The spirit of our organization began in 2016 with Veterans and First Responders gathered together using the comradery of outdoor activities to address both the physical and mental health challenges brought on by the stresses of service.
In 2018, our group of Veterans and First Responders formed Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a component of the Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c(3).www.wiherofund.org
The mission of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors is to help connect Veterans, First Responders and their families to outdoor activities in Wisconsin. We operate in 3 primary ways:
Coordinate with VA Medical Hospitals across Wisconsin to help Veterans involved in VA care gain access to outdoor activities and programs.
Collaborate with other Veteran Service Organizations and Non-Government Organizations to focus time, money and resources to offer outdoor activities to groups and individual Veterans, First Responders and their Families.
Coordinate Small group and individual outings for Veterans, First Responders and their Families.
Our core values are “Honor. Courage. Conservation.” and we operate Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a 100% volunteer force. No one form of therapy is a perfect fit for everyone and helping make a variety of options available to our Veterans, First Responders and their families is the goal of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors.
As Wisconsin Hero Outdoors moves forward with our mission, a new partnership has formed with the Lakewood WWV Camp, Inc. in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Forged together, these two organizations strive to create an environment allowing Veterans, First Responders and Gold Star Families to reconnect with themselves, their families and the great outdoors at a facility that serves Wisconsin’s community of heroes.
Central WI Muskie Fishing W.H.O. & Muskies Matter Inc Nov 1-3
Oct 5th Founders at Heal Team 6 Event
Sept 26 Final Pontoon Ride on Lake Geneva
Sept 23 Pontoon Ride on Lake Geneva!
Sept 19 Wisconsin Athletic Club Fundraiser for WHO & WCLC
Our final 2019 fundraising event with the Wisconsin Athletic Club will be poolside at WAC Brookfield Sept 19 5-7pm. Taste of Brookfield will be set up (pop up restaurants from the city) Silent Auctions and memorable patriotic moments! No RSVP needed, come as you are! If you are unavailable to make the event you can donate at www.waukeshafoundation.org/wac
Sept 15 Milwaukee VA, Marquette & Concordia ROTC at Lakewood
Crivitz Bear Hunt Successful! 9/14/19
August 12 Milwaukee VA at Lakewood with WHO
July 25 Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Event at the WAC
July 20 Clays for a Cause
Wisconsin Hero Outdoors selected for major Community Grant!!
*Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund™ is administered by Waukesha County Community Foundation 501c3 & Legal Aide provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison Law and Entrepreneur Clinic
**All donations are tax deductible but ultimately depend on an individual’s personal situation. Donors to the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Foundation™ will receive receipt with each donation.
**The National Standards program was established to ensure the values of community foundations are demonstrated through their commitment to legal compliance, philanthropic best practices and excellence that benefits communities. It builds capacity to carry out missions and it makes community foundations distinctive from other types of organizations. In 2015, the Waukesha County Community Foundation’s accreditation was reconfirmed through 2020 with Community Foundations National Standards Board.