MILWAUKEE — It’s been a difficult year for small businesses, but that didn’t stop Jeanette Dvork, owner of Mainstream Boutique, from finding ways to give back on Giving Tuesday.
“People can come in and all-day shop of a cause,” said Jeanette.
In her store, 15% of the sales went going to Cathedral Center, an organization that helps women and families combat homelessness in Milwaukee. Jeanette said normally she host a larger fundraiser event for the center but due to COVID-19, that event was canceled so this is her way to support a local organization.
“It will be less this year because we will have fewer shoppers or fewer people purchasing. But If I can do my part to give what I can, I feel better," said Jeanette.
Over at Heart Love Place, they are hoping people find it in their heart to donate on Giving Tuesday to their coat drive. The non-profit has been in Milwaukee for more than 30 years helping to provide families with job training, meals and after-school programs.
This year it has been busy for them helping those in need.
“We are all struggling in terms of being operational, but what we are seeing walking through our doors are families who have lost their jobs, and they are trying to find a way to school their children at home and trying to find a way to survive,” said Executive Director Viola Rembert.
Viola hopes the help families for another 30 years, but it can only be done with community support.
“It’s so important right now, because of the pandemic, people are able to give, and you don’t always have to give money. You can give your time, you can send a prayer for us all - those things are important,” said Viola.
To learn more or donate to HeartLove Place, click here.
If you are in need of assistance or to learn more about the Cathedral Center, click here.