If you could give $30,000 to an organization that helps your community, which would you choose? A community center that provides transitional housing for those in need? An organization fighting for a cure to childhood cancer and blood disorder? A group that fosters at-risk youth and teaches them that there are alternatives to a gang lifestyle?
You can actually help make that choice in Milwaukee. Local Liberty Mutual agents with deep roots and deep passion for their community have nominated seven causes in Liberty Mutual’s Like My Community™ program. The project gives agents in three cities – Milwaukee, Dallas-Fort Worth and Baltimore – the chance to nominate worthwhile organizations in their cities on dedicated Facebook pages, and the three causes that earn the most votes will receive $30,000 each from Liberty Mutual Insurance for improvements and renovations.
This is the second year of the Like My Community™ program. Last year, area residents chose the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Washington County Humane Society to receive $30,000 each. Runners up included the Albrecht Free Clinic, Ozaukee Interurban Trail Advisory Council, Prevention & Protection of Abused Children (PPAC), and the West Bend Baseball Association.
On the Milwaukee page, you’ll learn about the organizations agents have nominated from the community – all of which appear for the first time this year. You can vote once per day, per cause, until August 20th (and keep looking – there’s an occasional “double vote” day). Cast an additional daily vote by texting “LMMIL” to 61698. Liberty Mutual will announce the winners in late August. The good news is that no matter which association gets the money, you’ll know it’s working for good.
Here’s an overview of the Milwaukee nominees:
• COA Youth & Family Centers – This continuum of educational, recreational and social work programs – offered through urban community centers and a rural camp facility – fosters growth and social interaction among Milwaukee children, teens and families.
• Hope House – The emergency and transitional living facility provides temporary refuge for people in need of a place to sleep, as well as community outreach to people who need healthcare, food, financial assistance and educational opportunities.
• Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer – Operating since 1976 in Milwaukee, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (The MACC Fund) aims to help find a cure for childhood cancer and blood related disorders.
• One Heartland – One Heartland annually serves thousands of suffering and at-risk children in the US, including those afflicted by poverty, HIV/AIDS, grief, Tourette’s Syndrome and other obstacles.
• Pearls for Teen Girls (PEARLS) – This organization serves at-risk African American and Latina girls, ages 10 to 19, by helping them achieve in school and avoid teen pregnancy.
• Repairers of Breach – Supports homeless people to collectively change their present living conditions through advocacy, education and direct action.
• Running Rebels – Dedicated to developing Milwaukee's youth mentally, physically and spiritually, the Running Rebels community organization offers youth programs that focus on education and recreational activities.