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Fox News 6 Visits the Food bank

Brian Kramp from Fox 6 News Milwaukee spent the morning with us learning about the need in Walworth County and how we are working to close the gap on hunger! If you missed the live event, you can view the segments here.

Here's a great Newsletter from ADRC!

The ADRC of Walworth County works hard to support the entire community and we are proud to partner with them whenever possible.

Click here for the August Newsletter.

The Burlington Turkey Trot raised $10,000 to help feed the hungry and Walworth County Food Pantry received $350.00 today! And a chance to have a photo with Miles McStuffin (also known as Rev Paul Vandeberg) at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, WI. Jen Grimme and Scott Hermann from Thrivent Financial made it all happen!  Thank you! Read more about Scott and Thrivent Financial by clicking here.

Help from The Elkhorn Boy Scouts Troop 225

The Elkhorn Boy Scout Troop #225 gave up their day off of school today to work at the food bank! They labeled canned goods and sorted cans. They rebuilt boxes and then packed food into boxes! They worked with precision and even had a little fun doing it! Thank you so much!

Volunteer Extraordinaire!

On Friday, December 13 we were invited to the annual banquet of the Lakes Area REALTORS® Association to recognize Carl Gustafson as the 2019 Realtor of the Year, largely for all of the time and energy he devotes to volunteerism for our organization. His peers recognized him for his servant leadership and brought donations of peanut butter to surprise him and us with a "Spread the Love" theme. We were honored to be included. Thank you Carl.

Walworth County Food & Diaper Bank 2019 WCEDA David Bretl Community Betterment AwardAward Winner

Lake Geneva Jaycees Provide Turkeys!

We are so grateful to the Lake Geneva Jaycees for their hard work and delivery of 50 complete turkey dinners (including the pan!), ready to be distributed and cooked for Thanksgiving!

Harvest is Over ...it was a Great Season!

Here in Wisconsin the harvest is over and the numbers are in! The Walworth County Food Pantry team recovered and distributed 27,000 pounds of local produce this summer!

Thanks so all the local gardeners and farmers, especially our dear friends at Pearce Farms, Bob and Mary Ann Pearce and family. 

Help with High Energy Costs

Are High Energy Costs Getting you Down?

The Home Energy Plus program may help.

For Walworth County Please call for details:

 262-427-8505

Details available at the Walworth County Food Pantry or on line at Home Energy Plus.

 

November is often associated with a time of giving thanks, and this year is no different. In order to get the most out of the month, we’re deeming this as the year to start early. Make the entire month about showing gratitude to those you love, and even strangers.

The spooky season is coming to an end before we know it, but that doesn’t mean we’re over October. Scary doesn’t always have to be bad. Instead, use these final weeks as a reminder to do some scary-good deeds and give back to your community.

In order to lead a truly altruistic life, it’s important to take stock of your own mental health, as well as those around you. There are a ton of free resources and tactics you can use to check-in and improve your mental clarity.

It’s hard to believe that another month has come and gone. As we enter October and inch closer to the holiday season, year-end giving and volunteering also ramps up.

Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do helps us develop a more informed and inclusive picture for different causes and issues at hand.

International Day of Peace, recognized on September 21 every year, is the perfect opportunity to promote peace in the world around us.

Spending quality time with those you love is not only good for the soul, it’s a great step toward living an altruistic life. But how do you put the quality in quality time? Check out these ways to make the most of quality time to help you on your journey toward an altruistic lifestyle. 

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly. Wasn’t it just 2020, after all? Time flies faster than you think, which is why it’s important to think about your end-of-year giving plan now. 

Life has been hard lately on us all, but September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup.

Although there are a ton of heavy issues going on in the world today, nonprofit organizations are a bright spot in the world, helping to provide relief and aid to a variety of important causes.

When you open yourself up to actively listening, you’ll be surprised at how much you gain in return. Check out these tips to implement active listening into your lifestyle, as well as what you can take away in return!

August 14 is recognized as Financial Awareness Day. You can celebrate by planning your own future, teaching others to plan for theirs or giving back to your community.

When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years.

Friday, July 30 is considered International Day of Friendship. Celebrate with these ways you can show the people you love the most just how much they mean to you.

While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.

Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.

Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!

Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back

If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.

Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.

While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.

The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is all about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is the perfect holiday to exercise taking a day “on” instead of a day off.

To lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too. 

Some Wisconsin families aren't just caring for their own household — they're also supporting loved ones abroad. Like many American communities, Walworth County is home to immigrants from around the world. Many of these immigrants are recent transplants who retain strong ties to their home country, including spouses and children who remain overseas. Supporting long-distance loved ones isn't an easy task when you're living on a limited income yourself.

You don’t have to choose just one cause or organization to support. You can provide support for various causes and various organizations. Take the time to figure out what feels right for you and your own goals for doing good in the world.

May is recognized as National Recommitment Month. It’s a time of renewal and even to build new habits or relationships. What will you recommit to this month?

Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference.

You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.

If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.

While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!

When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.

You may not win the lottery tomorrow, or ever for that matter. But what we’re talking about is a different kind of ‘gold’ to make you feel rich in other ways. Check out these ways to feel fulfilled in your everyday life and to make each day golden.

Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up.
Without federal aid, diaper banks struggle to keep up with skyrocketing need and fewer donations.

There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.

Change begins with Real Talk. Babies need diapers. Diaper need is an often-overlooked measure of Americans’ economic reversals, There are so many people who do not have enough money to meet their basic needs, and what we’ve found is that diaper need is a window into poverty. Before the pandemic millions could not afford disposable diapers. Now the situation is even worse. Help get diapers to families in need. Donate today.

It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.

VACUNA CONTRA COVID-19

Everyone needs to get vaccinated when it's your turn! Read more about safety and who is eligible.

Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.

Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?

This is an engrossing, well-researched, and compelling analysis that delves into the role that discimination, sexism, and racism play in trapping people in poverty, and outlines policies to help them ladder out of it.

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

Celebrate National Soup Month! We will be providing simple, delicious and nutritious recipes for slow cooking soup! Start with this hearty Minestrone with a few simple ingredients and end your day with a flavorful delight!

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

For a struggling grandmother…$100 bought school supplies for her orphaned granddaughter. . .
For a suddenly homeless family, $100 meant nights in comfortable beds. . .
For recently unemployed parents, $100 put food on the table. . .
For these and countless others in need, $100 is a reason to Believe.
The Believe Project is an anonymous way to brighten the day of a stranger in need…by giving kindness and inspiration in the form of a small envelope containing encouraging quotes along with a crisp $100 bill.
Thank you Carolyn Gable for gifting 30 families in need in Walworth County.