The Green Bay Packers announced five Wisconsin organizations that would each receive a $50,000 donation, as part of the team's community action initiative to support social justice causes.
The players, led by Geronimo Allison, Adrian Amos, Oren Burks, Elgton Jenkins, Aaron Jones, Corey Linsley, Will Redmond, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Za'Darius Smith and Dexter Williams, worked together to select the following recipient organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, CASA of Brown County, House of Hope, La Causa and Sherman Phoenix. Each organization will use the donations to further the social justice causes championed by the players and their teammates.
"We're proud to offer our support and contribute to the causes of five extraordinarily worthy Wisconsin organizations," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "Our players have led the effort to expand our community action initiative this year by supporting groups that focus on empowering youth, creating economic opportunity and building safe and stable communities."
The donations are a component of the ongoing effort by NFL players and clubs to improve their communities through programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, whether through education and economic advancement, criminal justice reform or improving police-community relations.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is the city of Milwaukee's largest youth-serving agency and sees an average of 5,000 of Milwaukee's youth each day to participate in academic and recreation programming. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee provides safety and support during critical hours of the day, as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics and access to the arts, all to build the community's social and economic fabric to ensure the academic and career success of each member.
"Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee would like to thank the Green Bay Packers organization as well as players like Adrian Amos and Za'Darius Smith for this generous gift," said Dawn Matson, VP of Marketing with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. "The grant will allow us to continue providing a safe space, meals and programming across education, arts, sports & recreation, health & wellness and leadership & service to almost 50,000 kids in Milwaukee annually."
To learn more or to get involved, please visit https://www.bgcmilwaukee.org/.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Brown County is a nonprofit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in Brown and Marinette Counties who are under the legal protection of the court system. Their vision is for every child to feel safe and secure in their home and heart.
"We are extremely grateful to the Green Bay Packers and Corey Linsley for this grant that will help to sustain the important work we do to recruit, train and support CASA volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children who are under court protection until they are thriving in a safe and permanent home," said Kristin Jacobs, Executive Director CASA of Brown County. "Last year alone, 145 CASA volunteers advocated on behalf of 281 children in Brown County, making their lives safer and their futures brighter. For many of the children we serve, their CASA volunteer is the only consistent adult presence in their life. One caring adult makes a lasting impact."
For more information about CASA, please visit casabc.org.
House of Hope, which opened its doors in 2000, provides a safe and stable environment for young parents who are experiencing homelessness, as well as their children. House of Hope provides a positive support system during the challenges and celebrations of their journey to stability.
"For nearly 20 years, House of Hope has been working toward the goal of providing emergency shelter for pregnant and parenting youth, especially those who have few options and limited social supports," said Shannon Wienandt, director of House of Hope Green Bay, Inc. "Thank you to Geronimo Allison and the Green Bay Packers for the support and this generous grant that will expand programming for youth experiencing homelessness who are under the age of 21, a very vulnerable population in our community."
Learn more about how to get involved at https://www.houseofhopegb.org/.
La Causa, Inc.'s mission is to provide children, youth and families with quality, comprehensive services to nurture healthy family life and enhance community stability. What started in 1972 as a bilingual day care center serving the Hispanic population on Milwaukee's south side, La Causa has now grown to offer a charter school, early education and care center, crisis nursery and respite center, and social services programming for adults and youth.
"We are so grateful to the Packers players and the entire Green Bay Packers organization for the support and encouragement they have provided to our youth," said George A. Torres, President & CEO of La Causa. "This generous grant will be used to create a beautiful multi-purpose athletic space for both girls and boys at our Charter School. Being able to provide a space that will allow our students to both have fun and realize the benefits of meaningful physical exercise year round will be invaluable."
To learn more about La Causa, please visit https://www.lacausa.org/.
The Sherman Phoenix Project aims to foster change by transforming the eastern gateway to the Sherman Park neighborhood in Milwaukee into a safe, welcoming space that supports small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities. The socially just and culturally rich real estate project provides mentorship and coaching to help entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses, generate jobs and support the local economy.
"Sherman Phoenix is honored by the continued support from both the Green Bay Packers organization and the individual professional athletes as well," said Sherman Phoenix developer Juli Kaufmann. "We are aligned in recognizing that social justice and small enterprise can take root together and, through the Sherman Phoenix, we give wings for entrepreneurs to rise. By investing back into our neighborhoods, we inspire the next generation of leaders who see our Sherman Phoenix business owners as role models in action, sparking new dreams for the future. Together, we rise!"
For more information, visit shermanphoenix.com.