GREEN BAY — Easter is upon us and the octave (eight days) of Easter carries us to the Second Sunday of Easter (April 8), which is known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Giving to those in need reveals the mercy of God to those around us and helps spread the joy of the Easter season.
The Lenten/Easter Wish List has been part of The Compass since 1993. It links readers with local organizations that help the poor, elderly, sick and disadvantaged — practicing corporal works of mercy such as feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers and clothing the naked. Over the past 25 years, 388 group requests have been placed on the Wish List. Forty-five percent of the requests have been filled, at least in part, each year. For example, last year, Langlade Adult Day Care in Antigo received a donation of $600 to buy “everything on their list.”
Below are groups who have made requests this year, short descriptions of their ministry and a contact person. Should you be able to fill a wish, contact them directly and mention that you read their request in The Compass. They can provide more details — and feedback from these groups allows The Compass to continue this project.
The Wish List will be on our website, thecompassnews.org throughout Lent and the Easter season.
(If you know of a group that might qualify for the Wish List, email us at [email protected].)
LEAVEN is a community-based ecumenical, non-profit organization that provides emergency financial assistance for basic needs, case management and referrals. Last year, LEAVEN met with 6,302 households (10,806 people). The largest portion of this assistance was for housing, utilities and transportation.
They are currently creating a Community Resource Center, “a one-stop center with 14 organizations under one roof.” The facility will have a larger waiting area and Kiara West, volunteer and community development coordinator, said they would like children-sized furniture and activity tables and games and toy for the children who visit, while their parents meet with providers. They could also use office supplies, as well as hygiene products for clients.
For more information, contact West at (920) 257-5696.
Whatsoever You Do, Inc., is an umbrella non-profit that operates for programs in Green Bay:
Streetlights Outreach hosts four to five block parties at parks in-risk neighborhoods near the downtown. They need gifts cards from Costco for food and gift cards from fast food places or convenience stories for prizes at the block parties;
Spokes of Hope repairs bicycles for the homeless. Its office, in the Hope Center, needs a bookshelf;
Amani Outreach makes simple home repairs for seniors and adults with disabilities and;
The Giving Garden which produces locally grown vegetables for area shelters.
Co-founder Tony Pichler says their “dreaming big” wish is for a home that could be used as a House of Hospitality in the “style of Dorothy Day.” Contact Pichler at (920) 337-4339.
CASA Alba Melanie, Green Bay, is the Hispanic Resource Center for the greater Green Bay area and grew out of a 25-year ministry at St. Willebrord Parish. Its mission is “to nurture the well-being and wholesome development of all members of the Hispanic community living in the greater Green Bay area and beyond.”
Their goal is to network people with area services and to develop programming when needs are not met: these range from early childhood services to a senior citizen program.
Casa ALBA Melanie typically serves 350 people in person each month and another 600 by phone each month. Their needs include a projector for regular presentations, a laptop with USB ports, an easel with dry erase markers for the Spanish GED classes, cleaning supplies and copy paper.
They would also like bi-lingual storybooks for children. Their Early Childhood Family program uses the books for Story Time and then gifts the books to parents for use at home.
Contact Sr. Melanie Maczka, director, at (920) 445-0104.
Elizabeth Ministry International provides hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships. Their programs cover miscarriage, fertility, child and infant loss, pornography addiction and spouse, parent and child relationships. Their resource center includes a chapel, gift shop and tea/coffee room.
Their biggest need is technology resources and skills to transform their website and promotional materials, as well as update computers and printers. They also need volunteers with data entry skills and experiences with Microsoft Office.
Their other needs include plumbing for two bathroom sinks and household and office supplies.
“As a small nonprofit, we simply don’t have extensive IT resources or capabilities, said Jenni Vande Hey, executive director. “We recognize that technology is critical to help us provide excellent communication and services, expand healing/education programs, ease online access to resources, create collaborative networks and enable efficient daily operations.” Contact Vande Hey at (920) 766-9380.