Crews from Boldt Construction Company are finishing renovations on another 8 apartments at the Wisconsin Veterans Village. A total of 48 existing apartments for both single veterans and veteran families will be remodeled providing both affordable housing and support.
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.
The Great Northern Cares Laminations team in Jacksonville, FL spread some extra joy this season by participating in the Daniel Kids Holiday Drive. The team donated books, clothing, toys, electronics, sports equipment and monetary donations to provide Christmas presents for children and teens who would otherwise go without. The team was able to help 100 children and soon to be adults have a wonderful Christmas!
The Great Northern Cares – Twin Cities team partnered with the Angel Foundation again this holiday season. Employees donated over $2,400 in cash and gift cards, along with other items such as stuffed animals, art supplies and other items they had requested.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: