Damien, was welcoming and judgement-free. We are so grateful to them for allowing us to have this opportunity.
The kids learned about Chapter 220 in Milwaukee and listened to Damien speak on his personal experiences with it. The kids defined the terms race, racism, discriminate, and stereotype. Specifically to Milwaukee, Vel Phillips, Father Groppi, and the 16th St. Viaduct were mentioned.
At the end, we were given a list of places to visit/volunteer at as an action item. In case you are interested too, they are listed below:
El Centro Hispano, Journey House, Christ St. Peter Lutheran Church/School, United Migrant Opportunity Services, Urban Ecology Center, Walker's Point Youth Shelter, Artists Working in Education, City on a Hill, Express Yourself Milwaukee, Walnut Way, Northside YMCA, New-Life Resource Center, Running Rebels Community Org., COA, Dominican Center, Hepatha Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Community Services, Boys and Girls Clubs- Mary Ryan, Parklawn YMCA.
We celebrate National Days of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and 9/11 Day of Remembrance. These were started by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This year, for MLK Day we met to pack On the Go Bags for our Milwaukee neighbors who are homeless. This is a project that we started with HELP last year. Families brought in cash or item donations and then everyone moved through the tables packing bags with toiletries and other things. Some families brought home a bag to give out and the majority of bags were given to Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge.
Our buddies at Thurston Woods are wonderful mentors for our little ones in kindness and in reading. It came as no surprise that the mentors asked their teachers to add an extra service component to our Reading Buddies day in November. In addition to reading, snacks, and art this time we also packed care kits for the individuals we serve through St. Vincent de Paul. We contacted our lead, Ms. Ladonna, at SVDP to see what the diners needed. We collected the items and then our big and little buddies packed the bags together. The care kits were handed out over Thanksgiving. We are really looking forward to seeing our buddies again in 2018!
This year, we participated in Family Volunteer Day. It's an international day to celebrate the power of families and their ability to make a true difference in their community. This project was funded by donations from our families and supplemented with a grant from generationOn, a division of Points of Light Foundation. Our monthly taco night was a little bit more special with lots of families and special extras like t-shirts and hats provided by Disney.
Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope that this day encouraged many families to get out there and make their communities a better place with their love and care!