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23rd Annual Giving Project to Support Local Hmong Mutual Assistance Association Rice Pantry

| Jenna Vande Zande

For the 23rd year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association, a voluntary organization composed of library faculty and staff, is sponsoring an annual fundraiser to benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA).

Funds are used to purchase rice for the organization's rice pantry. Last year the project was able to raise funds to buy nearly 4,400 pounds of rice for the HMAA.

The HMAA is a social service agency established in 1982 that serves the local Hmong community by operating a food pantry and assisting in housing, employment, and translating services. Their mission is “to empower people, advance cultures, and enhance the quality of life for Chippewa Valley low-income families.” Since the HMAA opened its doors, the Hmong population in the Chippewa Valley has grown to over 3,000 of our friends and neighbors.

Donations will be collected now through the 31st of December. A donation of $20 can feed a family of five or six for a month.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at by selecting Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry as the donation designation.

Donations can be made as gifts, memorials and tributes to someone. To do so, select Memorial/Tribute under What prompted you to give today.

Checks, made payable to UW-Eau Claire Foundation and indicating Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry on the memo line, or cash can be submitted via mail or campus mail to Jenna Vande Zande in McIntyre Library. 

Donations also may be dropped off at the library research center or in the donation box near the circulation check out desk on the first floor of the library.

For more information, see  

Or contact: Jenna Vande Zande at 715-836-3421,