Youth Explore STEM at COA’s Second Annual STEM Expo

2018-11-12T14:52:38+00:00

On Thursday, November 8th, COA celebrated National STEM Day with our 2nd Annual STEM Expo held at our Goldin Center (2320 W. Burleigh Street). National STEM Day encourages youth around the country to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 100 youth participated in fun STEM activities at COA’s two-hour STEM Expo. Children from COA’s Burke [...]

The Power of Storytelling

2018-03-15T12:57:14+00:00

When Shorewood High School senior Katie Eder began volunteering at COA, she was just 13 years old. Motivated by her passion for writing and her love for volunteering, in 2014 she approached COA’s Executive Director Tom Schneider with a bold proposition: she wanted to teach a creative writing class for youth at COA.That summer, Katie [...]

2017 Annual Meeting Award Winners

2017-12-18T11:14:11+00:00

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 [...]

Longtime COA Family Gives Back

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

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 [...]

KaBOOM! Playground Built at COA’s Goldin Center by US Bank Volunteers

2015-07-27T11:12:39+00:00

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 [...]

HIPPY Program Graduates 70 Families in 2015

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

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 [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Kim Wynn

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

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 [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Shira Grinker

2014-11-19T15:38:34+00:00

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: United Way Intern Day of Action

2014-11-06T16:54:35+00:00

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.