Hoodies (and sweatpants) for the Homeless- 8 days left!

With 8 days left of our Holiday Gifts for the Homeless Drive, we are asking our community to come together to collect and distribute gifts to families in homeless shelters or crisis programs.

This year, one of our goals is to give 200 hooded sweatshirts or sweatpants (in all sizes) to keep parents, children and youth warm during the long, cold Milwaukee winter. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

hoddies-pic There are 3 ways to participate:

  1. GO Shopping! Purchase a set of sweatshirts or sweatpants for a family –  two extra large sizes and two small sizes.
  2. Donate Money! If you donate money, Tikkun Ha-Ir will use it for a bulk purchase of sweatshirts and pants.
  3. Do a team Project!Work with friends, family or work associates to help us provide 200  hoodies or sweatpants to homeless families. Set a group goal and either collect sweatshirts or do a bulk purchase.  Tikkun Ha-Ir will pick them up and put them in one of the packages for each family.

THI & #GivingTuesday: November 29, 2016


This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Tikkun Ha-Ir is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.
We invite you to join the movement and to help get out the give to the Milwaukee Community this November 29. Some ideas include:
All gifts are appreciated! Some suggestions:
  • $54 = 3 gift bags for people living in shelters at Christmas
  • $100 = 50 adult & children’s summer outfits through the Glean Machine
  • $250 = 2 weeks of fresh produce delivered to meal sites next summer and fall
  • $500 = 6 weeks of the Chop Shop which prepares fresh produce for easy usage at meal sites and food pantries
  • $1000 = 4 learning programs that create a Jewish context for our programs
  • Donate online or by mail: P.O. Box 090287, Milwaukee, WI 53209
Sort and pack holiday gift bags for those in living in homeless shelters
     DATES:   Sunday, December 11 -Friday, December 23rd
    SHIFTS will be approx 2 hours in length between 10am and 4pm
      RSVP HERE 

    CONTACT Karen Royster with any questions and for sorting & packing location:  414-426-4473 or kroyster@thi-milwaukee.org

It’s Not To Late to Donate The Following Items: 
        • Hats/scarves/gloves
        • Pajamas
        • Children’s books
        • Toys
        • Socks (men/women/children)
        • Recyclable tote bags
Learn more on www.thi-milwaukee.org or contact Karen Royster or Sami Stein Avner for drop off sites.
Thank you for your support!
James Hagen                 Sami Stein Avner
President                   Executive Director

THI’s Next Chapter Begins NOW!

Dear friend,

Shana Tovah! I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new Executive Director for Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee and am delighted to take on this new role. In these first months, you have all taught me so much about how THI helps address the many problems our community faces. It is humbling to discover all that Judy Baruch our Founding Executive Director, and Tikkun Ha-Ir supporters have created together and I look toward our future with optimism.

As a member of the Milwaukee Jewish community in my early years, I am reminded at how warm and supportive of a community we are. It is inspiring to learn how our congregations and at large volunteers have stepped up to care for the stranger in need among us. A commitment to pursuing Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, is a vital way that we all take ownership of our Jewish identities and live out Jewish values. This passion will be the guiding principle as we work together in the years to come. Your continued investment will ensure that we continue to have resources to achieve this vision.

Tikkun Ha-Ir is a unique social justice partnership in the diverse Jewish community as well as an active member of a broad network of service organizations throughout the Milwaukee area. In this new chapter of Tikkun Ha-Ir’s work, we will focus on reaching out to Jewish families to help build a more just Milwaukee through study, action, and civic engagement. I hope to expand our capacity to strengthen and repair our city. In the upcoming year, we plan to:

  • Support those in need through our signature programs that serve the broader low-income Milwaukee community (see the attached overview of THI’s 2016 accomplishments and a flyer for the Holiday Gifts for the Homeless drive in November/December!)
  • Engage the next generation of Jewish families and young adults in addressing the needs of the people in Milwaukee who live in poverty
  • Strengthen our pluralistic Jewish space to learn together and act together around social justice issues affecting our city

We can’t help repair Milwaukee without your financial help. We ask you to donate now. Your donation will:

  • Help those families in severe crisis get warm clothes and holiday gifts for their children
  • Ensure that families in poverty have healthy produce at food banks and meal program
  • Support female prison inmates to learn culinary skills to prepare for re-entry into the workforce
  • Provide Passover foods for low-income Jewish families
  • Support learning opportunities on important issues that impact our city

As Jews we have a responsibility to step up for those who are in need, to be good neighbors and to give back in a thoughtful way. Tikkun Ha-Ir is deeply grateful to donors like you who support our efforts in repairing our city. Please consider giving generously as we begin this new chapter in our story.

Todah Rabah- Many Thanks,

Sami Stein Avner
Executive Director