You can change the future for families and children in our community this holiday season.
One in six children in Wisconsin faces hunger. On just one night in January, over 200 families were homeless in Dane County. That’s why this holiday season, we invite you to do something that matters, something that makes a difference in the lives of people here in our community. Join MOM and people across the country on November 26 and 27, 2018 to celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global social media-driven event to raise money to make meaningful change in our communities.
When you get involved on #GivingTuesday, you ensure children in our community get the nutrition they need to grow and learn with unlimited visits to our pantry in times of crisis and need. You enable families to stay in their homes because of MOM’s housing and utility assistance. And you help families get the clothes they need from our clothing center to stay warm this winter.
Last year, we set out to raise $20,000. Because of your generosity, we exceeded our goal. We believe we can do even more this year to change the future for families in our community. We’ve set a goal of $30,000. Here’s how you can help us reach it:
*Become a MOM Ambassador. Follow us on Facebook and share our posts and stories with your friends and family through Facebook or other social media.
*Make a gift on #GivingTuesday and encourage others to make a gift also. With challenge grants available to double your gift, your gift can have an even greater impact.
#GivingTuesday. A moment of action. A lifetime of change.
Amy loves doing her math homework. She loves it so much that she usually gets the homework for the whole week done on the first night. Recently, Amy’s mother can’t afford to buy food and pay rent. Sometimes Amy is hungry when she goes to bed at night. Research says hunger could prevent Amy from excelling in math.
Josh, a fifth grader, has a knack for making friends. At school, you can always find him surrounded by other kids. Recently, Josh's mom lost her job because she missed a lot of days of work to take care of Josh’s sick brother, making it impossible to pay rent. This led to an eviction notice. With nowhere else to go, Josh’s family will soon be homeless. Research says the disruption and trauma of homelessness can impact Josh’s emotional health long term. He will be much more likely to develop anxiety as well as to become withdrawn and depressed.
At age two, Daxx never holds still. He is always on the go, always exploring and learning. But last month, Daxx’s dad lost his job. To make their limited savings last longer, Daxx’s dad now only buys the cheapest food he can find. Research says not getting sufficient nutrition could affect Daxx’s cognitive development, decreasing his curiosity and his ability to absorb new information.
Brianna and her husband, Mark, were excited when they learned they would be having their second baby. Then some pregnancy complications meant Brianna had to leave her job sooner than they planned. Without her income, Brianna and Mark didn't have enough funds to pay their utility bill for several months during the summer—and their power was shut off. Research says living without electricity can cause health impacts and significant discomfort, as well as disrupt family routines and social supports.
Sofia has always loved to run. Even as a kindergartener, she could outrun any kid on the school playground in a game of tag. Now, as a junior in high school, she runs on the varsity track team. But recently Sofia’s dad got sick and can’t work very much. Now, Sofia often doesn’t have enough to eat. Research says Sofia is more likely to get sick with everything from stomach aches to asthma. She will have less energy for running—and even lose strength and physical ability.
Henry has lived in his home for 47 years. He knows everyone on his street, goes to the church around the corner and shops at the grocery store a few blocks away. As he has gotten older though, staying in his home has gotten more difficult. Without help, Henry may have to leave his home. Research says severing connections and leaving their communities can be traumatic for older adults, increasing feelings of isolation and even decreasing quality and length of life.
We give because Bob and I both grew up in loving houses where finances were tight. Our families were usually able to make ends meet, but just barely. We were so lucky they did. MOM is one of our favorite places to give, because they are so exceptionally good at connecting members of our community—those that have something to give (some time, financial support, a caring smile) with those that are in need.
I have volunteered with MOM for the past eight years. Some of the people I help have chronic health issues or other persistent problems, but often I meet people who are working two jobs to make ends meet or who recently got laid off. MOM is here for all of them, and would be here for me if I needed that help.
I have seen the positive impact that MOM has had on children and families for the past 27 years as an administrator in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. MOM's services provide the basic needs that many families do not have on their own. It is an honor to support and serve MOM and its mission to prevent homelessness and end hunger.
I give to MOM because food is really important. Instead of gifts for my birthday, I asked for frosting and cake mix to give to MOM—because I like my birthday to be a giving day. I really like thinking about other kids having happy birthdays because I shared. And it’s fun to drop it off at the pantry!
Siblings Lucas, Lucy and Laura are local musicians who use their talents to support MOM and make a difference for other kids in their community. They play music at the Westside Community Farmer’s Market, setting out a hat to collect donations as people pass by. Then they contribute what they raise to MOM. Here's why they do it.
Our favorite time of the day is usually dinnertime, when we can talk about our days, what happened at school, and enjoy each others company. Families that do not have healthy food lose out on the opportunity to spend this valuable time together. MOM helps keep families together by providing food for every family that needs it. We support MOM so that every family can have a healthy family dinner together.
As a mom to three kids, I love to make meals that my kids want to eat. I can’t imagine what it would feel like as a parent to not be able to give your kids the healthy, tasty food they want and need. I give so that every parent in our community can provide food for their family, regardless of their circumstances.
The news, the politics, the divisiveness, the vitriol… sometimes it all seems pretty overwhelming. I fervently believe one thing everyone can agree on is that no child in our community should be hungry. I give to not only end hunger in our community, but I give to find common ground with neighbors and strangers alike.
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