WPS Foundation supporting individuals, families through COVID-19 relief donationsSubmitted: 06/30/2020
WPS Foundation supporting individuals, families through COVID-19 relief donations
Maya Reese
Maya Reese

RHINELANDER - As part of a pledge to help those impacted by COVID-19, the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is announcing donations to 31 nonprofit organizations across northeast and north central Wisconsin.

These grants are helping recipients provide essential items, such as groceries and personal care products, to those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WPS Foundation grants have helped:
  • 10 local United Way chapters, including the Northwoods United Way, provide essential supplies and support to individuals and families.
  • Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, which used a grant to provide assistance to homeless families.
  • Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, which used its grant to provide groceries and food boxes to area residents.
"WPS employees and the WPS Foundation have always been big supporters of our northern Wisconsin counties," said Nancy Sattler, executive director of the Northwoods United Way. "As time has gone on, the trickle-down effect of businesses closing and layoffs occurring are causing many area residents to be fearful of how they will take care of their families. Support for our Community Response Fund has contributed to many human service agencies in our area being able to help those in need."

Current and retired WPS employees also are making a difference through the WPS Foundation's Matching Gifts program, which is matching personal donations dollar-for-dollar to organizations helping those impacted by COVID-19. To date, these personal donations, combined with the WPS Foundation match, have raised more than $40,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts.

These contributions are part of a $1 million commitment from the WPS and We Energies charitable foundations announced in April to help the communities they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they were established, the foundations have donated more than $200 million to provide a brighter future to communities throughout Wisconsin.

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