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McIntyre Library staff to collect donations to help Hmong Mutual Assistance Association

RELEASED: Nov. 23, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association will again accept donations for its annual fundraiser that will benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.

The association has held the fundraiser for more than a decade, raising thousands of dollars for the HMAA.

The HMAA is a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community by operating a food pantry and assisting in housing, employment and translating services. The agency also works with other area services to assist the local Hmong community.

Last year, HMAA served 610 people who rely on the food pantry for their basic sustenance. The loss of federal funding this year has meant that the pantry must rely solely on donations, said Jill Markgraf, who is helping to coordinate the campus fundraiser. As a result, the HMAA has only been able to serve 290 people this year, she said.

Anyone is welcome to contribute to the library staff's project.

Checks, made payable to McIntyre Library Staff Association, should be submitted by Dec. 16 to Dan Hillis in Room 5012 of McIntyre Library. Names of contributors will be included on a letter accompanying the donations. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous should make this preference known. Donors should include an email address if they would like confirmation of the receipt of their contribution.

For more information, contact Jill Markgraf at 715-836-5357 or markgrjs@uwec.edu.

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