Friday, August 3, 2012
Drought conditions are a harsh reality for volunteers working in community garden. It's not about who can grow the biggest tomato for these gardeners — it's about providing fresh produce for Waukesha's homeless and needy.
When the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s community garden started a few years ago, it was a chance to teach young children how to grow, cultivate and care for produce. “They wanted to teach them where their food came from,” said Molly Llanas, a master gardener. But the project soon became much more. The Green Power Garden, located by a dilapidated former schoolhouse at Milky Way and Lawnsdale roads, is now a central growing place for fresh vegetables to serve at the Hope Center, a day shelter that provides assistance, food, clothing and work resources for the homeless and the needy in the Waukesha area. The garden sits on land owned by local farmer Larry Spleas. Others along Milky Way Road have contributed toward the garden — some of …
Monday, December 19, 2011
In a win-win situation, Easter Seals participants teams up with Hope Center to help the community.
As part of on-the-job training, eight participants in the Easter Seals program will get a chance to practice important skills to be successful in the world of work. But they will be giving back just as much as they’re getting, volunteering their time to help Hope Center in Waukesha. The volunteers from Easter Seals will visit the center once a month over the next year to help straighten, sort and organize clothing for the center’s Clothing Shop, according to Tracy Badura, Easter Seals program advisor. It will be good experience for the volunteers, who are adults with special needs who want to work in retail someday. “They’re out in the community, practicing skills they’ve been learning, in a safer, non-competitive environment,” Badura said…
Friday, November 18, 2011
An early Thanksgiving dinner for Waukesha donors.
Donors were honored during a special Thanksgiving dinner and silent auction fundraiser that benefited the Hope Center on Thursday. As the cold winter months begin to set in, the Hope Center provides a variety of services for low-income people and for the homeless. Between meal programs, a day shelter and a clothing shop, the Hope Center has been seeing increased needs each year as the economic recession continues.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Community participation was high for popular event.
Last weekend marked the culmination of the Waukesha Reads program, ending with a well-attended dinner and an old-time movie at Marcus Majestic Cinema. The annual program went very well, according to Karol Kennedy, deputy director of Waukesha Public Library. What impressed Kennedy most about the program this year was the enthusiasm of the community. “From the Friday Night Live kick-off to last weekend and the movie night, the amount of energy in the community about this event has been just amazing,” Kennedy said. This was the fifth year of the program, which is designed to promote reading and unite the community through great books. The library gave out more than 1,600 copies of the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles by …