MPCA will be volunteering at the VGI Blitz this year! The BLITZ, which is the nation's largest garden-building event, is a two-week long event where VGI and volunteers go out and build hundreds of enviornmentally sustainable, food-producing gardening communities throughout Milwaukee. Since 2009, they have built over 2,500 gardens in the Greater Milwaukee area. Find more information about VGI's mission here.
Where to meet: Habitat for Humanity, 3726 N Booth Street. Please park on the street, NOT IN THE PARKING LOT. Urgent questions should be directed to the BLITZ cell phone 414-559-3244. From there we will be given our assignment and will be on our way! Look for Spencer--he'll be wearing one of our MPCA shirts.
What to wear: Clothes you're willing to get dirty, close-toed shoes, clothes appropriate for the weather (hat, sunscreen, etc).
It looks like it's going to be a gorgeous day, so come get dirty with us!
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you are interested in participating in this event.
Your 2016 events have been posted! Here's what you can expect this year. Check out the website and our Facebook page for more detailed information as the events draw near.
Social Hour--Thursday, February 18th at the Collectivo in Wauwatosa (68th St)
Storyslam & Social Hour--Thursday, March 24th. Arte @ Large (908 S 5th St)
Volunteer Sendoff/Spring PCP Lunch--Saturday, April 9th. Latin America/Caribbean region
Social Hour--Thursday, April 21st at Von Triers
Victory Garden Initiative Blitz--May 7-21st, Various Locations
NAMI Walk--Saturday, May 14th
Social Hour--Thursday, May 26th at the Pabst Brewery
Milwaukee PrideFest Parade--Sunday, June 12th, Walker's Point
Summer Picnic--Saturday, July 23rd at Lake Park, Picnic Area #2
Peace Week Social Hour--Thursday, August 18th at the Humboldt Beer Garden in Bayview
Social Hour--Thursday, September 15th at the Pabst Brewery
Volunteer Sendoff/Fall PCP Lunch--Saturday, October 1st. Location TBA
Social Hour--Thursday, October 20th at Stone Creek Coffee-Barclay St
Holiday Folk Fair--November 18-20th, State Fair
Holiday Potluck--Saturday, December 3rd. Location TBA
MPCA congratulates RPCV Ryan Webster who won Audience Favorite at the Ex Fabula Story Slam for his story about a road trip in 2004. Hear his next tale from his time as a PCV in Tanzania at the Ex Fabula All Stars Event next Saturday, May 14th! Find more information or purchase tickets here.
Changes are afoot this spring as MPCA board members leave Milwaukee. MPCA says goodbye to our president, Valerie Kurka, who took an exciting new job in DC. Valerie became president in 2015 and will be sorely missed! Meera MacDonald will also be leaving for Peace Corps Response and will be stepping down as Digital Communications Manager and Secretary. We congratulate Spencer Schien who will be our new president!
Due to the changes, MPCA is looking for new board members for 2016. The Vice President and Calendar Coordinator positions are still open and Spencer, who has agreed to help out with digital communications, will need support with that position as well. Click on their positions to read a description of duties and see below for application information. We look forward to hearing from you!
If you are interested in joining the board, submit a copy of the MPCA Board Application. You can download it as either a PDF or Word file. We currently have an opening for Events Coordinator. Please apply if interested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for submission information or with any questions.
In May 2015, MPCA donated $500 to Milwaukee PCV Lydia Chicoine who is currently serving in Benin. Lydia wrote a grant application to MPCA to support and increase the capacity of the health center and pharmacy in her central Beninese community of about 5,000 people.
Since the donation, Lydia reports that the mayor's office has expressed interest and will be involved in repairing existing parts of the health center. The photo below is the old health center. The surrounding land will house the new buildings. MPCA thanks members and their donations, which make funding small grants like this possible!