Community Spotlight: Three Ways to Give Back in Wauwatosa

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“We rise by lifting others.” These insightful words spoken by American thinker Robert Ingersoll hold true on a daily basis for the community team at Mayfair Reserve.

It is important to everyone on the team at Mayfair Reserve to make a difference for the neighborhood we know and love. While that is a year-round endeavor, it becomes a priority during the holiday season.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to give back locally:

Donate time, money to local food banks

Time may already be at a shortage during the months ahead, but so is everything else. The demand for food, shelter, and other basic necessities grows higher during the chilly winter months, often with less people to help out.

Setting aside a little time to volunteer can have a profound impact on organizations like Tosa Cares, a local organization that seeks to provide food to those in need.

If time is too tight, consider making a donation to the Tosa Community Food Pantry and Tosa Cares. Items like cereal, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauces and personal items like toilet paper, shampoo and baby wipes are in particularly high demand right now.

And if your holiday traditions include seeing the CP Holiday Train in Tosa, cash and food donations will be accepted when the train visits Harwood Crossing at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House

Since the Ronald McDonald House opened its doors almost 35 years ago, it has provided a place to stay for more than 40,000 families from all over the country.

No family is turned away for the inability to pay to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, which provides shelter for those whose children are receiving medical care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin or other area hospitals.

Volunteers are needed to help with a number of jobs to keep the facility up and running, including everything from administrative and hospitality work to kitchen helpers and van drivers.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin is able to fulfill its mission because of the generous support we receive from so many partners in our community, (including) individuals, corporations, schools, churches, organizations, and foundations,” the web site reads. “Working together we can keep families close when they need it most.”

In addition to volunteering time, donations of any size are greatly appreciated throughout the year. The 2018 Holiday Wishlist highlights several of these items, specifying items like granola bars, individually wrapped snacks, large boxes of cereal and forever postage stamps as those in the greatest need.

Donate to Toys for Tots at Mayfair Reserve

Service is at the heart of everything the community team does at Mayfair Reserve, a luxury apartment community that offers resort-style amenities, spacious floor plans, and the best in customer service, all in the heart of Wauwatosa.

“We are so grateful to call a community like Wauwatosa home,” said Property Manager Tera VanDeVoord. “People (in this community) truly and sincerely care for others, and we are so happy to be a part of that.”

That is among several reasons why VanDeVoord said she and the rest of the Mayfair Reserve staff is so excited for this year’s Toys for Tots drive, which runs through December 15.

“It is our favorite time of year around here, not just because of the holidays, but because of the unique opportunities the holiday season provides to give back to our community,” she said of the drive, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 15.

For more information, or to schedule a tour of Mayfair Reserve, call (414) 453-5800 or visit us online.


WHAT: Toys for Tots Drive

WHEN: now through Saturday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Mayfair Reserve, 11011 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

WHY: We love our community!


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