Waunakee area families are raising funds for a Dane County Immigrant Assistant Fund at an event at Octopi Brewing Aug. 12.
The assistance fund, held at Madison Community Foundation, was created in 2017 by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and the Dane County Board of Supervisors with $150,000 in county funds. The City of Madison contributed an additional $50,000. The fund, along with a $100,000 grant from the Vera Institute for Justice, is part of an effort to protect the well-being of local residents by providing legal representation to immigrants facing deportation hearings and family separation.
Six area organizations have also spearheaded the effort, including Catholic Multicultural Center, Centro Hispano, Community Immigration Law Center, Immigrant Justice Clinic, Literacy Network, and Rise Law Center.
The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at the brewery, 1131 Uniek Dr., in Waunakee.
It will feature music, face-painting, a bouncy house, interactive science experiments, a silent auction, and educational/informational resources. The suggested donation at the door is $10. For those who cannot attend but would like to support the Fund, donations can be made at www.madisongives.org/immigrantassistance.
The Village of Waunakee is currently in the process of putting a committee together to discuss housing in Waunakee and assess the needs.
University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Development Specialist Kristin Runge has been tapped as the lead person on this effort, with officials now examining how that committee will be comprised.
Anyone interested in serving on it is asked to contact Waunakee Village Clerk Julee Helt at 850-8500 or email@example.com.