Today's Hero of the Week is a story about retired firefighter, Lieutenant Dave, and how he ended up connected to the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
Lt. Dave was a firefighter and paramedic in Madison for almost 35 years, the city he was born and raised in.
Dave's connection to Milwaukee for decades was basically occasional Brewers games and a concert here or there. Upon retiring, a new grandfather, he started spending more time in Milwaukee, slowly becoming more and more connected to a city that he was largely unfamiliar with before despite being a longtime neighbor.
In 2019, Lt. Dave was introduced to the SSNC and was impressed with the scale and variety of our services.
Passionate specifically about youth literacy and early childhood education, he says the SSNC gave him a place to "help with causes he cares about". Since then, Dave has devoted $25 a month to us, adding "It's like a Netflix subscription but it helps kids learn to read!".
We love that attitude!
Here at the SSNC it takes a wide spectrum of support for us to be successful. We are fortunate to have a growing amount of community supporters who throw in a little here or there.
These contributions add up
We understand it’s easy to think "what does $15 or $25 or $50 actually do?"
Well, we wanted to give a few
Did you know...
$15 pays for the weekly art supplies our youngest use in the childcare center?
or that $25 covers a week's worth of nutritious food for an individual facing food insecurity?
or that $50 covers the certification test for someone in our Opportunity Youth pursuing a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant?
When people ask us "What can I do to help?", our answer is always "Every little bit counts".
Whether it's $3 a month from someone who cares about our community gardens fighting food insecurity or $20 from someone who wants to help cover GED testing fees, these contributions add up and directly translate to impact right here your local Milwaukee community center.
If you are interested in becoming a consistent contributor like Lt. Dave, please check out our new donation page! (https://ssnc-milw.networkforgood.com/)
Consistent contributors like Lt. Dave's do wonders in creating the financial stability that allows us to spend our focus on the programmatic needs of our community.
Lt. Dave fulfilled a career of civic duty in Madison for decades. We're so delighted that Milwaukee has become a second home to him and are honored to have such compassionate supporters. He's an amazing father, grandfather, husband, and simply a kind & thoughtful individual who we are proud to have part of our community.
That's why... Lt. Dave, and all of our consistent contributors, are our...
HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!!!