Weeks of Caring effort focuses on hunger relief

Caregivers will also help Better Together Fund organizations and other non-profits

June 16, 2017

Milwaukee – Aurora Health Care’s latest Weeks of Caring volunteer effort will focus on feeding children and families in need. More than 600 caregivers will volunteer at sites across Aurora’s service area from June 19-25.

“Hunger affects people across Wisconsin, and children often struggle more with hunger in the summer months, when they are not in school,” said Vivian King, Aurora vice president of community relations. “Encouraging our caregivers to volunteer at hunger relief organizations can help raise awareness of this important issue, while helping tackle hunger in our communities.”

Caregivers volunteering during Weeks of Caring will organize donations and stock shelves at local food pantries and help prepare and serve meals at local shelters and meal programs, including at the kickoff of the Salvation Army’s Feed The Kids summer meal program.

While hunger will be a primary focus, caregivers will also volunteer with Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund grant recipients and other nonprofit organizations. The Better Together Fund has granted $15 million in cash and in-kind support over two years to organizations across eastern Wisconsin, helping improve access to primary care, behavioral health services, and sexual violence prevention and treatment programs. Volunteers will help with office tasks, cleaning and painting and other beautification projects.

“The Better Together Fund is about building relationships with these groups and organizations that serve the most vulnerable in our society,” King said. “Offering these opportunities is a great way to strengthen our collaboration with them by helping to support their work, while shining a light on the good work our caregivers do all year long.”

The Aurora Weeks of Caring program, a quarterly organized volunteer effort, builds on Aurora Health Care’s longstanding tradition of community service. In 2016, Aurora caregivers contributed more than 1,200 hours to local organizations through Weeks of Caring. 

The first Weeks of Caring of 2017, held in January, focused on blood donation, and included nearly 700 caregivers donating blood at many Aurora locations. The second effort, in February, celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday during Read Across America. Almost 300 caregivers went into schools and after-school programs to read to students. The next Weeks of Caring will be held from Sept. 25-Oct. 1.
 
List of volunteer outings by area:

Burlington/Walworth

Love, Inc., Burlington, June 20, 10:00 a.m. – noon, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., and June 22, 10:00 a.m. – noon, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.,
Open Arms Free Clinic, Elkhorn, June 21, noon – 2:00 p.m., and June 23, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Milwaukee area

53rd Street Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, June 21, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hunger Task Force, June 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and June 23, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Hunger Task Force Farm, Franklin, June 21, 8:30 a.m. – noon
MCFI, June 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., and June 22, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, June 24, 9:00  a.m. – noon
Our Next Generation, June 23, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Project Concern of Cudahy, June 19, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and June 23, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Salvation Army Milwaukee County, June 19, noon – 12:30 p.m.; June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., and June 23, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, June 19, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The Gathering, June 19, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 3:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., June 20, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., June 21, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., and June 22, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Green Bay/Marinette

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, June 19, noon – 2:00 p.m.
New Community Shelter, Green Bay, June 19, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and June 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Paul's Pantry, Green Bay, June 20, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., June 23, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Manitowoc County

Peter's Pantry, June 21, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., and June 25, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Oshkosh

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Service, June 19, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and June 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Reach Counseling, Neenah, June 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Salvation Army of Oshkosh, June 20, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and June 21, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Ozaukee County

Advocates of Ozaukee, June 21, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and June 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Family Sharing, Grafton, June 21, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Racine/Kenosha 

Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha Lunch & Activity Helpers, June 21, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., and June 23, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
HALO, Racine, June 22, 10:00 a.m. – noon, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Shalom Center, Kenosha, June 19, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and June 22, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sheboygan

Safe Harbor, Sheboygan, June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., June 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m, June 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Salvation Army of Sheboygan County, June 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Washington County

Albrecht Free Clinic, West Bend, June 20, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and June 22, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Waukesha County

Hope Center, June 19, 10:00 a.m. – noon, and June 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Women's Center, June 20, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and June 22, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

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Don Klein

414-219-8950

don.klein@aurora.org

 

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