WHAT WE'VE SEEN SINCE THE PANDEMIC
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Operation DREAM as an organization and our mentors have adapted to continue to meet the needs of the boys and young men we serve as well as the families. We have seen significant job loss and financial despair within the families of our boys and young men creating even more instability and stress in their households. The safe havens that once existed, including school and extra-curricular activities have been cancelled, making the services of Operation Dream even more important.
The Effects of COVID-19
We have meaningful long-term relationships with our members and their families. Many have called on Operation DREAM for assistance and we are working to meet the challenge in the following important ways:
Critical Survival Needs: Providing food and basic supplies for the many families that have lost jobs during the “Safer at Home” order.
Work Opportunities: Providing work opportunities to young men through a program to assemble face masks for public distribution.
Mentorship: Continuing support to our members and families through our dedicated mentor video chats, phone-calls, emails and 24/7 support.
Academic Support: Working with University School of Milwaukee to continue our tutoring partnership via individual virtual learning sessions and fund the technology necessary to support e-learning.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP!
No Time of Need is Greater Than Now!
Many of our members lived below the poverty line even prior to the pandemic. It has significantly increased the mental and emotional difficulties faced on a daily basis.
Operation DREAM has identified several near-term initiatives, and we have found that food and critical supplies for our members and their families is the most critical real-time need. Please help provide financial support to sponsor grocery store certificates for members and their families.
100% of your donation goes directly to the families that need our support
Sponsors a member and family with one grocery gift certificate.
Sponsors one young man in the summer academic initiative.
Sponsors a member and their family with grocery gift certificates for the summer.
Sponsors two or more members and their family’s with grocery gift certificates for the summer.
While food and critical supplies represent our most critical real-time need, several other key initiatives are very important going forward as well!
Financial support for members compensated for participating in a face mask making initiative. The face masks will be distributed to local communities serving organizations for distribution.
Financial support to provide members with basic technological needs for virtual e-learning and tutoring partnership this summer.
Operation DREAM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on community support to transform the lives of boys and young men. The generous support of volunteers and donors provides children with a haven and a myriad of positive opportunities to survive and thrive.
WAYS TO VOLUNTEER
After School - September thru May
Tutor students Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30
Saturdays - September thru May
Read aloud to K4 and K5 students as a “Reading Buddy”
Inspire students as a guest speaker at 9a.m. for 80 - 120 students
Assist with classroom curriculums: life skills, physical fitness, cultural awareness, academics, and choice time
Offer services as a licensed barber
Host a tour of your business for the Operation Work program after school, on Saturdays, or during the summer.
For in-kind donations, ideas include
New or gently used business attire (shoes, pants, shirts and ties) for boys and young men ages 12-19
New or gently used sports equipment appropriate for basketball, baseball and soccer for boys and young men ages 8-14
Gift certificates for child appropriate stores in small dollar amounts that can be used as prizes at our Saturday program
Gift certificates for local restaurants that mentors can use to take teens out to dinner or lunch
Tickets for local events appropriate for boys and young men ages 4 to 19
Full size toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste)
New toys appropriate for boys ages 4 to 12
Let's Make A Change
Here are some ways you can donate:
1555 N. Rivercenter Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
1555 N. Rivercenter Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53212