Links for Health Department & Water Department
www.leadsafemke.com (information in English and Spanish)
Health Department — Lead Poisoning Prevention
Water Works — Lead Safe Water
Water Quality Task Force Recommendations
The City of Milwaukee Water Quality Task Force has been meeting regularly since September 2016, investigating ways to make sure the city's drinking water is safe from lead in old water line pipes and lateral service lines. A final Report and Recommendations document has been approved, and highlights steps and methods that will ensure the long-term health and safety of Milwaukee's drinking water. The next step will be for Common Council members to review it and take action on specific areas that may need it. More news to come as it happens.
Though foreclosure rates are now at the lowest levels in more than a decade, millions of homeownders still struggle to pay the mortgage every month. Whether the culprit is a job loss, temporary disability or another unexpected reason, falling behind on the mortgage is stressful. Check out this MoneyGeek site for more info on what you can do to stay out of foreclosure.
Project Clean & Green Scheduled for Entire 5th District
City sanitation collection crews will be picking up extra items this spring across the 5th District as part of Project Clean and Green.
For residents south of W. Hampton Ave. in Zone 4, Clean & Green will occur May 14-18, and for nearly all residents north of W. Hampton Ave. in Zone 7, it will occur June 5-11. Please see the map (below). Residents should place unwanted bulky items such as furniture, mattresses, household items, yard and garden waste, tree trimmings and leaves, and up to five (5) tires at their regular garbage collection point - either the curb or alley line - on their regular garbage collection day.
Large brown paper yard waste bags are required for grass clippings and optional for other yard waste. Tires must be separated from other items. Appliances, TVs, electronics, construction debris, and paint are not included in this service. These items can be taken to a City Drop Off Center for proper disposal.
DPW crews will pick up these items at no charge during your Clean & Green week only.
Please go to the DPW website at milwaukee.gov/mpw to find your garbage pick-up date. You can call 286-CITY(2489) to check as well. Not sure what DPW will and will not pick-up? Please see the attached news release, go to the website, or call 286-CITY(2489) to find out.
Beyond the Bell Milwaukee
Milwaukee youth now have access to more than 200 after school programs and services at their fingertips, thanks to a new app developed by Beyond the Bell Milwaukee. The app is a direct response to a 2013 survey of more than 1,000 Milwaukee youth that found “lack of program awareness” as the number one barrier to after school engagement. Youth, parents and community can download the app on Apple and Android by visiting www.beyondthebellmke.org.
Beyond the Bell is a coalition of youth-serving agencies, funders, policymakers and youth who work to ensure all young people have access to quality after school and summer opportunities.
Milwaukee Volunteers Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters
In Milwaukee, adult volunteers are needed for the growing number of children ages 6-15 waiting for a Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentor. The majority of waiting children are boys in need of Big Brothers.
Hundreds of children are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister in Milwaukee, including more than 60 who live in the 5th Aldermanic District.
Amy Chionchio, president and CEO of BBBS of Metro Milwaukee said: “The need for volunteers, especially males, is critical. Your generous gift of mentoring a child can help increase their ability to succeed in school, gain greater self-confidence, make positive choices, and change their lives for the better, forever. ”
BBBS volunteers mentor children one-on-one, three to four times a month, and scheduling is based on the availability of the volunteer. Activities may include going to the park, sharing a meal, working on schoolwork, and attending sporting events, or participating in simple everyday activities and hobbies such as cooking and gardening. Men and women may volunteer individually or as a couple. The minimum age for volunteers is 21.
For information, contact BBBS of Metro Milwaukee at (414) 258-4778, online at www.bbbsmilwaukee.org, or on Facebook or Twitter.