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Middleton Outreach Ministry, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support

Mission:

To instill hope in our community through progressive programs and partnerships to prevent homelessness and end hunger.

Target demographics: Prevent homelessness and end hunger

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,400 households received groceries in the food pantry, 900 households received free clothing, and case workers met with 642 individuals.

Geographic areas served: The Middleton Cross Plains School District and the westside of Madison, Wisconsin

Programs: Services and programs supported or conducted by MOM include free food distribution; free clothing, and household items; financial assistance for emergency housing and rent; Good Samaritan aid for transportation, prescriptions, automobile repair, etc.; pastoral and spiritual care; seasonal programs like School Supplies, Thanksgiving Baskets and Sharing Christmas gift giving; and referrals and advociacy to other resources within our network.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been continually impressed by MOM's willingness to allow their program funds to be used in creative and innovative fashion to meet their clients' needs. MOM assists over 200 families annually through various housing initiatives and reduces the incidents of homelessness in our community and they bring well over 100,000,000 pounds of food annually to over 1500 hungry families.

Donor

Rating: 5

My relationship with MOM spans many years and includes programs through my church and work. Through church we collaborate with MOM for food drives and school supply drives. At work we've participated in the Canstruction program and Sharing Christmas where we adopt a family as a company. My company, Strang Architects, Engineers and Interior Designers is proud to be associated with such a great organization and we know all of our donations are put to good use serving the needy in our community.

Nancy N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Madison recently and was looking for a place to volunteer. 3 separate people recommended MOMS.
I work in the food pantry and am blessed every week. The volunteers and the clients I encounter are outstanding. I get so much more than I give. The clients are so appreciative of what MOM offers in benefits and support and kindness.
The organization is well run. Al Ripp was an amazing and selfless man whose work continues.
I am proud to be a part of this nonprofit.
Nancy Nader

Kim S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the architectural creations using cans of food I saw at the mall on a number of occasions! The great minds associated with MOM, Inc., are only outdone by their tremendous heart. Awesome...way to make your corner of the world a better place. Kim.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I have seen the difference that the staff and volunteers of Middleton Outreach Ministry make in serving the Madison and Middleton communities with an array of needed services for individuals and families through their deep passion and heart-felt desire to make a difference in peoples lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredible community organization with a laser-like focus on serving the most vulnerable. Key issue they address is food insecurity, but also housing, clothing, senior services.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor because MOM was founded by members of the community for members of the community. We've helped those in need for 35+ years. It's about being there when our neighbors are in need. I take pride in making a difference. #GoodNeighbor

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for MOM. They matched my skills and available hours with their needs, which makes it a perfect relationship. I've made so many new friends in MOM staff and fellow volunteers. I've learned so much... about those in need and what impacts them the most. I feel like I'm truly making a difference in my community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MOM is dedicated to ending hunger and preventing homelessness in greater west Madison, Middleton and surrounding communities. It has an innovative food pantry model and treats every client with respect and dignity.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a caring, compassionate organization that treats its clients with dignity and respect.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I consider MOM to be a valuable community partner. Their food pantry, backpack giveaway event, and mobile food pantry programs are incredible. I often collaborate with the Distribution Center Manager on various projects and donations and all have been rewarding experiences. Likewise, all of the MOM staff and volunteers I have come in contact over the past few years have always been extremely professional, innovative, generous and helpful. MOM is an indispensable resource many people depend on for essential supplies but also one that provides many volunteer opportunities for members of the community. I feel lucky to actively collaborate with the Middleton Outreach Ministry staff and look forward to future endeavors.

Sarah344

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Community Social Worker with Joining Forces for Families that shares an office with MOM. This is a well organized, thoughtful, and generous resource for the community. I have partnered with MOM social workers with families and it has ALWAYS been efficient and helpful. I don't know what we would do without this valuable resource!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved for almost 10 years as a donor and volunteer at MOM, and I have come to appreciate the outstanding work that this organization accomplishes in our community. The services to the clients has greatly improved as MOM moved to a new, larger facility. The clients appreciate the well-stocked Food Pantry and Clothing Closet which they may visit as often as needed. And, the services provided by the case managers and other MOM staff members is invaluable. As a volunteer, I see and hear the appreciative responses from the clients. I, too, feel very strongly connected to Middleton Outreach as it continues its vital presence in our area.

Laura335

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with M.O.M. for nearly 16 years, in the capacity of donor, board member, food pantry volunteer, and driver for the seniors program. I have seen the organization change and grow with the need on the west side of Madison and Middleton, but the one thing that remains is the passion the staff, volunteers and donors have for those in need in our area. I have heard firsthand from those we serve how grateful they are for the compassion and services that M.O.M. offers during some difficult times. I have seen people's lives improve to the point they no longer need us, and that is the best outcome of all. M.O.M. also offers the community a place to give back and feel connected to their neighbors.

Rhonda44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and a long time donor, I have truly come to appreciate how important MOM is to our community. Having interactions with clients who come through our doors, I realize what an amazing, important service we provide, and as a volunteer I'm grateful for the opportunity to help provide hope and support to those who need it.

Margy Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 2 years. I am constantly impressed with the staff and volunteers. I believe we help out our clients and they are treated with dignity and are grateful as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

M.O.M. provides a clothing and food pantry to qualified residents of west Madison and Middleton. They also provide counseling and other services to their clients through the many programs they offer. My favorite ones are the school backpack program for kids, Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas gift sharing. Our clients are so appreciative, and strive to become as self sufficient as possible. M.O.M. truly makes a difference in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at numerous organizations and find that the MOM operation and staff are absolutely my favorite. Their generous, compassionate, kind and professional way of working with their clients, volunteers, donors and each other inspires me each time I am there. They make be feel valued and part of the team that is serving a diverse mix of clients in need from the community. I also love the clients and enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces even though they are sometimes going thru great personal stress. Thanks to the MOM staff for allowing me to be a small part of a truly great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff members I work with at MOM are dedicated to improving the lives of people living in our community--it's very inspiring and I'm thankful for the work they do. Also, as a volunteer, they always make me feel appreciated for my time and work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MOM is a wonderful organization dedicated to feeding the needy in the Middleton area.

I coordinate a fundraiser which sells mittens made out of recycled sweaters to raise funds for three local food pantries. The staff at MOM have gone above and beyond in their support of our event- even writing a press release for us! Thank you MOM

Donor

Rating: 5

Middleton Outreach does just that. They reach out into our community, opening their doors and hands and hearts, and make life better for so many people. They're truly dedicated to helping those who are struggling in our area. We donate regularly to their clothing drive and food pantry. Our kids look forward to helping families during the holidays. MOM makes it easy to contribute and we have every confidence that our donations end up in the hands of our deserving neighbors. They collaborate and cooperate with countless area businesses, schools, and organizations. MOM is a trusted source of support, comfort, and advocacy in our area. I'm proud to voice my support for this outstanding organization.

janmiddleton

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Middleton Outreach Ministry, I organize an an annual art fair inside the food pantry where over 60 local artists create for a cause -hungry children and families. 40%of the clients served are children. This matters to me! I also volunteer at the clothing closet, where gently used clothing are distributed - those in need can come choose whatever they need. MOM is a very well run organization - they have many volunteers who enjoy giving their time and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. what could be more important than food and clothing? Both the volunteers and the clients feel valued by the staff, and each year more pounds of food and clothing are distributed to those in need. The URL says it all www.momhelps.org

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe you can tell the health of an organization by how easily they attract volunteers, how effectively they use them, and how happy the volunteers are and the reviews of the customers for the non-profit with their services. Middleton Outreach Ministry excels on all of these dimensions. They are an effective organization offering food, clothing and shelter to those in need and homeless. They have many volunteers and people enjoy working there. Their time is well used, and volunteers feel valued. I have worked in the clothing closet where you sort clothing that is donated and hang the good pieces out. Clients may choose what they need. All clients are greeted with warmth and care - and appreciate the clothing. The women who staff this area are retired retail managers, so they have created a wonderful "shopping experience" for those in need.
I also work on the Holiday Art Fair, where the event not only supports those in need but gives a way for local artists to contribute to the community. Middleton Outreach Ministry is an excellent example of a non-profit that has real outcomes and a vibrant volunteer community and has distributed million lbs of food last year.