Covid-19

We are currently living in unprecedented times - there is a lot of uncertainty and many unknowns. One thing we do know is that people need help now more than ever. KIC has put together a few ideas on how to serve our community while we are staying safer at home.

At Home Projects

  • Help Clean up a 'grand-friends" yard during our May Spring Yard Cleanup Project.
  • Call to check in and offer to pick up groceries for elderly/immuno-compromised neighbors.
  • Go for a walk. Collect rocks. Paint them with fun messages/designs. Let them dry. Go for another walk. Place them in the yards of neighbors and friends.
  • Initiate a FaceTime or phone call playdate with a relative or friend that you love. A little interaction goes a LONG way. 
  • Use sidewalk chalk to write messages of love and support for those walking by your home.
  • A simple litter pick-up on a walk with your family as a nod to Earth Day and Spring.
  • Our bird friends are building nests and looking for food this spring. Plus birds are fun to watch when looking for signs of Spring! Your family can help by making a nesting bag for birds or creating a bird feeder.
  • Work on crafting a gift to give to teachers at the end of the school year.
  • Make no-sew fleece blankets for local nursing home residents to use as lap blankets or for kids to use as security blankets.
  • Create pet toys for the Wisconsin Humane Society or make a toy for your or  your neighbor’s dog or cat.
  • Take advantage of some extra time at home and clean out your closets and toy boxes. Start a collection of items to donate to a local nonprofit.
  • Write a letter to a veteran.
  • Decorate placemats for Meals on Wheels.
  • At meal times, consider having a Gratitude Moment where each member of your family shares what he/she/they are thankful for. Staying positive and practicing gratitude in times of uncertainty.

Where to Donate Items

  • Art work! Save those projects that your children are making and send them (or cards/notes of positive thoughts) to relatives, friends, neighbors or to one of our assisted living center partners. 
    • Eastcastle Place, Attn: Laura Wengler - Director of Community Life, 2505 E Bradford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
    • St. John’s on the Lake, Attn: Anne Luther - Life Streams and Volunteer Manager, 1840 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
    • Harbor Chase Memory Care, Attn: Lori Rosenwald, 1111 E Capitol Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211
    • Villa St. Francis, Attn: Christina Best - Life Enrichment Coordinator, 1910 W Ohio Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215
    • Milwaukee Center for Independence- Bayview Campus, Erin Russell - Express L.I.F.E. Supervisor, 3333 South Howell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207
    • Operation Sunshine is also collecting artwork and it can be dropped off in bin at the following locations:
      • 16580 Siesta Lane, Brookfield, WI 53005
      • 2740 Northview #110, Waukesha, WI 53188
      • 2130 N 85th St, Wauwautosa, WI 53226
      • W151N6964 Glenview Ct, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
      • W178N10239 Whitetail Run, Germantown, WI 53022
      • S98W13281 Champions Dr, Muskego, WI 53150
      • 4947 S 33rd St, Greenfield, WI 53221
      • 835 E Glencoe Pl, Bayside, WI 53217
      • 2514 E Beverly Rd, Shorewood, WI 53211
  • Drop off a food donation at the boxes located at Cahil Warming House (1001 E Fairmount) and Fox Bay Cinema Grill (334 E Silver Spring Dr). Our friends at Bay Bridge Wisconsin are hosting a food drive. Food will be distributed to those in need in Milwaukee through direct distribution, social service agencies, food banks & food pantries in partnership with Just One More Ministry. This food drive will be ongoing and will take place until the foreseeable future. For latest updates.
  • Kids Working to Succeed (KWTS) Garden Program at All People's Church has a list of used garden item needs. Consider sharing and repurposing. We will provide an update for drop-off/collection details, but you can get a start on organizing your garages. Here is a link to the specific item needs.
  • The Guest House of Milwaukee is accepting donations of much-needed items (such as non-perishable food, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, art supplies), as well as continuing their sandwich/bag lunch program. They also have an Amazon wishlist. Please contact Amy at amy@guesthouseofmilwaukee.org with any questions or to schedule a drop off.
  • Ayuda Mutua (Mutual Aid) is a grassroots effort providing free items and food to low-resourced people in Milwaukee's Latino community in the 53204 and 53215 zip codes. They accept donations every Monday and Friday from 12-3pm at 1115 S.7th St.  Most-needed Items:  Canned food; Hygiene supplies (toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and tampons); Cleaning supplies, especially bars of soap; Diapers and baby wipes.
  • Casa Maria provides housing for mothers and children. They are in need of diapers and wipes. To drop off donations, please call 414 344-5745.
  • The Benedict Center provides community-based substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, and support to women in the criminal justice system so they can live safer and healthier lives for themselves, their children and our community. They are in need of office supplies, art supplies, and tech supplies. For information on dropping off donations, please call 414 347-1774.
  • Tricklebee Cafe is handing out “Thriving Family” bags to families in need. These bags include: healthy snack bags, art supplies, & books for children, non-perishable foods (such as canned beans & soups), toiletries, and fresh produce, as it is available. By offering these bags, they aim to bring a smile, a little break, and some hope to neighbors. If you are able to contribute financially to help supply the “Thriving Family” bags, or make a general contribution toward staff wages, please do so through their paypal link here.
  • NEXT DOOR MKE has been focusing on providing essential needs for families and continuing development of their students during the pandemic.