Great Northern Cares – Laminations Team Adopts Families in Need During the Holidays

The Great Northern Cares – Laminations team had the pleasure of working with the Community Benefit Tree during the holiday season. They adopted three Fox Valley, Wisconsin families, providing gift cards, clothing, household goods, toiletries, and toys. One family even received a set of new tires and brakes.

Altogether the team raised $1,400 for the families, helping them have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you to all involved!

Great Northern Cares – Chicago Team Helps Pack Over 150,000 Meals for those in Need

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The Great Northern Cares Chicago team recently kicked off the holiday season by again teaming up with Feed My Starving Children.

Great Northern’s team packed along with 500 other volunteers, filling 722 boxes which serves 155,952 meals!  This feeds 427 kids for a year! In a single weekend, a total of 5,000 volunteers packed 1.2 million meals!
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Great Northern Cares About Veterans

Our very own chairman of the board and decorated Vietnam veteran, Bill Raaths, was recently featured in a video for a Wisconsin Veterans Village Association campaign, promoting the creation of a first-of-its-kind Veterans Village in Northeast Wisconsin.

With the Fox Cities veteran population being 8.8%, which is higher than the national average, there is a great need for affordable housing and support for veterans in all stages of life in our area. When they return to civilian life, many veterans continue to face challenges.

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Great Northern joins MyTeam Triumph to help those with Diverse Abilities

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The Great Northern Cares team was at it again, joining the MyTeam Triumph (Wisconsin region) in a recent 5K event. The mission of MyTeam Triumph is to enrich the wellbeing of individuals with diverse abilities and foster lifelong relationships through community athletics. The organization operates over 75 events each year in eight regions of Wisconsin, bringing together 600 Captains (athletes with diverse abilities), 1500 Angels (able bodied athletes) and 270 Volunteers.  So far this year, they have already offered more than 28,000 total opportunities (26,000 training , 2400 racing) over 40+ events in Wisconsin.

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Lending a Helping Hand to Equine Programs for Children with Special Needs

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The Fox Cities Give Back Bus took the Appleton Great Northern Cares team to Beaming Inc., a nonprofit equine-assisted therapeutic riding facility that helps individuals with special needs. The 16-member volunteer team cleaned tack, helmets, the garage, horse stall poles, pulled weeds, and even assisted with office work. Before leaving, the team participated in an awareness experience, allowing them to understand how an autistic child feels, every day.

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Great Northern Partners with Paper Discovery Center to Create an “Outside the Box” Experience

Paper Discovery Center - Cardboard Outside the Box

When people think about boxes, they think of the items inside the box. This year, Great Northern partnered with Paper Discovery Center to create the program, “Cardboard – Outside the Box,” as a way to inspire creativity in a child’s mind. With the cardboard donations from Great Northern, children were able to explore, create, and invent with this interactive program. Watch the video here:

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