Four important ways to get involved with Nehemiah.
1. Pray! Sign up to receive monthly email notices with prayer requests.
2. Donate! Support the vital work of Nehemiah Programs or the Justified Anger Coalition with your tax-deductible financial contributions. Make a one-time gift or set up recurring monthly donations at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/nehemiah.
3. Volunteer! Be an agent of change, today. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Nehemiah. Our vision is to engage the greater Madison community to empower indigenous African American individuals, families and communities to bring about hope, transformation and justice. We need your involvement!
– To get started, browse through the various Nehemiah Programs to see what best fits your skills and interest
– Next, download the Nehemiah Volunteer Application (PDF), complete it, and mail or e-mail it to email@example.com. (Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill in the information.)
– Sign up for our next Volunteer Orientation (first Monday of most months, 4-5 pm, 633 W. Badger Rd.)
– Complete the Nehemiah Background Check, a requirement for all Nehemiah Volunteers.
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
4. Share Your Ideas! We need to hear from you. What else can be done in our community? What are your ideas? Please email email@example.com with your ideas.
Our name, Nehemiah, comes from an ancient faith leader who brought his community together to strengthen the identity of their people and to rebuild the walls of their city – brick by brick. Our task today is much the same.
2015 was a good “building and strengthening” year for Nehemiah. Our youth empowerment programs for K-12 kids had great impact that helped keep those students a step ahead of the achievement gap. Not only did we influence academic success but also helped develop character, cultural identity and leadership skills.
We were encouraged by the work of our Reentry Services team. They provided wrap-around services for hundreds of formerly incarcerated men – including mentoring, housing, employment services and advocacy. During 2015 we were awarded grants that will enable us to have three additional reentry properties up and running in 2016. This is exciting news for our residents and our community!
Nehemiah’s Family & Community Wellness staff served several hundreds of residents in the Allied neighborhood and our Center for Justice & Reconciliation staff offered training for over 175 community members. We are very excited that in 2015 we started laying the foundation for a new branch of our work – Economic Development. Next year we will be able to comment on a powerful venture – an African American Entrepreneur Micro Loan Fund. Stay tuned.
As excited as I am about our programs and the affects they have in the people of Madison, I am equally excited about our staff. We are fortunate to have a strong team of talented and committed individuals who give of themselves generously and sacrificially for the sake of the community. If you know of them, I’m sure that you will heartily agree with me.
There is much to celebrate – and there is much work ahead.
Rev. Dr. Alex Gee, Jr.