MKE Responds Fund grants

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s MKE Responds Fund has helped support a wide range of nonprofits providing relief and recovery services in our community.

Grants distributed week of Nov. 1

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee: $10,000 to support UNCOM's COVID‐19 partnership efforts through community needs assessment and the distribution of supplies.

Southside Organizing Committee: $9,000 to support targeted engagement on the south side to extend awareness and understanding about COVID vaccination.

Jump At The Sun Consultants: $40,953 to extend awareness and understanding about COVID vaccination.

African American Chamber of Commerce: $5,000 to help promote vaccinations for small business owners within the Martin Luther King Business Improvement District and their employees.

Grants distributed week of Sept. 1

Latino Entrepreneurial Network of Southeast Wisconsin: $5,000 to help promote vaccinations of microenterprise owners and their employees by providing direct incentives.
SaintA: $10,000 to expand the reach of training on stress response and regulation for early educators in target ZIP codes to Black and Brown families of young children.

Grants distributed week of Aug. 9

Fondy Food Center: $112,000 to expand the scope of the MKE Market Match program, which allows families and individuals to double their SNAP benefits by adding additional farmers markets and increasing the length of the program through November. 

Hope House of Milwaukee: $5,000 to support rent subsidies to prevent homelessness. 

Streetlife Communities: $5,000 to help purchase supplies for outreach to individuals presently or at risk for homelessness.

Grants distributed week of Aug. 9, 2021

Interchange: $10,000 to purchase quality fresh produce from local wholesalers to supplement traditional pantry food sources.

Grants distributed week of May 10, 2021

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $50,000 to support efforts to meet increased emergency food needs due to the pandemic.

United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin: $20,000 to support the Family Resource Center, which includes the emergency food pantry and senior stock box program.

Grants distributed week of April 26, 2021 

SaintA: $52,000 to support a series of trainings, resources and materials to build the capacity of Milwaukee early childhood educators in predominantly Black and Brown communities to recognize stress response among themselves and the children they serve, use effective regulation strategies and work collaboratively with families to ensure continuity of strategies between the classroom and home.

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation: $100,000to support a 10-week summer meal delivery program that will provide daily meal bundles containing premade breakfast, lunch and dinner, to students and families in three ZIP codes with the highest poverty rates in Milwaukee: 53206, 53205, and 53233.

Grants distributed week of April 19, 2021

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division: $43,167 to facilitate telehealth services, i.e., purchase of tablets for assisted outpatient treatment project participant use, access to platforms and services to provide synchronous, video consultation and phone-charging stations in the waiting rooms of Access Points, Community Health Centers and Crisis Resource Centers to maintain device connectivity. 

Grants distributed week of April 12, 2021

Family Promise of Washington County: $20,000 to support emergency shelter/housing services for homeless families and individuals.

Friedens Community Ministries: $24,000 to provide free grocery home delivery to 40 homebound families a month. 

Grants distributed week of Feb. 1, 2021

United Community Center: $40,000 to help support distribution of 4,000 meals for its older adult clients.

Grants distributed week of Dec. 21, 2020

Community Relations Social Development Commission in Milwaukee County: $50,000 to support a new food pantry on Milwaukee’s far northwest side that will serve low-income families who live in a food insecure area and who have been critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prism Economic Development Corp.: $20,000 to purchase food and prepare, package and deliver meals through its COVID-19 emergency meals program.

Grants distributed week of Dec. 7, 2020

Latino Entrepreneurial Network: $19,300 to support the implementation of a microenterprise bilingual computer and social media literacy bootcamp for Latino-owned small businesses.

Northwest Side Community Development Corporation: $40,000 to help Black and Brown entrepreneurs develop realistic and actionable business plans and a COVID-19 adaptation strategy.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $9,500 to support a buy local strategy that will provide direct marketing and education to black and brown small businesses.

Walnut Way Conservation Corp.: $7,500 to support building resident power and economic mobility using the community wealth building approach. The approach focuses on activating resident assets - skills, talents, and gifts - to address housing and economic hardships throughout the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. 

Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation: $7,500 to support educational sessions on marketing and social media for Hispanic local businesses hosted by Mexican Fiesta.

Grants distributed week of Oct. 12, 2020

Crimson Charities: $4,000 to support two drive‐up food pantries for families in need.

Milwaukee Teacher Education Center: $7,000 to support training in trauma sensitive practices for educators to be better prepared for the students and families they serve, as well as the educators who are experiencing secondary trauma. 

Grants distributed week of Sept. 28

Atonement Community and Education Services: $25,000 to purchase Chromebooks, tablets, and hotspots to support virtual learning.

GPS Education Partners: $30,000 to purchase Chromebooks, cleaning supplies and additional classroom space to support continuity of learning during the pandemic.

Health Connections: $50,000 to support two community organizers who are supporting neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID‐19.

Literacy Services of Wisconsin: $25,000 to support parents with digital and technological literacy needs. Literacy Services will facilitate learning with MPS parents and families to make sure that they receive the direct hands‐on support they need to help their children succeed.

Prism Economic Development Corp.: $25,000 to prepare and provide meals for individuals who are homebound and who face food insecurity.

Grants distributed week of Sept. 14, 2020 

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $102,000to support a testing officer who will help bridge the work of health care delivery and public health prevention and surveillance, as well as assist with the equitable coordination of the access and distribution of a vaccine. 

Grants distributed week of  August 31, 2020

Digital Bridge: $30,000 to purchase a truck with a liftgate to pick up computers and other equipment from donors that can then be refurbished and distributed at an affordable cost to students/school districts and low-income households to help fill the digital literacy gap. 

Fondy Food Center: $40,000 to help expand and extend the Milwaukee Match program at Fondy Farmers Market and four other local farmers markets (Riverwest, Greenfield, Wauwatosa and Shorewood). Through the program, customers SNAP, WIC and senior federal nutrition benefits are doubled in value when they shop at the markets.  

Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee: $5,000 to support fall programming for third through eighth grade girls. 

Milwaukee Center for Independence: $25,000 to cover costs to package fresh meals into Oliver trays that will be aggregated into meal packs and distributed for children to eat at home. 

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association: $250,000 to help stabilize Milwaukee’s child care sector so that Milwaukee children, especially children of color and low-income children, are safe, cared for and supported academically, socially and development during and beyond the public health crisis. Grants will be made to licensed providers in eight Milwaukee ZIP codes that have the highest concentration of Black and Latinx residents and the highest COVID-19 infection rates

Grants distributed week of  August 17, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County: $10,000 to provide healthy after school and summer snacks to each of its 2,500 members.

MPS Foundation: $100,000 to support distribution of breakfast and lunch meals to adults through more than 50 Milwaukee Public Schools Stop, Grab and Go sites in 17 ZIP codes across the city.

St. Joseph Academy: $15,000 to cover the costs of 200 Chromebooks, 50 Wi-Fi hot spots and charging carts for its K5 through third grade students so they are prepared for distance learning when starting school this fall.

Grants distributed week of  July 27, 2020

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers: $98,760 to purchase three months of personal protective equipment for its more than 250 employees, including surgical masks, N95 masks, gowns, face shields, CaviWipes and hair coverings.

St. Coletta of Wisconsin: $10,000 to purchase personal protective equipment to protect staff and 400 clients in the agency’s group homes.

Grants distributed week of  July 20, 2020

Data You Can Use: $10,000 to support neighborhood-sponsored “data chats” with residents and organizational leaders in which the agency will review and discuss neighborhood-level reports on underlying health conditions associated with COVID-19. It will also seek input on the short- and long-term implications of data on 13 underserved Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Messmer Catholic Schools: $20,000 to secure Internet access via hotspots and to purchase Chromebooks for students and families with economic limitations so they can participate in virtual learning in the fall.

Grants distributed week of July 6, 2020

Canticle and Juniper Courts Foundation: $3,800 to expand onsite hours for a social service coordinator at the 52-unit Juniper Court apartments in St. Francis to meet the increased need of resident referrals to supportive or medical services because of COVID-19.

Crossroads Presbyterian Church: $10,000 to support a meal program that provides meals five days a week for Family Promise of Ozaukee County’s homeless clients.

Enduring Truth: $3,000 to support Beads of Hope, a mobile culturally responsive community mental health project that provides activities to address the need for increasing mental intervention activities in Milwaukee.

Exploit No More: $20,000 to support transitional housing for survivors of human trafficking in the greater Milwaukee area.

King’s Academy: $10,000 to purchase Chromebooks, mobile hotspots and doc-cameras for remote learning and to provide a full summer bridge program for its 215 students in K4 through eighth grade

Milwaukee Public Schools: $95,672 to support freshman orientation week, a ninth grade program intended to mitigate the negative impact of lost instructional time and high school preparation for black and brown males in Milwaukee Public Schools.

Grants distributed week of June 29, 2020

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center: $5,000 to support weekly healthy meal deliveries to Native American elders with chronic diseases. 

Groundwork Milwaukee: $20,000 to help it address the increased need for food production caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used for staff, for produce delivery and pick up costs and for a portable cooling system for storage space.

Life Transformation Center: $10,000 to help increase capacity to provide mental health services that target men, especially black men, Army veterans and those on its waiting list to receive services. 

Raising The Bar: $10,000to support a campaign to bring awareness to community resources that support mental health and for a 5k walk/run event to provide an outlet to release toxic stress built up from the loss of lives and the pandemic. 

Triangle of Hope: $2,500 to purchase personal protective equipment and preventive supplies for individuals and families picking up food from the food pantry.   

Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin: $9,000to support a food pantry that serves more than 400 veterans and their dependent family members experiencing food insecurity in southeastern Wisconsin.

Grants distributed week of June 22, 2020

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation: $100,000 to support #ConnectMilwaukee, a new initiative to raise $1 million to provide Internet connectivity for continuous remote learning for MPS students. The funds will be used to purchase mobile hotspot devices.

Carmen Schools of Science and Technology: $100,950 to support a five-week remote summer school program that offers engaging, content-rich and innovative experiences for students entering fourth through ninth grades.

Grants distributed week of June 15, 2020

Center for Youth Engagement: $10,000 to support the engagement of My Sisters Keep Her, I Will Not Die Young and a mental health counselor that would facilitate a virtual group session over the summer with teens ages 14 to 17 focused on mental health and resilience. The session will combat mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and hopelessness that isolation often breeds.

City Year Milwaukee: $25,000 to support planning to prepare for the restart of school in the fall, which includes adjustments to its social emotional development and academic service model for students and its training and development program for its 120-plus AmeriCorps members.

Marquette University’s Institute for the Transformation of Learning: $20,000 to hire education experts to develop materials for distribution to parents/guardians/community members, etc. that will empower individuals as advocates for high quality instruction and learning.

Teach for America: $50,000 to support an initiative to connect families across Milwaukee to the Waterford Early Literacy Program, a 12-week online course. Participants will have access to the research-based program, progress monitoring by a certified teacher, and small group teacher-led instruction to address skill gaps.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County: $132,325 to purchase touchless thermometers and other essential supplies necessary for child care providers to operate safe and healthy classrooms.

Grants distributed week of June 8, 2020

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling: $100,000 to recruit, train and support Milwaukee-based artists to engage remotely with vulnerable and isolated older adults in the greater Milwaukee area through arts and creative exercises to reduce stress, build on strengths and increase resilience.

Grants distributed week of June 1, 2020

American Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin: $10,000 to assist families with basic needs who are affected by fires and other disasters that occurred during the pandemic as well as provide preparedness and prevention tools to reduce the number of home fires. 

Arts@Large: $5,000 to cover costs associated with the creation and distribution of Art Bags, which contain art supplies, a book and activity sheets, and staff time to coordinate and implement online learning activities.

Blessings in a Backpack (Waukesha Chapter): $5,000 to provide summer meals each week to 500 students in need in the Oconomowoc area school district.

Center for Veterans Issues: $10,000 to provide food directly to veterans and their families through food boxes and meals at its Troop Café. It plans to serve 126,000 meals over the next 20 weeks. 

FRIENDS Inc: $5,000 to partially cover unexpected pandemic-related costs to continue operations of its emergency shelter for domestic and sexual assault survivors (the only one in Washington County). Funds will be used for laptop computers, telehealth services, cleaning supplies, hotel rentals and staff hazard pay.

Highland Community School: $25,000 to provide summer education and enrichment activities for its students. Funds will be used for such items as laptops and iPads, tech support, gift cards to cover groceries, and coaching, mentoring and counseling.

Mercy Housing Lakefront: $20,000 to provide short-term rent relief to low-income residents at its McAuley Apartments and Greenwich Park Apartments in Milwaukee who are dealing with loss of income.

Operation DREAM: $10,000 to provide food and basic resources for its members and their families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Richardson Manor: $1,000 to deliver food packages of fresh produce and other basic staples to the 51 residents of the affordable housing complex in Halyard Park. 

School Sisters of St. Francis: $4,000 to cover costs of personal protective equipment and supplies needed for staff who care for the 171 low-income seniors who live in the senior housing complexes on its South Layton Boulevard campus.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers: $75,000 to support the Grassroots COVID Testing Outreach project, a public/private effort to expand testing in underserved communities and prevent spread of the coronavirus in Milwaukee County.

The project aims to conduct a minimum 2,000 tests daily for the next 12-18 months, or until there is a vaccine widely available.

Summerfield UMC: $10,000 for its meal program and day center.

The Ability Center: $2,500 to make repairs to its fleet of 30-plus adaptive sport wheelchairs, which can then be loaned out safely to participants throughout greater Milwaukee.

Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church: $36,000 for the Hungry Hearts Community Meals program. The program, a collaboration between Amilinda, Pasta Tree, Damascus Gate, Tables Across Borders, Hanan Refugee Relief and Divine Intervention Ministry to the Homeless, provides free individually prepackaged meals to those in need, particularly on the south side of Milwaukee.

Grants distributed week of May 25, 2020

9to5 Wisconsin: $15,000 for its rapid response care fund to provide aid for rent, food and utilities to individuals and families in the greater Milwaukee area hit hard by the economic consequences of COVID-19.

Bethany Lutheran Church supported by Milwaukee Community Care & Mutual Aid: $33,000 to provide packets of basic school supplies to support at-home learning for K-12 students. Packets will be offered at 27 meal sites (21 MPS meal sites and six MCCMA-affiliated food pantries)

Cross Lutheran Church: $7,000 to purchase a full-size freezer and additional fresh meat, milk, eggs and produce to meet increased demand during the pandemic of its Bread of Healing Empowerment Ministry Food Pantry.

Eastbrook Academy: $20,000 to purchase Chromebooks, technology and information systems to support virtual learning.

End Domestic Abuse WI:$5,000 for the Asha Project, a culturally-specific domestic abuse response project in Milwaukee, to provide rent stipends to help individuals leaving abusive relationships obtain safe suitable housing for themselves and their children.

FORGE:$15,000 to help cover the cost of ASL interpretation and captioning to enable deaf individuals access to online support during the pandemic. 

Hmong American Friendship Association: $10,000 to cover the cost of food and staffing to meet the increased demand for its food pantry services during the pandemic.

Lad Lake: $10,000 to support staff who are providing treatment services to youth during the pandemic.

Mother of Good Counsel School: $45,000 to purchase iPads and Schoology software to support online learning for K3-8thgrade students. 

SaintA:$5,000 to help meet the basic shelter, food and health care needs of former foster youth during the pandemic.

Seeds of Health: $10,000 to provide gift cards for groceries and essential hygiene products to support 50 high need Seeds of Health Elementary School families.

Street Angels: $5,000 to purchase personal protective equipment, food and personal care bags in support of its outreach to homeless individuals during the pandemic.

The Women’s Center: $20,000 to support its programs and services to address the mental health and safety needs of domestic and sexual abuse survivors in the greater Milwaukee area.

Grants distributed week of May 18, 2020

5 Points Neighborhood Association: $5,000 to purchase medical supplies and personal protective equipment for older adults, people with disabilities and individual with mental health issues.

Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement: $7,500 to assemble packets of Braille enrichment/learning activities that it will deliver to blind students during the pandemic. 

Common Ground: $2,500 to purchase pulse oximeters that can be loaned to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have not required hospitalization. Trained community health volunteers will conduct daily check-ins and monitor oximetry readings. 

Community Advocates: $10,000 to support its Homeless Outreach Nursing Center’s Homeless Street Outreach Support Project, which is a person-centered community mental health outreach that includes wellness checks, COVID-19 symptom assessments and food and supplies for homeless individuals with chronic medical conditions.

Eras Senior Network: $5,000 to pay for urgent cab rides to essential medical appointments and to purchase prepaid VISA gift cards that will be used to purchase groceries during the COVID-19 crisis for clients living in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Hmong American Peace Academy: $40,000 to purchase Chromebooks to support virtual learning for students during the COVID-19 crisis.

House of Love Youth Homes: $10,000 to provide food, housing support and personal protective equipment.

Milwaukee College Prep: $20,000 topurchase Chromebooks to support virtual learning for students during the crisis.

New Beginnings Are Possible: $10,000 to support a temporary food pantry to address the urgent food needs of residents in Milwaukee’s Berryland, Thurston Woods, Havenwoods and Old North Milwaukee neighborhoods. 

Pathfinders: $50,000 to help the agency meet the high demand for basic needs and youth homelessness prevention services.

Rocketship Public Schools Milwaukee: $15,000 to purchase Chromebooks to support virtual learning for students during the crisis.

South Milwaukee Human Concerns: $5,000 to respond to the increased demand for food and personal hygiene items.

Taylor-Made Inc.: $5,000 to purchase sensory kits to help parents teach their kids how to cope and manage their emotions during the crisis. Kids and parents will receive weekly online coaching with tips on how to express emotions through meditation, breathing techniques and other tools. 

United Community Center: $20,000 to help cover the cost of food preparation and home delivery for its older adult clients as well as personal care kits. 

Waukesha Free Clinic: $10,000 to purchase personal protective equipment, disinfectant, testing supplies and oximeters for its COVID-19 testing site, which will serve the uninsured, underinsured and low-income community in Waukesha County.

Grants distributed week of May 11, 2020

African American Breastfeeding Network: $13,000 to purchase and distribute essential and educational supplies to help ease the emotional burden of COVID-19 on 100 African American families living in Milwaukee County.

Fondy Food Center: $40,000 to support essential programs and provide stall and land rental relief for farmers and food producers. The agency is working to ensure that farmers and food producers stay in business by continuing to operate its Fondy Farmers Market and Fondy Farm programming.

Grace Fellowship Church of Milwaukee: $5,000 to purchase educational materials, conduct outreach to families with children in the Harambee neighborhood and provide stipends to instructors and support staff for its Saturday Scholars program. 

Guest House of Milwaukee: $23,000 to provide three meals a day for shelter guests for the month of May. A portion of the funds will purchase paper products, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. 

Lake Area Free Clinic: $18,324 to cover costs associated with providing emergency dental care for patients during the pandemic.

Medical College of Wisconsin: $25,000 to support virtual telebehavioral health services for vulnerable individuals who need rapid behavioral health care including domestic violence survivors, people with depression who are at risk for suicide and first responders and frontline health care workers. 

Milwaukee Academy of Science: $50,000 to provide K4, K5 and eighth grade students with technology devices (kid-friendly tablets and Chromebooks for older students), Wi-Fi hotspots and academic software subscriptions to engage in virtual learning. 

Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club/America SCORES Milwaukee: $6,000 to support virtual programs that provide fun (and sometimes competitive) activities that can be conducted in nontraditional spaces.

Northcott Neighborhood House: $7,500 to help its food pantry meet the basic nutritional needs of the community, particularly older adults and youth.

Public Allies Milwaukee: $60,000 to support community organizers who will coordinate and distribute personal protective equipment, culturally relevant information and basic resources to individuals and families in neighborhoods disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $10,000 to help continue to keep the doors open to its Riverworks Coin Laundry, which provides access to laundry services in a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

Westcare Wisconsin: $50,000 to provide stipends for youth to prepare and deliver meals to immobilized families served by its E.A.T.S. Food Pantry, for gas and maintenance of vehicles and technology to survey families.

Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health: $22,500 to support doula services for expectant mothers and newly postpartum families living in neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19: Sherman Park, Metcalfe Park, Washington Park and North Division.

Grants distributed week of May 6, 2020

Alma Center: $23,000 to help deliver online and individual services and a PSA campaign to promote healthy coping skills for men who may be using violence and abuse or who have a history of domestic violence.

Best Buddies in Wisconsin: $10,000 to transition its programs that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to virtual platforms and offer activities to ensure social distancing is not having an impact on clients’ mental health and well-being.

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation: $46,000 to deliver urgent medical care to the homeless at Ascension St. Ben’s Clinic and urgent dental care to low-income clients at Ascension Seton Dental Clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.                                                                                                                 

Gates Family Youth Center: $10,000 to help small groups of children with their school work by creating virtual learning groups of four to five students. 

Kathy’s House: $5,000 to help meet the emergency needs for food and cleaning supplies for patients and families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mahogany CARES Foundation: $4,000 to provide trauma support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: $20,000 to purchase and deliver food to at-risk residents as part of its Be the Bridge Community Care system.

Prism Economic Development Corporation: $6,000 to prepare meals through its UpStart Kitchen program for individuals and households who are experiencing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19.

TransCenter for Youth: $35,000 to help support technology updates needed to transition to distancing learning for its four small high schools.

United Migrant Opportunity Services: $8,000 to purchase food for its South Side Food Pantry, which has seen nearly triple its normal volume of visitors because of COVID-19.

UnitedMKE: $9,000 to help with coordination of Feed the Need MKE, which addresses the food needs of the predominantly African American north side devasted by COVID-19. Through the program, community health workers provide food kits, masks, hygiene and cleaning supplies each week to vulnerable individuals. 

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: $5,000 to create 100 art-at-home kits focused on healing arts integration that will be mailed to youth throughout Milwaukee in May. The kits will be paired with virtual lessons from the agency’s staff and guest artists. 

Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation/Mexican Fiesta: $21,000 for its Last Hope Fund, which helps address the emergency needs of noncitizen immigrant families who have lost work and are unable to access stimulus funds or receive unemployment.

Wisconsin Lutheran Child & Family Service: $26,000 to deliver telehealth mental health counseling for Milwaukee students who previously received services onsite at school.

Grants distributed week of April 27, 2020

Benedict Center: $25,000 to support tele behavioral health services including providing cellphone/data plans so that women can access services. 

Broadscope Disability Services: $17,000 to buy grocery store gift cards and to build telehealth capacity to help clients with developmental and other significant disabilities with basic needs and mental health and wellness.

Carmen Schools of Science and Technology: $20,000 to provide education and resource supports to families who have been critically impacted by the coronavirus.

Fellowship Open: $20,000 to support a virtual learning collaborative with MKE Fellows and Ralph H. Metcalfe School, an MPS neighborhood school.  

Greater Galilee Community Development Corp.: $7,000 to cover costs of food, materials and supplies to support curbside distribution of senior meals.

Joyce’s House of Milwaukee: $15,000 to help meet the basic emergency needs of women recovering from addiction 

Milwaukee Christian Center: $6,000 to help buy food and supplies needed to respond to the increased demand for its food assistance programs (a food pantry and grab-and-go meals for seniors.) 

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative: $7,000 to support a food pantry that provides groceries to vets and their families who are in immediate need but cannot access regular food bank or nutrition programs.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: $12,000 to support a new food pantry at the agency, which will help fill a need for critical resources for vulnerable residents on Milwaukee's near west side.

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee: $4,500 to provide grocery store gift cards for the next five weeks for families to purchase food on the weekends when there is no food pickup at school. 

Penfield Children’s Center: $25,000 for behavioral health services for children and parents disproportionately affected by the hardships of COVID-19.

Progressive Community Health Centers: $10,000 for protective personal equipment to enable the organization to provide in-house emergency dental services. 

Project Concern of Cudahy-St. Francis: $6,000 to support pantry operations in response to COVID-19, including costs to purchase boxes to prepack food for distribution, carts to stack prepacked boxes, protective personal equipment, personal shopping carts for patrons without vehicles, and a small amount of additional staff time.

St. Anthony School: $10,000 to provide struggling families with essential items, such as food, hygiene products and grocery store gift cards. 

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee: $10,000 to help meet the basic needs of families during the pandemic.

Seton Catholic Schools: $40,000 to provide Chromebooks, with tech support and flash drives for data sharing with the school, to students who do not have access to devices or the Internet so they can participate fully in remote learning. 

TRUE Skool: $10,000 to support weekly TRUE Knowledge and Art of Coping Courses.  Over five weeks, participants will learn coping skills and participate in identifying ways that they can manage their emotions in healthy ways and design habitual behaviors that promote healing and processing in real time.

Grants distributed week of April 20, 2020

Bread of Healing Clinic: $20,000 to provide health care for uninsured and primarily low-income patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease and asthma.

Cathedral Center: $18,500 to support services and staffing in response to COVID-19.

COA Youth & Family Centers: $10,000 to support the agency’s food pantry, meal program and two early education centers.

Friedens Community Ministries: $5,000 to help the food pantry respond to increased demand caused by COVID-19.

Heartland Housing: $17,500 to address urgent needs, for Milwaukee residents, such as rent assistance, basic needs, personal protective equipment and cleaning to comply with CDC guidelines.

Marquette University Center for Peacemaking: $9,500 to expand access to behavioral health and educational needs for Milwaukee families. 

Milwaukee Health Services: $50,000to provide medical and support services to uninsured or underinsured individuals disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Near West Side Partners: $16,000 to provide essential supplies, information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and resources to access vital services including rent assistance, health care and mental health services.

Program the Parks MKE: $5,000 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Sherman Park by providing information and updates concerning the virus, orders and public service announcements from government; sharing available resources; providing wellness checks; supporting a delivery pantry system initiative and a risk assessment form for residents most at risk for COVID-19.

Safe & Sound: $2,500 to purchase and deliver meals from Mi Casa Su Café, a restaurant in Halyard Park, to Milwaukee residents and their families facing hardship due to COVID-19.

St. Marcus School: $16,000 to help address the emergency needs of families and academic needs of its students.

Saukville Community Food Pantry: $6,000 to purchase food to help its food pantry respond to increased demands caused by COVID-19.

Serving Older Adults of Southeast Wisconsin: $25,000 to provide meals for older adults.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center: $19,000 to help its food pantry respond to the increased demand caused by COVID-19.

Sojourner Foundation: $20,000 to enable the Sojourner Family Peace Center to respond to an increased demand for services and critical safety net programs as a result of COVID-19.

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic: $10,000 to provide emergency dental care for low-income youth and adults from Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties during the COVID-19 crisis.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association: $250,000 to help stabilize the Milwaukee early childhood education sector to ensure that Milwaukee children, especially children of color and low-income children, are safe, cared for, and supported academically, social and developmental during and beyond this public health crisis.

Wisconsin Voices: $17,500 to help provide mutual aid resources such as food, cleaning supplies and toiletries in communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin: $27,000 to supply Milwaukee high school students with computers, targeting students at immediate significant risk of derailed high school graduation due to COVID-19.

Grants distributed week of April 6, 2020

Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church: $3,000 to support its food pantry.

Christian Faith Fellowship Church: $13,000 to purchase food and equipment needed to help deliver food to people with disabilities and senior citizens.

Hope Center: $9,000 for its outreach community meal program, which provides a breakfast, lunch and dinner in takeaway boxes.

Hope House: $6,000 to offset unexpected costs of increased salaries and an additional house manager for its Family Bonds Housing Program, which serves 10 families onsite at its shelter and 150 families living in the community.

IMPACT, Alcohol & Drug Abuse: $37,000 to increase its capacity to serve more individuals through its 2-1-1 crisis call center, which connects people to food, housing, mental health and substance abuse services and provides CDC and HHS approved information related to COVID-19.

Interchange Incorporated: $5,000 to purchase fresh produce for food pantry guests

Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation: $18,000 to purchase medical supplies, such as N95 masks, gowns, sanitizer and gloves, to protect staff who care for the 300 frail elderly and rehab patients.

Just One More Ministry: $8,000 to support the expansion of its Mobile Meals program by two additional days to serve the hungry in Milwaukee, especially children, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Liberty and Truth Ministries: $2,500 to purchase additional food items, particularly canned soups and vegetables, for its Freedom Center Food Pantry program. Funds will also help with fuel and transportation costs to help deliver food to families who are unable to come to the pantry.

MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary: $10,000 to cover food and essential supplies offered through its Doorway Ministry program.

Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth: $11,000 for emergency assistance and services for the children, youth and families it serves.

Milwaukee Center for Independence: $21,000 for increased packaging costs related to providing individually wrapped meals at 20 emergency sites for area children who no longer receiving meals in school.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $38,000 to provide meals and shelter for the more than 300 homeless men, women and children it serves.

Outreach Community Health Centers: $36,000 to increase telehealth capacity in both primary care and behavioral health.

Repairers of the Breach: $13,000 to cover extra costs related to food distribution and personal protective equipment for members.

Servant Manor: $10,000 to purchase personal protective equipment, food, clothes and critical emergency care of youth that it serves who are involved in the child welfare system.

The Gathering: $4,000 to cover additional staff related to meal prep and distribution for its meal program, which operates six days a week.

Vivent Health: $34,000 to cover costs associated with increase food and medical assistance, housing assistance and in-home HIV and Hepatitis C testing for clients.

WisHope: $10,000 toward food and housing costs for the 80 people in recovery from addiction and mental health disorders that it serves.

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee: $24,000 to support its Emergency Response Camp Program, a countywide pilot program that will provide child care for emergency responders at two sites – Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer and the Advocate Aurora Conference Center in Milwaukee. The care will be open to all children ages 4 to 13 of health care workers, first responders and essential service providers.

Grants distributed week of March 30, 2020

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $20,000 for staff support and weekly food distribution at three of its club locations to members and their families.

Core El Centro: $27,000 to provide health navigation and support as well as create tele-health services in English and Spanish for its clients.

Family Promise Washington County: $10,000 to meet the needs of the homeless individuals and families in Washington County through its Promise Center and Karl's Place.

Riverwest Pantry: $4,500 to purchase bulk produce through distributors for the thousands of households it serves each month.

Serenity Inns, $7,000 to help it with expenses related to supporting the men it serves in its seven-month residential program.

United Methodist Children’s Services, $20,000 to support emergency programs and operations over the next five months.

Grants distributed week of March 23, 2020

Advocates of Ozaukee: $15,000 for shelter services.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $15,000 for food distribution.

Food Pantry of Waukesha County: $15,000 for food distribution.

Hunger Task Force: $15,000 for food distribution.

Imagine MKE: $25,000 to support its artist relief fund, which will benefit Milwaukee-based artists who have experienced a financial loss due to a cancelled live event, performance or engagement.

Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order: $11,200 for meal sites at St. Ben’s and the House of Peace.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers: $35,150 to purchase 50 laptops so it can offer behavioral health treatment via telehealth services.

United Way of Northern Ozaukee County: $25,000 to jumpstart a community relief fund that will support community-based organizations experiencing increased demands related to food, housing and behavioral health services.

WWBIC: $5,000 to support the efforts of The Tandem, a restaurant in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood, to provide free meals for community members in need.



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