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Gifts for Community Care

Attic Angel Association, the fund-raising and volunteer arm of Attic Angel Community, awarded more than $120,000 in gifts in their 2023-24 fiscal year to a total of seven area nonprofit organizations that support pressing needs in the greater community.

Each year, the 475-member Association conducts three community-wide signature fund-raising events to support the Association’s good works, a long list of which dates back to 1889. Proceeds from the Attic Sale, Golf Open, Classic Clothing Sale, and the Holidays Galore & More Sale all go toward that fiscal year’s outreach focus. In 2023-24, the focus was to provide support for families with school-age children to address housing insecurity. 

Fund recipients for 2023-24 are as follows:

  • Briarpatch Youth Services Connection Advocacy Program - $25,000
  • Goodman Community Center Emergency Housing Assistance Project - $5,000
  • Habitat for Humanity Home Ownership Program - $17,596
  • RISE Wisconsin Housing Assistance Fund - $25,000
  • Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Emergency Assistance Fund - $8,000
  • United Way of Dane County Reducing School Mobility Program - $20,000
  • WayForward Resources (formerly Middleton Outreach Ministry) Housing Stabilization Program - $20,000

Attic Angel Association began in 1889, when two sisters earned the nickname “attic angels” by descending from their attic with armloads of goods to share with children less fortunate. Today, nearly 500 members join their ranks to serve both children and seniors throughout Dane County, including those living in Attic Angel Community.

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The Playing Field

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Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

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