Thank you to everyone who supported #Giving Tuesday. It was a great success, thanks to you! We raised $24,529, surpassing our goal of $22,785.
It's not over yet! If you would still like to donate, 2017 gifts will be happily accepted through December 31. Please click here to donate.
On Giving Tuesday, Meals at Home has two challenge grants to match all donations dollar for dollar, up to $10,000. Help us meet the challenges! Your donation is automatically doubled on this day.
$5,000 challenge from The Retirement Research Foundation to match any donation on #Giving Tuesday
$5,000 challenge from Meals at Home board member and volunteer, Thekla and John Metz, to match any donation from a Meals at Home volunteer
Why donate on Giving Tuesday? What do you do if your parent or grandparent was struggling and needed help? What if they couldn’t afford to buy food every day? Or, because of disabilities, couldn’t fix their own meals? Or, because of loneliness and depression, simply didn’t care if they ate? And yet, many people are too afraid or too proud to ask for help.
Your donations on #Giving Tuesday directly feed people in our communities through our local Meals on Wheels program. This year, we will deliver more than 52,000 meals. Over 400 volunteer drivers deliver to Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, North Chicago, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Waukegan, Wilmette, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion.
Even with volunteer drivers, it still costs us money to feed our clients. Meals at Home pays for many of the meals we deliver. While some clients pay the full fee for meals, nearly 70% of clients receive subsidized meals. Last year, that was over $250,000 in subsidized meals.
Help us ensure we can continue delivering to our neighbors in need! Our goal of $22,785 – enough to provide meals in December for all our subsidized clients.
A very special thank you to our challenge grant donors: The Retirement Research Foundation, and Meals at Home board member and volunteer, Thekla and John Metz. Matching grants will automatically be applied to your donation. Meals at Home will automatically apply the volunteer match to any person who is a current or past Meals at Home volunteer, as noted in our records. You may also identify yourself as a volunteer in online comments.