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McIntyre Library has record year for Annual Hmong Mutual Assistance Association Fundraiser

| 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, sponsored an annual fundraiser to benefit the local Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (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.

 This year, the staff association raised $1235.00, which will buy more than 8200 pounds of long grain rice, making a difference in the lives of our Eau Claire area neighbors. While most contributions come from university staff and faculty, anyone is welcome to participate, and indeed contributions come from those in the extended UW-Eau Claire community. Every penny of the money raised goes to buying food for Eau Claire families in need.

 McIntyre Library would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser - by donating and spreading the word. We would also like to thank the UW-Eau Claire Foundation for assisting us with collecting online donations and managing the contributions.