This week, Green Bay Packers Give Back awarded two $ 250,000 impact grants to two nonprofits in northeastern Wisconsin, the Packers Give Back Impact Grant going to the Green Bay Botanical Garden and the Veterans Impact Grant to the Wisconsin Veterans Village Association.
“The Packers are pleased to support these two deserving organizations that help improve the lives of children, veterans and families through nature and wellness,” said Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Packers . “We can’t wait to see how the two grants will help create special spaces for families to spend time together and enjoy the time outdoors.”
Green Bay Botanical Garden will direct the grant towards its Kindergarten Expansion Project, which will help transform the existing half-acre kindergarten into a 2.5-acre natural wonderland that will create unique outdoor experiences, mixing art, environment and education. The expanded garden will also help address growing mental health issues in Brown County with increased opportunities for outdoor programs for children and families.
“This will be a game-changer in terms of the quality of nature-based learning and environmental education programs we can deliver to our community,” said Executive Director Susan Garot. âThe time our kids spent in front of screens during this pandemic has been proven to impact their test scores over the past year and a half. Our goal is to provide an environment for quality learning about the issues affecting our environment that will improve the issues. resolution skills in children of all ages. “
Wisconsin Veterans Village Association in Appleton will use the grant for their Outdoor Wellness Project, which will update and extend a pedestrian path around the perimeter of the Veterans’ Village, including a route to connect the transit stop and the Fox Valley Technical College, seating areas, raised planters and a platform view of Little Lake Lillian Pond. The project will also move and modernize the playground to improve the area for children and their families.
âVeterans in transition, whether young or dying, all benefit from access to affordable housing. When the affordable housing community for our veterans can be improved, the lives of veterans will be directly improved, âsaid Tom Wiltzius, co-founder of the Wisconsin Veterans Village Association. “This donation will provide our Veterans with new resources dedicated to their physical, mental and emotional well-being, including our outdoor walking / jogging trail and related resources, our children’s play area and our reflection stations at the edge of the pond and the stream. “
This is the second year in a row that Packers Give Back has awarded the Veterans Impact Fellowship specifically for organizations that serve veterans and their families. The Packers Give Back impact grant has been awarded in various forms since 2014.
Including impact grants and the annual cycle of grants through the Packers Foundation, the Packers organization has awarded 281 grants since May 2021, for a total of $ 2.25 million. A component of the Green Bay Packers Give Back program, the Grants, combined with other Green Bay Packers charitable efforts, contribute to a comprehensive Packers charitable impact that has exceeded $ 9 million in the past year.