Middleton Outreach Ministry, or MOM, is a local organization located in Middleton, Wisconsin that focuses on servicing Middleton, Cross Plains, and the west side of Madison. Their mission is to assist with ending homelessness and hunger and their organization provides food, clothing, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and senior special services – all free of charge! They also have a Mobile Food Pantry program, several food pantry gardens, provide back to school supplies, Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving baskets, and more!
Junior Achievement focuses on students K-12, teaching them the knowledge and skills that they need for financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. This is crucial, as recent studies show that over 1/3 of parents do not discuss financial matters with their children, yet 84% of students say that their parents are their main source of information about money management. Junior Achievement uses experiential learning to teach students financial literacy, and 76% of students indicate greater confidence in their own abilities after classes through JA. It also teaches students how to prepare for a career or starting their own business, and majority of alumni report they feel as if they can successfully compete in a business environment. Junior Achievement believes that through these programs, they can increase economic education, thus bridging the gap and preparing young people for a more economically successful future.
Underdog Pet Rescue is a local non-profit animal rescue. They focus on all companion animals, from cats and dogs to birds, bunnies, and more. All animals live in foster homes until they find their “furever” family, and they help home over 500 animals each year! In addition to helping home these animals, they provide vet services and training classes. They host many events around Madison to help fundraise, including “Coffee & Canines,” “Pints for Pups,” and “Puppy Parties!”
Safe Passage / Camino Seguro is a non-profit organization located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Their mission is to empower people and advance progress in a place of great poverty. They work primarily with residents of the largest garbage dump in Central America. Over 60,000 people rely on the dump for their survival, as they make less than $1 per person per day. Safe Passage works not only with children, but the entire family. They provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, and water, offer education for both children and parents, have an on-site infirmary, social entrepreneurship programs, social workers for abusive situations and emotional health, health education, and more! Safe Passage focuses on teaching Guatemalans how to be independent and empower them to have the ability to care for themselves, as well as transition out of their current living conditions.