A helping hand

Businesses, nonprofits help with hurricane relief efforts

Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

Companies and organizations in the New North have answered the call to help with hurricane relief in a big way, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and assisting in other creative ways.

  • Thrivent will match up to $3 million in personal donations made on Thrivent.com to selected nonprofit organizations in supporting relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  • To provide the community a safe and reliable way to donate to hurricane relief, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation created the Green Bay Backs Houston Fund. The organization has raised $600,000, and every dollar donated will be passed on to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to support and rebuild their community after Hurricane Harvey.
  • Northeast Wisconsin broadcasters WBAY-TV 2 and Woodward Radio Group stations partnered for an 18-hour media-thon to aid in the relief efforts with the American Red Cross. The J.J. Keller Foundation kicked off the event with a $35,000 matching donation, and listeners and viewers donated more than $100,000 via phone and cash donations accepted at all Community First Credit Union
  • Agropur Inc. donated $25,000 to the Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey appeal. The company also delivered a truck full of biPro protein water and is working with other Wisconsin cheese and butter makers to collectively donate 16,000 pounds of dairy products to help feed victims in Houston.
  • Fox Communities Credit Union announced all 22 of its branches are collecting funds for both hurricanes, with 100 percent of money raised going to victims through CUAid, a national online disaster relief fundraising center for credit unions. Fox will match up to $1,100.
  • Oshkosh senior living community Miravida Living offered to coordinate transportation and provide care and reassurance for elder victims of Hurricane Harvey rescued after a photo showing them sitting in waist-deep floodwater went viral. The company offered to receive elders from La Vita Bella in Dickinson, Texas at its Bethel Home nursing home in Oshkosh and provide needed care and services.
  • As part of a coordinated relief effort, Fleet Feet Sports stores across the country, including the one in Appleton, are accepting donations of new or gently used shoes and new socks to send to stores in Texas. Fleet Feet Sports of Greater Houston and Fleet Feet Sports San Antonio will work to get these shoes and socks to organizations and people in need.
  • Animal rescue Saving Paws is assisting with rescuing dogs in Texas and putting them up for adoption in the Fox Cities. It also held a drive for pet food and other supplies.

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