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Online Giving Campaign Benefits Multiple County Agencies

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.

Left to right: Karen Tredwell, Executive Director, FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County; Ralph Zick, Executive Director, Hope Center; Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive; Shelli Marquardt, President, Waukesha County Community Foundation; Angela Mancuso, Executive Director, The Women’s Center; and Kris Androsky, Executive Director, Hebron House of Hospitality.

“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.

Waukesha County Community Foundation
2727 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 301
Waukesha, WI 53188
262-513-1861

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