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Exchange Club of Greater Milwaukee Chairitable Foundation


Wauwatosa, Wis.

By virtue alone, volunteers make good companions because they do what they do out of sheer fidelity. A prime example: the three local affiliates of the National Exchange Club, one of the country’s oldest service clubs.

The Exchange Club of Greater Milwaukee Charitable Foundation — a collaboration of three local Exchange Clubs — has a theme of threes. Each member considers family, community and country key personal values. And in the past seven years, these three clubs, acting through the Exchange Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Charitable Foundation, have supported a graduate research assistantship in Marquette’s Behavior Clinic, which was founded by the College of Education and Penfield Children’s Center.

According the Exchange Club’s Erin Arneson, “The three values of family, community and country are translated into actions on an everyday basis to achieve positive results through the work of hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of dedicated Exchange Club members.”

In addition, local clubs are dedicated to the National Exchange Club’s nationwide initiative of preventing child abuse. The Milwaukee community has been a beneficiary of this commitment, including Marquette’s College of Education. Since 2004, the Exchange Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Charitable Foundation has supported a graduate research assistantship in the Behavior Clinic, which serves inner-city youth with developmental disabilities.

“The Marquette pillars of excellence, faith, leadership and service are exemplified in the ongoing work of the Exchange Club’s charitable foundation,” Erin says. “Secure and healthy families are the foundation of healthy and safe homes.” 

The club also knows how important the Behavior Clinic is in addressing a community need. “Our support of the Behavior Clinic enables us to effectively serve children and families with professional counseling services that promote positive behaviors. These can often result in abusive behavior when left untreated,” Erin says.