The spirit of the holiday season is unity, compassion and kindness, and it’s a spirit that’s strong here in Milwaukee County.
I know the people of our community do an incredible job of sharing and giving throughout the holidays. If you are looking for ways to support your community, there are a lot of County initiatives that would benefit from your generosity — and all of them help make Milwaukee County stronger.
Our Housing First initiative has been tremendously successful in reducing homelessness in our community. The program addresses both the immediate and long-term needs of people on the streets by connecting them with housing, then offering wraparound services to address issues related to their homelessness. You can donate below, or drop your spare change into the boxes at Mitchell Airport and the Key to Change meters on Wisconsin Avenue.
When we connect people with housing, we don’t give them the keys to an empty apartment. In addition to donating to Housing First, you can help stock these apartments with some necessities.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS
Parks are for everyone, and with over 150 of them in Milwaukee County, they’re an important part of our community. We want our Parks to grow and improve, and we have partnered with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to help fund Parks projects.
If you want to support Parks AND give (or get) some sweet gear in the process, then our Parks for Good store — with T-shirts, illustrated maps, dog shirts, patches and more — is a great option.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO
The Zoo provides an unparalleled way for people of all ages to engage with the incredible life in our natural world. It’s a place where nature and wonder meet, and it’s a true asset to our community. In addition to visiting the Zoo, you can make a direct donation to support its mission.
Even the animals need some special gifts, and our animal care staff has created wishlists for items that support their enrichment, allowing them to live full, engaged and healthy lives.
DEPARTMENT ON AGING
Caring for seniors is a high priority for the County, as it’s part of our overall mission to empower lives — particularly for the most vulnerable among us. Our Meals on Wheels program makes sure that homebound seniors have daily nutrition, resources and human connections. You can support this program directly.
MITCHELL AIRPORT // MKE
You may have seen the Mitchell Gallery of Flight when traveling from MKE, but you may not know the Gallery’s full mission. The airline industry has a critical need for pilots and mechanics, and this nonprofit supports educational opportunities and scholarships for young people interested in careers in flight.
From the Airport to the Zoo, Milwaukee County works every day to empower people and strengthen our community. I appreciate any way you’re able to help us aim a little higher and build a better 414.