Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Your time and talents are valuable

VOLUNTEER UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 safety measures, we are currently not operating with volunteers on-site. However, there are still ways to get involved right now. For more information, contact Next Door’s Volunteer Coordinator Martina Stevens at (414) 999-2529 or at mstevens@nextdoormke.org. 

Next Door volunteers are some of our greatest resources! Our children, families and staff appreciate your skills, dedication and kindness. We have plenty of opportunities for you to support our students directly in the classrooms and in our libraries. You can also lend a hand preparing thousands of donated books that come in every year for our Books for Kids program. See below for more details on volunteer programs.

Read with Me

Enhance children’s literacy skills and support their love of books by reading one-on-one or to a small group of children in our library. Volunteers can participate as an individual or in a group at Next Door’s 29th Street and Capitol Drive locations. During the week, we offer volunteer reading sessions for children from infants to 2 years old and sessions for children from 3 to 5 years old. For more information, contact Martina Stevens at (414) 999-2529 or at mstevens@nextdoormke.org.

Prepare books for kids

Even if you don’t wish to work with children directly, there are still ways to help shape their future. Volunteers are needed to support our Books for Kids program by helping us clean, sort and label thousands of donated children’s books we receive every year. You’re welcome to join us by yourself or with a group. With your support, we will get these books ready to distribute to Next Door students and children in Milwaukee and help them build their home libraries. For more information, contact Martina Stevens at (414) 999-2529 or mstevens@nextdoormke.org.

Learn with Me

Volunteer as a classroom helper and assist teachers by engaging children in learning and nurturing activities, including teaching games, songs and play. Additional opportunties could include art, cooking and gardening experiences with students. With your support, you will help Next Door children develop critical academic and social skills and get them ready for school! For more information, contact Martina Stevens at (414) 999-2529 or mstevens@nextdoormke.org.

Walk with Me

The Walk for Children is our premiere annual event with hundreds of participants from the community. It’s a fun and easy way to support Next Door children and families. Volunteers play a key part in the event’s success and are needed for registration, set-up, break-down, parking and children’s activities. For more information, contact Martina Stevens at (414) 999-2529 or mstevens@nextdoormke.org.

Special Projects

Individuals and groups needed for mailings, painting, cleaning and other special events. For more information, contact Martina Stevens at (414) 999-2529 or mstevens@nextdoormke.org.