Building the Future
Ozaukee Family Services has been making an impact in Ozaukee County by providing vital services to children, teens, adults, and seniors since 1974. During that time, we have touched the lives of over 150,000 local people through various programs that provide education, counseling, and support to anyone living in Ozaukee County. Most of our programs are free, and we never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.
The demand for our programs was outpacing our capacity to serve all who needed us and we outgrew our space in Grafton. We moved to 4922 Columbia Road in the Town of Cedarburg in February of 2022. There were some major repairs that had to be done on the new building including heating and cooling system replacement, a new roof, windows, and changing the layout to meet our needs. Our goal was to make this property a safe, welcoming, and trauma-sensitive environment where OFS would continue to advance its mission of Improving lives to help individuals and families succeed and help Ozaukee County remain a safe and healthy place to live and work.
Of course, we couldn’t have done this without the financial support of the community. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. To see some before and after pictures and how far we have come, click here. It’s not too late to invest in the future of Ozaukee Family Services and empower us to improve the lives of thousands more individuals and families in the coming years.
Who You Help
When you give to Ozaukee Family Services, you are supporting over 6,000 local children, teens, adults and seniors that we serve every year.
For more than 45 years, OFS has been a small but steady presence in the community providing education and support for parents, counseling and groups for people who might not otherwise be able to afford help during difficult times, prevention education in Ozaukee County schools and services for seniors to help them remain living independently in their homes.
Perhaps we have touched you directly, or helped someone you love, or supported a friend in your church, or a family on your block. Because of the generosity of our donors no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay for services.
Ozaukee Family Services is a non-profit agency, and we could not help so many without the help of donors; people like you who care about making Ozaukee County a safe and healthy place to live and work.
With your help we will continue to be there for the people who need us … improving lives to help individuals and families succeed.
Make a Recurring Gift
Would you like to do even more to help Ozaukee Family Services? Consider a recurring donation. You can give monthly simply by selecting the button below and clicking on “Make this a monthly donation”. Thank you for of Improving lives to help individuals and families succeed at OFS.
Provides Internet Safety and Anti-Cyberbullying education to every child in a local middle school.
Provides an entire year of home visits by a certified Parent Educator to new parents.
Provides one year of rides to the doctor or grocery store for an isolated senior citizen.
Provides the 12-week Rainbows support program for a child who is having a difficult time adjusting to a death or divorce in his or her family.
Provides counseling for a teen struggling with anxiety.
Provides books, supplies and informational handouts for young girls and boys participating in Girls and Guys Groups.
To meet the greatest needs.
In 2015, Ozaukee Family Services established an Endowment Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This was done in honor of Cheri Farnsworth in acknowledgement of her 22 years of service as the Executive Director of OFS. The OFS Endowment Fund provides stability and continued support for the important services provided by OFS and helps ensure that these services will be available to the community well into the future.
Your contribution to the OFS Endowment Fund is an investment in the health of individuals and families in Ozaukee County. OFS’ programs touch the lives of over 6,000 individuals each year, and we take that responsibility seriously. Please consider a gift to our endowment to ensure that our community continues to benefit from our services and remains a great place to live and work.
Farnsworth Founders Society
The following are members of the Farnsworth Founders Society. In January 2015, this group came together and with their generous donations, the Ozaukee Family Services Endowment Fund was established.
• Cheri and Steve Farnsworth
• Janice and Ben Levy – The JSA Foundation
• Daniel and Paula Switalski
• Ozaukee Family Services
• Dan Koth
• Tom and Mary Kay Hayes
• Pam and Brian Stark
• Jeff and Angel Schmit
• Mark and Judy Ziebell
• Ryan and Megan Olsen – Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly
• Hepburn Bootstrap Foundation
• Bill and Joanne Penkwitz
• Tom and Nancy Phillips
• Carol and Chris Jors
• Shirley Warber
• Mark and Sandy Williams
• Mike and Bo Schmit
• Michelle and Matt Jacobs
• Gary Myrah
• Gil and Linda Vraney
• Magic Foundation Fund at the Greater Cedarburg Foundation
• Port Washington State Bank
• Bruce and Bonnie Bloemer
• Ralph Huiras Foundation
• Partnership Bank
• Barbara and Layton Olsen
• Fred and Shirley Swider
• Joel and Ruth Ann Guthman
• Kerry Mattingly
• Mike and Linda Stolz
• Mel’s Charities
• Diana Dempster
• OFS Auxiliary Board
• Tedmond and Mary O’Reilly
• John and Susie Miller
• The Greater Cedarburg Foundation
Ozaukee Family Services Wish List
For Clients in Need
Gift cards (grocery store, gas, department store), Ozaukee County Shared-Ride Taxi vouchers, diapers (especially larger sizes), baby wipes, $5-$10 gift cards to use as incentives for children & teens
Household and Cleaning Supplies
to share with families in need and for office use: paper towels, Lysol wipes, sprays, dish soap, laundry detergent
canvases, paints and brushes, markers, colored pencils, paper, colored paper, poster board, pipe cleaners, small containers of Play-Doh®, glue sticks & white school glue, washable paint, finger paint
Goods & Services
printing, building maintenance or materials, professional services
To Use With Children
Items/trinkets for prize boxes (e.g., fun pencils, bouncy balls, hair accessories, matchbox type cars), individually packaged snacks for our Rainbows program (nut-free such as fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.), Ziploc bags, foam shaving cream, baby wipes, child-size shoe boxes
copy paper (white and colors), post-it notes, Avery address labels #5160, Amazon gift card to purchase ink cartridges
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support OFS at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the exact same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com; you even use your Amazon login in information and password to access it. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to OFS. On your first visit to AmazonSmile just select Ozaukee Family Services to receive donations. The site will remember your selection and all future eligible purchases you make will result in a donation to OFS; just remember to login to the AmazonSmile site rather than the standard Amazon one.
OFS will not trade, sell or share donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send any mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by OFS both online and offline as well as any electronic, written or oral communications. To the extent to which any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, donors’ information will only be used for the purposes necessary to process the donation.