Address: 833 N. 26th Street (26th and Wells)
This site is within walking distance, so you can walk, drive, or take a bus.
By Bus: Take any bus going west on Wisconsin Ave, and get off at 25th St. Walk one block to 26th St. Penfield is the first building north of Wells.
Approximate Travel Time by Car: 2 minutes
Approximate Travel Time by Bus: 4 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30-10:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, or 3:00-5:00pm
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:
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. In addition, 95% of the children at Penfield come from homes below the US poverty level. All of the children are extremely adorable!
Commitment: A mandatory 45 minute 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. 2-3 hours per week of service at the site is also required, and the staff asks that students choose one day and time frame and remain the same throughout the semester.