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December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

Wisconsin County Veteran Service Officers are a Critical Asset to KWW/CF/Heat and Housing for Heroes

Organization’s relationship continues to grow

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The Heat for Heroes van, generously donated and maintained by Schmidt Auto Inc., travels around the state of WI to raise awareness and funds for Veterans facing energy-related emergencies.

The impact KWWCF/Heat and Housing for Heroes has on veterans and their families wouldn’t be possible without its relationship with those who serve veterans throughout the state. It’s those boots on the ground who hear firsthand from the veterans and families who are struggling that allows KWWCF/Heat and Housing for Heroes to lend a hand.

December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

Schmidt’s Auto Inc. Support Grows with Their Popular 1937 Classic Divco KWW/CF-Schoep’s Ice Cream Truck and the Heat and Housing for Heroes “Vet Mobile”

Multi-generational family-owned business continues to help community

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Mike and John Schmidt, from Schmidt Auto Inc., as caricatures featured on the back of the vintage ice cream truck that the brothers donated and refurbished for KWW/CF to use at ice cream socials around the state.

Longtime supporters of the community, as soon as Mike and John Schmidt heard what KWWCF/Heat and Housing for Heroes was doing, they wanted to extend a helping hand to families in need, especially struggling veterans.

The Schmidts, co-owners of Schmidt’s Auto Inc., were immediately sold on the idea, offering to help the organization in any way. The family-owned business gifted and restored a converted ice cream truck for use in fundraising and outreach activities. Recognizing the importance of the impact the Divco ice cream truck has had, later unexpectedly, the family also contributed a converted van. The “vet mobile” has proven not only to be invaluable for special veteran events but with its patriotic graphics it too has become an incredible crowd pleaser.

December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

Hosking Inspired to Help, Volunteers for KWW/CF/Heat and Housing for Heroes

Madison Vet Center outreach specialist devotes time to calming veterans’ stresses

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David J. Hosking, Outreach Specialist with the Wisconsin Vet Centers shown here with a co-worker in front of the Vet Center Mobile van at the KWW/CF Golf Classic

After serving for nearly 30 years, Dave Hosking has become very familiar with the difficulties that burden service members upon their return home from deployments and separation from the military.

Hosking, an Army and National Guard veteran who served in both Vietnam and Iraq, has been on the frontlines and realizes the vital needs of veterans. He tries to help solve them every day, too, as an outreach specialist for the Madison Vet Center, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-affiliated facility that works to perform readjustment counseling for combat veterans and their families.

December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

Another Unsung Hero, Wayne Harris and 6AM Marketing, Lends Helping Hand to KWW/CF/Heat and Housing for Heroes

Marketing agency’s support helps nonprofit thrive

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Wayne Harris of 6AM Marketing, shown here accepting the award for Volunteer of the Year from KWW/CF Chief Spokesperson and Founder, Tim Bruer at the 17th Annual KWW/CF Charity Golf Classic and Silent Auction.

 

All it took was for Wayne Harris to experience firsthand the thousands of veterans living across Wisconsin without heat every winter.

Harris, an Army Reservist Vietnam War-era veteran and the president of Madison-based 6AM Marketing, has long been a supporter and partner with the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund and Heat and Housing for Heroes. He caught wind of the many who are forced to decide between heat and affording meals through a former employee whose daughter returned from a deployment in Iraq and found herself in that very situation.

December 31, 2018 @ 12:00am

WI Pipe Trades Supports KWW/CF/Heat and Housing for Heroes in Many Ways

Along with being in the forefront of progressive action that has resulted in the training and employment of veterans, the Pipe Trades has also been a major factor in raising public awareness in media markets around the state of Wisconsin and meeting veterans unmet needs. Their rank and file support of the highly successful Heat and Housing for Heroes ad campaign has resulted in an unprecedented number of veterans averting life threatening emergency situations.

The bond that’s been formed between KWWCF/Heat and Housing for Heroes and organizations across the state has led to thousands of veterans and their families receiving assistance and not worrying about basic necessities such as heat and housing.

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