Three Wausau-area AmeriCorps members were recently recognized for their efforts supporting children of low-income families.

On Sept. 27, team members from North Central Community Action Program, Inc. and NCCAP AmeriCorps Team-Greater Wausau Area attended the 34th annual Poverty Matters Summit – Statewide Edition hosted by Wisconsin Community Action Program Association in partnership with Social Development Commission (SDC).

Three #NCCAPAmeriCorps members, MiKayla King, Julie Sadler and Kao Yer Thao along with NCCAP were presented the Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award during the Legacy VIP Dinner.

The award recognizes an organization or individual that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to addressing the needs of low-income people. Specifically, the AmeriCorps members were honored for creating the “Blue Bin Project,” a bin filled with colorful bags of assorted, child-friendly trinkets, personal hygiene products, and an age-appropriate books offered to children of low income families seeking housing assistance.

King served in 2017-2017. Sadler and Thao served in 2017-2018 and are again serving with the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.

Photo: Left to right; MiKayla King, Julie Sadler, Steve Frodl & Kao Yer Thao. Courtesy of Steve Frodl