UU Church West’s “Split the Plate” program is one of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offerings to a non-profit organization, to help us live out our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.
Our Split the Plate partner for October is Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. Since 1945, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee (NH) has provided innovative programs for hundreds of thousands of children, teens, families, and refugees. They are a nonprofit agency with diverse participants, staff, and board members who promote the full development of individual potential and self-sufficiency. The programs constantly evolve to meet the changing needs of families and the community. NH offers a wide variety of social, educational, and recreational programs. Specifically:
- Early Childhood Program – provides exceptional care working parents can rely upon.
- School-Aged Youth Programs – provides educational enrichment using a dynamic STEAM/L (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Literacy) framework often lacking in schools, as well as recreational opportunities and community engagement activities.
- Safe Place at Story School (K4 – 8th Grade) – conducted in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools, this after-school program provides academic support, educational enrichment and recreation during the school year and through a seven-week summer program.
- The new Food Pantry – The NH Food Pantry is unique as it is a Full Choice Food Pantry. This allows participants to select items they prefer from a weekly menu of nutritious foods.
- Teen Program – empowers teens to realize the value of education, make healthy choices, avoid or reduce drug and alcohol use, develop leadership skills and make positive contributions to the community.
- Family Programs – offering free or very low cost events designed to inspire, educate and strengthen families It includes weekend Family Adventures activities and other enrichment opportunities.
- International Learning Program (ILP) – offers adult ESL and employment skills training directly to more than 300+ refugees and their families annually. ILP also provides a preschool, referrals for trauma counseling and medical needs and offers job and school support.
- Environmental Education Program (EE) – One of the oldest environmental education programs in Milwaukee, EE offers enrichment activities using an NH-developed curriculum with the goal of providing science-based education and direct engagement in environmental stewardship that instills a sustainable appreciation for urban and rural natural resources.
- Community Education – offerings include an annual health resource fair and fall flu immunization events; Woman 2 Woman Empowerment Program; workshops and health screenings.
To learn more, visit their website https://neighborhoodhousemke.org/
To support CSW any time this month, go to the UUCW website’s “Donate” tab and select “Split the Plate” from the menu provided or mail your donation to UUCW, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield WI 53005-5219 For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.