The community organizations provide vital services to the community. The 2012 Fall grant recipients are:
♦ Dean Foundation received $1,000 to help support the only free clinic in southern Wisconsin providing multi-specialty care for the uninsured.
♦ The Middleton-Cross Plains Friends of the Performing Arts Center received $800 to help support the four community performances planned for the spring in 2013.
♦ The Middleton Community Orchestra received $800 for the 2013 Rising Stars program.
♦ The Women’s of Benedictine received $475 to help fund an ecological assessment and management plan for land owned by BWM.
♦ The Reach a Child program received $475 to provide backpacks full of books that can be given by first responders to children after an emergency.
“Seven applications were considered for grants, the most funding requests MCE has received since it began issuing grants in 2009,’’ advisory committee chairman Andy Lewis said. “MCE has given nearly $20,000 in grants to 21 projects within the Middleton area in that time.’’
“We’ve established a goal to raise an additional $100,000 over the next four years so that we can support additional charitable work in the Middleton area.’’
MCE’s annual giving campaign begins in December. Many Middleton residents will receive a letter telling them about MCE’s mission and the grants the organization has issued. Last year more than $5,000 was raised through the campaign.
If you don’t receive a letter, you can learn more about MCE and make a tax-deductible contribution to the endowment fund by visiting their website: http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org/
“The money we raise for MCE not only benefits our local not-for-profits today, but it creates a legacy for future generations of Middleton residents,’’ MCE advisory committee member Adrianne Machina said. “As we head into our annual giving campaign, I’d encourage every resident to contribute at least $20. Your contributions go into a reserve fund that continues to grow over time, while the interest and dividends fund worthwhile projects that help us live up to our Good Neighbor reputation.’’
Committee members currently include: Cecile Druzba, Eric Fritz, Jack Hemb, Perry Hibner, Andy Lewis, Judy Lewiston, Dan Loichinger, Ray Riddle, and Adrianne Machina.
The MCE Advisory Committee considers grant applications twice each year. The next deadline is April 30, 2013. Other organizations that have received grants since 2009 include: Middleton Teen Clinic, Madison Drum & Bugle Corps Association, Restoring Hope Transplant House, Middleton United Soccer Club, Friends of the UW-Madison Geology Museum, and the Friends of Pheasant Branch, Kids for the Earth Program. Application materials can be found online at http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org/