One of the best ways for us to explain the importance of MOM's work to End Hunger and Prevent Homelessness in our community is through your stories, in your own words. Share your Story.
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The success of every team is the sum of its parts and MOM has some great parts. There are many individuals who give of their time and from their hearts. In the past year a few stood out as examples of the wonderful volunteers at Middleton Outreach Ministry. These three - Michelle Arora, Barb Laurence and Rosanne Strohl - were nominated for a 2013 United Way Community Volunteer Award.
The awards honor all of the great volunteers throughout Dane County and the incredible impact they make in our community.
The United Way CVA award event, held late in April, was attended by more than 600 community members. During the luncheon program, nearly 100 award nominees were recognized for their countless hours of volunteerism and lasting impact in Dane County.
MOM was a big part of Tahkaney's life as she was growing up. Her mother, single and disabled, budgeted and saved. Even so, she had to rely on MOM when emergencies arose or when cupboards were bare at the end of the month.
Each fall when Tahkaney received school supplies from MOM, she thought about her caring neighbors and community. Their support not only helped her hardworking family, it motivated her to do her best at school. Tahkaney believes this support helped her achieve her dream. She received a full scholarship to Stanford University, where she will be entering her Sophomore year this fall. Community support turned this family's fear into hope and plans for a better future.
Hunger is a multi-faceted issue, and the reasons for facing food insecurity go well beyond whether or not a family has enough resources to purchase food. At MOM, we know that there are people in this community who are food insecure due to several barriers. While much of our community hasn't been identified as a typical Food Desert, there are many people in our community who still do not have access to food.
(copied from The Sertoma Club of Middleton's news release) Two of our neighbors were recognized for their outstanding service volunteering in our community. Janet Bybee and Jack Flesch have contributed much to the Middleton community with their work at Middleton Outreach Ministry and elsewhere in the community.
Learn about how MOM is preventing homelessness through our new video on youtube called "Laurie's Story".
Samantha is not only learning to garden, she's learning how to help feed her family nutritious food. As a part of MOM's Food Pantry Garden, MOM clients are learning to grow and care for their own food - a skill for life.
By making a donation, you are giving Samantha and her family access to the help they need to get back on the path to stability. You are giving hope to thousands. You are changing your community. Be the difference.
Dan Johnson, the MOM Garden Manager is a mentor and friend to all at the MOM Garden. This is an ideal fit for Dan as he has spent his adult life with the mission of identifying communal wrongs and organizing citizens to resolve the issues, frequently through agriculture and farming.
Dan's servitude for community began in 1970 when he left the comforts of home for the Community Development Peace Corps group in Bahia, Brazil. During his three and half years with the Peace Corp and five and a half years farming a plot of land purchased with a friend from Brazil, Dan integrated himself into cultures while learning gardening skills and helping people in the communities he was in. Seeing success with projects he was involved with helped him realize the importance of bringing people together to resolve great issues. As Dan would say, "the rest is history."
Dan won a 2012 Community Volunteer Award from the United Way of Dane County.
What's your story? Has your life been affected by MOM's work in the community? Did poverty affect your life in a surprising way? Do you donate to MOM in a unique way or would you be willing to tell us why you make it a priority to give back to your community?
One of the best ways for us to explain the importance of MOM's work to End Hunger and Prevent Homelessness in our community is to hear and share your stories, in your own words.
Meet one of MOM's customers, as told to Wisconsin Life (produced by Wisconsin Public Radio in partnership with the Wisconsin Humanities Council). Listen to our guest candidly and bravely tell her story of what it's like living in poverty.
A few months ago, Sarah contacted MOM to ask if we would be willing to accept their center pieces at our Food Pantry. To them, it seemed like a waste to fill the tables with something that in the end, would end up not being used. What did they use that would be in such high demand at a Food Pantry? Apples!
Middleton Outreach Ministry
3502 Parmenter Street
Middleton, WI 53562 Map
3502 Parmenter Street
Middleton, WI 53562 Map
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