Address: Ebeneezer Child Care Center 340 W. St Paul. Milwaukee.
Available Hours of Service: Wednesdays 1:00 – 3:00pm
Description of Agency/Activities: Penfield Children's Center in a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to help infants and young children with and without disabilities through education, therapy, and family programs so that they will all be able to strive to their full potentials. Most of the children enrolled at Penfield live in Milwaukee's central city, within a five-mile radius of the center. Every year, hundreds of students and community members assist in Penfield's classrooms, special care nurseries, and playgroups leaving a lasting impact on the clients with whom they work. Nearly 100 staff members directly and indirectly serve Penfield's children and families in areas such as child development, speech, occupational, and physical therapy, nursing, social work, and special education. Although their roles are different, all volunteers and staff members share a commitment to Penfield's mission and an abiding concern for the well-being of the children that they serve.
Student Role in Agency: Spanish for the Health Professions student will assist during the Speech Therapy meeting time.
Unique features of agency: Service Learners will be challenged to learn to communicate and interact with young children who have developmental disabilities. The children may have anywhere from minor developmental delays to severe mental and physical disabilities. All of the children are extremely adorable!
Commitment: A 1.5-hour orientation session conducted at the agency, when students are introduced to Penfield's history and mission, regulations and safety/health precautions, and responsibilities. A tour of the facilities, including observation of the children, services and staff, is also included. Students will sign up for an orientation date/time at Sign-Up Night. 2-3 hours per week of service at the site is also required.