The next time you review your charitable giving, please consider giving locally. Mequon has many excellent organizations that enhance our community.
Each of us is bombarded by requests for money. There are many excellent choices that make our world better, from organizations that want to cure disease, to veterans groups, to conservation organizations, to groups that fight poverty. The list is almost endless.
Our houses of worship, schools and youth organizations also request and deserve our contributions (perhaps even most of our contributions). (Click here for a prior post regarding houses of worship, and I plan a future post on school and youth organizations).
However, there are some organizations that are vital to the fabric of our community, and they are too often overlooked. We could make such a difference if each of us would set aside even 10-20% of our charitable giving for these groups.
Here are a few. I am certain I will miss many, so I hope readers will remind me of them, and I can update this list.
Mequon Community Foundation (a great way to designate a gift to our parks, our police, our fire department or any community activity)
Freistadt Heritage Foundation
Friends of Jonathan Clark House
Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society
Mequon Nature Preserve
American Legion Howard J. Schroeder Post 457
Our Community Events
Community Fun Events (Family Fun Before the 4th)
Gathering on the Green
Mequon Festivals Committee
All of Us
Weyenberg Public Library Foundation
We have many great service clubs (Lions, Optimists, Rotary, etc.) that do great things, but their focus is generally local and beyond. Besides, they have whole clubs to market their activities. I will likely do a post devoted to them. There are also many great state and county organizations that devote some of the resources to our community (Family Sharing, the Adult Literacy Center, etc). Mequon is also the home to many generous family foundations and professional associations. THANK YOU to all of them.
However, this list is devoted to civic organizations devoted only to Mequon-Thiensville. They are often overlooked.