Silver Spring Neighborhood Center

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center A center for the people, with services from infants to seniors Through culturally relevant and quality programs, the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center assists more than 8,000 individuals and families toward self-sufficiency.
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Today's HERO OF THE WEEK goes to the wonderful Pat Wilborn and the PortFish Ltd Team for all the incredible work they've...
06/11/2021

Today's HERO OF THE WEEK goes to the wonderful Pat Wilborn and the PortFish Ltd Team for all the incredible work they've done helping us set up our aquaponics system!

If you're unfamiliar with PortFish, they are a local nonprofit formed to address, and raise awareness about, issues and concerns regarding our current and future food supply.

They establish independent, local, sustainable, and year-round food systems... and they were crucial in ours!

They figure out efficient ways to utilize water and waste, from green houses, to aquaponics systems (like ours), hydroponics, or "cold frames".

PortFish was crucial in not only the set up, but educating us on how to maintain and improve it.

We have big plans for our aquaponics system and are excited to see it really starting to flourish and grow!

We want to thank Pat and the entire PortFish team for all they do for the greater Milwaukee area as well as the time and effort they've specifically put in our neighborhood.

We are honored to take the experience and knowledge he's passed on to us and expand our food insecurity programming.
That's why...

Pat and the entire PortFish team are our....

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!!!

Today's HERO(es) OF THE WEEK is a joint partnership who we want to give a shout out to!Today we want to thank both the C...
06/04/2021

Today's HERO(es) OF THE WEEK is a joint partnership who we want to give a shout out to!

Today we want to thank both the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the United Methodist Children's Services for all they're doing providing vaccinations to the community!

If you're unfamiliar with UMCS, they offer a lot of similar community wide services we do for a neighboring community, Washington Heights.

From affordable housing to community engagement, they do a myriad of incredible things!

Partnered with the Milwaukee Health Department they are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to residents... and they don't even need appointments!

Every Wednesday from Noon until 4:00PM at the UMCS food pantry.

Partnerships like this are vital to the healthcare of our community. With an emphasis on accessibility and convenience, we are so grateful that organizations like these two work tirelessly for the greater good of Milwaukee's health.

That's why...

UMCS and the Milwaukee Health Department are our...

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!!!

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06/01/2021

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We are Stronger Together. Please do your part.

Today's Hero of the Week is something a bit different...Today we're announcing a "Creative Community Contest" we'd like ...
05/28/2021

Today's Hero of the Week is something a bit different...

Today we're announcing a "Creative Community Contest" we'd like to share!

The Silver Spring Neighborhood Center has been around since 1958 and seen a lot of change throughout the years. We have always existed to serve the community around us and that community has grown with us over the years.

With the incredible Westlawn Gardens affordable housing project getting closer and closer to completion, we have been updating quite a few things to welcome all the newest members of our community of success!

One of the things we wanted to update was our logo, the representation of who we are and the community we serve. As we discussed how to go about it, we realized we couldn't symbolize the community without the community's input! (plus we also thought some folks might find this really fun!)

Through the month of June, we are going to be holding a creative community contest and everyone is welcome to participate! Whether your a professional graphic artist or perhaps you have a child who loves to draw, we are hoping to hear from the collective creativity of the community!

We've had some truly amazing artisans make some unique designs in the past.

This logo was designed by some high schoolers in our afterschool media programs. I'm sure they'll be participating in this challenge!

While we have an "idea" of what we're looking for we're also open and hoping to see some unique takes. We are going to run this through June. After which we will compile the results and work with a graphic designer and release the winner!

If you have a little one who loves to color, we'd love to see what they come up with!

Please take a picture and send it our way!
Any questions, inquiries, or submissions about the logo contest can be directed to our Director of Philanthropy, Benjamin Holt at [email protected]

We want to thank all the heroes who read this weekly and can't wait to show the creativity of our community

Curious what Herd Immunity is?...
05/26/2021

Curious what Herd Immunity is?...

We are all in this together. Educate yourself. Get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Today's Hero is a whole team of volunteers from Hydrite Chemical Co.We were so lucky to have them help swing by and help...
05/21/2021

Today's Hero is a whole team of volunteers from Hydrite Chemical Co.

We were so lucky to have them help swing by and help us kick start season opening of the aquaponics center, Zen Garden, and greenhouse!

Teaming up with the always amazing SHARP Literacy, they popped by for an afternoon last week.

If you're unfamiliar with Hydrite, they are one of the largest and most respected providers of chemicals and related services in the United States, with a commitment to the Milwaukee community.

A squad of the wonderful Hydrite folks donated their time and energy to get our gardens growing!

They even constructed this beautiful new picnic table for our kids to have a place to have lunch in the Zen Garden!

With their help, our greenhouse is up and running for the season! While some programming of the aquaponics network faced some delays with the pandemic, we're so excited to see this literally growing by the day before our eyes in 2021!

We'll share more about this in a future Hero of the Week as the greens keep growing!

Hydrite's employees focus their time and effort on issues like Children’s Needs & Development, Education, Environment, and Local Needs. We're honored that they spent an afternoon helping our community. If your organization is ever interested in helping out the SSNC, please feel free to inquire with Benjamin Holt

[email protected]

We want to thank those wonderful Hydrite employees who stopped out for an afternoon as well as a company who supports community service!

That's why... Our homies at Hydrite are our...

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!!!

Where can one get the vaccine? Info below!
05/18/2021

Where can one get the vaccine? Info below!

It's safe. It's free. Get the Vax!
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Today's Hero is an award winning one!Today we would like to congratulate Tammy Flowers on being highlighted by our wonde...
05/14/2021

Today's Hero is an award winning one!

Today we would like to congratulate Tammy Flowers on being highlighted by our wonderful partners at PNC for being such an amazing teacher!

Wisconsin unfortunately has a critical early childhood education (ECE) teacher shortage, educators working with children three and under. There are more than five infants and toddlers for every licensed ECE slot. It is a very difficult career and often can go unappreciated.

But folks like Tammy are vital to a community's most precious commodity, the youth.

We are so grateful to have had someone like Tammy on our staff for almost 23 years!

We want to thank PNC for their commitment to both our community and youth education in general.

We know these supplies will be put to good use!

We want to thank Tammy for her 23 years of service at the SSNC! Her commitment to the community and loving attitude towards children are what heroes are made of!

That's why... Tammy Flowers and PNC are our...

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!!!

So much construction in our community the past couple years but we're on the final stretch! With new houses and roads fi...
05/10/2021

So much construction in our community the past couple years but we're on the final stretch! With new houses and roads finishing weekly, the final vision is starting to take shape!

So much construction in our community the past couple years but we're on the final stretch! With new houses and roads finishing weekly, the final vision is starting to take shape!

Today's Hero of the Week is about an amazing partnership that works throughout Milwaukee fighting food insecurity.Today ...
05/07/2021

Today's Hero of the Week is about an amazing partnership that works throughout Milwaukee fighting food insecurity.

Today we want to tell you the story of the Mobile Market!

This Monday, the Mobile Market stopped by 60th and Silver Spring. What is the Mobile Market exactly? It's a grocery store on wheels that travels throughout Milwaukee County to visit neighborhoods and communities that have limited access to fresh and healthy foods.

Along with other staples, local grocer Piggly Wiggly stocks the Mobile Market with 40+ seasonal fruits and vegetables and several high demand meat and dairy items. The market does not sell canned items or processed foods.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, yogurt, eggs, meat, and more are available at the market at 25 percent less than normal retail prices. It makes two stops a day, you can see the schedule here!

The Mobile Market provides food in a city where most people live further than a 10-minute walk from their nearest grocery store, according to a 2019 report from the Milwaukee Department of City Development. The report found a majority of Milwaukee residents had low access to food based on this metric.

There are 13 food deserts in Milwaukee, most of which are located in communities of color on the North Side. “Food deserts” are defined as a geographic area where residents have limited access to food. Shoppers can use a debit or credit card as well as FoodShare and other forms of food stamps to pay.

And finally, our amazing partners at the Hunger Task Force, who make all of this possible.

HTF has gone above and beyond just our food pantry to fight food insecurity in a myriad of ways.

The Mobile Market is a grocery store on wheels that provides access to fresh and healthy foods in places that are underserved by stores. It's ideas like this, and the wonderful organizations who operate them, that make tangible impact directly to communities.

That's why... The Mobile Market, and everyone from Piggly Wiggly and Hunger Task Force who made this possible, the...

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!!!

Some very helpful information regarding activities and vaccinations from our wonderful partners at United Neighborhood C...
05/05/2021

Some very helpful information regarding activities and vaccinations from our wonderful partners at United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee and the Department of Health Services

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Today's Hero of the Week is a story about retired firefighter, Lieutenant Dave, and how he ended up connected to the Sil...
04/30/2021

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
examples...

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!!!

Today's Hero is a dynamic duo!Today we want to thank the Department of Health Services and our partners at United Neighb...
04/23/2021

Today's Hero is a dynamic duo!

Today we want to thank the Department of Health Services and our partners at United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee for assisting us with helping this Community of Success back to non-pandemic normalcy...

Through a generous grant from the DHS, they are helping us disseminate information on COVID19 education and awareness information via podcasts, social media and available resources.

If you're unfamiliar with UNCOM, The United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee is a consortium of eight neighborhood agencies whose common mission is to strengthen Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, the SSNC being one of the eight.

Working with neighborhood organizations to provide services and create opportunities that empower individuals and build strong interdependent communities, UNCOMs partnerships are what make it so unique.

We are thankful to work with such wonderful organizations to help get our community any and all information they may need.

Our Youth Social Development Program has a growing media program and this will help continue to assist the youths of our community resources to having their own voice.

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful partner in UNCOM and the assistance of the DHS. We salute everything they are doing for the Greater Milwaukee community.

That's why they are our...

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!

On March 23, 2021, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors approved the Administration’s recommendation to return to in-...
04/16/2021

On March 23, 2021, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors approved the Administration’s recommendation to return to in-person learning.

Today's heroes are the students, teachers, and staff who, after a long and difficult year, are beginning to start the process towards normalcy

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center and Browning Elementary are partners, neighbors, and friends.

There is a lot of overlap in our goals and many of our program participants are the wonderful and talented Browning students!

That's why it has been so difficult this past year to see the obstacles being thrown in their direction. Browning, and many MPS schools, did a wonderful job of adapting to the challenges of a pandemic but simply put, virtual learning has its limitations

Under the incredible leadership of Principal and former Hero of the Week, Raymond Unanka, Browning weathered the stormy seas as best they could. Providing take home materials, virtual learning sessions, consistent communication, and every resource available were used to make sure the students were still getting properly educated.

With the students returning, we know his leadership will be critical in getting everyone back to normal.

We are so lucky to have such a wonderful partner in Browning Elementary as well as the opportunity to help teach some of their kids.

To the teachers, to the students, and to the staff who will be refilling our schools this week and beyond, we salute you for helping us collectively start the process of returning to normal. There is still so much uncertainty out there these days, it's not necessarily easy yet to do what is supposed to be "normal". And that's why... all of them are our...

HERO(es) OF THE WEEK!

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5460 N 64th St
Milwaukee, WI
53218

General information

Serving the residents of Milwaukee's Northwest Side! With services from babies to seniors, we focus on education, employment, health & wellness, and youth

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 21:00
Thursday 06:00 - 21:00
Friday 06:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(414) 463-7950

Products

youth programs, adult education (GED or high school equivalency), employment training, food pantry, UW-Milwaukee nursing clinic, community services

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Silver Spring Neighborhood Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to build a safer, stronger neighborhood and community by helping more than 8,000 individuals and families towards self-sufficiency each year. For more than half a century, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center has had a proven track record of delivering high-quality programming. Silver Spring successfully offers core programs - from prenatal care coordination to child development, to youth and teen programs to adult and senior programs - in one facility. Our Elaine Schreiber Child Development Center serves children from six weeks to 12 years using best practices in Early Childhood Education and before and after school care. Our Emergency Services offers emergency food and clothing for the 53218, 53209, and 53225 zip codes. The Adult Services program provides employment assistance through the Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program. We also offer GED Preparation, Basic Skills and English as a Second Langauge (ESL classes).

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Check out this #HEREcni video at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center with Mr. Hanes, a food pantry worker who speaks about the beautiful mural representing his work, the food pantry and fresh produce. https://youtu.be/BsKDKjP9E6M
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