Dedicated to serving and aiding the sick and the needy,
 and to promoting the civic welfare of the city and county of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Waukesha Service Club was founded in 1930 by Mary Butler who was the wife of Mayor Morgan Butler. She established the organization in 1930 to help relieve the growing poverty in the area due to the Depression.  In the early years, the volunteer duties were to deliver magazines, books, and small incidentals to the patients at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. They made gauze bandages, sewed curtains and hospital gowns, and mended sheets and blankets. In the height of the Depression the members staffed breadlines, distributed food, clothing, cod liver oil, and helped nurses with inoculation clinics. They also organized local doctors to provide eye care and surgeries for needy families, at a reduced fee.  In 1934 the Thrift Shop was started at the hospital to provide clothing to the community.

Over the years, the members of Waukesha Service Club have taken on many projects, large and small.  As a 100% volunteer group, Waukesha Service Club manages and operates two retail businesses.

They are the Waukesha Service Club Gift Shop at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and The Waukesha Service Club Thrift Shop on West Avenue.  Proceeds from the WSC Gift Shop are directed by the members to the ProHealth Care Foundation while the Thrift Shop proceeds are directed to community organizations.

Some of the ProHealth Care Foundation projects we have supported include:

  • Waukesha Community Dental Clinic
  • Waukesha Community Health Center
  • Angels Grace Hospice
  • The Breast Care Center
  • Palliative Care
  • The Healing Garden
  • Prostate Center
  • Concussion Research
  • Inpatient Pediatric Unit
  • UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care

The Waukesha Service Club is also a major sponsor of the River Walk for Cancer and the Angels Grace.


Gifts and Grants
Proceeds from the Thrift Shop and our annual Charity Ballfundraiser, as well as memorials and donations given to Waukesha Service Club are used to help various community organizations by supporting their programs. Some of the organizations which have benefited from our donations in recent years are:

  • ACAP
  • ARCH
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Christmas Clearing Council
  • Donna Lexa Community Arts Center
  • ERAs Senior Network, Formerly Interfaith
  • Easter Seals of SE WI
  • Family Service of Waukesha County
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • Healing Hearts of Waukesha County
  • Hebron House
  • HOPE Center
  • La Casa de Esperanza
  • Lake Area Free Clinic
  • Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI
  • NAMI of Waukesha
  • PPAC/Parents Place
  • Positively Pewaukee
  • Richard’s Place
  • St Joseph’s Medical Clinic
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • The Caring Place
  • The Women’s Center
  • Waukesha Community Art Project
  • Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic
  • Wisconsin Philharmonic
  • Your Choice to Live
  • Zachariah’s Acres


The proceeds from your donations goes directly back to the community.  Quality, clean donations are accepted at the Waukesha Service Club Thrift Shop when open for business.  We accept clothing and shoes, toys, craft items, housewares, books and DVD’s, small pieces of furniture, holiday items, pictures, jewelry, purses, and many other items.


For any and all information requests, please email:  waukeshaserviceclub1930@gmail.com

You may send all correspondence to:

Waukesha Service Club
1444 S. West Avenue
Waukesha, WI  53189