Make a Difference Monday: Local non-profit helps struggling families, seniors find stability this holiday season

The Middleton Outreach Ministry serves more than 4,000 people every year

Between the pandemic and polarizing politics, it often feels like our world is falling apart. Fortunately, communities like ours are filled with a lot of good. And we’re committed to showcasing that. Every Monday, we’ll be featuring a local organization or individual that’s serving the Madison-area… and might inspire you to do the same!

MIDDLETON, Wis.– One in seven children in Wisconsin struggles with hunger. And that number was calculated pre-pandemic. The current COVID-19 emergency has left more people out of work and even more families worried about where they’ll find their next meal.

That’s where the Middleton Outreach Ministry comes in.

The local non-profit, a partner agency of Dane County’s United Way, believes what we eat, where we live, and how we connect with each other are the top three determinants of well-being and health. MOM focuses on providing access to these resources for people in our community.

These are just some of the services MOM provides to more than 4,000 people in the Madison area every year:

  • One of the largest food pantries in Dane County
  • Case management, referrals, and housing stability assistance
  • Free rides and help with chores for seniors
  • School supplies for students in grades Pre-K through college

Not only has the pandemic heightened the demand for these services: it’s decreased the number of donors able to provide them and changed the way those who still give are able to do so.

Here’s how you can help.

Start the ‘Season of Giving’ with a donation. Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, and to meet increased demand, MOM is starting its fundraiser a day early, on Nov. 30. As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the non-profit is trying to raise $40,000 to make sure families and children have enough to eat and a warm, safe place to sleep this winter. 48% of MOM’s clients are children. Click here to donate.

Buy holiday gifts for families who can’t afford them. MOM’s annual ‘Winter Wishes’ program has an added benefit this year: providing a little normalcy in unprecedented times. The program matches donors with client families, who otherwise aren’t able to give their children holiday gifts. Click here to get matched with a local family.

Shop at the Virtual Holiday Art Fair. Until 9 p.m. tonight, you can cross a gift off your holiday shopping list and support a local artist, too. 20% of your purchase will be donated to MOM by the artists to support food security and housing stability in the community. All artists’ donations will be doubled up to $2,000 thanks to an anonymous donor. Click here to shop.

In need of help?

The Middleton Outreach Ministry works to connect families with the assistance, care, and concern they need to get through a crisis. Click here to schedule your appointment today.