LIFT Volunteers!

Each Season, LIFT players, families, friends, and coaches have the opportunity to participate in a community volunteer activity. At LIFT, we believe in instilling a sense of giving back. It's good for you and it helps others!

 

Check out photos from our past volunteer activities by scrolling down

2015: Feeding America, Keeping Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, YMCA Miracle League, and Next Door Foundation.

2016: Feeding America, The Guest House of Milwaukee, YMCA Miracle League, and Girls On The Run.

2017: Feeding America, Urban Ecology Center, YMCA Miracle League, Next Door Foundation.

2018: Feeding America, Urban Ecology Center, YMCA Miracle League, Next Door Foundation.

2019: The Guest House of Milwaukee, Feeding America, YMCA Miracle League, and JR's Pups 'n' Stuff.

2020: Feeding America

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Fall 2019: JR's Pups-N-Stuff

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"JR's Pups-N-Stuff is a local animal rescue that began with one goal in mind - to save animals from life threatening situations. That ideal has gotten us to where we are today. We've helped over 7000 dogs and 100 cats find forever homes and will continue to provide excellent foster and permanent homes to all future rescue dogs." In October, LIFT was fortunate to be able to help out at the rescue filing paperwork, creating adoption folders, and playing with and walking the rescue cats and dogs at that location.

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Summer 2019: Miracle League

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Spring 2019: Feeding America

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Winter 2018: The Guest House of Milwaukee

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The Guest House of Milwaukee provides shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee's homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. The Guest House provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to adult men experiencing homelessness. They provide shelter to 86 men each night, and over 400 individuals each year. They also support over 300 individuals through case management living in permanent housing across Milwaukee as well as provide counseling clinic on site. In order to help and serve everyone in the community, The Guest House also hands out over 100 sandwiches a day to those in need. In February, LIFT players, coaches, parents, and friends raised $582 and made 297 sandwiches - including 100 full 4-piece bagged lunches and donated many needed items to the Guest House of Milwaukee.

Fall 2018: Next Door's Books for Kids

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LIFT players, coaches, families, and friends helped do crafts and activities for kids, read with them in their classrooms, and helped them choose books to take home from the mobile library. We were excited to partner with Next Door Foundation and their Books for Kids program to help with a community event at COA Riverwest. The Next Door Foundation of Milwaukee supports the intellectual, physical and emotional development of children by partnering with their families for success in school and the community. Research shows that the number of books available to a child may surpass all other variables in predicting their long-term success in school. Since the program started in 1990, Next Door’s Books for Kids has collected and distributed close to 2 million books to children in Milwaukee.

Summer 2018: Miracle League

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Spring 2018: Urban Ecology Center 

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Winter 2018: Feeding America!

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Fall 2017: Next Door's Books for Kids

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On Monday, October 23rd, LIFT players, coaches, families, and friends helped do crafts and activities for kids, read with them in their classrooms, and helped them choose books to take home from the mobile library. We were excited to partner with Next Door Foundation and their Books for Kids program to help with a community event at KinderCare West Allis. The Next Door Foundation of Milwaukee supports the intellectual, physical and emotional development of children by partnering with their families for success in school and the community. Research shows that the number of books available to a child may surpass all other variables in predicting their long-term success in school. Since the program started in 1990, Next Door’s Books for Kids has collected and distributed close to 2 million books to children in Milwaukee.

At the KinderCare event, 93 people participated and we were able to give away 191 books!

Summer 2017: Miracle League

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On July 13th, LIFT volunteered with the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each LIFT player was paired with a friend to assist them on and off the field during a two inning game in which every player gets the chance to bat and score. The Miracle League of Milwaukee believes everyone deserves the chance to play baseball. They allow all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Kids with special needs dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues. We are excited for our third year of being "buddies"!

Spring 2017: Urban Ecology Center 

On Saturday, May 6th from 9:30-11:00am, LIFT volunteers helped at the Urban Ecology Center and participated in the Land Stewardship Program. We worked outside to restore and preserve the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum's natural habitat. The Arboretum is a healthy habitat for its native plants and animals, an educational resource for its members, urban students and summer campers, and a welcoming green space for all Milwaukee residents. We were excited to have this opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature for the day and contribute to the Urban Ecology's mission  of fostering ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood. 

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Winter 2017: Feeding America!

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This winter season LIFT is again proud to have the opportunity to volunteer at Feeding America. On March 6th, LIFT players, parents, friends, board members, and coaches helped sort and prepare food donations to be distributed to people who are struggling with hunger in the Milwaukee community and all through Eastern Wisconsin.

Fall 2016: Girls On The Run 

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The mission of Girls On The Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and 

confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

 

On November 13th, LIFT volunteered at GOTR's Fall 5K  at one of their Cheer Posts helping to encourage GOTR participants along with their running buddies, families, and friends as community members run, walk or skip across the finish line with smiles and high fives!

Summer 2016: Miracle League

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On July 14th, each LIFT player was paired with a friend to assist them on and off the field during a two inning game in which every player gets the chance to bat and score. 

The Miracle League of Milwaukee believes everyone deserves the chance to play baseball. They allow all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Kids with special needs dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues.

Spring 2016: The Guest House of Milwaukee

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Wednesday, May 11th 

The mission of The Guest House is to provide shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee's homeless seeking to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. They have been helping people in Milwaukee overcome homelessness for over 30 years.

In Spring of 2016, all LIFT volunteers got an informational tour of The Guest House to learn all about its mission and about the people they serve before getting to work making sandwiches! In order to buy ingredients for our sandwich donations, we raised over $250 and made 205 sandwiches and complete bag lunches for the guests.

Winter 2016: Feeding America!

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LIFT was again proud to have the opportunity to volunteer at Feeding America.

On February 13th, LIFT players, parents, friends, board members, and coaches will helped sort and prepare food donations to be distributed to people who are struggling with hunger in the Milwaukee community and all through Eastern Wisconsin.

We were so excited to sort 20,559 pounds of food - over 17,000 meals!

November & December 2015

Book Drive for the Next Door Foundation

Throughout our November and December season, LIFT players from all of our programs donated 186 books to the Next Door Foundation. Our books totaled $596 for Next Door! 

 

Next Door’s Books for Kids program was established in 1990 with the hope that all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of family income or education levels, could have books to call their own. Books for Kids distributes over 70,000 books each year for free to our early education students at Next Door and neighborhood families and teachers throughout the city.

Summer 2015 at The Miracle League of Milwaukee

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The Miracle League of Milwaukee believes everyone deserves the chance to play baseball. They allow all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Kids with special needs dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues.

 

One of the most important elements of a Miracle League game is the "buddy" program. On June 25th and July 28th, each LIFT player was paired with a friend to assist them on and off the field during a two inning game in which every player gets the change to bat and score.

Spring 2015: Keeping Greater Milwaukee Beautiful 

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On May 9th 2015, LIFT players and coaches helped to promote Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful's mission to promote sustainability through clean, healthy, and beautiful communities for generations to come. We cleaned up and spread mulch to bake Granville Dog Park more beautiful and safer for visitors and dogs.

 Winter 2015 at Feeding America

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2015 winter season LIFT was proud to have the opportunity to volunteer at Feeding America. On March 13th, LIFT players, parents, and coaches helped sort and prepare food donations to be distributed to people who are struggling with hunger in the Milwaukee community and all through Eastern Wisconsin. We were

thrilled to learn that Feeding America SE WI helps 377,000 people a day through their distribution

and outreach and we were even more thrilled to be able to help!

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