More than 1 in 10 of our state’s residents live below the poverty line. Last year, an alarming 18,610 homeless kids were enrolled in Wisconsin’s public schools. In urban and rural areas alike, from factory closings to declining farm communities, Wisconsin has witnessed its share of economic and social challenges and unparalleled income disparities. As we approach 2021, the challenges are greater than ever with the global health pandemic and its particularly cruel impact on low-income households.
Poverty is real in Wisconsin – but you can combat it. For over 40 years, the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) has been a catalyst for change and a vital part of the effort to help families escape poverty. WISCAP and our statewide network of community action agencies have always been there, providing immediate relief, while creating opportunities for families to attain economic security and advocating for meaningful public policies. For example, in 2020, our network has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing critical relief to more than 13,000 households through the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP), and our Project Recovery has seen trained crisis counselors offer emotional support and resource linkages to affected communities.
You can help fight poverty in Wisconsin by supporting WISCAP and our four core focus areas: policy & advocacy, public education, research, and member services. Your contribution will help us push for responsible budgets and public policies; Your contribution will help us develop comprehensive anti-poverty legislation, raise public awareness, and catalyze action; Your contribution will help support the annual Poverty Matters! Conference and publish the Wisconsin Poverty Report; and your contribution will provide us with resources to support our member agencies by providing trainings, securing new funding and promoting best practices.
WISCAP believes that all of us are vulnerable to poverty and that the costs and consequences have a significant impact on everyone, whether poor or not. Poverty matters, and we can do something about it. Donate today – and become part of “Wisconsin’s Poverty Fighting Network”!
You can make a financial contribution to WISCAP in two ways: ONLINE by visiting our website www.wiscap.org/donate or if you prefer by MAIL by making a check out to “WISCAP” and returning it using the enclosed stamped envelope. WISCAP is a charitable organization that falls under section 501(c)(3) and therefore all donations are tax-deductible.
WISCAP sincerely appreciates your support.
Brad Paul, Executive Director
Diana Austin, Director of Operations
Jonathan Bader, Director of Policy & Programs
Kassidy Farrey, Communications & Outreach Manager
Samantha Kozlowski, Food Security Program Specialist
Heidi O’Brien, Program Manager Income & Work Supports
Andy Heidt, Program Manager Housing Policy & Programs
Jane Gaffney, Project Director of Project Recovery
Amy Loeffelholz, Administrative Specialist