Wednesday, 8 a.m. We are overwhelmed at the generosity of our fabulous community. Our #GivingTuesday goal was to raise $30,000 in two days and we did that--and more. In fact, our preliminary total is $41,023. (The final total will be posted next week after we get the reports from Facebook Fundraisers that also raised funds to support us.) Thank you for ACTING to make a lasting impact of children and families. Your gifts mean that we can help more children get the nutrition they need, more families keep their utilities on, and more parents pay their rent so they can stay in their homes.
Tuesday, 9:15 p.m. We can’t wait to share our latest numbers with you! We met our stretch goal! Thanks to many generous gifts, we reached our $33,500 benchmark and went way above it. We’ve now raised $38,388. We get to add the $2,000 challenge grant from Terrie and Bob Smith which bring us to $40,388. And, it’s not too late to give! We’ve still got a couple of hours left in #GivingTuesday. ACT now to make an impact.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. We’re well on our way to reaching our stretch goal. Right now, we’re at $32,381. That means we’ve completed our Food-O-Meter. Remember that we’ve been given a challenge by Terrie and Bob Smith. If we can reach $33,500 by the end of the night, they will put in $2,000 more. That’s just $1,219 away from where we are now. We can do it! Please share this with others so we can finish strong and unlock our last challenge.
Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. We did it again! We needed to reach $28,000 and thanks to your generosity we’ve now raised $28,359. This means we get to unlock the $1500 challenge grant provided by Vicki Jacobsen Klump and Gerry Klump as well as an anonymous donor. This brings our total to $29,859. Wow! We’re almost there! And we’ve been given another challenge - to take us above and beyond our goal so that we can raise even more funds to support families and children in our community. If we can get to $33,500 by the end of tonight, we will complete our Food-O-Meter and we can unlock a $2,000 challenge grant from Terrie and Bob Smith. Things tend to slow down in the afternoon so help us keep up our energy to reach our stretch goal and unlock another challenge!
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., We achieved our goal ahead of schedule. We reached $23,002 which means we were able to unlock the $2,500 challenge grant from Integral Building Systems. This brings our new total to $25,502. Our Food-O-Meter is growing! And we have another challenge to announce. If we can reach $28,000 by 3 p.m., we can unlock at a $1,500 challenge grant. This includes $1,000 from Vicki Jacobsen Klump and Gerry Klump as well as $500 from an anonymous donor.
Tuesday, 10 a.m - Our challenge was to reach $17,000. Our calculations show we made it to $19,053! That means we unlocked the $1200 challenge from board members Craig Keleher, Susannah Gustafon and Todd Smith, bringing our new total to $20,253. We added two more wedges to our Food-O-Meter also! And we're announcing our next challenge grant. Integral Building Systems has said if we can reach $23,000 by 1 p.m. today, they will put in another $2500! Let's do it!
Monday, 9:00pm - We did it! In fact, we went above and beyond our goal of $12,000. We unlocked the challenge grant from Brian and Julia Hornung and have now brought our total to $15,175. That means we are half way to our goal of $30,000. Look at all these wedges of healthy food we've added to our Food-O-Meter!
Our next challenge grant starts now and will get us going strong tomorrow. If we can reach $17,000 by 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, we can unlock a $1200 grant from MOM Board members Todd Smith, Susannah Gustafson and Craig Keleher.
Monday, 3:30 p.m. We met our second challenge grant, and now are at a total of $11,014! If we can get to $12,000 by the end of today, we will receive an additional $1,000, thanks to Brian and Julie Hornung
Monday, 12:20pm: We are excited to announce that we've met our first challenge grant, putting our total at $7,538. We have a new challenge grant. If we can get to $9,500 by 3pm, we will unlock an additional $1,200 Challenge Grant, given by the Mavroulis Family.
Monday, 7:00am - Are you ready? We’re so excited for #GivingTuesday that we’re launching it right now! And thanks to a generous $1,000 gift from Terry and Bob Smith, we already have the first wedge in our Food-O-Meter. But there’s more! Terry and Bob Smith have also provided a challenge grant. If we can raise $2000 more by 1 p.m., we unlock a challenge grant of $2,000. So ACT now to make a gift and change the future for families in our community. Then share this on your Facebook page to challenge your friends to do the same.
For many people, the holiday season is a time of food: turkey, homemade rolls and decorated cookies. But for some families right here in our community, the holiday season could be a time of hunger. When we ACT together, we can change this.
Join MOM and people across the country this year on November 26 and 27 to celebrate #GivingTuesday, a national social media-driven event to raise money for good causes. Follow along right here and on our Facebook page as we try to raise $30,000 in two days to ensure families are able to stay in their homes and get the nutrition they need to stay healthy. Make a gift and then share our message with others through social media and email, challenging them to do the same. As you do, you can watch our Food-O-Meter grow!
#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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
As a first generation Mexican immigrant, raised by a single parent mother, I recall her often working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Although the love within our household was abundant, resources were often scarce. As a member of the MOM Board of Directors and Middleton Community, my family and I give to MOM in hopes of providing families with hope, joy and opportunity to break bread together, to create long-lasting memories. Through these acts, our children are also reminded of our humble beginnings, while experiencing the gift of giving and gratefulness for all of our blessings.
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.
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.
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