Covid-19 has altered s much in our lives, from where we work to how we buy groceries. For hardworking people across Marathon County, the economic impact of the pandemic means long-term financial hardship. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hundreds of our community members have filed for unemployment. Sadly, this means many of our friends and neighbors may face the difficult decision of paying rent or buying groceries this month – and will likely face similar difficult decisions in the months to come as they recover.
Here is what you need to know about why the pandemic has led more people to seek help from The Neighbors’ Place:
How can you help our neighbors needing support?
We know how difficult these past several months have been and recognize that change is not easy, however, we’re excited to announce a change we think you’ll actually like! We’re proud to introduce to you our new and refreshed logo! We’re still “People Helping People”, we’ve just evolved our look to better represent the people we care about most – those we’re so grateful to serve.
With the recent spikes in Covid 19, we will be continuing our curbside food delivery system for the foreseeable future. If you are in need of getting food during this challenging time, here are a few of the procedures you need to be aware of:
1) Patrons form a waiting line up on North St. Paul Street (1 block west of The Neighbors Place) and then move onto Scott St.
2) When it is your turn, pull into the available stall, turn off your car, and wait for our staff to help you.
3) When you are directed to pick up your groceries, please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer as you pick up your food.
Did you know that you can pick up food on someone's behalf? You can! Just tell us who you are picking up for, and we will get you some assistance.
The Neighbors' Place is pleased to welcome Bettina Steadman to our team as our new Volunteer Coordinator! Bettina comes to us with experience coordinating volunteers, former work experience in the nonprofit and government fields, a degree in social work and AODA and has a passion for service. She's looking forward to meeting all of our volunteers and getting them excited about our mission!
Bettina will be overseeing all aspects of the volunteer program, working with our volunteers, groups, community service workers and employment-training programs. If you have questions about volunteer opportunities at TNP, you can reach Bettina here!
Our former Volunteer Coordinator, Mallory McGivern, will be moving into a new role as TNP's Community Impact Manager. She will be overseeing our fundraising efforts, marketing and social media, as well as our other programming like Wheels Again and TNP's new program-in-the-making, a diaper bank. If you have questions for Mallory, you can reach her here!
The Neighbors' Place has been busy revamping our current food pantry so we can move to a new model called Safe & Healthy. This will have a positive impact on our guest and volunteer experience when we reopen!
Because of funding through the federal government (The Cares Act), we have been able to add an additional walk-in refrigerator and freezer. These new facilities will have glass doors on one side which will allow our patrons to hand-pick the produce, milk and dairy, meat and other freezer products when we are able to reopen to the public. It will keep our produce fresher, allow us to rotate stock, and provide a better way to display all of the options available to our guests. We want to thank Feeding America (Our TEFAP provider) and the Cares Act for providing us with the funding to improve our facilities.
The effects of Covid-19 can be felt by all sectors of the community – from local businesses to nonprofits and everywhere in between. Many local organizations have cancelled or postponed their annual fundraisers and have lost incredibly important funding for their programming. The Neighbors’ Place was faced with a similar situation when looking to plan our flagship fundraiser, Empty Bowls.
With the community's safety in mind, Empty Bowls will take place as a community-wide event November 8th-21st and is presented by Bridge Community Health Clinic. Bowl sales will take place at local area businesses and soup sales at select local restaurants that will both support the programs of The Neighbors' Place. We hope that this new take on Empty Bowls will support both our organization as well as local businesses!
With the impact of COVID-19 on our community, nonprofits have been forced to be creative in their programming and fundraising efforts. With the loss of revenue, canceled events, and impacted yearly appeals, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin is stepping in to raise awareness and shine a spotlight on local nonprofits, and provide a platform of giving toward their needs.
The Neighbors' Place is one of many organizations seeking funding to host our new Empty Bowls fundraiser, which is normally our largest effort to support our programming, like our food pantry. The COVID-19 Impact Catalog is an exciting month of giving during October 2020. This online crowdsourcing platform connects nonprofits with donors and community members to build relationships, support diverse causes, and create enduring impact in Marathon County.
You can support TNP's Virtual Empty Bowls campaign here or you can donate directly to The Neighbors' Place here! We can’t do this without your support. Please consider a donation today—every gift matters!
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