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24th Annual Giving Project to Support ECAHMAA Rice Pantry

| Jenna Vande Zande

McIntyre Library is kicking off its annual holiday giving project raising money for a local organization’s work against hunger in our community.

For the 24th 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 Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (ECAHMAA).

Funds are used to purchase rice for the organization's rice pantry. Last year the project was able to raise funds to buy nearly 8,200 pounds of rice for the ECAHMAA.

The ECAHMAA 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 ECAHMAA opened its doors, the Hmong population in the Chippewa Valley has grown to over 3,000 of our friends and neighbors. For more information about the organization, check out their website at

Donations will be collected now through December 31st, 2018. 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.

Cash donations may also be dropped off at the library, in the donation box on the circulation desk on the first floor of the library.

For more information, see

Or contact: Jenna Vande Zande at 715-836-3421 or
                 Jill Markgraf at 715-836-5357 or