More space, more ways to serve

Why a new venture still means the same vision


People often use the word “bright” to describe coffee, and the future is definitely bright for the building at 303 Water Street in West Bend, where The Volunteer Center and The Hub coffee shop call home. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve officially purchased the building, which will meet the growing demand for opportunities to volunteer in our community. We’ve seen a 20% increase in volunteerism since we opened The Hub last year, and now we have an expanded space for increased efforts for us and our nonprofit partners.

Below are just a few of the many reasons to get excited about this new chapter for the Volunteer Center of Washington County:

Securing the future of The Hub

The Hub coffee shop has become a popular spot in a key area in Downtown West Bend, with all tips benefitting local nonprofits. By buying the building, we’re ensuring the long-term future of The Hub. If someone else had bought the building, that could have complicated the situation. Now The Hub will continue to live up to its name as a keystone spot in West Bend.

Expanding the capabilities of The Hub

With the newly acquired space, we will also be expanding The Hub coffee shop, installing an on-site commercial kitchen that will improve the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of food preparation for The Hub and other Volunteer Center events. In the future, we could even partner with a local nonprofit to provide food for the hungry in our community.

Meeting the needs of our nonprofit partners

The Volunteer Center works with dozens of local nonprofits, and unfortunately, not all of them have access to space for events or meetings. Our new space will offer them the room they need for classes, presentations, board meetings or other events at low or no cost.

Uniting with our donors and volunteers

We would not be anywhere if it weren’t for our donors and volunteers. When we decided to buy the building, we received full support from our major donors, giving us the confidence that this investment would serve our mission well for years to come.

Investing in a great location

This roundabout in Downtown West Bend is a hotbed for activity and community in West Bend. It’s by the river and downtown, and right next to the art museum. But it might get even better with the potential additions of a hotel and an active senior living center less than a block away. This area is growing, and we’re happy to be at the heart of it.

Opening the door for other community events

Since we will own the building, the possibilities are endless when it comes to events that will benefit the community and our efforts at the Volunteer Center. Some of them could include educational workshops, fundraisers, art exhibits and more. We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can make the most of this investment in our community.

There’s still work to do

In addition to your ideas, we ask for your support to ensure the success of this new chapter. Please consider making a donation or volunteering, contact Sue Millin at or by calling (262) 338-8256.

We can’t thank you enough for your support, and we look forward to a future of giving back to our community together for years to come in Washington County.

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