Multiple County Agencies Online Giving Campaign Successful
WAUKESHA (March 28, 2018) – Thanks to the generosity of primarily Waukesha County residents, four basic needs organizations and their clients will benefit from over $81,000 raised during the Waukesha County Provides campaign held in March. Over 655 individual donations were received that contribute to the operations at The Women’s Center, Hebron House of Hospitality, Hope Center, and Food Pantry of Waukesha County.
“Thanks to all who donated and to our generous Waukesha County Community Foundation fund holder who matched the donations up to $20,000 when all four agencies were chosen as recipients,” said Shelli Marquardt, Waukesha County Community Foundation (WCCF) president.
Any donation amount graciously given during this campaign was appreciated, as the partnership of the campaign benefits agencies providing many different services for many different needs. Funds will assist with feeding, clothing, sheltering or counseling our fellow county resident at the four agencies.
“We can’t do this alone,” explained The Women’s Center’s Executive Director Angela Mancuso. “We need a partnership with an investment from the community to keep our lights on and doors open. The Waukesha County Provides campaign provides just that, allowing us to give families who’ve fled their homes due to violence a safe, warm and supportive environment here at The Women’s Center.”
Financial donations were not the only goal of this campaign. This event also aimed to increase awareness and capacity for these agencies that provide food, shelter, safety and hope to our fellow community members. Through the use of Facebook and Facebook live, county residents gained greater insight into what these agencies do. After watching Hope Center Executive Director Ralph Zick give a tour of his facility during the campaign, a neighbor of Hope Center commented on Facebook that she lived nearby and “… never knew what it was all about, other than meals for people.” She became more aware of the services offered because of this campaign.
Zick appreciates the increase of publicity and support.
“Continued support helps those who are in need and cannot necessarily help themselves,” explains Zick. “Illness, medical conditions, physical limitations and overall mental health are issues that cannot always be remedied and it is a pleasure to be around those who truly want to help.”
The campaign was launched in 2016 when executive directors from The Women’s Center, Hebron House of Hospitality, Hope Center and the Food Pantry of Waukesha County joined forces to raise awareness and funds to support the four agencies. The WCCF began hosting the event in 2017 by promoting it as an online giving campaign. The campaign provides a central, online donation platform, where donors can easily support the participating agencies.
Information is available on the Foundation website, www.WaukeshaFoundation.org, or by calling Waukesha County Community Foundation at 262-513-1861.
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About the Waukesha County Community Foundation:
The Waukesha County Community Foundation was formed in November 1999 to create a permanent pool of funds to support nonprofit organizations throughout Waukesha County that served a broad spectrum of community needs. The intent of the Foundation is to continually strengthen the community and improve the quality of life for people in Waukesha County. Learn more at www.waukeshafoundation.org
Online Giving Campaign Benefits Multiple County Agencies
Waukesha (March 1, 2018) – The Waukesha County Community Foundation (WCCF) is hosting an online giving campaign through March 15, 2018, to benefit Hebron House of Hospitality, Hope Center, Food Pantry of Waukesha County and The Women’s Center. The event, “Waukesha County Provides,” aims to increase awareness and capacity for the basic needs agencies that provide food, shelter, safety and hope to our fellow community members.
Whether it is people utilizing the Hope Center’s day center, getting meal supplies from the Food Pantry, attending child abuse prevention programming at The Women’s Center or seeking shelter in one of the three houses of the Hebron House of Hospitality, a true need exists in Waukesha County.
“Some of our neighbors do not have regular access to even the basic needs of shelter, food and clothing,” said WCCF President Shelli Marquardt. “Participating in this giving event will make a huge difference in our fellow citizens’ lives. These four agencies saw an exponential increase in the demand for services and assistance when the temperature plummeted the beginning of this year. If these agencies were not offering support, I would hate to imagine what could have happened.”
Over $75,000 was donated last year during this online event. The goal for this year’s online event is $100,000 according to Marquardt.
Donors can designate any number of the four agencies to be the recipient of their donation and the encourages community members to support all four with one, easy gift.
“Each agency provides a different type of service to meet the basic needs of our community,” explains Marquardt. “By donating to all four, you will be helping many of your neighbors living situations. We have a very generous donor at the foundation who will match the donations, up to $20,000, when all four agencies are designated as recipients for a gift.
Donors wanting to support those in need can do so by going to the WCCF website, www.WaukeshaFoundation.org and clicking on the Waukesha County Provides banner. The WCCF will also feature the agencies on their Facebook page with Facebook Live events that
highlight the four agencies and share a behind the scenes look at our community. Individual agencies will also share the videos on their Facebook pages.
A community celebration, hosted by WCCF, will be held on March 15 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Waukesha Public Library, with brief comments by participating agency leadership at 12:15 p.m. County Executive Paul Farrow will be in attendance and available to help community members donate online through the WCCF website.
Waukesha County Provides was launched in 2016 when executive directors from The Women’s Center, Hebron House of Hospitality, Hope Center and the Food Pantry of Waukesha County joined forces to raise awareness and funds to support the four agencies. The WCCF began hosting the event in 2017 by promoting it as an online giving campaign. The campaign provides a central, online donation platform, where donors can easily support the participating agencies.
Information is available on the Foundation website, www.waukeshafoundation.org, or by calling Waukesha County Community Foundation at 262-513-1861.