Bay View Neighborhood Association

Bay View Community Center

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About Us

The Bay View Community Center is a non-for-profit organization that serves individuals and families in southeastern

Wisconsin. The Bay View Community Centerprovides a variety of fun and exciting programs. These include classes for children, activities for seniors, family events, and health enrichment programs for adults. Special programs, like the Emergency Food and Infant Formula Pantry, give a helping hand to those who could occasionally use it. As a non-profit organization, the Center’s success is truly a community effort. Volunteers, donors, and caring individuals are at the heart of the Bay View Community Center.

The Center believes in the power each individual has to stretch beyond his or her own expectations. We strive to provide information to individuals and families that can help them make strong and informed decisions.

Strong decisions lead to greater change, and that’s what makes the
Bay View Community Centerthrive. By strengthening our community’s greatest resource -- its people --we help make the community a better place to live. We provide a place for individuals, families, and groups to gather and belong. In turn, they strengthen the community with a greater sense of pride and their support


The mission of the

Bay View Community Centeris to:

  • Develop the individual
  • Provide support
  • Strengthen families

History of the Center

The Bay View Community Center is an independent social services organization serving southeastern

Wisconsinsince 1978. The Center started in a single-storefront, Depression-era building on Milwaukee’s Kinnickinnic Avenue. Since then the Center has moved to a more suitable location, but from those early days of leaky pipes and faulty electricity the Center has grown into a busy place that strives every day to make our community a better place.

From its earliest days, the
Bay View Community Centerhas fostered a belief in quality. The Center maintains criteria that ensure programs are worthwhile and valuable to program participants. Staff and volunteers aim to consistently provide programs that exceed expectations. The tremendous increase in program attendance throughout the years is the result of quality programming that consistently meets the needs of people in our community.

When an assessment of community needs revealed that our staff alone could not sufficiently meet those needs, we decided to build a volunteer force that would function in many ways like a paid staff. Today, the
Bay View Community Centeris proud of its volunteer corps, which numbers more than 260 people. These hard-working individuals are nurtured and supported like paid staff. They have job descriptions and decision-making authority, are encouraged to think creatively and innovatively, and receive recognition for their service. Many of our programs are suggested, developed, and even run by volunteers. Because of our volunteers, the Bay View Community Centeris an organization capable of providing the kinds of programming that meets the needs of the community.

United Way

Bay View Community Centeris funded partially through the cooperation with the United Wayof Greater Milwaukee. The United Way provides donors with the most efficient way for them to support health and human services priorities in the community, by raising funds and investing them in the agencies that best deliver services to impact these priorities.

Our partnership with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee means that the Bay View Community Center is recognized as a quality provider of health and human services, and receives support because its programs meet stated outcomes.

The Center receives funding from the Greater Milwaukee United Way for three of our program areas, the Youth and Family Program Area, the 50+ Program Area, and the Food Pantry. United Way guidelines for Program Outcomes Management ensure that the donors’ funds are used wisely. Through the

United Way’s Donor Choice Program donors can select the Bay View Community Centeras the recipients of their gifts.

To learn more about how our mission matches up with that of the
United Way, please visit our partners at or


Bay View Community Center

1320 E. Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Tel 414-482-100 Fax 414-482-1468 |


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