Healing Spaces Initiative
Eras Senior Network is proud to announce our partnership with the Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) along with Groundwork MKE, Safe & Sound, and True Skool to help launch the Healing Spaces Initiative (HSI) in the Harambee neighborhood funded by Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
As we surpass a year of living through the pandemic and adjusting to life in isolation, the presence of these Healing Spaces will provide a therapeutic area for residents and community members to heal together. The spaces will include pathways, benches, flower gardens, solar lights, Little Free Libraries and more.
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Little Free Libraries allow communities to share their favorite books with one another while adding a unique and personal touch in an area that may otherwise be left vacant.
Eras is looking for small groups of volunteers to help build and maintain these spaces this summer. Supplies will be provided to volunteer groups, and we are still following our COVID-19 procedures which includes always wearing a mask while serving and remaining at least 6 feet away from others. Groups can choose what weekends work best for them.
One-time volunteer duties and responsibilities include:
- Helping to place Little Free Libraries in designated areas
- Helping to place sitting benches in designated areas
- Planting flowers
- Placing trash cans
Ongoing volunteer opportunities for Harambee Neighborhood Residents include:
- Planting and watering flowers
- Organizing the library
- Reshelving books
- Emptying trash cans when full
- Maintaining cleanliness of assigned area as needed
- Recording and reporting any issues to staff