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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Sunbeam Kids! While membership benefits go beyond just in person projects, they are the cornerstone of our work -- we love getting families of all types together to build community, show the kids their collective impact, and give them confidence that they can make a difference by lending a little hand.  

NEW! Our all-volunteer leadership team has been hard at work planning and listing projects here further ahead to give you more notice to save the date. Then, registration typically opens 2-3 weeks prior to a project start date. Most projects are open to SBK Member families first as a benefit of your membership*, and then we open the registration to guests a few days later if space allows. 

*while we rely on the $40/family/year donation to keep the good work going, we never want that to be a hurdle to volunteering with us. If your family would like to request a waiver, we are able to do that no questions asked for a handful of families per year based on a private donation earmarked for that purpose. If that's the reason you haven't joined, please ask! 

Upcoming projects

    • 05/31/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • We Rock the Spectrum: 690 Westfield Way Suite 2A, Pewaukee, WI 53072
    • 1
    Register

    Join us for a special sensory-friendly project at We Rock the Spectrum - Pewaukee!

    Overview:

    Join us Friday, May 31st from 6:00-7:30 pm for a special sensory-friendly project at We Rock the Spectrum's Pewaukee location! Families will have the opportunity to work on a project for a portion of the event, as well as the option to play in the gym space with other SBK families for a discounted admission fee. WRTS will be closed to the general public during this time so this will be a great opportunity to meet some fellow SBK families and get a chance to socialize in a sensory-friendly space!  

    What to expect:

    We will have two different projects to take part in--making tie blankets for the Milwaukee Street Angels’ mobile outreach and creating fidget keychains that will be given to a project partner to give to kids who may benefit from them. The projects will take place in a party room which is separate from the gym space (although visible through interior windows). The set up will be very laidback for kids to move at their own speed with their family. If a kid isn’t connecting with the project and would rather go back to playing, we understand! If a kid wants to make more than one keychain to take along for themselves or a friend, we welcome that too! This event will be designed to be as flexible as possible so we can pivot as needed.

    When you register, you will have the option to register as “project only” which means you will arrive at 6 pm, complete the project, and plan to leave after and not play in the gym space. The second option will be “stay and play.” Families electing this option will pay an additional $10/kid upon arrival (this is a discounted admission price WRTS is offering SBK families for some extra fun outside the project), and your kids can play in the large sensory-safe gym space before/after participating in the project. Once we know the number/size of families registered, we will assign an approximate time that your family will participate in the project so that you can prepare your child if they will be playing in the gym first and then doing the project or vice versa.

    In the days leading up to the project, we will send registrants a social story to share with your kids if they would benefit from having a more detailed vision of the project and space ahead of time.

    Registration note:

    We are excited to plan this project specifically to include kids that may otherwise have a hard time participating in certain projects due to sensory-processing challenges. While we normally love to include all kids that are interested, we ask that members allow families with a child that would benefit from this environment to register first for this activity (although the whole family, including siblings, is welcome!). No formal diagnosis required of course- just a kid that may have a more enjoyable experience attending a SBK project in this customized environment. We want to build ALL kids’ confidence they can make a big difference through SBK! 

    If we have additional spots available after the first week, we will post on social media that all members/guests are able to fill the remaining spaces.

    Capacity & Age Recommendations:

    Open to all ages and abilities! In an effort to maintain sensory-friendly atmosphere, we will be limiting this project to a smaller number of families. We expect to have room for approximately 6 families, depending on number of people in each family (please use an accurate headcount in your registration for this reason). Registration will be open to members* only for the first week.

    What to bring:

    No need to bring anything! Sunbeam Kids will provide all supplies for the projects well be working on. 

    What to wear:

    Kids can wear their SBK t-shirts/lanyards if they would like. Otherwise just wear comfortable clothes to play in if you plan to spend time in the gym and make sure to bring socks!

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

    This project is currently open to members*. Please only sign up if you know you can attend. We understand illness and emergencies do come up but our partner is counting on our hands, so if you register and can no longer attend please let us know ASAP so we can work to fill your spot. 

    Special thanks to We Rock the Spectrum-Pewaukee for partnering with us on this project, the Autism Society of SE WI for providing extremely valuable insight as we worked to plan this new type of project (hopefully the first of many!), and of course thank YOU for lending a little hand! 

    Amanda Barnhart

    Board President

    *While we rely on member donations to keep the good work going, we never want the $40/family/year to be a hurdle to volunteering with us. If you are in need of assistance, we do have a limited number of scholarships available that are 100% confidential, just email and ask! 


    • 06/01/2024
    • 06/30/2024
    • Your Neighborhood

    Let's Make Lemonade!

    Sunbeam Kids is participating in “Lemonade Days” again this year to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation move one step closer to finding a cure for all children with cancer!

    You can join in by hosting your own lemonade stand anytime during the month of June, anywhere in the metro Milwaukee area. All the money raised will pay for research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer, and we'd love to see stands all over the area. We'll even share the location of your stand in our efforts to spread the word if you want us to! 

    Everyone is welcome to join this project. Interested in learning more or signing up? 

    Visit this page to register your stand as part of the Sunbeam Kids' team: https://www.alexslemonade.org/2024/sbk-lemonade-stand

    Click "Join" in the top right corner of the screen and complete basic information questions to join the team. There are lots of great resources on the website to learn more about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and help you plan. Last year Sunbeam Kids families raised over $2,300 working together - let's see if we can pass $2,000 again this year!

    In addition to the resources through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (check out the link HERE for some great info), we'll share tips from kids who have had success in the past to help you have a fun and a productive day(s) of fundraising for a cure! 

    We'll be in touch with everyone who signs up, but the links below offer everything you need to get started planning. What a great way to kick off summer :)

    Can't sign up this time? Watch for details on a stand near you or you can click the team link above to make a donation directly toward SBK's team total! 


    • 06/01/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Green Power Garden: S53W24747 Glendale Rd, Waukesha, WI 53189
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    Gardening for Good at Green Power Garden

    Overview:

    We're heading back to Green Power Garden on Saturday, June 1st from 1:00-2:30 pm to help prepare the garden and do some planting. 

    Green Power Garden is a volunteer led program that donates all of their veggies to area organizations to get fresh food in the hands of people who need it. One of their main recipients is HOPE Center. 

    What to expect:

    Volunteers will learn how to transplant the baby zucchini and cucumber plants that SBK families are growing following our May 5th project. You do not need to have attended the May 5th project to join us on this date! We'll also help with any other garden preparation and planting that is ready to be done. 

    Capacity & Age Recommendations:

    All ages are welcome at this project, and we are able to bring as many families out to the garden that day as want to join us!

    What to bring:

    Volunteers should bring their own gardening gloves if they have some and water bottles.

    What to wear:

    Please wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty in the garden. Kids can wear their Sunbeam Kids shirts if they want!

    Additional information:

    The garden is located behind a personal residence. Volunteers can park in the driveway (there is space toward the back of the driveway and next to the pole barn), and the project leader will be on the lookout for everyone at the project start time. 

    Project Leader: Amanda Barnhart

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

    This project is open to members* for the first week of registration, and we're happy to welcome guests if we have additional space in the week leading up to the project. Please only sign up if you know you can attend. We understand illness and emergencies do come up so if you register and can no longer attend, please let us know ASAP so we can fill your spot. 

    Thank you for lending a little hand! 

    Amanda Barnhart

    Board President

    *While we rely on member donations to keep the good work going, we never want the $40/family/year to be a hurdle to volunteering with us. If you are in need of assistance, we do have a limited number of scholarships available that are 100% confidential, just email and ask!