Green Bay Packers Give Back program awards record $1.25M in grants
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Green Bay Packers Give Back program awarded a record $1.25 million in grants Wednesday. Each of the five recipients were chosen for their impact on children and families in the community.
As the team celebrates 100 seasons of football, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy says it's fitting to give back to the community that has supported them for a century.
"We have a great history and tradition, and what I think is meaningful is that we wouldn't be here as an organization if it were not for the support of our community,” Murphy said. “So for us, as an organization, one of the biggest priorities is giving back to the community."
Golden House Inc., The Center for Childhood Safety Inc., Encompass Early Education and Care Inc., HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary's Hospital Foundation and Give BIG Green Bay all received impact grants. Each grant is $250,000 and allows these local non-profits to direct the funds how they see fit.
"I'm excited to actually, officially announce it now that we have this donation,” The Center for Childhood Safety Inc. executive director Kimberly Hess said. “We will have a permanent location in Ashwaubenon that we've never had in our 26 years, so it's really exciting to be having a permanent home for us."
This non-profit has slowly come to outgrow its space, so these significant funds couldn't have come at a better time. They will allow the organization to continue to expand and provide its crucial services.
"Unintentional injury is the number one killer of our children,” Hess said. “It surpasses heart disease, cancer, homicide...all of those combined, so we are a sole resource in the community to help educate parents and educate children on how to stay safe and prevent those injuries."
Including this year's record $1.25 million, the Packers Foundation has awarded a total of $3.5 million in impact grants since 2014.