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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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Limited Mobility, Limited Connections. You can help seniors stay engaged in their community.
15 Oct

Limited Mobility, Limited Connections. You can help seniors stay engaged in their community.

Janice has always made friends easily. A naturally fun, social person, spending time with friends is an important part of her life. Lately, Janice doesn’t feel comfortable driving in the winter when there’s snow on the ground. Her ability to get out and meet up with friends or even complete necessary errands like picking up medication is limited and she spends much more time at home by herself. Research shows that isolation for older adults can cause serious impacts on both mental and physical health.

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Limited Funds, Limited Choices. You can help families regain stability.
15 Oct

Limited Funds, Limited Choices. You can help families regain stability.

Every day Maurice looks forward to coming home from work and playing with his two boys. When he’s with them, his happiness is limitless. Maurice’s parents, who cared for the boys while Maurice worked, recently moved, leaving Maurice to pay for childcare. On top of that, Maurice had to use all their savings to get his car repaired. He fell behind on a few bills and now the families’ electricity might get shut off. Maurice often lays awake at night wondering how to pay for everything. Research shows that constant worry about paying for basic necessities creates chronic stress, impacting overall health and happiness levels.

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Limited Nourishment, Limited Health. You can keep kids’ dreams limitless.
15 Oct

Limited Nourishment, Limited Health. You can keep kids’ dreams limitless.

Ethan loves playing soccer. He plays on the high school freshmen team and has big hopes of playing on the varsity team some day. Ethan’s dreams are limitless. Then a couple of months ago, Ethan’s aunt and her two young children moved in with Ethan’s family. Suddenly there are more people to feed but not any extra money to buy food, meaning food is often on short supply. Research shows that kids in food insecure homes get sick more often and experience higher levels of anxiety and depression.

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