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Greater Milwaukee Foundation invests nearly $30,000 toward Milwaukee area summer programs, activities

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded $29,800 in grants to area agencies

By - Jun 23rd, 2014 10:14 am

Milwaukee, WI – June 23, 2014 – The Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded $29,800 in grants to area agencies through its second annual Summer Grants for Kids program.

Grants of up to $1,000 each were given to 30 selected agencies throughout the metro Milwaukee area to support supervised summer programs and activities that introduce kids to new experiences, provide opportunities that would normally be unavailable to them and encourage the participation of their parents and family members.

“We were thrilled with the variety of quality experiences that our nonprofit partners provided to area youth last summer with help from our Summer Grants for Kids program,” said Janel Hines, director of grant programs. “We were fortunate to offer the opportunity again this year and, through support from our donors, to nearly double the amount of money available.”

Grant recipients include the following nonprofits:

Milwaukee County

Bay View Community Center: for its Summer of Learning day camp for 3- to 12-year-olds

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: to support scholarships for children to attend Camp Whitcomb/Mason

Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation Inc.: for Camp Ujima, a six-week summer day camp that provides a safe haven for youth victims of community violence

COA Youth & Family Centers: for camp scholarships for low-income youth to attend Camp Helen Brachman

Cops & Kids Foundation, Inc.: to support two to three Cops and Bobbers fishing events with at-risk youth from Waukesha and Milwaukee counties

CORE/El Centro: to expand its Sustainable Sprouts gardening and nutrition program for children ages 6 to 12

DanceCircus: supporting participation in Youth Dance Company Summer 2014

Danceworks: to provide scholarships for children ages 3 to 17 to attend its weeklong Summer Creative Arts Camps

Discovery World: in support of its summer camps and teen workshops

First Stage Children’s Theater: for its Summer Theater Academy

Girls Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast: toward outdoor leadership experience at summer camp

HeartLove Place: to expand its summer youth garden program for youth ages 3 to 12

La Causa: to support Take Flight, an 11-week summer program for children ages 5 to 12 at its Early Education & Care Center that will focus on enhancing literacy and science skills

Latino Arts, Inc.: to support two instructors for a five-week Latino Arts Strings Program. The instructors are alumni of the program.

Lead2Change: to assist with transportation costs for the Dream Big! Summer Leadership Program for teens

Milwaukee Ballet Company: supporting the Summer Relevé community outreach Program

Milwaukee Center for Independence: to provide scholarships for children to attend Sensational Summer Camp, a camp especially for children ages 6 to 9 with autism and other sensory disorders

Milwaukee Public Museum: for its Summer Urban Academy, an eight-week camp focused on science that serves underserved children ages 8 to 14 from the central city

Our Next Generation: for an eight-week day camp that combines academic, enrichment and recreation activities for central city children

Penfield Children’s Center: to support costs of at least five field trips for children from its Early Education and Care Program. Destinations include Discovery World, Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Public Museum, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Mitchell Park Domes.

St. Marcus Lutheran School: to help grow its four-week summer school program, which combines academics and enrichment activities

The Friendship Circle: to support a three-week project, building a life-size, polystyrene boat as part of its Camp Gan Israel

TRUE Skool Inc.: for its six-week Summer Urban Arts Program for 14- to 19-year-olds

United Community Center: for a five-week summer enrichment program that serves more than 900 children from kindergarten to high school

Urban Ecology Center: to support scholarships for children ages 3 to 8 to attend summer camp

Wild Space: for its five-week Summer Creative Arts Program for fifth- through eighth-grade students in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Humane Society: to support People Animals Learning, a violence prevention program for at-risk Milwaukee area youth ages 10 to 13, at the agency’s Ozaukee campus

Waukesha County

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: to provide financial aid for students to attend The Art of Nature, its annual summer camp that combines dance, music and visual art

Washington County

Boys & Girls Clubs of West Bend: Summer Brain Gain program, which helps youth build literacy and math skills through fun programs, field trips and art activities

Casa Guadalupe Education Center: for two weeklong sessions of basic Spanish language lessons

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a family of more 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the local charitable causes of their choice. Grants from these funds serve people throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Started in 1915, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the world.

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