A Four Letter Word
HOPE. Go ahead, google it. Dictionary.com defines it as, "the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best." What we hope for may be a little bit different for every individual, but it’s pretty amazing that for each of us, we believe HOPE means getting better in some way, shape or form.
But reality means that sometimes… it doesn’t get better. We can all think of someone who we know has gone through disaster after disaster and is still functioning. We look to that person for strength and encouragement. The interesting part, they don’t often ask for help themselves and will fight for their mission until the end.
Many local non-profits also fight for their mission, despite economic ups and downs, budget upheavals and high turn-over. They don’t always have the right tools, but they do amazing work each and every day. That’s why a huge part of who we are is focused on helping these organizations. We survey our employees every couple of years to see what areas they want to focus on. It has been continually expressed that they want to help our communities through basic needs efforts. From their passion, we found Homeless Connections and St. John’s Homeless Shelter. They have been our partners for two years and we couldn’t be prouder to work with people who try to serve the many, with the resources of a few. That’s where you come in. From fundraisers to room remodels and new equipment, we’re hoping to take them to the next level of what they can accomplish. In 2017, our members helped us raise over $28,000 in just a month. That’s what a cooperative is about. One small action combined with multitudes of other small actions, which in turn creates a huge impact.
We're not quite so naive that we believe we'll eliminate homelessness in Northeastern Wisconsin, but we do think we can give a little bit of hope to those going through it and help non-profits prepare for those coming in the future. If you’d like to be a part of that effort, join our 100,000 members who make a difference every year or volunteer by checking out their websites for the next opportunity.