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Get in the spirit by giving back - support the Robyn’s Nest
Celebrate the season by supporting causes that make a difference, like the Robyn’s Nest. Sponsored by Children’s Community Services, this resource center provides gently used and new clothing, toiletries, baby items, toys and books, school supplies and general household items to children and families in times of need. The Robyn’s Nest relies on volunteers to sort and organize donations, and welcomes financial support and in-kind contributions.
Initially designed as a resource for foster families, the center’s service now extends across the full continuum of care. It is utilized by prevention programs like Children’s Community Navigation, Community Health Partners and Project Ujima; Children’s social workers and nurses working in the Milwaukee Public Schools; and the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services.
“Many wonderful people have offered a helping hand in the Robyn’s Nest to make it not only the place for our children and families to get their basic needs met, but a place that exudes just how much our community cares. They believe that through the power of giving, everyone receives,” says Community Resource Specialist Lona Long Velasco. “Internal teams have volunteered for intrinsic purposes, team building experiences and to gain a greater awareness of how the Robyn’s Nest serves children and families in our care.”
In addition to support from Children’s volunteers, 49 new groups from across the country have donated their time to the Robyn’s Nest this year, including GE Healthcare’s Global Legal Team, students from Xavier College in Ohio and a youth group from Saint John’s Evangelical Church in Iowa.
After students from Veritas High School in Milwaukee volunteered at the center, they held a donation drive and fund-raising campaign at their school. The students learned that their teacher had relied on the Robyn’s Nest when he became he became caregiver for his nieces and nephews and wanted to offer assistance for others who could benefit from the program.
Children’s team members have an added incentive for volunteering at the Robyn’s Nest. For every hour of volunteer service, staff can attain 25 Healthy Rewards points, up to 100 points. If you would like to be a Robyn’s Nest volunteer, contact Lona Long Velasco.