The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded $3,500 to CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center (FCC) last week, part of $600,000 the Foundation awarded to 223 civic and charitable groups throughout Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants.
“Domestic abuse has been a huge topic in the sports world, and in particular the professional football world, this year,” said Jane Benzschawel, FCC coordinator. “It is great to see the philanthropic arm of the Green Bay Packers make a donation like this here in our community,”
The groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, an event that welcomed all the recipients and honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.
“We’re honored to congratulate and thank this year’s recipients for their excellent work in our communities,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. “Their efforts inspire us and truly provide a positive impact.”
The Foundations funds helped the FCC complete its Secret Garden project, a new green space area that provides a safe, private space for play, healing and contemplation for women and children staying at the Stevens Point shelter. The first phase of the project included asphalt work, fencing, and updates to the playground and security equipment. A second phase adding raised-bed gardens is in the planning stages.
Other project donors include Security Fence, Women’s Fund of Portage County, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Stuczynski Trucking and Excavating, Girl Scout Troop #6231, Junior Women’s Club, CAP’s Fresh Start Program, FCC Advisory Board, Church of the Intercession, and broad community support.
The FCC provides a safe place to stay and supportive and legal advocacy service to domestic abuse victims and their children as well as short-term housing and intervention services to runaway youth. It serves clients from Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Adams and Wood counties.
CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been helping low-income people in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966. For more information about FCC or other CAP Services’ programs visit capservices.org.
The Green Bay Packers Foundation has distributed more than $4.8 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”