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Milwaukee Holiday Volunteer Opportunities - Carlos GaminoAttorney Carlos A. Gamino takes pride in being a Milwaukee resident and feels that we should all participate in our communities, here or elsewhere. Here’s a quick run-down of ways you may be able to start participating.

With the holidays right around the corner, we’re all starting to look at what we have and be thankful that we have what we do. This time of year, though, volunteer organizations are desperate for help. While we’re all pressed for time, even an hour can make a huge difference to these organizations. You can find opportunities that fit with your abilities by checking out the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee’s website.

Here’s a quick list of Milwaukee nonprofits that are always looking for volunteers in any capacity:

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative

The Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative conducts outreach to find homeless vets, manages an emergency food pantry for veterans who have a short-term crisis and provides home support to give formerly homeless vets the basic necessities to set up a home (such as linens, food and toiletries).

You can reach them at 414-763-5596 if you’re interested in volunteering your time to this organization.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity rehabilitates and builds homes with the help of volunteers. Most of the construction takes place in the Washington Park neighborhood. If you can’t volunteer to build, you can simply shop at a Milwaukee ReStore – all the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity’s mission. You can also donate building materials, housewares and furniture to the ReStore, which will either be sold to the public or used in a Habitat for Humanity project.

Guest House of Milwaukee

The Guest House of Milwaukee provides shelter, housing and other services to people living on the streets. From employment readiness programs to mental health counseling, this organization provides the kinds of services that are difficult to find anywhere else.

You can reach Guest House of Milwaukee at 414-345-3240.

Daystar

Daystar’s mission is to shelter women who have been battered while helping them establish economic and emotional stability. They provide group counseling and many other services to help the women they serve to become more independent.

I hope you’ll join me, not just for the holiday season, but for the months and years ahead.

Thanks,

Carlos A. Gamino