Match Day scheduled for Thursday, March 8

MILWAUKEE, WI – On Thursday, March 8, community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in Match Day. This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in conjunction with Brewers Community Foundation and other local founders, will support 19 different food and shelter agencies that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.

Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs. Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund (http://matchdaymke.razoo.com/story/Basic-Needs-Fund) or to one or more of the 19 participating agencies (http://matchdaymke.razoo.com/search?search=1#first=&kw=&orgScope=on&preferredNposOnly=on&rg=&st=) this Thursday, March 8. A total of $675,000 is available to match contributions and grow the impact of a donor’s gift. All gifts will be matched proportionately, based on the total amount raised during Match Day by each organization.

Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home. 

To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org on Thursday to help support the 19 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Gifts can be made from 5am to 11pm on Thursday, March 8.  The minimum gift is $10.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio along with Brewers Community Foundation are the main sponsors for Match Day and have donated $50,000 to this cause. Co-sponsors include Time Warner Cable, The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee. The following is a video message from Mark Attanasio regarding Match Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd5D4wUx9XY.

The non-profits benefitting from the funds raised include:

·         The Cathedral Center

·         Center for Veterans Issues

·         Community Advocates

·         Daystar

·         Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

·         Food Pantry of Waukesha County

·         Friends of Abused Families

·         Guest House of Milwaukee

·         Hebron House of Hospitality

·         Hope Center

·         Hope House of Milwaukee

·         Hunger Task Force

·         Milwaukee Rescue Mission

·         Pathfinders Milwaukee

·         Repairers of the Breach

·         Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee

·         Sojourner Family Peace Center

·         Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center

·         The Women’s Center