The Wisconsin Historical Society preserves the knowledge, artifacts, and historical sites amassed over Wisconsin's tenure as a territory and state. Peruse the hallowed halls of history with free admission to the Wisconsin Historical Museum, whose ongoing exhibit Odd Wisconsin collects such curiosities as a 7-foot bowie knife once used by Andre the Giant to carve his initials onto passing aircraft. Members also receive half off admission to the society's historical sites, such as First Capitol and the Wade House, an 1844 settlement home established to make the wilderness look less rustic. Additional membership benefits include an annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, 10 percent off online and museum purchases (including genealogical records and historic-image prints), and six issues of the society newsletter Columns, which, ironically, double as columns for a gerbil palace when rolled up. Also included in this deal is half-priced admission to Old World Wisconsin, a vivid recreation of farmers and settlers acting out historically accurate activities like blacksmithing, running a general store, and firing up the windmill's flux capacitor.
Starting as freshmen, Sponsor-A-Scholar students get connected with personal mentors, financial sponsors, and a supportive peer group to provide encouragement and guidance to help them finish high school and attend college. More than 98% of students in the Sponsor-A-Scholar program graduate from high school, with 95% of graduates going on to enroll in postsecondary education. Students who complete the program and enroll in college receive $5,000 of additional financial support, distributed throughout the course of their college careers. The Sponsor-A-Scholar program launches with a foundational three-week summer-enrichment experience, when students begin bonding with their peers and the staff who will be a part of their support network throughout high school.
Every winter, the YWCA’s Third Street program hosts its holiday party, a meal for more than 150 single-parent families held at the Madison Children's Museum. After families reconnect and enjoy a freshly cooked meal, Santa arrives to greet the children and take pictures with them. Families also receive gifts to give to their children to celebrate the holiday season. Third Street still needs help funding the event to cover the costs of food and the Santa-suit rental.
According to its mission statement, Milwaukee Urban Gardens protects plots around the city from development and shares them with locals "to enhance the quality of life." And it's not just the savory oxygen generated by the plants that bolsters the quality of life; it's the opportunities these gardens provide for neighbors of diverse backgrounds to work side-by-side nurturing their favorite herbs, flowers, and vegetables—as well as the beauty they lend to the area. This nonprofit land trust looks after a total of 45 parcels of land located in Riverwest, Bay View, northern Harambee, and the Northwest side.
The organization would like to purchase more books to ensure that all members have reading material for its programs and during the upcoming Read Across America events, where volunteers will read to young members to honor Dr. Seuss's birthday at various clubs from February 22 to March 2. After the events, the books will help keep the Clubs’ libraries stocked for afterschool use as well as literacy games and reading with BGCGM volunteers.