2020 The creation of Mitchell County Strong

Mitchell County Strong started as a collaboration between Solomon Valley Community Foundation, the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce, and Solomon Valley Economic Development as a way to support local businesses, nonprofits, and the residents of Mitchell County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mitchell County Strong started as a Buy 1, Give 1 program which soon expanded to include a Disaster Relief Fund, Hungry Hungry Heroes program and a MCS online Auction.

Within 48 hours of launching, $10,550 dollars were raised for local businesses through the purchase of gift cards while at the same time grocery assistance applications were being processed and fulfilled. By the end of July, Mitchell County Strong had generated over $100,000 back to local businesses from Gift Card and online auction sales, secured over $48,000 in partnerships, created a Disaster Relief Fund which distributed disaster relief mini grants to area nonprofits, and fulfilled every grocery assistance application it received.

Today, Mitchell County Strong continues to serve the communities of Mitchell County with initiatives and programming that focus on promoting and strengthening the communities of Mitchell County.

In the spring of 2022 Mitchell County Strong officially became a nonprofit and kicked off their newest initiative, Murals of Mitchell County. After receiving a $8,150 grant from SVCF’s bi-annual grant cycle, MCS provided $1,000 to each of the 7 communities within Mitchell County as seed money to get their community fundraising efforts off the ground. To date 13 murals have been created with many more on the way. MCS then used the remaining grant dollars to obtain their 501c3, officially establishing their non-profit status and commitment to serve the communities of Mitchell County.