MPCA members participate in various volunteer events throughout the year. In 2016, we have the following opportunities. Members are welcome to join and to invite others who might be interested in giving their time. Stay tuned as the events approach for more detailed information.
Victory Garden Initative (VGI) runs an annual event, the BLITZ, which is the nation's largest garden-building event. Since 2009, they have built over 2,500 gardens in the Greater Milwaukee area. VGI's mission is to build environmentally sustainable, food-producing communities throughout Milwaukee. Click on the link for more information about the blitz and about VGI. MPCA will volunteer to build gardens during the May BLITZ this year. Volunteers are needed throughout the two-week initiative from May 7th-21st.
The annual NAMI Walk of Milwaukee occurs every May. Join MPCA as we walk for the third year in a row in support of those living with mental illness and NAMI's services. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides support to individuals and family members affected by mental illness through groups, classes, meetings and access to community resources. Dan Diliberti (Chile, '69-'71) was the 2013 recipient of the Shriver Award for community service, and he and his wife Anne (Chile, '69-'71) donated the $500 award to NAMI. MPCA has participated in the walk since then. This year's walk is Saturday, May 14th.
Walk with MPCA at the PrideFest Parade! In 2013 Peace Corps started accepting applications from same-sex couples to serve together in country. MPCA had a table at last year's PrideFest and will be walking in the parade again this year. For more information on LGBT couples serving together, click here. The 2016 parade is on Sunday, June 12th.
MPCA has a presence at the Holiday Folk Fair International. This intercultural event brings together representatives from many cultures to share information, food, dance and handicrafts. We need volunteers to represent Peace Corps and to work the table. The three-day fair is from November 18th-20th.