By Chirsta Marlowe
In an episode of The simpsonsHomer once asked, “Did you know that volunteers don’t even get paid for what they do?” “
Kathy Swoboda of Bay View has a more positive outlook on spending much of her time volunteering for various organizations around Milwaukee. âVolunteering, for me, is an opportunity to give back and support the community in which I live,â she observed.
Volunteering not only helps others and your community, it can have a positive effect on you too! The 2017 Doing good is good for you Study by UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch have found that regular volunteering can improve your outlook on life. Check out these positive results: 93% reported improved mood, 79% reported lower stress levels, and 88% reported improved self-esteem.
Good news! There are many volunteer opportunities out there right now, right here at Bay View. Please contact the following organizations with any questions or to register as a volunteer. You and our neighborhood will reap the benefits.
Bay View Neighborhood Association
The Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA) is a completely voluntary organization that strives to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to Bay View. Its mission is to connect the neighbors for a better view of the bay. BVNA organizes a variety of events and projects that promote and improve our beautiful neighborhood.
BVNA is currently looking for volunteers for each week at Chill on the Hill. It is a satisfying and fun experience to be a part of this summer musical tradition! You will help with pre-installation or post-event cleanup and be the face of BVNA at our booth. You are helping to make every Tuesday night safe and comfortable for our community. If you’re interested in volunteering for Chill, sign up for the shift (s) available on her events page at bayviewneighbourhood.org/events.
There will be additional volunteer opportunities for upcoming cleanups and other events. Follow BVNA on Facebook (BayViewNeitherhood) and Instagram (_bvna) for updates.
Email (Christa Marlowe) at [email protected] with any questions or to be added to the list of future volunteer opportunities.
Friends of Humboldt Park
Humboldt Park Friends (HPF) is an all-volunteer organization focused on the 73-acre park in the heart of Bay View. Its members try to engage the community of Bay View and greater Milwaukee with the importance of stewardship of the park, preserving and sharing the history of the park, improving amenities and safety of the park. park, and sponsorship of events and programs for education and community enjoyment in the park.
His leadership encourages Bay View residents to join HPF and get involved in the care of newly planted trees, planning or hosting fun and educational events like Arbor Day, the annual Easter Egg Hunt. or the Halloween Scavenger Hunt, helping with fundraising projects like the Annual Roast Corn and 100 for the Humboldt Tree Replacement Program, helping with park cleanup and cattail removal / restoration from the shore to the lagoon. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Children aged 5 to 12 and their families can participate in the Junior Ranger program. The self-guided program is designed to teach children about the history, wildlife, geography and celebrations of Humboldt Park using an activity book. Children who complete the program will receive a special badge to show their stewardship.
Learn more and information about membership: http://humboldtparkmilwaukee.org.
Bay View Community Center
The Bay View Community Center is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals and families in Southeastern Wisconsin. It offers a variety of programs. These include classes for kids, activities for seniors, family events, and health enrichment programs for adults. Special programs like the Emergency Pantry lend a hand to those who may use it occasionally. As a non-profit organization, BVCC’s success has been a community effort. Volunteers, donors and caring people are at the heart of the Bay View Community Center.
Due to the increased traffic in the emergency pantry and new initiatives to access fresh food, BVCC is working to increase its volunteer force. In particular, he is looking for a few people interested in taking a longer term leadership role in the emergency pantry and those able to make a permanent 1 to 4 hour weekly commitment.
The pantry is made up of volunteers and they do everything from collecting food donations, sorting, bagging, organizing food drives, distributing food to customers, helping sourcing fresh produce and running the BVCC token exchange booth on Saturday mornings at the South Shore Farmers Market.
Whether in direct contact with customers or in the back of the house, volunteers are at the heart of BVCC’s operations, on and off site.
New at BVCC are opportunities for young adults who wish to earn hours of service, starting this summer, through the Dream More, Do More Youth Service Club. Adults, including parents / guardians interested in serving as peer facilitators, are needed. Apply at bayviewcenter.org/volunteers or contact BVCC’s Director of Learning and Engagement directly, [email protected], to learn more and get involved.