Heartland (Milwaukee office, 500 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite K-200, Glendale),
founded by Neil Willenson in 1993 when he was a UW-Madison student, works with
youth and families that are socially isolated and facing significant health
issues. Its eight camp programs located across the nation serve children and
families challenged by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, transitional living and Type 2
diabetes, as well as youth that identify as LGBTQ. One specific camp available
is the OneFutures Youth Retreat and Conference, in which 16- to 22-year-olds
impacted by HIV/AIDS are paired with mentors to co-create life goals and an
effective plan to reach those goals. The camps are provided at low or no cost
to campers and families, and are made possible by the 400 dedicated year-round
volunteers and 12 year-round staff members.
are One Heartland’s backbone and we are always trying to expand our volunteer
opportunities,” says Patrick Kindler, executive director of One Heartland.
“There is no way we could do what we do without their help in programming,
fundraising, public relations, marketing and everything else. Milwaukee has
been a big supporter of One Heartland. We love the state of Wisconsin—it’s our
the nonprofit is seeking gift cards from Target, Walmart or any similar stores,
and art supplies. Updated volunteer opportunities will be available on the
website in November and camp registration starts in December. For more
information about One Heartland, visit oneheartland.org or call 414-272-1118.