Date: March 25th, 2014

Evansville Fund Gives $4,500 To Care Closet

Pictures above are Evansville Fund board members and representatives from the Care Closet. From left to right are Pat Larson, Ardis Zwicky, Gene Miller, Barbara George, Bill Hartje, Dorothy McElroy, Mary Anne Alt, Pastor Luke Bocher, Phyllis Applebee, Betty Jeske, and Pastor Matthew Poock.

Pictures above are Evansville Fund board members and representatives from the Care Closet. From left to right are Pat Larson, Ardis Zwicky, Gene Miller, Barbara George, Bill Hartje, Dorothy McElroy, Mary Anne Alt, Pastor Luke Bocher, Phyllis Applebee, Betty Jeske, and Pastor Matthew Poock.

Hunger is a concern all around the world, including right here in our local community. This winter the advisory board of the Evansville Fund determined to take a bite out of local hungry…using chocolate. The board committed 75 percent of all proceeds from the annual Chocolate Extravaganza, held February 15 at Creekside Place, to support the Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet. This gift is consistent with the purpose of the Evansville Fund: to promote local generosity in order to make an immediate impact in our community.

The Care Closet is the perfect recipient for additional funding right now. The number of families relying on the Care Closet for daily needs continues to grow, and the roof of the Care Closet building must be replaced. This financial gift will bolster operating funds for food and other family necessities. On March 18, the Evansville Fund board presented a check of $4,500 to volunteers and board members of the Care Closet. This gift comes in addition to the grant of $2000 awarded in November to the Care Closet’s roof project.

The 2014 Chocolate Extravaganza was very successful, thanks to local businesses and generous individuals, as well as those who attended the event and purchased great auction items. The additional 25 percent of proceeds from the Chocolate Extravaganza will be used to provide the grants that are distributed every fall in our community. Annual grants also come from the funds named for Millie Tait, Dorothy & Alvin Helgesen, Elaine and Dick Strassburg, Jeannette and Clifford Fellows, E. Susan Eager, Dr. Roger and Elizabeth Gray, and Meals on Wheels.

The Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet, located at 206 S. Madison Street, is our community-wide response for assisting our neighbors in lean times. Run entirely by volunteers, the Care Closet currently serves approximately 160 families a month. The re-sale store provides gently used clothing and household items at bargain prices. The store income is added to generous donations from individuals, churches, and organizations to provide the funding to make groceries available for households through the food pantry. The Care Closet is open Tuesdays 1pm-5pm, Thursdays 1pm-5pm, and Saturdays 9am-12pm. Community members can shop the food pantry for no charge once a month, and twice for households with children.

The Evansville Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. is a platform for building local philanthropy and believes that every citizen plays a part in making a good community better. The Evansville Fund is the only community resource uniquely positioned to respond to a variety of current and changing needs in Evansville. Established in 1996, the growth of the fund depends on current and planned financial gifts. Gifts to the Evansville Fund are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. For information about making a current or a planned gift in a will or estate plan, please contact Jane Maldonis, liaison to the Evansville Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 608-758-0883.