Increasing economic opportunities

Family Promise of Ozaukee County: $25,000 toward the start-up of a Family Promise Center in Ozaukee County. Through the model, a network of area congregations take turns providing nighttime shelter to homeless families. During the day, the families stay at a shelter, where they can access an array of services. It is the 11th location in Wisconsin and 199th affiliate in a nationwide network across 42 states.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $25,000 to coordinate distribution of food at 14 sites through its mobile pantry program, which serves Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.

Friends of Abused Families: $25,000 to expand the number of people it can serve through its Opening Doors transitional living program, which provides case management to women and their children affected by domestic violence so they can maintain housing.

Strengthening education

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: $25,000 to strengthen its Community Partnership Programs, which gives access to students who traditionally have had barriers to music training. The program has grown to serve nearly 370 students over the past 12 years.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation: $25,000 to help it expand its Ready to Read Program, an early literacy program that sends educators to child care centers in Milwaukee every other week, into 12 more classrooms and more than 190 more children. They coach early child care teachers on best practices in early literacy and provide free supplies and reading materials.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $10,000 to cover the costs of tickets, transportation, supplies and teacher artist fees related to its Beyond the Classroom program. The 3-year-old youth arts education program works with in partnership with Milwaukee’s 95th Street and Urban Day schools.

Regional vitality

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: $25,000 to support the research into how mutations in a particular gene cause leukemia, with the ultimate goal of developing strategies that would prevent or treat the disease. The research is led by former Shaw Scientist winner Jing Zhang at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pathfinders: $25,000 to support its Rosalie Center Home Visiting Program. The program serves young, at-risk mothers and their families by helping them strengthen their parenting skills and increase healthy birth outcomes.

Just One More Ministry: $21,000 to purchase a phone system, computer equipment and management software that will allow it to increase efficiencies in tracking and managing inventory.

Optimist Theatre: $15,000 to help boost its educational and community outreach for its Shakespeare in the Park program. The program offers professional productions of Shakespeare plays in Milwaukee’s Kadish Park, free of charge.

Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County: $15,000 to enable the agency to hire a nonprofit consultant who will guide the board in a strategic planning process and creation of a fund development plan.

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