Madison College or university, Ho-Chunk Nation accumulating donations for Afghan refugees

Madison Faculty and the Ho-Chunk Nation are partnering with the Kindle Venture to collect own items for the Afghan refugees. The university is web hosting a generate-thru donation function on Friday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Well being and Technology Building, 1705 Hoffman St. (Truax Campus). 

In the meantime, donated goods may perhaps also be dropped off at any Madison Faculty campus from now until finally Sept. 17.  

“I noticed this as an prospect for us to husband or wife with Ho-Chunk,” Nicole Soulier, Madison College’s Community Engagement Coordinator, advised Madison365. “And they felt a obligation to aid these families because they come to feel, from some of the interviews I observed, they share that they are pretty common with displacement and what it indicates to be displaced.

“This donation generate to assist Afghan households, who’ve been relocated to Fort McCoy, sits on common Ho-Chunk land,” Soulier added. “They have been accomplishing it to prolong a welcome simply because hospitality is the Ho-Chunk way. So looking at that and respecting and understanding them as neighborhood leaders, I just believed it was a excellent prospect for us to function with each other and provide.”

This push will be accepting merchandise such as clothes and footwear, private cleanliness items, newborn objects, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Backpacks and luggage are also getting asked for so families can retain their objects packed and protected although touring. Clothes products of all sizes are being requested ranging in between children and adult dimensions. In collaboration with the Ho-Chunk Nation, pupil veterans who attend Madison College are also using a lead on this donation drive. 

“The individuals who essentially initiated this project with Ho-Chunk Country have been U.S. military services veterans who have skilled becoming in Afghanistan,” explained Soulier. “They have a relationship to all those communities, and they comprehend truly intimately what’s likely on. We want to help our veterans. We have a ton of veterans who appear to our school. So that was also a further relationship that we have with this task.”

Drop-off spots include things like Commercial Ave. Campus – 2125 Professional Ave. (Welcome Desk) Goodman South Campus – 2429 S. Perry St. (Welcome Desk) Truax Campus – 1701 Wright St. (Home C1430) Fort Atkinson Campus – 827 Banker Rd. (Welcome Desk) Watertown Campus – 1300 W. Primary St. (Welcome Desk) Portage Campus – 330 W. Collins St. (Welcome Desk) and the Reedsburg Campus – 300 Alexander Ave. (Welcome Desk).

This donation push has brought jointly communities in just the Madison Faculty process across the point out. 

“This drive itself has brought us jointly as a local community as considerably as Madison College or university and Ho-Chunk Nation,” mentioned Soulier. “I do assume this donation drive has also truly introduced our campus community jointly. The numerous departments are doing the job collectively to make this transpire and all of our regional campuses. Madison Faculty handles 12 counties in South Central Wisconsin. And so all of these sites are assisting with this donation push. So which is just one more sort of point.

“I consider it is truly excellent — not just in terms of assisting our neighborhood and assisting our neighborhood — but just bringing our local community together.”


The Kindle Challenge Afghanistan Fund gives aid to companies performing with artists, females, and ladies who are at threat inside of Afghanistan or have managed to relocate outdoors of the country. Their aim is to increase a bare minimum of $250,000 as shortly as achievable. For people who want to donate funds immediately to the Kindle Venture, simply click here.