Midland donates time and money to charitable causes in each of the three major markets we serve: Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fort Myers, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. Individual staff members suggest charities to volunteer or donate to based on community groups with which they are familiar. Those suggestions are reviewed by Midland’s Charitable Committee to ensure that the money donated is given directly to those who need it most.
For 2019, Midland is proud to announce that we have donated over $35,000 and have served over 10,000 volunteer hours.
Hearts & Homes for Veterans, Inc. ($4,685)
Hearts and Homes for Veterans, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation that was created in 2013. Its purpose is to support homeless veterans and their families. They empower veterans to lift themselves from poverty and, in return, help other veterans do the same. They accomplish this by providing subsidized housing to very low, low, and medium-income veterans. They also provide transportation and support needed to find employment and more.
Midland’s donation made it possible to purchase 40 new bikes with lights and locks for Veterans living below the poverty line in Lee County, Florida. Midland also held an event that raised $1,185 for the local nonprofit.
Valerie’s House, Inc. ($5,000)
Valerie’s House has been open in Fort Myers since 2016. Its mission is to help children and families work through the loss of a loved one together and go on to live fulfilling lives.
Purdue Cancer Fund ($2,500)
Since 1978, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research in Indiana has had a mission to discover with the goal to cure cancer. This discovery is the foundation for innovative cancer solutions. With these discoveries, PCCR has developed emerging technologies and research that saves lives.
Meals of Hope ($2,500)
Meals of Hope’s mission is to inspire and empower communities to come together and end hunger. It began as a food packing organization and developed five meals specifically designed for the American palate with added vitamins, minerals, and proteins to supplement an unbalanced diet. Most of the meals are donated to the Feeding America Food Bank Network.
Senior Friendship Centers ($4,000)
The Senior Friendship Centers’ mission is to promote health, dignity, and quality of life throughout the journey of aging. Midland donated 75 Publix gift cards for Thanksgiving, and 60 gift bags on Christmas filled with a Publix gift card, an ornament, and a blanket. Midland has also made other donations throughout the year.
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (135 Hours)
The Harry Chapin Food Bank was founded in 1983 with the mission to lead the community in the fight to end hunger. The Food Bank serves five counties in Southwest Florida and donates food for about 28,000 individuals each week. 27 Midland employees donated a total of 135 hours sorting frozen meat and fresh produce, totaling 21,828 meals.
Midland has made it a part of its mission to volunteer and give back to the local communities. 2019 was a great year for donating & volunteering. Keep an eye out for Midland’s 2020 charitable events! Midland Serves!