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Why I Give: Eliza, 12-year-old sticker artist
14 Nov

Why I Give: Eliza, 12-year-old sticker artist

I am a 12-year old digital artist from Middleton, Wisconsin. I love to draw unique zentangled designs and this year I decided I could raise money for charity with my art. I drew a Wisconsin-shaped design and printed waterproof vinyl stickers with the design to sell to raise money for Middleton Outreach Ministry. I raised hundreds of dollars to donate so far and I am going to keep raising money for MOM!

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Why We Give: Hornung Family, MOM Volunteers
07 Nov

Why We Give: Hornung Family, MOM Volunteers

We have seen firsthand the positive impact that MOM has had on those in need. While life has thrown us curves (as it tends to do to all of us…), we are lucky enough to be in a position to give back to our community, in the hope that we can help make someone else's life a little better. Three generations of our family are involved with MOM.

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Why I Give: Jonathan, age 8
07 Nov

Why I Give: Jonathan, age 8

Jonathan donated $113.25, his savings from the entire year, to MOM. He said, “I want to give MOM my money this year. They know what they need so they can use my money to buy it. My money jar will be empty, but I don’t really mind if it helps people.”

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By Tricia Nolan, Board Member
07 Nov

By Tricia Nolan, Board Member

I’m a believer in the power of our local community. If we can start with helping our neighbors, with simply caring for one another, our community will be stronger. And I truly believe as we strengthen our communities, we can’t help but bridge the divides of our nation, knitting together what’s torn or broken.

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Why I Give: Mary Holzhauer, Board Member
05 Nov

Why I Give: Mary Holzhauer, Board Member

Our family has had a long tradition of giving to worthwhile charities and foundations. As the daughter of an immigrant (my dad immigrated from Yugoslavia), I know the value of communities who support their families.

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Why I Give: Jackie Kalal, MOM Volunteer
05 Nov

Why I Give: Jackie Kalal, MOM Volunteer

I enjoy every minute of the time I volunteer at MOM. The staff and other volunteers are caring and compassionate people eager to help MOM’s clients as well as each other. I have been very impressed with how much MOM does for its clients and the understanding and respect they show to all of them. MOM’s dedication to improving the lives of its community members in need is the reason I chose to volunteer at MOM and will continue to do so.

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Why I Give: Nissa Judd, Board Member
05 Nov

Why I Give: Nissa Judd, Board Member

I grew up in Middleton; went from Northside Elementary to Kromrey to graduating from MHS in the early 90’s. Never did I see what I thought was a homeless or near homeless student. So, when I was at a breakfast where the superintendent of MCPASD spoke of the nearly 100 homeless students in our district, I was shocked. Then, my inner Oprah took over and I knew I had to do something. I joined the MOM Board and donate my time and money so that those students in our community don’t have to worry about whether or not they will have the food they need, or clothing to wear, or, ultimately, a roof over their heads.

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Why I Give: Char Lodl, Volunteer
05 Nov

Why I Give: Char Lodl, Volunteer

My husband, Tom, suffered from a brain tumor. While I cared for him, neighbors and friends really helped me out. MOM has those type of friends. Their staff encouraged me to reach out to them if I needed help with the lawn, household, etc. as well as if I needed to use their food bank. I was fortunate enough to be able to make it on my own, but knowing that if it got tough, I had somewhere to turn to make a definite impression on me.

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Why I Give: Darren Fortney, Board Member
05 Nov

Why I Give: Darren Fortney, Board Member

I give because I both REMEMBER and SEE. I REMEMBER having both food shortage and housing instability as a child and the stress that it put on my family and me. Not always having food on the table or available to take to school is something that is not easily forgotten. I also SEE. I see MOM doing the very things in our community that I needed as a child. I am not sure who else could pick up the slack.

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Why I Give: Janet Bybee, Volunteer
16 Oct

Why I Give: Janet Bybee, Volunteer

I have been fortunate to have volunteered for Middleton Outreach Ministry for the past 12 years. Throughout this time, I have seen the dedicated staff members work diligently to assist clients in times of stress. Providing for the basic necessities of life - food, clothing, shelter - is their primary concern. And I know from the stories, the smiles, and the "thank yous” from clients that they are achieving these goals.

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