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Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties is pleased to announce a $6,000 donation from BMO Harris Bank. The funds are designated to support the agency’s Twin Oaks Golf Outing, Gingerbread Extravaganza and Fatherhood Initiative.
“BMO Harris Bank congratulates Community Action on its 50th anniversary of providing pathways out of poverty in Rock and Walworth counties,” says Cheryl Peterson, Vice President of Community Affairs WI for BMO Harris Bank. “The family-oriented programs are sure to be engaging, fun, and beneficial for everyone involved as we work together to help strengthen and enhance our community.”

The Twin Oaks Golf Outing commemorates its 17th year in 2015. Proceeds from the event directly support Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless, Walworth County’s only 24-hour homeless shelter. This year’s golf outing is set for July 20 at Abbey Springs Golf Course in Fontana.

Community Action’s Gingerbread Extravaganza kicks off the Christmas season at Beloit’s Eclipse Center on the first Saturday in December. Families decorate gingerbread houses and cookies, visit with Santa and enjoy other holiday activities in this growing local tradition. The Gingerbread Extravaganza supports all of Community Action’s anti-poverty programs.
Community Action’s Fatherhood Initiative provides job training and support for fatherless fathers in Rock County. Through an intensive three-month program, the Fatherhood Initiative collaborates with employers to fill entry-level positions and encourage participants to become tax-paying citizens. The grant from BMO Harris Bank will be matched by a government grant, essentially doubling the donation.

About Community Action
Community Action is a 100% local, not-for-profit organization, operating a broad spectrum of community programs aimed at preventing and reducing local poverty in Rock and Walworth counties. It operates the Fresh Start program, offers child care, at-risk youth programming, teen parent support, women’s health care, senior benefits counseling, homeownership programs, affordable housing units, home weatherization and rehab, assistance in dealing with a housing crisis, food for area pantries, and shelter for the homeless.

About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $589 billion in assets (as of October 31, 2014).