MADISON — CUNA Mutual Group Foundation recently awarded the East Madison Community Center the largest donation in the center’s 55-year history, $100,000 for the COVID-19 Support Program. This program helps the center reach out to community members and bridge the Coronavirus’s impact with a network of services. In 2021, EMCC will provide an expanded curb-side food pantry, clothing/diaper distributions, hot meals, college prep, education camp, garden club, internet/computer access , job training, housing assistance, wellness programs, neighborhood development, information & referrals, art programs, and other family support services.
The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation president, Cedric Ellis, said, “As we continue to focus on building equity in our communities, we recognize the importance of partnering with organizations that can provide holistic support to families in need The East Madison Community Center is a great example of an organization that represents, wholly, our Foundation’s focus on education, economic stability and emergency aid. We are proud to be a part of the positive community impact the EMCC provides.”
Seventy percent of EMCC’s modest annual budget is secured through on-going fundraising. EMCC’s Executive Director, Tom Moen said, “The Center has amazing staff and all we need to do is generate enough funds to keep these skilled staff members working closely with neighborhood youth and their families. After more than 45 years as Executive Director, I can say with confidence and pride that the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation is at the top of the list when it comes to their awareness of the issues that face many families in the Madison Community and by generously supporting local non-profits that address those needs.”
With CUNA Mutual Group Foundation’s support, EMCC will continue programming to address issues created during the “new normal.” Of course, the increase in Center activities in the upcoming year will be guided by recommendations from the Public Health Department.
To learn more about the East Madison Community Centerprograms, visit www.eastmadisoncc.org or on Facebook.