AmeriCorps' mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. AmeriCorps is the nation’s largest annual grant maker supporting service and volunteering.
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP
Under the umbrella of AmeriCorps Seniors comes the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The RSVP program pairs thousands of Americans aged 55 and older with organizations making change in communities across the country. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.
Serve Wisconsin is a 26-member citizen body appointed by the Governor to support community service and volunteerism. Federal AmeriCorps resources from the Corporation for National and Community Service are awarded to organizations seeking to deliver services using an evidence-based approach to solve identified community needs.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteers provide hundreds of community services, ranging from tutoring at-risk youth to planning community gardens to setting up computerized information systems for community health organizations. Through such efforts, RSVP is meeting needs that strained local budgets cannot afford. All volunteers are placed in volunteer stations under the direction of local public and private nonprofit agencies.
Milwaukee County DHHS Aging & Disability Services
The Milwaukee County DHHS Division on Aging provides a single point of access to services for people aged 60 and over. We affirm the dignity and value of older adults of this county by supporting their choices for living in and giving to our community. Our vision is that all Milwaukee County elders will have the resources to live as independently as possible in their communities. The DHHS Division on Aging is made up of the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging Resource Center.
ADRC of Waukesha County
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County (ADRC) is a single access point for publicly funded long term care in Waukesha County. The ADRC provides information, assistance, counseling and supportive services for older adults age 60 and above; caregivers; adults with physical or developmental disabilities; and adults with mental health or substance abuse concerns.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program utilizes federal and state funds for capital and operating projects that improve the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Equal Housing Opportunity
It's illegal to discriminate against people in housing based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, disability, or family status according to both state and federal law. In Wisconsin it is also illegal to discriminate based on ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or lawful source of income for housing. Some local fair housing laws include additional areas of discrimination.
Waukesha County CDBG
Waukesha County’s Division of Community Development administers the CDBG and HOME programs from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which are used to provide decent housing, establish and maintain a suitable living environment and expand economic opportunities, particularly for low and moderate-income persons.