– The Helen Bader Foundation has awarded $1,132,000 to
several organizations serving underprivileged children and
teens living in Milwaukee.
The new youth grants are part of $5.6 million allocated by
the Helen Bader Foundation’s board in support of projects in
Wisconsin, the United States and internationally, according
to a company statement.
Nearly 20 percent of families in the city of Milwaukee are
living below the poverty line, the statement said, so the
need for these grants is great.
“It does not come as a surprise that children are most
vulnerable to negative influences during out of school
times,” said Maria Lopez Vento, vice president of programs
and partnerships for the Helen Bader Foundation. “Working
with our partners in the community, we strive to provide
options during that time in an effort to empower the next
The largest award, which is a two-year grant for $340,000,
went to COA Youth and Family Centers for a youth arts
education collaborate on behalf of the United Neighborhood
Centers of Milwaukee, a coalition of community agencies that
works with more than 65,000 children and families across the
New Threads of Hope received a two-year grant of $124,000
from the foundation for its work of providing surplus
clothes, educational material and home good to other social
service agencies, schools and faith-based organizations.
“Clothing is a basic necessity that many families in our
community cannot afford,” said Dennis Brand, president of
NewThreads. “The ability to transport donations to and from
our partner organizations is crucial and this grant enables
us to do that.”
The Milwaukee-based Bader Foundation awards $10 million
annually with an emphasis on youth, aging and workforce
development for at-risk populations.