For the 25th year, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association, a voluntary organization composed of library faculty and staff, hosted its annual fundraiser to benefit the local Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (ECAHMAA) and their rice pantry.
The ECAHMAA is a social service agency established in 1982 that serves the local Hmong community by operating a rice pantry and food shelf, as well as 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 ECAHMAA 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 $1411.00, which will buy more than 1400 pounds of jasmine 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.
“For a quarter of a century, the McIntyre Library community has acted to support our Hmong neighbors, friends, and colleagues through this fundraising project,” said Jill Markgraf, library director. “Our demonstrations of support are especially critical this year as the Hmong American community faces threats of deportation.”
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.
For more information about the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association and their efforts in the community, check out their website: https://www.ecahmaa.org/
Image Credit: Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association