50 Acts of Giving Back
Tri City National Bank is celebrating 50 years in Greater Milwaukee with 50 Acts of Giving Back. To celebrate, Tri City National Bank is collecting donations for 50 area charities including Kids Matter. Help Tri City National Bank have a Happy 50th while helping kids by donating hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks for children of all ages at any Tri City National Bank location. Thank you Tri City National Bank for your support of area kids!
Each year Kohl’s Associates in Action hold a Spring Drive to benefit a local organization. This year, Kids Matter was the lucky beneficiary of the Spring Drive. The project wildly exceeded expectations. The goal was to collect 500 items and $3,500, but thanks to hundreds of employees from stores all over Milwaukee and the surrounding area, they collected 1,759 items and $5,041.31. After each participating employee donated five items, or five dollars, they received a bracelet to allow them to wear jeans for the entire week after the end of the drive. Many people went above and beyond the five item or five dollar minimum. Kohl’s also secured two $500 grants for Kids Matter by adding up volunteer hours, 5 volunteers for 3 hours, and two different events – a bag stuffing event (pictured) and preparing baked goods, the sale of which also contributed to the over $5,000 raised. Thanks so much, Kohl’s Associates in Action, for thinking of Kids Matter and all that you’ve given us from your successful Spring Drive. You’re making a big difference for “our kids.”
RCS Innovations donated 200 Fostering Hope bags—a donation large enough to help every child entering foster care in Milwaukee County for two months! The RCS employee leadership team walks in the children’s shoes. Several members of the leadership team are themselves foster or kinship parents. They have taken in children on an emergency basis, and know what it means to have children arrive at their doors in need. According to team leaders and foster and kinship parents Jill Myles and Tarra Gundrum, “We know that it isn’t possible for everyone to become a foster parent, but we believe that everyone can help a little bit.” Under RCS leadership, employees of the firms filled kid-sized duffel bags with handmade blankets, toys, personal hygiene items, hats and mittens for abused and neglected children of all ages. This donation is large enough to help every child entering foster care in Milwaukee County for two months! Thank you RCS.
Johnson Controls, with the help of the African American Affinity Network, is on the hunt for school supplies. Johnson Controls is holding a school supply drive for foster and kinship care children. The drive will help foster care children have the school supplies when they go back to class, is headed by Sandra from Johnson Controls.
The Care and Welfare Committee at CPI recently held a drive for the Pajama Program to benefit Kids Matter. The Pajama Program is a national organization dedicated to providing every child with a book to read and a pair of pajamas. Kids Matter is a proud recipient of local individuals and organizations, like CPI, who participate by collecting books for kids without. Thank you CPI for keeping “our kids” in your heart!