Friday, February 8, 2013
Over a week-long fundraising campaign, the elementary school raised more than $1,800 to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Folks don't typically fashion a game out of handing other people their money, but at Atwater Elementary it has become a fierce skirmish, during the school's annual penny wars. The penny wars raise funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, and this year, generated $1,808 in just a week's time, shattering last year's record of $1,352. For the second year, the effort was organized by second grade teacher Dan Zimmermann and the Atwater Student Council. The way the wars work, Zimmermann explained, is students fill jars categorized by grade level — third through sixth grade — with their pocket change. Every penny is worth a point, while other coins or bills count as negative points. For instance, a quarter is negative 25 points and $5 negative …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It isn't too late to make a donation that will make this year's end brighter for someone suffering, whether from hunger, poverty, disease or disaster.
In the flurry of holiday shopping and parties, the rush to complete end-of-year business, we are also reminded that this is the season to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Year-end fundraising appeal letters arrive by mail and e-mail from those to whom we have given before, encouraging renewed giving — a task many people set aside for the week after Christmas, when things have slowed down. Yet there are many for whom the holidays could be considerably brightened by some giving right now – families that might face hunger rather than a feast, children whose stockings could be empty of toys, people whose very lives and livelihoods have been visited by illness or disaster beyond their control. And there is still time. With …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Stephanie Koczela's effort to improve conditions at an African schoolhouse are being aided by a bake sale organized by youth in Whitefish Bay.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Shorewood native Stephanie Koczela's effort to construct an improved schoolhouse in Kenya is receiving a little help from kids in Whitefish Bay. After studying abroad in Nairobi her junior year of college, Koczela decided to improve conditions at Valley View Academy in a poor, densely-populated slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly 400,000 people live in the four-square-kilometer area, where many live without water, electricity or sewer systems. Over the last several years, Koczela has led an effort to raise more than $400,000 to tear down Valley View's cramped, dilapidated schoolhouse with a leaky roof and replace it with a four-story building with 24 classrooms, a computer room, a library, a play area, and an extra large kitchen. Koczela has …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Honor Flight launches a new website with information about its upcoming Field of Honor event in Miller Park, including the story of a volunteer who's Honor Flight trip was made possible by friend's donations.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is asking the public to share veterans' stories this weekend as a way to help spread the word and honor the sacrifices made by these soldiers. As part of the organizations "#DoMore" campaign, the group has issued its Memorial Day Challenge of getting, "50,000 views for this video about Harley-riding Ryan Jazak, who accompanied a vet on an Honor Flight with the support of his brother serving in Afghanistan," according to the website. Late Friday afternoon, the video had just under 2,000 views. The challenge is also additional promotion for the Stars and Stripes upcoming Field of Honor event in Miller Park. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight recently partnered with event organizers of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show…
Friday, December 23, 2011
Carrie Van Hoesen is going above and beyond her duties as a Salvation Army bell ringer by lifting the spirits of Shorewood Pick 'n Save shoppers with a song or two.
With Milwaukee charities struggling to meet their donation target and more families asking for help this holiday season, Carrie Van Hoesen says she goes above and beyond the bell ringing to increase donations into her red kettle. She rings her bell, but also greets customers with song as they enter and leave Shorewood's Pick 'n Save grocery store, catching most shopper's attention. During her 10-to-12 hour shifts, Van Hoesen sings a variety of Christmas carols, using her voice to spread good cheer and encourage good will, and only stops for her five-minute breaks, which she rarely takes. Twenty-five-year-old Van Hoesen has been a seasonal volunteer and worker for the Salvation Army for over six years and has been singing since day one. She…
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Patch for Patriots was a huge success! The citizens of the Shoreline collected hundreds of items to ship to soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
Whew! My arms are tired! But it's not from running or from playing tug of war with Lucydog. It's from unpacking all of the amazing donations we received during the Patch for Patriots drive! For the past couple of weeks I fought my urge to peek in on the Stone Creek Coffee stores that generously offered to collect the items being donated to send to my adopted soldier, Command Sergeant Major Shelton R. Williamson from the US Army, currently stationed in Afghanistan and in charge of just over 1,000 American troops. I'd find myself drifting off into daydream land imagining what sort of donations we would receive. Then I'd kick myself back into reality and remember to not get my hopes too high, just in case. Yup. I'm a cynical kind of gal. I'm …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Sara introduces you to CSM Shelton R. Williamson of the United States Army, the soldier who inspired Patch for Patriots.
If there's one thing I can't be accused of, it's being a wet noodle on issues that I care about. Complacency isn't in my makeup. So back in April, when I heard stories of my friend sending care packages to her son who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, I felt that all to familiar tingle up my backbone. I found out that our troops, fighting their pants off every dang day, all the way across the world in the most extreme and crappy of circumstances, needed basics like toothpaste, deodorant and razors. What in the heck? Seems crazy, right? It's not. It's very real and it's all very much in demand. Around the same time I was hitting my stride mastering the world of couponing. Seeing that I could nab all sorts of deals, most of the time …
Monday, June 27, 2011
Patch teams up with Stone Creek Coffee on donation drive for soldiers overseas...but we need your help.
Join Patch and Stone Creek Coffee as we do our part to support American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Doing your part is easy and it involves — a free latte. Starting Tuesday, find an item on this list, like a tube of toothpaste, calling card or football, head to Stone Creek Coffee in Shorewood, 4106 N. Oakland Ave., or Whitefish Bay, 601 E. Silver Spring Dr., and hand it to the baristas. They'll brew you up a Stone Creek latte...for free. And we'll send your donation to a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. Make sure to get your donation to our "Patch for Patriots" drive in by July 10, when our effort ends. Patch columnist Sara Conrad is involved with an organization called Adopt A US Soldier. Since mid-April, she has been sending care…