Coaching for a Cause

ActionCOACH of Elm Grove has made giving back to the community a part of its corporate culture. The leadership of the firm is involved with various organizations and programs that are far-reaching throughout South Eastern Wisconsin. Coaches offer a pro bono coaching program that works with non profits to enhance their business skills and results. ActionCOACH of Elm Grove has donated its services to the following non-profit organizations.

Our Mission & Goals

Faith Hope & Love provides support for children in crisis.  Our goal is to expand Faith Hope & Love and our Duffels for Kids, BlastPacks, and New Beginnings programs across the state of Wisconsin, in an effort to reach as many children in crisis situations as possible.  We are constantly exploring and testing a variety of new programs to achieve this goal. Over the years it has become more and more apparent to us that there is great need in our community and that it doesn’t go away, it only continues to grow. It is our hope to work towards closing that gap so that no child is left without being provided basic health and wellness and most importantly, we are catching faith, giving hope, and bringing love to children who otherwise may have lost their faith, hope and love.

The SHARP program is tailored to help K4 through fifth-grade students build reading, writing and researching skills by using the visual arts as the primary tool for learning. The core program includes classroom presentations, educational tours, a year-end Writing Challenge, and opportunities for students to create community art and to participate in the annual Young Authors’/Artists’ Workshop.

It includes a number of notable features: Thirteen We Love to Learn books have been researched, written and illustrated by students and a number are used as major components of the SHARP curriculum. Over the last 20 years, more than 20 mosaic murals in prominent Milwaukee locations and even a mosaic park bench were created by students with the guidance and assistance of an artist in residence. The “A Book in Every Child’s Hands” initiative, the starter piece to help each child build a personal library, has provided more than 50,000 books to students at no charge.

SHARP continues to progress, expanding beyond the classroom to partner with community organizations. The original field trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum for grades 2-5 has grown into an educational tour for grades K4 through grade 5 at five different locations in Milwaukee and Washington Counties, with the intent to expand into Waukesha County. SHARP is now a year-round program that can be fully integrated into existing school curricula. SHARP provides all materials for each lesson that corresponds with Wisconsin state-mandated curricula and is aligned with the Milwaukee Public School district’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan and the Common Core Standards. Currently, the SHARP program is in more than 35 public, choice and charter schools and reaches more than 8,000 K4-5th grade students and teachers.

In addition to the core SHARP program that operates during the traditional school year, SHARP is now involved with after-school programs, summer programs, and an intergenerational program in which seniors and school children read to each other. Other partnerships within the community include the Reading with the Golden Eagles program, where Marquette men’s basketball team members read to students; and Read Across America, the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, where prominent Milwaukee leaders read to students.

SHARP Literacy continues to seek new and innovative partnerships and projects to achieve its mission.

The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce is a business organization stimulating growth and prosperity among its members through advocacy, education and business growth opportunities.

The Pewaukee Chamber provides exposure for your business through press releases, ads, chamber plaque, spotlight table, articles, Open Houses and Ribbon Cuttings. Our community events, such as Community and Business Award Dinner, July 4 Parade and Festivities, Golf Outing and Business Expos provide additional exposure and sponsorship opportunities for you. There is lots of networking going on at our monthly luncheons and Biz After 4’s. In addition, our businesses through our businessXchange Forum promote, support and refer each other as well as offer discounts to Chamber Members.

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The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce serves veterans and military families by providing resources to support veteran owned and veteran friendly businesses across Wisconsin. We are the voice of Wisconsin’s veteran business community, dedicated to improving the business climate for military veterans and their allies.

The Veterans Chamber brings together veterans, businesses, and community leaders around business development, workforce development, and community support to ensure the success of Wisconsin veterans.


The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting military veterans, veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses. On behalf of our members we serve as an advocate for Wisconsin’s veteran business community, and promote economic opportunity for military veterans, military families, and veteran-friendly businesses.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Since 1949 LLS has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today.

LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.

Whenever we talk about cancer, we always use the same word. Someday. Someday there will be a cure. Someday we won’t lose the people we love. But when is someday? With LLS’s research partnerships and collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, patients support services and advocates working for blood cancer patients everywhere, someday is today.

The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism.

We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

We believe that each individual with autism is unique and they and their families should determine the best treatment based on individual needs. This guiding principal is expressed in the national Autism Society’s Options Policy.

The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin received our chapter status from the National Autism Society in 1976. For over 30 years we have served as the primary Autism/Asperger Syndrome/PDD resource for Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Walworth and Washington counties. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible.

University Lake School is a college preparatory school that delivers an incomparable education driven by high standards and a unique approach to learning. ULS is an independent day school offering JK3 through 12th grade in Hartland, Wisconsin. Our school provides a dynamic and rigorous curriculum that challenges the whole student by integrating innovative academic, leadership, athletic, artistic, and service learning experiences within a vibrant and joyful community. At ULS, curiosity is rewarded, academics are cultivated in and out of the classroom, and students have the opportunity to engage across a wide range of extracurricular activities on a stunning 180-acre campus.

WDB Membership

The WOW Workforce Development Board is made up of over 20 volunteer members, who are appointed by the County Executive and/or County Chairperson. The Board is employer led and is comprised of members from local businesses, educational institutions, workforce and labor, community-based organizations, economic development, and one-stop center partners.  WOW Workforce Development Board members develop important workforce policies and explore innovative best practices to advance the quality and effectiveness of residents and businesses of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties, Wisconsin.

The WOW Workforce Development Board’s responsibilities include:

  • Develop and modify the local strategic workforce development plan in partnership with local elected officials
  • Designate a fiscal and administrative agent
  • Designate one-stop center operators
  • Identify and select eligible providers of training services and youth activities through contract awards
  • Develop and approve budgets necessary to carry out local duties; solicit and accept grants and donations from sources other than federal funds
  • Oversee and certify programs and services in the areas one-stop system
  • Coordinate local workforce investment activities with economic development strategies
  • Promote the participation of private sector employers in the statewide workforce investment system

The WOW Workforce Development Board provides career, training, and supportive services to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) eligible adults. Dynamic Workforce Solutions is the service provider for Waukesha County and WOW Workforce Development, Inc. is the service provider in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. Case Managers work with adults on career planning, basic skills training, job search assistance, job search skills, and employer-linked training. Through the utilization of individual training accounts and other funding sources, adults are encouraged to attain self-sustaining wages and are assisted by staff in exploring these occupations. Eligible adults may also receive supportive service (e.g., childcare assistance, transportation assistance). The quality of services are continually assessed and adapted to meet the needs of both job seekers and employers.

The mission of Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services is to provide education, life skills training and workforce development instruction for adult learners in an atmosphere of mutual acceptance and respect. Learners are inspired and empowered to enrich their lives and their communities.

Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services is an adult literacy program founded in 1983 by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, and Mount Mary University. By providing a caring and supportive environment for learning and personal growth, Milwaukee Achiever is empowering learners to achieve education, career and life goals every day! In 2009, Milwaukee Achiever was accredited by ProLiteracy, a nonprofit educational organization that evaluates and supports literacy organizations across the country and around the world.

We specialize in one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction for adults who are working to improve their lives and their communities. Through education, we help them create a new beginning and achieve their goals.

Volunteers are the heart of our mission, helping us serve the more than 800 learners who come to us every year for academic tutoring, life skills training, and instructional programs that prepare them for continuing education and employment.

Nonprofit Center Services Help Organizations…

Build capacity and achieve excellence  ~  Expand effective volunteerism  ~  Find the right people to meet their mission
Collaborate, communicate, and share resources  ~  Manage finances with best practices  ~  Make informed decisions

Our Mission

The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee promotes the interests and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through strengthening organizational capacity, expanding volunteerism and encouraging collaboration.

How Local First Milwaukee Began…

In 2006, a small group of like-minded independently owned Milwaukee businesses began to meet to discuss how to make Milwaukee a more sustainable community and how to highlight the unique character of our local businesses. A commitment grew from those conversations to create a network that could advocate to the community all of the benefits of choosing local businesses first. The founding members named their group Our Milwaukee because they felt the name demonstrated the pride they felt about their City.

The network grew quickly and by 2011, with more than 200 member businesses and non-profits, a name change to Local First Milwaukee helped strengthen both our identity and mission.

Part of our advocacy work is to demonstrate how dollars spent locally effectively impact the local economy. Studies show that every $1 spent at a locally owned business, more than 68¢ stays local and impacts the local economy. Compare that same $1 spent at a chain store and only 43¢ remains in Milwaukee.

Locally owned businesses strengthen the local economy and create benefit for everyone!

ProHealth Care is a community-based health care system that offers a full range of services, from fitness and wellness services to primary care and specialty care, hospital care, rehabilitation care, home and hospice care — and more. We’re dedicated to serving residents of Waukesha County and surrounding areas with the highest quality care to promote a healthier community.

Interfaith Senior Programs is a faith-based, community-centered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The mission of Interfaith Senior Programs, Inc., founded in 1981, is to help older adults, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community while maintaining their independence for as long as possible.

Our programs reduce isolation for older adults and mobilize volunteers to make important contributions to community needs.  The agency is the result of a successful 2007 merger between RSVP of Waukesha County started in Waukesha County in 1977, and Interfaith Caregiving Network incorporated in 1991.

Collectively the agency brings more than 54 years of experience to the community, serves over 1,000 seniors and adults with disabilities each year, and coordinates more than 2,300 volunteers.

RSVP volunteers respond to critical needs in Waukesha County including nutrition, housing, transportation, education, healthcare, and social isolation. Each year RSVP volunteers provide approximately 25,000 hours of service to 19 schools and 23 government and nonprofit organizations.

Faith In Action services are provided to seniors (60+) and adults (18+) with disabilities to assist in maintaining independent living.  Transportation is the most requested service, and the program coordinates approximately 4,500 rides to doctor appointments and food pantries each year.

Safe Babies Healthy Families is a new organization created by a merger of two long-term, successful agencies. Pregnancy Support Connection (also formerly known as the UP Connection) and Healthy Families of Waukesha County, merged to establish Safe Babies Healthy Families, effective on January 1, 2012. This merger into a single entity increases the capacity to provide more and higher quality service to the community than either agency could have accomplished individually.

The new organization will make it possible to provide a continuum of service model that serves two populations – isolated, abused and pregnant young women and young, at-risk families who lack financial, health and social supports. Our community is well-served when prevention and early intervention services are provided to a high-risk population, increasing the chances that its members will succeed and become productive in our society.

Our shared vision of breaking the cycle of child abuse, neglect and poverty through education, support and resources made the merger an ideal way to provide seamless services to at-risk families and their children.

ACTS Housing’s vision is that each block inside the church neighborhoods we serve is made up of at least 60% homeowners who are self-empowered. Self-empowered families have access to low-cost money, are entrepreneurial, build wealth through home ownership, and live in safe, sanitary, and affordable housing. ACTS Housing’s mission is to promote affordable homeownership that fosters a low-income family’s ability to be self-empowered, thereby reducing community blight, neighborhood deterioration, and poverty. The strategy of ACTS is to generate homeownership opportunities for inner-city residents with a targeted neighborhood so that an entire community can be transformed and sustained.

ACTS has traditionally worked with low-income families and individuals who were denied access to the home ownership market forvarious reasons. Our staff works with families and individuals who have made mistakes and poor decisions concerning their personal finances. Each Specialist is trained as a credit counselor in order to assist clients with their efforts to become qualified for bank purchase loans. Staff assists each participant with a credit repair road map that leads to solid credit and the ability to acquire bank mortgage financing.

Our work has affected over 5,000 individuals, many of them children, by providing opportunities to learn responsibility, pride, and self-confidence. Studies have found that children living in owner occupied homes perform better in school. Neighborhoods where families are homeowners form more stable communities.

The mission of the Cedarburg Cultural Center is to provide a gathering place to celebrate community, the arts and local heritage.

Located in the heart of historic downtown Cedarburg, the CCC has been the cultural hub of our community for 28 years. We are the Center for Art, Music and History in Ozaukee County.

From the beginning the Center has provided access to and participation in the visual and performing arts, the humanities and local heritage. A free gallery with frequently changing exhibits surrounds the Center’s performance space, which features music, theatre, comedy and educational presentations.

Exhibits include curated shows of artistic and historical interest and juried shows by local artists. Classes are also offered for children and adults.

Community Warehouse is a non-profit, faith-based organization. We offer affordable home and facility improvement materials to individuals, businesses and organizations in Milwaukee’s Community Block Grant Development Zone. Our goal is to partner with foundations, non-profits, builders, contractors, manufacturers and retailers to provide the resources that are needed for rebuilding Milwaukee’s under-resourced communities, resulting in significantly improved quality of life in our neighborhoods. Our members purchase home improvement materials at our store for up to 75% below retail price.

We employ background-challenged individuals who want to make a positive contribution to their families and community. To expand this aspect of our dual-purpose mission, Community Warehouse launched Milwaukee Working, our contract services division which provides full-time employment opportunities and training in Milwaukee’s Central City for under-employed, never employed and background challenged individuals who are seeking work in an effort to turn their lives around, but find it very difficult to get employed due to lack of experience or past criminal records.

We’re offering hope and changing lives one household at a time.

United Way is an organization that raises and distributes funds and connects volunteers to help people in Waukesha County. We operate with a full-time staff of ten and two part-time staff. In 2010, United Way benefited from an estimated 8,314 hours of time from 1,329 volunteers in program services and fundraising activities for an estimated $173,347 value of time.

United Way funds 69 programs provided by 31 partner agencies that help people with immediate and short-term needs. And we take on issues too big for any one organization to address alone through collaborations with schools, government policy makers, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, and community development corporations.

United Way supports programs in three impact areas: Meeting Basic Needs, Developing Self-Reliance and Strengthening Community. United Way also supports initiatives that identify and address root causes of community-wide problems.

All United Way’s activities – Board of Directors, Allocations, Campaign, Marketing, and Operations – are governed by volunteers. United Way focuses on results. For example, United Way volunteers and staff do not simply monitor how many clients were served in a homeless shelter in a year. They look for results on how many clients were able to obtain permanent housing after six months of being in a shelter.

Waukesha County Business Alliance, a private, member-driven organization, has been the voice of business since its founding in 1918 as the Waukesha Association of Commerce. Initially established to serve the Waukesha business community, the Alliance evolved from the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce to the Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce in the mid 1980’s. The Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce was then established in October of 2003 to meet the diverse and changing needs of its members. In 2010, the Alliance joined forces with Waukesha County Action Network to create an even stronger unified voice for business in Waukesha County as the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Our Mission: To drive economic growth in Waukesha County by fostering a vibrant business community through four key pillars: Advocacy, Development, Networking and Promotion.

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