GREEN BAY, Wis. 'Give Big Green Bay' kicked off Wednesday at noon for its second year. It's a 24-hour online community giving event raising money for dozens of non-profit organizations in the community. Those organizations can range from art, to education, to zoos.
For many participating non-profits, like New Community Shelter in Green Bay, January and February are slow months for the amount of donations pouring in.
"This time of the year, there's not a lot of money coming in,” said Kris Olson, Director of Development at New Community Shelter. “We have about a $1.6 million budget so it's really important to us to raise money year-round."
Through donating during Give Big Green Bay, people have the ability to change lives in their own community. New Community Shelter helped former resident, Otis Roberson get back up on his feet.
"They helped me get my apartment, they helped me with disability, and they're pointing me in the right directions,” said Roberson. “I promised them if I got on my feet, I would come back and volunteer, so I've been volunteering for the last six years.”
Up until noon Thursday Give Big Green Bay will accept donations to a participating organization of your choice. In 2018 Give Big Green Bay raised more than $800,000 to more than 30 organizations in the community. This year that number is up to 40 organizations.
The Packers have agreed to match donations, up to $250,000.
"You know for us, giving back to the community is at our core,” said Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Packers. “We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the support of our community over the years, we're community owned."
"You can donate in your pajamas, learn about the organizations and give,” said Dennis Buehler, President and CEO of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. “Any gift that is made in that window will then be eligible for some of the matching programs that we have available through the Packers and other funders."
‘Wello,’ is a Green Bay non-profit participating in Give Back Green Bay for the first time. Their mission is to create programs benefiting the health and wellness of the community.
"We have a Farm-to-School program that works with children in all nine school districts in our county to learn about where their food comes from, to develop a healthy relationship with food, and to even grow some of their own," said Natalie Bomstad, Executive Director at Wello.
In addition to the Packers, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and other local donors will match $97,000.