Nonprofit Profile

Public can help shelter by buying an empty bowl

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner The fundraising committee for SAM25 is preparing for their Empty Bowls-Caring Hearts fundraiser on Oct. 21. Shown are, from left, front row, Jen Bisterfeldt, Connie Sommer, Robin Henn, Ruth Disterhaft; back row, Nancy Baumgartner, Terry Wiley, Mary Raether, Muffy Culhane, Lois Welch, Cindy Weisflock and Linda Trevarthen.

Shawano Area Matthew 25 continues to help the community with its emergency shelter, which provides a warm meal in the evening and a safe place to sleep overnight for those in need.

To help finance the shelter, SAM25 will hold its first Empty Bowls-Caring Hearts fundraiser on Oct. 21.

“We are planning for it to be our annual fundraiser,” said Muffy Culhane, board president.

The public is invited to attend the event, which Culhane said will be held on the third Saturday in October each year. Ceramic bowls designed by community members can be purchased with a meal of soup, breadsticks, dessert and beverage.

“The community really stepped up for this fundraiser by providing their artistic talents as they designed and glazed bowls for the event,” Culhane said. “SAM25 is so grateful for the support and help of the community.”

There will also be raffles, a silent auction and musical entertainment. All of the proceeds support SAM25.

Empty Bowls-Caring Hearts and all other fundraisers help the nonprofit group pay for things such as heating, water and electricity for the shelter, which is open from Nov. 1 to the end of April.

In the past two years, SAM’s House has provided a place of refuge for over 2,000 adults and children.

“Fundraisers help raise awareness and the difficulties for those struggling with poverty and homelessness,” Culhane said.

“So many people have helped in so may ways, monetary, supply donations, volunteering at the shelter and for fundraising events, providing meals, providing building maintenance, public speaking, and that is what it takes to keep the shelter running smoothly,” Culhane said.

Empty Bowls was started in 1990 in Michigan by a high school art teacher to give artists and art students a way to make a difference. It has spread throughout the United States and at least 20 other countries.

The simple meal of soup and bread is to remind people that while their bowls may be full, there are others whose bowls are empty

SAM25 is always looking for funding and volunteer help. Supporters would like to someday include a medical and dental clinic. They might also need to be a new shelter since the current location has a short-term lease and limited capacity.

For information, call 715-851-7252 or visit online.


WHAT: Empty Bowls-Caring Hearts

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21

WHERE: Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St., Shawano

FYI: $12 bowl and meal; $5 child serving (no bowl). Also basket raffles, silent auction, musical entertainment.