COA honored four outstanding individuals and organizations for their leadership and service this fall at our annual meeting. The event brought COA board members, volunteers, staff, and community partners together at the Wisconsin Club to hear about another incredibly successful year for COA. We also held an awards ceremony to honor the following organizations and [...]
It’s not hard to quantify the work we do here at COA; thousands and thousands of lives have been touched-- 10,000 each year; hundreds of at-risk youth are provided scholarships to camp each summer; and 90 cents of every dollar we raise directly serves Milwaukee families. But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Meet [...]
A new KaBOOM! playground was built at COA Youth & Family Centers’ Burke Early Education Center on Thursday, July 23rd. Ten volunteers from US Bank worked tremendously hard with COA staff to complete construction of the play area in a single day. The playground “Build Day Blitz” concluded with a community celebration and cookout, where families from the neighborhood could [...]
Samantha Danner has been an intern with COA since January 2015. Read what the experience has taught her in her own words: “Although I call Milwaukee home, I’m not originally from here. I moved here when I was 19, a sophomore in college, and trying to handle the adjustment to a bigger city. While I [...]
Seventy preschoolers graduated from Milwaukee's HIPPY program on Saturday, May 16th at Milwaukee Public Library - Centennial Hall. HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally known early literacy and parental engagement program for children provided by COA in partnership with The Parenting Network. The event included a graduation ceremony for families completing [...]
Volunteers play an important role at COA, and we would like to recognize the outstanding contributions of Kim Wynn as a volunteer with our pre-teen program. Kim Wynn works at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., and is a member of the United Way Women's Leadership Council. She first learned about COA when the Council volunteered with [...]
This fall, 13 year-old Shira Grinker began volunteering in COA's Early Education Center. "I started volunteering at COA as a school requirement," Shira said. "But after that I continued doing it because I love to be with the children. They are all so energetic and extremely adorable, and they always make me smile." In addition [...]
Before and after! Thanks so much to volunteers from BMO Harris Bank for the hard work. And thanks to United Way of Greater Milwaukee Intern Day of Action. These folks made a world of difference, as you can see, in our community gardens at the Goldin Center at 24th and Burleigh.