About MCOP

 

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

  • Sinsinawa Dominicans

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

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.


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.

Direct Services

 


Daisy Colin

Direct Services Bilingual Consultant

Who We Are

 

MCOP in the News

To learn about our MCOP friends culture and food and traditions has been fun for me. It enriches everyone's life

Wally Orzechowski

SWCAP Executive Director

How You Can Help: Volunteer

Direct Services

Our Mission

 

MCOP Newsletter

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.


Ann Wolfe

Ridgeway Businesswoman

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, such as our current series: Immigration Law - 2017. 


Our Directories of Community Services, for each county, are helpful tools for our immigrant clients and the organizations who serve them. 

What Happens 

Upcoming Events

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." 


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)




  • Susana was rushed to a local hospital following an accident, later receiving a bill for more than $30,000. Working with the hospital, MCOP was able to negotiate a discount and payment plan within Susana’s budget It was a win-win for all since the hospital billing department now knows MCOP is an important resource for such situations in the future. We also looked into whether the accident was work related. If so, we would have contacted an attorney experienced in this area of the law.


  • Maria and Juan were worried about their child being bullied on the school bus. The school administrator was grateful when MCOP inquired. As a result, the principal has instituted protections and additional educational measures, with the goal of being more inclusive and welcoming to all.


  • Jorge and Lupe didn’t understand how cold Wisconsin winters could be. Their landlord had warned them to watch their gas gauge but they had no idea how fast it could drop. It was Friday afternoon, the temps were below zero and the tank was at 5%. MCOP was able to arrange for an emergency re-fill and a payment arrangement.


  • Soledad was worried about a legal-looking form she received in English. She texted a photo of it to MCOP so we could walk her through the next steps she needed to take.


  • Ana got a letter from the IRS in English, indicating that she owed back taxes. MCOP put her in touch with a Spanish-speaking tax expert, who helped her sort out her obligations.

To Get Involved


Call MCOP (608) 642-1753

or email: Luz Nereida Burkard: 



Immigration Law        Open House

Learn the difference between facts, the rumors, and the unknowns.

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: Richland Center High School

(1996 US Hwy 14, Richland Center, WI)

Guest Speakers:

Steve Laxton, Immigration Attorney

Tim Angel, Dodgeville Attorney

Tony Ruesga, Darlington Police Sergeant

Luz Nereida Burkard, MCOP Direct Services Consultant

How You Can Help: Donate

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)

Luz Nereida Burkard

Direct Services Bilingual Consultant


How We Do It: Donors & Volunteers 

What We Do

 

MCOP Advisory Council: a committed group of volunteers meet monthly to facilitate ongoing initiatives, develop new programs and plan events to address emerging needs.


  • Shirley Barnes, Chair
  • Martha Boyer, Long-time Advocate for Hispanic Community
  • Becky Gomez, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwest Wisconsin
  • Mary Michal, Community Connections Free Clinic Volunteer
  • Paul Ohirogge, UW Extension
  • Wally Orzechowski, SWCAP Executive Director
  • Gretchen Pearson, Retired Milwaukee Public School Teacher
  • Ruth Schriefer, UW Extension
  • Ann Wolfe, Ridgeway Business Owner
  • Kathy Warpinski, Retired Spanish Teacher
  • Nereida Burkard, Madison Teacher
  • Yasmin Daleo, Health & Human Services Bilingual Counselor
  • Jacki Thomas, Retired Community Center Director
  • Daisy Colin, Bilingual Community Resources Consultant


Testimonials

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

Transportation

Employment

Housing

Financial Advice

Legal Advice

Health Insurance

Social Services

K-12 School Communication

​Translation

& other needs, as they arise