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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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Limited Housing Stability, Limited Development. You can help remove roadblocks to kids' limitless potential.
15 Oct

Limited Housing Stability, Limited Development. You can help remove roadblocks to kids' limitless potential.

Adriana and Sebastian were so excited when their little girl, Cadence, was born. Cadence was constantly learning, everything from how to crawl to how to say her first words. There was no doubt that her potential was limitless. Then Sebastian began experiencing some health problems and the medical bills started piling up. They fell behind on rent and soon eviction was looming. Research shows that living in unstable housing can limit a child’s life outcomes, leading to developmental delays, mental health problems and increased health risks.

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Limited Nutrition, Limited Physical Growth. You can help keep kids’ energy limitless.
15 Oct

Limited Nutrition, Limited Physical Growth. You can help keep kids’ energy limitless.

Jack never sits still. His mom says he bounces off the walls with positive energy. His energy and enthusiasm are limitless. Then last month, Jack’s mom lost her job. To make money stretch as far as possible, Jack’s mom purchases the cheapest food she can find, which means that Jack doesn’t always get healthy, but more expensive foods. Research shows that when kids don’t get the nutrition they need, their energy and growth can become limited.

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Limited Food, Limited Concentration. You can keep kids' options limitless.
15 Oct

Limited Food, Limited Concentration. You can keep kids' options limitless.

Emma has always wanted to be a scientist. To help her get ready, she always does her homework and pays close attention in class. Her school counselor says with Emma’s top grades and insatiable curiosity, her options for the future are limitless. Then Emma’s dad had his hours cut back at work. The reduced income means food is limited and Emma is sometimes hungry. Research shows that hunger leads to limited concentration and impaired school performances.

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