Community Feature Archives

Learn about the events, nonprofits, and projects from our past community features.

November 2022: Feed My People Food Bank


Our executive director, MaiVue Xiong, and our grants and communications administrator, Zach Schultz-Bates, visited Feed My People Food Bank in mid-November to see their nearly-completed Hunger Action Center (which won grant funding from Pablo Foundation) and brainstorm with a few of their dedicated and passionate staff members.

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Partnering with organizations like Feed My People Food Bank helps move our community toward sustainable long-term solutions to some of our most pressing challenges.

Visit their website at www.fmpfoodbank.org to learn more about how you can help make a difference.

October 2022: Menomonie Market Food Co-op

At the mid-October groundbreaking ceremony for Menomonie Market Food Co-op’s forthcoming 14,000 square-foot store on the corner of North Barstow and Galloway, the folks who gathered expressed a strong and passionate sense of community.

Four photographs of an outdoor construction site feature people with shovels, people gathered around a tent, construction equipment, and a person speaking at a microphone. In the center of the collage is the logo for Menomonie Market Food Co-op.

MMFC General Manager Crystal Halvorson celebrated the history of the Market and this expansion project, which will greatly increase the Market’s capacity to positively impact Eau Claire since merging with Just Local Food in 2021.


The Pablo Foundation is a proud Menomonie Market Food Co-op member and is excited to be part of the exciting changes MMFC will be bringing to our community. We invite you to join us in this journey by also becoming a co-op member!

September 2022: HERE Conference

The Pablo Foundation is proud to have sponsored the first HMong Economic Advancement, Research, and Equity (HERE) Conference.

Hosted by HMong American Leadership & Economic Development (HALED), the HERE Conference was held in September 2022 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, WI.


The conference provided attendees from around the country with networking opportunities, entrepreneurial tools, and engaging discussions to foster participants’ professional development.

With 18 workshops, roundtables, and keynotes across six breakout sessions, the first two days of the conference connected participants with each other, with mentors, and with resources and concluded with a banquet.


The summit featured research findings, a summit panel discussion, and breakout groups, culminating in planning actions and timelines for growth.


The HERE Conference was supported by organizations across Wisconsin and the nation.


Learn more at www.hmongamericanled.org.

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August 2022: Hike for the Homeless

Pablo Foundation is a proud sponsor of the 19th annual Hike for the Homeless, which was held on August 16, 2022.

Hike for the Homeless Sponsor: Pablo Foundation

Hike for the Homeless benefits Beacon House Family Shelter in Eau Claire. In 2021, Beacon House provided:

  • Emergency shelter, meals, and hospitality to 34 families with children

  • 4,346 nights of shelter

  • Case management to support families transitioning from homelessness to maintain independent housing

  • Home furnishings for 10 families

  • 13,038 meals

  • 1,742 volunteer hours

To learn more about Family Promise and Beacon House, click here.