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The Latinos Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) assists our neighbors in Door and Kewaunee counties who are experiencing financial emergencies. In collaboration with the Hispanic Resource Center, Door County Medical Center, Hope United Church of Christ and other local churches and agencies, LEAF raises the funds and provides the volunteers to work with the Social Services team at DCMC to provide discrete and reliable emergency assistance to targeted families for rent and utilities, medical care, transportation, employment and household goods.

A snapshot of the families served by LEAF in the last three years reveals almost all wage earners work in agricultural, dairy and service industries after arriving from Mexico or Central and Latin American countries seeking a better life for their families. By far the most common emergent need is for past due rent and utility payments. More than half of these families care for children and adults enduring chronic and serious health conditions. All are learning English as their second language. Most working adults are not U.S. citizens and are hesitant in seeking community assistance when needed.

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Donate $$

Mail or drop off your donation at 141 S. 12th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. (Please make your check payable to Hope UCC with LEAF in the memo field.) Click here to donate online via Hope UCC. Specify "LEAF."

  • Learn More and Volunteer

If you are interested in having a speaker talk with your church or group and want to learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Michele Munson at 920-228-2114.

  • Refer a Family for Assistance

If you or your Latinos neighbors are experiencing a financial emergency right now, call the direct line for the Door County Medical Center’s Ministry Fund at 920-746-3717. Ask about Imelda’s Hope Fund. Messages, in English and Spanish, will receive a response within 24 hours.

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