For August’s volunteer activity for folks, I wanted to something a little different to make a difference around the important issue of education. I’ve found that August is a hard month to plan an event for folks to attend, but we can still do good on our own…collectively.
Much like what we did in March for Box of Balloons, I put out a call for assistance and like Box of Balloons, the response was awesome. Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) is currently collecting new school supplies and new back packs, so we answered the call.
MOM is a non-profit that is leading a community-wide effort to prevent homelessness and end hunger for people throughout Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains. Through the support of business partners, area schools and faith communities, as well as numerous individuals and service organizations, MOM provides – free of charge – food, clothing, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and special services for seniors.
For the coming school year, MOM wants to ensure that children from low-income families in our area receive the tools they need to succeed in school. This includes backpacks stuffed with grade level supplies for children in Pre-K through high school and supplies for college students. Their goal is to reach 1,000 children this year – they could never pull off such an enormous task without support.
So I put out a call and received 5-6 boxes full of supplies! Supplies even came in from visiting a credit union friend in New Hampshire who saw my social media posts as well as my 10 year-old daughter who held a lemonade stand to raise about $15 to buy supplies. It was a great feeling to be able to drop off a car full of supplies for local youth.