Thanks to you, we not only met only met our goal of $11,000 for our Campaign for More Safety & Accessibility at MORE, we SMASHED it!
In total, $18,395 was raised in 31 days. This includes a $10,000 donation from The Burns Family Foundation. The Burns Family connected with MORE through one of our wonderful board members. They have very kindly allowed us to close out the $2,605 that was needed to meet our campaign goal and use the remaining funds for general operations at MORE.
MORE's Campaign for More Safety & Accessibility by the Numbers:
- 143 Individual Donations = $8,395
- One Burns Family Foundation Donation = $10,000
- Twelve Personal Fundraisers
- Four of those Individual Fundraisers raised more than $1,000 each
- Four MORE program participants donated a total of $160
Plans will begin right away for constructing a new sidewalk and ramp. We will proudly keep you posted as the project develops.
We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. This is possible because of YOU and we are truly appreciative to be able to have more safety and accessibility at MORE.
Responding to the Concerns of MORE's Community:
"You will always be safe and welcome at MORE."
Dear MORE Community,
All of us at MORE take our responsibility to support new Americans as they settle into our community very seriously. While we cannot control what happens outside of our doors, we can work hard to make sure our Participants feel understood and secure while at MORE. Recently, we held two gatherings to provide some reassurance about the future to our Participants and Ourselves. Almost 60 New Americans with eight languages being interpreted including Karen, Burmese, Somali, Amharic, Nepali, French, Spanish and English, heard this message:
"We care about you and your families as our neighbors. None of us know exactly what will happen in the future. We will listen to you. We will continue to hold meetings like this and provide you with facts, answer your questions, and support you. We will stay strong and get through this together. You matter to us. You are important to us. You will always be safe and welcome at MORE."
There were tears, hugs, hand-shaking and gratitude. So much gratitude. All were extremely appreciative of the meetings, including the staff and volunteers. MORE's Education Program Manager, Hayley Drozdowski says it best, "None of us knows yet what will happen. But I do know that we are #strongertogether, and I'm a member of one of the strongest communities that is open to anyone. And for that, I am endlessly grateful."
MORE is a multicultural community-based organization providing refugees and immigrants with the education and support they seek to become fully engaged members of our community.
MORE has a longstanding commitment to focusing its efforts on services targeting New Americans in these areas:
Economic Opportunity and Security
English Education/Workforce Readiness
Strong Human Services and Family Support
Last year, MORE served more than 1200 people in our programs. We believe that one of our strengths is that our doors are open to any group of new Americans. More than twenty cultures and ethnic groups have been served at MORE this year. They include:
- Karen (from Burma)
- Hmong (from Laos)
- Karenni (from Burma)
- Oromo (from Ethiopia)
- Amharic (from Ethiopia)
- El Salvadorian
- Chin (from Burma)
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