Events and Programs

USO Wisconsin hosts scheduled events throughout the year. Some of these are annual events while others occur through partnerships with various activities in the community.

You can click the button below to go to our upcoming events page. This allows you to see and register for any events that are currently happening.

Annual Events

TBD, 2019

Easter Eggstravaganza

Urban Ecology Center
Easter egg hunt with over 2,000 eggs filled with candy. Hosts themed activities for all ages. The event provides light snacks, games, crafts, a photo booth, a raffle for bicycles, a PS4, and other prizes.

TBD, 2019

Operation Baby Shower

War Memorial Center
Operation Baby Shower hosts baby showers for military families. The showers are a great opportunity for military families to leave the stresses of deployment at home and celebrate.

July 4th, 2018

Brewers Day

Miller Park
The USO Wisconsin Military Appreciation Game is an annual partnership with the Brewers — providing an opportunity to pay tribute and thank the men and women who serve our country.

TBD, 2019

Father/Daughter Dance

Johnson Creek Center
Themed dance with snacks and entertainment. This dance helps strengthens father/daughter bonds and create cherished memories.

July 16th, 2018

Golf Fundraiser

Ironwood Golf Course
A relaxing day of golf to support Wisconsin’s local military and their families. The day promises good food and great prizes. Register Now!

September 14th, 2018

Shooting Sports Fundraiser

Highlands Sportsmen’s Club
This shooting sports fundraiser caters to sportsmen and sportswomen. This event provides good food, inventive games, and camaraderie. Register Now!

October 20th, 2018

Gala Fundraiser

Harley Davidson Museum
Event to honor Wisconsin service members from each branch of the military and celebrate the USO 75th Anniversary. Silent auction helps raise money to make USO services possible.

TBD, 2019

Admirals Day

UWM Panther Arena
The USO Wisconsin Military Appreciation Game is an annual partnership with the Admirals — providing an opportunity to pay tribute and thank the men and women who serve our country.

December 8th, 2018

Operation Christmas

War Memorial Center
Holiday party for families in need. Parents and children pick presents to give to each other. Craft stations for children to create presents for veterans. Food, fun, and laughter.

Programs

Programs occur when a unit, service member, or family member has a need and USO Wisconsin is able to secure the necessary resources.

Unit request

Military units can request support for various functions in the form of food, comfort, or relaxation:

– Dignified Transfers

– Deployments

– Sendoffs

– Welcome homes

– Holiday Parties

– Unit Family Fun Days

A couple specific programs are the United Through Reading and Comfort Crews.

United Through Reading

A video is recorded of a military parent reading a book aloud. Then a DVD of the recording is sent to he/she’s child(ren) at home. This reminds military parents of home and offers them a chance to bond with their children.

Comfort Crews (Kits)

Helps children cope with a family member’s visible and invisible injuries, as well as, the challenges of reintegration. Comfort kits are provided to minors ages 3-10. The Grief Comfort Kit is a comprehensive set of resources that are informative and comforting for children and families during the loss of a loved one.

Pathfinders

Are you or a loved one transitioning out of the military? Each transition from military to civilian life is unique, and USO Pathfinders is there to help service members and military spouses through the process.

Whether an individual needs help: finding a civilian job that suits their skills and interest, securing financial stability, researching education options, taking advantage of their GI Bill, or something else, participants will receive a personalized Action Plan and one-on-one support from a USO Pathfinder Scout. Find help here.

Youth Camp

Children of service members learn life skills including leadership and teamwork.

Wisconsin National Guard administers this program designed to teach children of military personnel about resiliency and how to foster a camaraderie with others who have the same lifestyle and life challenges. USO Wisconsin helps: fund camp, promote camp to military families, and find volunteers. The three-day camp activities include: swimming, marching, cadence, team building, and obstacle courses.

What the USO of Wisconsin has done for the morale of my family and the memories we have made are priceless. We are and will always be eternally grateful for what you have done for us while I have been stationed here. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Jason

The USO of WI is an amazing organization and I am still surprised by how many people do not know about it. The USO of WI has also allowed me the opportunity to share some of the benefits of my military service with the people that deserve it the most, my friends and family. It means a great deal to me and I know it means even more to my wife and two kids. Thank you for all that you do and I will continue spreading the word about this high class organization.

Matthew

I just want to thank you, the USO and the Brewers for the warm welcome and hospitality. It certainly was an honor to throw out the first pitch! It will be a day that I will never forget. Words cannot really describe what the USO does for the Military and their families. Thank you so much for every thing you do! It definitely makes the a difference in the life of a soldier!

Lynn

We thank you for your efforts on this and truly appreciate the support. You guys provide such a wonderful service, and I hope you know how much everyone that wears the uniforms appreciates it.

Joe (Navy)

I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity and for inviting us to the Brett Favre dinner. There is honestly no bigger Packer fan than I and Brett came straight to our table, shook our hands and I actually got to chat with the man himself! Such an amazing experience. Wayne Larrivee was the first one to spot our table and asked US to take a picture with him. Such an honor.

Robert (128 ARW Emergency Actions Controller)

Attending a Brewers game means so much. It means we all can do something together, with our families, and create memories. We, all of us Soldiers, from many states (even this NYer!) can be united in our cheering for the home team as we are all Brewers fans regardless of where we call home.

Marikay (CPT, AG)

I want to and can not Thank The USO of Wisconsin enough for your continued Support to the U.S. Coast Guard in Milwaukee. I Retired in 2015 and I have always told our new people that report to Sector Lake Michigan to take advantage of the Support of your office. I am grateful for your un-wavering support.

Matthew (USCG)

Thank you for being available to those who serve our country, to those who have served, and to those of us who love them!

Charis (Attendee at Airport Event)

Camp Hometown Heroes 2015 was a great success. With your help, we provided this life changing opportunity to 140 campers from 27 states this year. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Neil, Paula, Deb

Great to see a place where I know I’m welcomed. It’s never easy leaving home, but even harder when you sit alone.

Airman First Class