MCOP Advisory Council: a committed group of volunteers meet monthly to facilitate ongoing initiatives, develop new programs and plan events to address emerging needs.
Southwest Wisconsin's immigrant population has risen sharply in the last decade as our dairy farms, cheese factories and small manufacturing plants have turned to immigrant workers to meet their unmet employee needs. These new neighbors work hard and are important to our rural communities. Their small businesses fill empty storefronts on Main Streets.Their children bring revenue to our school districts. At the same time they struggle with challenges such as accessing health care and social services, finding legal or financial counsel, communicating with their children's schools and other concerns.
MCOP's mission is to provide needed support to our new neighbors, who are enriching our communities with multicultural experiences.
To address these challenges, a coalition of local organizations and committed individuals came together in 2014. The MCOP partners include:
Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP), our sponsoring partner
Community Connections Free Clinic
UW Extension of Iowa County
Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Wisconsin
Catholic Multicultural Center of Madison
Grassroots Citizens of Wisconsin
Dodgeville's Plymouth UCC Church
Southwest Technical College (SWTC)
To Get Involved
Call MCOP (608) 642-1753
or email: Luz Nereida Burkard:
Luz Nereida Burkard
Direct Services Bilingual Consultant
MCOP Direct Services Bilingual Consultants work with individuals & families to ensure that Spanish speaking members of communities throughout southwest Wisconsin have the support they need to access:
English Language Instruction
K-12 School Communication
& other needs, as they arise
Direct Services Bilingual Consultant
Nereida Luz Burkard was born in Chicago. Both her parents were born in Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland for a better life.
Sra. Luz received her Masters in Education from Concordia University, River Forest, IL. She began her teaching career as a FLES teacher, teaching Spanish in a public and Montessori school for grades 1-6. She has classroom experience in the third, first and kindergarten grade levels.
She received her ESL/Bilingual certification from University of Wisconsin Whitewater and dreams of writing books for children in the very near future.
She currently teaches at a Dual Language Immersion School in Madison where she can help English Language Learners succeed in school. She is passionate about helping newcomers establish themselves.
Daisy Colin was born in Kenosha, WI. Both of her parents were born in Mexico and moved to the United States to give Daisy and her siblings a better life. She received her bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish from UW-Platteville and completed an internship in Criminal Justice with the Darlington Police Department, where she was able to work with Sergeant Antonio Ruesga and meet the Darlington community.
Daisy currently works as a bilingual human resources assistance in Kieler. She is also mother to three-year-old, Isabella. Daisy states: "I am very thankful to be part of MCOP, I love being able to help the Hispanic community. My purpose in MCOP is to let the Hispanic community know that they are not alone."
We are fortunate and grateful to have many generous donors, including a growing number of individuals as well as the following corporate and foundation sponsors:
Alliant Energy Foundation
Platteville Community Fund
a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc.
Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville
Madison Community Foundation
Plymouth United Church of Christ
Sauk Prairie Peace Council
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Our culture is rich, yet so is the culture of our new friends. It is such a joy to share and learn from each other.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) MCOP staff and volunteers provide direct services to clients who have specific concerns about accessing health care and social services, legal and financial counsel as well as communicating with their children's schools and other issues.
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults eager to improve their English skills is an important service. MCOP trains English speaking volunteers to become ESL tutors.
MCOP hosts Informational Workshops to address emerging issues. Recent forums addressed immigration law and the US tax system.
Our Directories of Community Services, for each county, are helpful tools for our immigrant clients and the organizations who serve them.
To learn about our MCOP friends culture and food and traditions has been fun for me. It enriches everyone's life
SWCAP Executive Director
As a presence within the immigrant community, MCOP links our Latino neighbors with the help they need, whether legal or tax advice, interpretation/translation, information or advocacy. Here are some of the ways we’ve been able to help:
(names have been changed to maintain privacy)
Please join us by supporting the MultiCultural Outreach Program (MCOP) to ensure the economic health and cultural diversity of our southwest Wisconsin communities.
Under the umbrella of SWCAP, our parent organization, the MCOP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which means your contributions are tax deductible.
To contribute by mail, please print this Donation form and mail it along with your check made out to MCOP/SWCAP to:
MultiCultural Outreach Program
P.O. Box 414
Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533-0414
To contribute online, click here: www.swcap.org/donations. Please be sure to enter “MultiCultrual Outreach Program (MCOP)” in the purpose field.
For those who wish to include MCOP in their estate planning, please direct the donation to Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program/MultiCultural Outreach Program. Our tax ID number is: 39-1053511
MCOP continuously recruits interpreters or translators (either for pay or as volunteers) and welcomes volunteer help with event planning, fundraising, transportation, public relations and educational programming.
We are always in need of tutors to match with English language learners.
Many of our adult immigrant friends lack English language proficiency, and therefore, find it difficult to assimilate into the greater community. Because of demanding working hours, they are often not able to attend traditional English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. MCOP’s ESL program takes the learning experience to the students – at their farms, in local libraries and in their homes.
Our trained volunteer tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with their students.
Although the majority of our learners are native Spanish speakers, tutors are NOT expected to know Spanish or have teaching experience. During our free tutor training, volunteers learn how to overcome language barriers.
Our ESL program not only addresses the isolation many of our students feel, it enriches the tutors’ lives through cultural exchanges and friendships.