March 11 2013
The UWM Black Cat Ultimate Frisbee Team is taking some time away from the game this winter to help seniors who live around campus dig out of the snow.
"We come about twice a week since it has been snowing more," said UWM Junior Joe Blankenheim as he shoveled the sidewalk outside Gayle Rearson's home. "But anytime Gayle calls us, we're here."
Blankenheim and his teammates are committing to 5 hours of community service before their team trip to Georgia.
"We want to have a good image," he said. "But every single time she tells us how nice we are and how much she appreciates it."
The Frisbee team is part of a city-wide network of volunteers, organized by Interfaith Older Adult Programs.
The Neighborhood Outreach Program connects about 5,000 Milwaukee seniors to volunteers every year, helping them with outdoor chores. And simple things like shoveling or raking leaves can mean the world to an older adult.
"It saves me having to fuss about it. It makes a big difference to me," Reardon said.
The Neighborhood Outreach Program has been helping seniors since 1975, and it was the first organized program Interfaith offered in Milwaukee, according to a spokesperson for the non-profit.
To get involved, call Mary Steinke at (414) 220-8648 or fill out a volunteer application here.