UNITED COMMUNITY CENTER INC
Target demographics: Founded in 1970 as a youth recreation center, the United Community Center has developed programs in response to community needs. With more than 40 years of experience providing educational and social welfare programs to nearly 15,000 residents of Milwaukee’s south side community each year, nearly 90% are racial or ethnic minorities and more than 40% live at or below the poverty level. The population served is: 80% Hispanic; 11% Caucasian; 6% African-American; 1% Native American; and 2% Asian.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: 3 hours per week - Volunteer to mentor a youth struggling academically and socially
3 hours per month - Volunteer to present a career session to middle and high school youth to promote higher academic achievement
3 hours per year - Volunteer to organize a company/community giving program of school supplies
Geographic areas served: Southeast Wisconsin
* Expansion of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School with additional classrooms for three and four year old Kindergarten, more classroom space to accommodate a new science lab for the elementary grades, and dedicated music education classrooms.
* Launch of the Un Nuevo Amanecer, A New Dawn Program, to address mental and behavioral health issues for Latino elderly.
* Opening of a new Men’s Residential Treatment facilitity, doubling our capacity to serve men seeking treatment to break free from substance use.
* Attracting more than 125 teens as volunteers for the Summer Enrichment Program providing role modeling for more than 300 youth.
* In a down economy, we helped 52 families achieve the American Dream of homeownership by becoming first-time home buyers.
Goals for the coming year are:
> Expand the capacity of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School through measured steps by building classroom space to accommodate an additional 200 students, bring our enrollment to 1,100 in the next ten years.
> Improve upon our services for the community’s elderly with an improved Senior Center that includes health services and a public computing center.
> Expand the “Super Mente” club for Hispanics experiencing signs of early memory loss.
> Achieve 100% high school graduation rate for alumni of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School.
> Stablize the neighborhood through homeownership and the Walker’s Square Neighborhood Development Initiative.