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Packers award $500,000 in impact grants for COVID-19 reliefSubmitted: 06/17/2020
Packers award $500,000 in impact grants for COVID-19 relief
Maya Reese
Maya Reese
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mreese@wjfw.com

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded a total of $500,000 in impact grants to Brown County and Milwaukee County nonprofit organizations providing basic needs to those impacted by COVID-19.

A total of 20 organizations, 14 in Brown County and six in Milwaukee County, will each receive an impact grant of $25,000.

"The pandemic continues to impact our communities in so many ways," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "The Packers Foundation and the Packers are pleased to be able to assist these organizations in their efforts to assist individuals and families who have challenges in meeting their basic, weekly needs."

Brown County organizations who have received a grant are American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Casa ALBA Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center, Community Services Agency (COMSA), De Pere Christian Outreach, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Golden House, House of Hope, New Community Shelter, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation - Student Emergency Fund, Paul's Pantry, St. John's the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Student Emergency Fund, and We All Rise: African American Resource Center.

Milwaukee County organizations who have received a grant are Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Hunger Task Force, Impact, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services Inc., Milwaukee County Park System, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, and Sixteenth Street Community Health Center.

Including this year's impact grants, the Packers Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in impact grants since 2013, and has distributed more than $13 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986.

A component of the Green Bay Packers Give Back program, the grants, combined with other Green Bay Packers charity endeavors, contribute to a comprehensive Packers charity impact that was in excess of $8 million in the past year. The Green Bay Packers Foundation Trustees include Tom Cardella (chairperson), Marcia Anderson, Nancy Armbrust, Susan Finco, Jeffrey Joerres, DJ Long Jr., Larry McCarren, Dexter McNabb, Eric Torkelson and Mike Weller.

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