MILWAUKEE — Local nonprofits Near West Side Partners, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and City on a Hill have teamed up to enable community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics and health outreach this summer, providing free vaccines to members of the community in their community. As an added bonus, those who live in the 53233 and 53208 ZIP codes and get vaccinated through the Neighborhood House clinics will receive a gift card for a free dinner at Daddy’s Soul Food.
“For Near West Side Partners, ensuring that COVID-19 education materials and vaccinations are readily accessible to the public is of the utmost importance.” Said Keith Stanley executive director of Near West Side Partners, Inc. “In addition to our partners at Neighborhood House and City on a Hill, we plan to utilize our vast network of local health and safety resources to aid in vaccine outreach and education. Community partners like Marquette University’s School of Nursing, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Milwaukee Academy of Science, and Advocate Aurora Health will be pivotal in the initiative.”
Vaccine clinics at Neighborhood House will run through August 26, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. No appointments are necessary, walk-in vaccinations are available. Additional information about locations and timing is available online at https://www.nearwestsidemke.org/covid19-resources.
“Our goal is to become a key location where members of our community who are familiar with us and comfortable with us are able to access hassle-free vaccinations so that our community can be safe and healthy,” said Cynthia Jasper, Health Initiative Manager at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, on the importance of vaccinating members of our community.
Monthly community health outreach clinics will take place at the following times at City on a Hill, 2224 W. Kilbourn Avenue:
Saturday, July 10 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM (By appointment only – call (414) 932-6670 to schedule)
Saturday, August 14, from 12:00 – 3:00 PM
During these City on a Hill health outreach opportunities, health screenings, physician visits, educational modules and other services are provided at no cost. In addition to medical services, a complement of social services to meet basic needs, such as groceries and hygiene kits, are provided. Guests also enjoy a hot meal, have opportunities to socialize, and find a place to belong.
These efforts are being funded through a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to Near West Side Partners, with the goal of promoting health and safety and combating the effects of COVID-19 on Milwaukee residents.
ABOUT NEAR WEST SIDE PARTNERS, INC:
Near West Side Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to revitalize and sustain the Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor, through collaborative efforts to promote commercial corridor development, improved housing, unified neighborhood identity and branding, and greater safety for residents and businesses. Near West Side Partners, Inc. is an organization of businesses and civic leaders from throughout the Near West Side, including the organization’s five anchor institutions – Advocate Aurora Health, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MolsonCoors and Potawatomi Business Development Corp.
ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE OF MILWAUKEE:
Founded in 1945 as a safe and nurturing place for urban youth, families and seniors, Neighborhood House is a community center in the settlement house tradition serving individuals and families at all stages of life and regardless of income. Neighborhood House reaches over 4,000 people annually through wrap-around services including quality early child care, after school programs for youth and teens, adult education for refugees, and parenting support.
Neighborhood House is based on Milwaukee’s near west side with programs at its main site, 2819 N. Richardson Place, as well as International Learning Center at 639 N. 25th Street, Safe Place at Albert Story School at 3815 W. Kilbourn Avenue, and a 93-acre Nature Center in Dodge County. With a traditional service area bounded by 35th Street on the west, 20th Street on the east, Cherry Street on the north, and Wisconsin Avenue on the south, participants also come from Concordia, Avenues West, Merrill Park, Cold Spring Park and Midtown neighborhoods, and the northwest side, south side, and beyond.
ABOUT CITY ON A HILL:
Located in the heart of Milwaukee – City on a Hill has a 20-year history of trust and relationships on the near west side of Milwaukee. Working to break the cycle of generational poverty has led City on a Hill to a holistic approach that is founded on trust. For 19 years, City on a Hill’s free clinic has been reducing health disparities among low income and vulnerable adults. We’ve developed partnerships, volunteer networks, and expertise to help people identify their health risks, obtain health insurance, find medical homes, and live healthier lives.
Through a collaborative and Christ-centered model of service, we are working to restore hope, reduce poverty, strengthen families and foster social justice. City on a Hill’s mission is: (1) To alleviate the symptoms of chronic poverty in our neighborhood; (2) To equip young people to break the cycle of generational poverty in their families; and (3) To train and engage others in solutions to poverty and injustice in the city.