Gift of Hope for Homelessness

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Dear Friends,

It was an exceptionally cold winter in 2013.

Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, Will Green, Executive Director of Mentoring Positives, and local business owner Tim Metcalfe decided to go undercover together in Madison, Wisconsin to experience what it was like to be homeless in our community, and to learn directly from our homeless citizens about the challenges they face every day.

What these three men learned is that there are many causes of homelessness, and equally as many challenges for those who find themselves in this plight. Nationally, the average age of a person experiencing homelessness is only 9 years old! The majority of homeless folks hold jobs and are desperately trying to escape homelessness and get back on their feet.

A month after going undercover, Michael, Will and Tim were inspired to rally the community to join them in #payingitforward by collecting jackets, gloves, boots, socks, and other essential items like bus passes to distribute to the over 3,500 homeless citizens who reside in the greater Madison area.

What they discovered is that the gift of mobility and transportation in the form of BUS PASSES was the greatest gift of all. They were like GOLD. What they found was that our homeless citizens have many needs, and the gift of mobility was the most valued gift of all to help meet those needs.

Once a citizen finds themselves homeless, they need our support navigating the system to get back on their feet. Many simply need transportation to get to work or school, while others might need to get to the job center to fill out applications, or to the many different agencies where supportive services are available. Some homeless folks are forced to walk all the way across town in the bitter cold, just to get a daily meal of breakfast, lunch or dinner.

All of these needs require mobility—TRANSPORTATION.

Without the ability to get from point A to point B, a homeless person may not get that meal to sustain them, or be able to keep the job that will help them escape homelessness, or continue the education that will provide them with a successful future.

With a bus pass, their whole world opens back up again. They can get to the job center, they can get to work or school, they can get home to see their families over the holidays. But most of all, what these three men discovered is that a simple gift of a BUS PASS could give someone the gift of HOPE.

This GoFundMe site is dedicated to raising money for one simple purpose, and that is to give our homeless citizens the gift of mobility, the gift of HOPE on their road back to housing, by providing them with bus passes.

Bus passes are relatively inexpensive (as low as $3 in Madison and $6 in Milwaukee), so any size donation will go a long way. Please give generously if you are able and we will make sure that these bus passes get into the hands of the most vulnerable members of our community.

We encourage you to join us in paying it forward by making a donation so we can give the gift of mobility to these citizens in need of a helping hand, and let them know that we see them as who they are—our brothers and sisters—and that we care.

Please let us know which communities or agencies you would like your bus passes to go to.

Current list of agencies:
Porchlight Inc. - Madison Wisconsin 
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County 
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee 
Salvation Army of Dane County
Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee 
Friends of the State Street Family - Madison Wisconsin

With Great Appreciation,

Michael Johnson - Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
Will Green - Mentoring Positives
Tim Metcalfe - Metcalfe’s Markets

P.S. Anyone who makes a donation from "Now" through December 20th will be registered to win a $500 SHOPPING SPREE at Metcalfe's Market!

P.P.S. Metcalfe’s has also announced that they will donate one bus pass for each employee or customer who wears a CrAzY Sweaters from December 18-20 and stops by one of their markets—up to 1250 bus passes to distribute to those in need. That is $5000 worth of bus passes!

Thank you for your support of a very worthy cause.
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Thank you all,

We currently have $13,000 in donations, and our goal was to raise $15,000. This past week we delivered over 3,500 bus passes to local agencies that work with our homeless citizens in Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin.

The need continues!

We have decided to keep this site open to deliver bus passes to the homeless citizens in "any" city nation wide. With your generous donations you can give the gift of mobility, the gift of hope to people in any community, and we will make sure that those that need our help the most, get your gift.

Please continue to share, continue to contribute.

In the comment section please list the city that you would like your donation to be directed toward and we will make sure that it gets to the agencies within your community.

Again thank you all for your thoughtful generosity,

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Michael Will and Tim
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CONGRATULATIONS Paul Tonnesen:

Metcalfe's Market announces today the winner of the $500 shopping spree from all the names that donated to the Gift of Hope for Homelessness campaign this past week. Congratulation Paul Tonnesen of Madison.

We raised over $12,650 or 3,500 bus passes in a short 7 days.

Here is a breakdown of what each agency received from your gift.

Porchlight $3,600 or 1,200 bus passes
Salvation Army of Dane County $3,600 or 1,200 bus passes
The Salvation Army Milwaukee County $3,000 or 500 bus passes
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County $1,300 or 433 bus passes
Boys & Girls Club Of Great Milwaukee $1,000 or 166 bus passes
Friends of State Street Family $125 or 41 bus passes

We all want to thank all those that were so generous in donating to this Gift of Hope campaign benefiting our homeless citizens. We had over 135 people donate online through the GoFundMe site, along with over 150 employees and 1,000 customers at Metcalfe’s wearing CrAzY Sweaters donating over $5,000 to the campaign.

As you reflect this holiday season please know that your donation made a real difference this holiday season. You touched another human being, someone that you will probably never meet, but one that truly thanks you from the bottom of their heart.

With great appreciation in your generosity,

Michael Johnson, Will Green and Tim Metcalfe
Gift of Hope $500 Metcalfe's Shop Spree
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BREAKING RECAP:

The Gift of Hope CrAzY Sweater campaign for Homelessness

All totaled we raised over $12,625, or over 3,500 bus passes in a very short seven days. Donations came in from all over Wisconsin in support of the six local agencies which will be distributing the bus passes directly to our homeless citizens in Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Here is a breakdown of what each agency received from your gift.

Porchlight
$3,600 or 1,200 bus passes
Salvation Army of Dane County
$3,600 or 1,200 bus passes
Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
$3,000 or 500 bus passes
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
$1,300 or 433 bus passes
Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee
$1,000 or 166 bus passes
Friends of State Street Family
$125 or 41 bus passes

We all want to thank all those that were so generous in donating to this Gift of Hope campaign benefiting our homeless citizens. We had over 135 people donate online through the GoFundMe site, along with over 150 employees and 1,000 customers at Metcalfe’s wearing CrAzY Sweaters donating over $5,000 to the campaign.

As you reflect this holiday season please know that your donation made a real difference this holiday season. You touched another human being, someone that you will probably never meet, but one that truly thanks you from the bottom of their heart.

With great appreciation in your generosity,

Michael Johnson, Will Green and Tim Metcalfe
The Gift of Hope for Homelessness
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GIFT OF HOPE FOR HOMELESSNESS:

Today is the LAST DAY to give the Gift of Hope by providing bus passes to our homeless citizens just in time for the holidays.

We are just $3,500 away from our goal of $15,000 raised or 3,750 bus passes to give to our local agencies to give out to those that need our help the most.

You and your family can still participate. Stop by any Metcalfe's with your CrAzY Sweater on and Metcalfe's will donate a bus pass on your behalf, or you can donate directly to the campain at ...

https://www.gofundme.com/TheGiftofHope

Today is the last day, please consider giving a little Gift of Hope to our homeless citizens in the form of a bus pass just in time for the holidays.

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With gratitude

Michael Will and Tim
Bus Passes can be a Gift of Hope
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Michael Johnson
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Very impressed with the number of people that have donated and thanks Tim Metcalfe and Will Green for your leadership!

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Kelly Le Grand
44 months ago
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I am so impressed with the outpouring of support this campaign is receiving. I am more so impressed that Tim Metcalfe is acknowledging every single donation personally. That's what great leaders do! Lets keep this going to help those in need. They almost there! Please share To Give The Gift Of Mobility!

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Raised by 143 people in 45 months
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Very impressed with the number of people that have donated and thanks Tim Metcalfe and Will Green for your leadership!

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I am so impressed with the outpouring of support this campaign is receiving. I am more so impressed that Tim Metcalfe is acknowledging every single donation personally. That's what great leaders do! Lets keep this going to help those in need. They almost there! Please share To Give The Gift Of Mobility!

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