Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program Donates More Than $500,000 to Nonprofits Serving Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties
“Kohl’s is such a big part of the greater
Grants range from
This year’s Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program grant recipients are:
Friends of the Domes
Friends of Retzer Nature Center
Friends of Wehr Nature Center
Habitat for Humanityof Waukesha County
Casa de Esperanza
Latino Arts, Inc.
Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Neu-Life Community Development
Salvation Army of Waukesha County
Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
Susan G. Komen- Wisconsin
- Tricia's Troops
- TRUE Skool
United Methodist Children’s
Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
- Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
- Wellpoint Care Network
Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association
- The Women's Center
Grants will be used by the nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:
Contributing to The
Ability Center’s adaptive Open Gymprogram with a $25,000donation to help purchase a new truck with adaptive hand controls, trailer, 25 adaptive wheelchairs and two specialized adaptive wheelchairs to meet the increased number of requests from schools, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.
“The Ability Center's
Open Gymprogram provides an atmosphere where all can feel welcome, wanted and comfortable. Disability or not, Open Gyminvites everybody to play together in an inclusive, non-competitive, friendly environment where friends, family and peers can play together in a ‘Different Pair of Shoes.’ Thanks to Kohl’s, we’ll be able to fulfill our big plans of bringing Open Gymand adaptive recreation to more communities and more partners." - Damian Buchman, Founder and Executive Director of The Ability Center
Helping to fund the
Discovery Trailat Retzer Nature Centerthrough a $25,000grant, which will provide an opportunity for interactive outdoor education stations designed and constructed for access by people of all physical and cognitive abilities and ages.
The Friends of Retzer Nature Centerare most thankful to Kohl’s for their generous support over the years, and specifically for this grant, which will do so much to advance the Nature Center’s current educational projects and efforts. The Friends of Retzertry to help the Nature Center in all its activities and efforts. We share the Nature Center’s dedication to giving kids and families fun, educational, discovery-based experiences, to help them come to a value and love for the land and nature, and to become good stewards for our planet.” - Larry Kascht, President of the Friends of Retzer Nature Center
Urban Leaders’ implementation of additional STEM, arts and humanities, health and wellness, leadership, and college and career readiness curriculum through a $23,700donation to expose scholars to multiple opportunities and increase their access to real-world applicable learning.
“We want our kids to be the future leaders of their community, come back and help to make good change in the community that they’re from. We started out really small with 12 kids and now we’ve grown to over 150 kids all the way from K-4 through 12th grade. We’ve also got kids that are in college now on full rides, so it’s all coming together. This is kind of one of those moments where we’re going to look back and say this is where we took that next step to the next phase because of the grant we got from Kohl’s, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.” -
Ross Romenesko, Future Urban Leaders Co-Founder/Development Director
Neu-Life Community Developmentby providing a $25,000grant to cover costs associated with their Artists-In-Residence program, which exposes youth to art by bringing in experienced artists from the community to share their creative processes and techniques, and collaboratively plan and create an exhibit.
“This grant is going to help fund our Artists-In-Residence program and youth art show, which happens once a year. It will support the different artists that we bring in to work on projects with the kids, that the kids will actually have a say in working with the artists on. The theme for our next show is going to be happiness, so we’re going to find artists to do projects around happiness and the kids will get to have full creative freedom with where they take that theme. We’re so proud to be funded by Kohl’s and be a partner. We’re just so excited.” -
Jody Rhodes, Neu-Life Community DevelopmentExecutive Director
$25,000grant to Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center to buy supplies, such as food, hygiene items, clothes, school and therapy supplies, as well as any other resources a young person would need during their three-week stay.
“Coming out of the pandemic, the need has grown exponentially. We’re seeing more high-acuity youth that have mental health needs that just have not been addressed. We’re seeing a housing crisis because there just isn’t enough affordable housing for anyone. And we’re seeing youth aging out of the foster care system without anywhere to go. For our housing program, we have about 40 slots and, at any given time, there’s about 200 young people on our waiting list. Our shelter can serve up to eight youth at a time and we know that, at any given time, there's probably around 250 homeless youth in
Milwaukee. So having someone like Kohl’s come in and give us this big infusion right at the holidays, it’s going to mean the world to our young people.” -Audra O’Connell, Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center Executive Director
Since the inception of Kohl’s Hometown Giving Program, the company has donated more than
Throughout Kohl’s history, and across a variety of programs, Kohl's and Kohl’s Cares have given more than
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