Eras Senior Network is taking part in a fundraising challenge through A Community Thrives to support new transportation options in the Harambee Neighborhood and surrounding 53206 zip codes. In order to be eligible to receive a $100,000 grant, we need to raise $6,000. If we raise $3,000, we'll be eligible for a $50,000 grant.
About Our Project
Currently, we are finding it difficult to recruit volunteers to drive older adults from the Harambee Neighborhood to healthcare appointments and the grocery store or food pantry. This is partly because neighbors from the Harambee Neighborhood interested in volunteering do not own their own vehicle, a current requirement of our volunteer drivers. If we receive one of the Community Thrives Challenge grants, we will utilize the funds to purchase two vehicles for the Harambee Neighborhood and surrounding 53206 zip codes. Volunteers of Eras will be able to utilize these vehicles to transport neighbors in need.
The need for this project stems from inequalities due to generations of racism and poverty. Milwaukee County’s Harambee Neighborhood and the surrounding 53206 zip codes are a predominantly minority area of the city. African American seniors have fewer family caregivers, and those caregivers can’t afford to purchase supportive services. Seniors risk losing their independence and struggle to do basic tasks like grocery shopping or driving to the doctor. Our new vehicles will be used to transport older adults to the grocery store and medical appointments in addition to delivering food pantry stock boxes to home-bound seniors.
Details of the Challenge
Our fundraising challenge begins on July 19th, 2021. To become eligible for for one of 16 grants through A Community Thrives, our organization needs to raise $6,000 by August 13th, 2021. The $100,000 grant will go to the organization that raises the most funds during this grant period. Additional grants will be awarded to organizations with the most challenge donors – so every person’s donation makes a difference! Thank you for your consideration!
Click HERE for official challenge rules.