Northwestern Mutual commits $725,000 to help Milwaukee neighborhoods

Special to the Freeman

May 31, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Northwestern Mutual is showing it is committed to improving access to basic needs in three Milwaukee neighborhoods by committing more than $725,000 in grants through its foundation.

“Healthy, educated and compassionate people make a community thrive,” reads a company statement. “But for many within the community, limited access to life's most basic needs detracts from their quality of life. That's why Northwestern Mutual is pleased to announce a program that will lead to improvement in three Milwaukee neighborhoods.”

The grants will be used to help nonprofits in Amani and Metcalfe Park, two north side neighborhoods, and to the south side neighborhood of Muskego Way. The company is joining federal support that builds resources in both the Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods.

"We are committed to directing resources that improve the quality of life for more than 70,000 people who live in these neighborhoods," said John Kordsmeier, president of Northwestern Mutual Foundation. "There is a need for access to programs and support systems that increase the pride of all residents and stimulates positive change in their neighborhoods."

A new program started due to the initiative is that the Hunger Task Force will bring daily meal services into the Amani neighborhood at Auer Elementary School during the summer months.

Other organizations receiving support include:

  • Dominican Center (lead agency for Amani)
  • Next Door Foundation (lead agency for Metcalfe Park)
  • Bread of Healing Clinic
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee
  • COA Youth & Family Centers
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Fondy Food Center
  • Groundwork Milwaukee
  • Hunger Task Force
  • IMPACT 211
  • Journey House
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Safe & Sound
  • Salvation Army
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • United Community Center.