On behalf of the board of directors from United Way of Northern Ozaukee and our Honorary Co-Chairs, Michael Wood and Rick Sternhagen, we want to say thank you for the overwhelming support we received for the Stone Soup Project. The children’s story of Stone Soup was the inspiration for UWNO’s September volunteer project, where volunteers came together in the spirit of community to contribute a fresh vegetable, a nonperishable item, homemade cookies and /or lent a helping hand to strangers and friends alike. With the help of 125 volunteers including five local Girl Scout troops, we were able to package approximately 100 meals for Family Sharing of Ozaukee while donating over 400 nonperishable soup related items. In Ozaukee County, nearly one third of Ozaukee County households struggle to make ends meet.
Last Saturday, we celebrated the generosity of our community and helped feed our friends and neighbors in need. This event wouldn’t be possible without the major lifting from our sponsors, all local businesses who graciously donated their time and talents. The staff at Twisted Willow prepared 25 gallons of delicious soup from all of the fresh ingredients provided by the community. The Daily Baking Company donated all of the wonderful artesian breads. The homemade desserts were provided by neighbors and friends. A big shout out to Amanda Didier, Heidi Janous, Karen Weber, Linda Gottlieb, Mary Quentin, Alex Funk, and Maddie Meulenans, Craft Books, the independent bookstore on Franklin Street in downtown Port partnered with us to sell Stone Soup books and raffle off at the event. Sentry Foods in Port hosted one of our food collection barrels and China King donated packaging for the event. We appreciate the First Congregational Church for donating their space to host the event; they opened their doors to the community and made us feel welcome.
Stone Soup Event
Stone Soup is the perfect affirmation of what UWNO does every day by mobilizing nonprofits, business and community leaders, donors, government entities, educators, to collaborate and work together to bring positive change. Our partners are the greatest resource in the community, and when we are all working together towards common goals we can make a real difference to improve lives. Thank you again to everyone who was involved in helping us make a fresh nutritional meal for hungry families in our community.