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AvaStrong Charity
I’m so happy to be sharing our story with you. I’m a faith filled momma to three wonderful children. As a parent to a special needs child, life can be challenging at times, so why not add more to my plate and help others! Avastrong Charity not only focuses on supporting and providing support to families suffering the effects of CHD, but is also there for people to look for guidance in their journeys. We plan to do this through care packages for all families staying in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I’m so passionate about charities because they have personally touched my heart. Ava was born with a congenital heart defect that required open-heart surgery soon after birth. In her 2 years of life she has spent over 300 days in the hospital and has had over 23 surgeries for various things. To this day she is still dependent on extra oxygen and a feeding tube. This is unfortunately a very real thing in many CHD families. Through Avastrong Charity we are not only fighting for Ava, we are fighting for all children born with a CHD or special need.
B.A.B.E.S., Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Program
B.A.B.E.S., Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Program is a family strengthening program; providing a proactive approach to the prevention of child abuse. This innovative program was designed to alleviate stress for young parents (up to age 27), while protecting the child from possibly becoming a victim and a statistic of abuse. The foundation and purpose for our much needed and well supported program: abuse of children as a result of limited support, financial strain, addiction, low self-esteem, etc. B.A.B.E.S. provides an age appropriate environment for children, while also providing non-judgmental support for the parents at no cost. The program is designed to accommodate family schedules and offer children the opportunity to grow in a positive setting that is conducive to the development of essential skills and values. B.A.B.E.S. exists to function as one of the many components necessary to turn the alarming child abuse trend around. Many young parents feel trapped, frustrated, and consequently transfer these emotions to the child. The children will be protected from experiences which perpetuate abusive behavior, through the provision of support, understanding to young parents, and a fun and safe place for children.
Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha
Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha employs one-to-one mentoring to help at-risk kids thrive. We match children and teens, who need a little extra help to succeed, with caring mentors and have been improving our community for 46 years. Children need a set of basic connections to help them through the challenges faced as they grow. Supportive role models are essential to a happy and successful adulthood and many kids don’t have this guidance. Often, youth who are referred to us do not receive encouragement to complete their education and lack the knowledge and confidence to succeed. Kids who are lucky enough to have a mentor do better in school, are more equipped to resist negative peer pressure, become more physically active and feel more self-assured. We have an average of 65 children on the waiting list, ready to be matched, and the current wait time for a mentor is over three years. Our dream is to provide a mentor to every child who asks, within six months. With your help, we’ll get there.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has empowered mentoring opportunities to thousands of children in Outagamie, Winnebago, Waupaca and Calumet counties. Together, with community partners, adult volunteer mentors (Bigs) and families, BBBS has continued to provide life-changing friendships to children (Littles) exposed daily to adverse childhood experiences like poverty, mental illness, physical illness, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, and bullying. Our mission is URGENT! More than 8.5 million kids are in need of someone who will stand in their corner, with over 150 children waiting in the communities we serve. BBBS helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. We make meaningful, monitored matches, and develop positive one-to-one relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. When it comes to the future of our children and the well-being of our communities, we’re all in this together. It all starts with the right role models and Big Brothers Big Sisters is the place to start! 
CAP Services, Inc. – Skills Enhancement Program
The Skills Enhancement Program addresses poverty in the Fox Cities area by helping low-income individuals increase their income potential through education. Participants need to be working at least 20 hours per week, yet have a household income below the 200% level of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and be motivated to complete a short-term training program (Associate degree, Technical Diploma or Certificate) to build the skills needed to compete for higher-paying jobs. The program provides financial assistance towards the cost of tuition, books, tools, uniforms or exam fees, as well as training related child care and transportation costs. Supportive case management helps participants successfully work towards their goals and overcome any barriers they may experience. Program graduates have built a permanent capacity to earn more income, access career type jobs with stable hours and access to benefits, and have increased the economic and emotional stability of their family. The Skills Program has been serving the Fox Cities for 27 years and has had more than 900 graduates! During 2017, 148 individuals were served and 26 individuals completed their training program and graduated. The average increase in hourly wage for graduates was $6.81, and the average increase in annual income was $19,478!
CASA of the Fox Cities
Our mission is to advocate for abused and neglected children in our local courts with community volunteers to achieve placement in safe and permanent homes. CASA volunteers do this by meeting with the child weekly and objectively EXAMINING their situation, environment, and relationships. CASAs IDENTIFY the needs of the child and recommend critical services to the court. CASAs MONITOR whether the orders of the court are being followed and ADVOCATE for the child’s best interests in a monthly court report. We do this because when a child is removed from their family they are thrust into an overburdened child welfare system. CASA volunteers provide immediate support across the entire spectrum of a child’s needs: safety, health, emotional and physical development, education, family, faith, recreation and cultural continuity so that the child may thrive. As a result, a child with a CASA will spend less time in foster care, is less likely to reenter foster care, and is less likely to be bounced from home to home. A child with a CASA gets more help while in the system and does better in school. They are more likely to pass all classes, and they are less likely to have behavioral issues. 
Center for Suicide Awareness
The Center for Suicide Awareness, headquartered in Kaukauna, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing support, education, and resources to individuals, families, veterans, schools, businesses, community agencies, and more. All efforts support the Center’s mission of suicide prevention for anyone, or any organization, touched by the tragedy of suicide. The Center provides barrier free, no-cost services including drop-in support groups for veterans, military members and their families, youth and adult Survivors of Suicide, educational and informational presentations on suicide prevention, mental health stigma reduction, QPR training, and more. All efforts play a vital role in preventing the tragedy of suicide in our communities. After recognizing the high number of youth communicating distress over text messaging prior to a suicide attempt, The Center immediately put together a plan to bring a text based emotional support line serving all of Wisconsin. HOPELINE-741741 is the state’s only no-cost, barrier-free emotional support text-based service providing immediate emotional support, resources, and crisis trained responders 24/7, via the most popular form of communication: texting. HOPELINE receives thousands of texts from residents across the state who are seeking support and resources when they need it most. HOPELINE also expanded its service by offering the Spanish version called APOYO.
Community Benefit Tree
Community Benefit Tree’s (CBT) mission is empower individuals and families to effectively navigate a medical crisis, encompassing finances, health resources, and spiritual well-being. We started as a labor of love after hosting a golf outing in memory of Lawrence Wolfinger who passed away from a heart attack. The committee of the first golf outing gave the proceeds to a family whose daughter was a diabetic and needed a glass eye. After 12 years of donating the proceeds to families in need, Heidi (daughter of Larry Wolfinger) and Karla (wife of Larry Wolfinger) felt the need to help more families struggling with a medical crisis and started the nonprofit. In that time CBT has celebrated the lives of and provided support to over 600 families regardless of age or diagnosis. We create a volunteer team to support the family, train the support team to put on a successful fundraiser, provide counseling and help establish a medical crisis budget, help pay immediate bills, and provide resources and support. We aim to improve their quality of life, cover treatment expenses, and relieve patients from the financial burden that forces them to choose between life-saving treatment and life’s necessities.
Exceptional Equestrians
Exceptional Equestrians is a therapy clinic that uses horses to help children and adults with disabilities and disorders. Occupational therapy and physical therapy clinicians help people ages 2 through adulthood with conditions such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, Down syndrome, brain injury, autism, and neuromuscular disorders. Exceptional Equestrians is one of the most comprehensive programs in the Midwest, serving the community for 25 years. Our mission is to better the lives of people of all abilities through the healing power of horses. We provide hippotherapy to help people ages 2 and older improve cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Our goal is for each individual to achieve their highest potential in functional skills, life skills, comfort, and independence. In our commitment to serving all individuals regardless of ability to pay, we offer sliding-scale fees to families in need. Your support helps children and adults with disabilities receive life-changing horseback therapy.
Financial Information & Services Center, Inc. (FISC)
FISC offers personal counseling and coaching on a variety of financial matters - credit cards, bankruptcy, budgeting, housing, student loans, and more. Our team of counselors help clients get a clearer picture of their financial situation and the options available to lead them toward financial self-sufficiency. FISC also provides resources to assist clients with student loan debt repayment plan options. Regularly scheduled workshops are offered on site or are taken to community workplaces. Presentations and workshops offer practical tips, hands-on forms, and positive steps to take that lead to a more effective money management system. One client stated "My sincere gratitude to everyone at FISC for helping me through the most difficult time in my life. I had always had a great credit score and paid my bills on time. Then I had a turn of events in my life -illness, medical bills and reduced income. I started to use credit cards and fell deeper in debt. But, never did one of your counselors treat me with anything but the utmost respect. Thank you everyone. You are such an asset to our community."
Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra
The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra has been a part of this community for 51 years, bringing music and education to our students and families. As our gift back to the community, we have a free, family-friendly concert and fireworks celebration, Brats, Beer & Beethoven, at Fox Cities Stadium. In the past three years, attendance grew to over 5,000. The popular music, fireworks, and free admission give this event mass appeal. The audience is primarily family groups and seniors, happy to enjoy the free admission and abundant accessibility for those with mobility issues. Reaching many people who have never been exposed to live symphonic music, the event appeals to all demographics and income levels. In partnership with Miracle League of the Fox Cities, we also invite families with special needs to enjoy BBB during the rehearsal, allowing them the opportunity to participate and help to ease some of the logistical challenges –parking, crowds, accessible seating, sensory-friendly. Many people ask why we don’t charge an admission fee or seek donations at the gates. Our response is always the same: this is a GIFT to everyone in the community, regardless of their resources.
Friendship Place
Friendship Place (FP) was originally a program of NAMI Neenah-Menasha, which began around 1988. NAMI started the drop-in center for people with mental illness, which originally used church facilities, and then moved to the present location in 1991. In 1999 the United Way of the Fox Cities requested that NAMI review the organizational structure of FP to consider adding a full-time staff position to direct the operation. A separate 501 (c) 3 corporation was formed soon after, and a full-time executive director was sought to oversee the operation. Since then, Friendship Place (FP) has been encouraging adults with mental illness to live well by fostering an environment that provides members with peer support, advocacy, and education. FP is a social, educational, and recreational outreach drop-in center for adults with severe and persistent mental illness that is designed to encourage participation in social and educational opportunities both at the drop-in center and in the community. We are a place to reach out and make a difference to people with mental illness and encourage them to be more active, contributing members of our community. A place where people can safely gather in a clean, non-judgmental, comfortable setting where they can lead a more normal life, develop interpersonal relationship skills, and build self-esteem.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) was established on May 1, 2008 after the merger of six Wisconsin Councils. Our programs offer the world’s best leadership experience designed specifically for girls’ needs, differentiated by grade level from kindergarten through high school, with flexible pathways for participation. Girls may join Girl Scouts by enrolling in a troop, attending local or regional events, participating is a series, traveling, going to camp, or partaking in virtual online programs. These opportunities allow for girls to discover their strengths, connect with others, and act to improve their communities. To bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life, activities are led by girls themselves, feature cooperative learning, and highlight learning by doing. Girls come up with their own ideas, build teams, and experience the joy of making a positive impact. In partnership with over 6,000 dedicated adult volunteers, we serve 18,000 girls aged 5-17 in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Specifically, in the Appleton area, we serve over 4,000 girl members a year. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, through key programs that focus on life skills, entrepreneurship, and making the world a better place.
Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin
Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin is an education and empowerment program for girls in grades 3-8. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run is a 10-week program where girls, their team, and their volunteer coaches meet twice a week for an hour and a half for practice. Each practice consists of an important lesson to build their social and emotional skills. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Harbor House
Established in 1984, Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs began as a county-administered program offering safe shelter and basic crisis services to domestic abuse victims. From these humble beginnings, we expanded to a 55-bed shelter facility with 24-hour emergency services and a wide range of programming for families affected by domestic violence. We partner with a number of likeminded community organizations, allowing us to expand our operational capacity beyond what can do on our own. Through collaborations and special projects that draw on each other’s strengths, we’ve worked to better address the needs and increase the self-sufficiency of domestic abuse victims and survivors in our area. Harbor House receives funding from a variety of sources. It is our goal to use this funding to create the greatest value for survivors of domestic abuse. Our annual reports provide information on where funding comes from and how we turn that support into programming – and ultimately outcomes – for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.
LEAVEN
LEAVEN (Limited Emergency Assistance Valley Ecumenical Network) is a volunteer, community-based nonprofit organization that has pursued its mission of care and service since 1987. Individuals and families needs support and assistance when they are in a financial crisis to prevent them from slipping into greater poverty, homelessness, and ill health. LEAVEN helps stabilize and empower these vulnerable households by providing financial assistance, referrals, and case management to address their near-term and long-term basic needs. Assistance is provided for housing, utilities, transportation, health insurance, diapers, and other basic necessities. LEAVEN’s help is typically immediate, short-term, and emergency based. We help bridge the gap between hardship and hope. The LEAVEN Community Resource Center, scheduled to open in September 2018, will remove barriers and create opportunities for our clients to connect with fourteen partner organizations. By integrating services under one roof, we will continue to meet our clients’ immediate needs AND work to promote long-term stability.
Miracle League of the Fox Valley
The Miracle League of the Fox Valley, a program of Goodwill NCW, is an organized baseball league for kids ages 4-19 with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. The league started in 2010 by player parents Mark and Lisa Robbins. During the 2018 season the league consists of 207 players,16 teams and 270+ community volunteers who support the league on a weekly basis. Games are played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at their accessible facilities, the John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle League field, in Memorial Park, Appleton. The league uses baseball to create relationships, help players grow and educate volunteers as they advocate for this under served population in our community.
Mission Myeloma, Inc.
Mission Myeloma, Inc. is dedicated to showing support to myeloma patients and their families and to fund research for a cure. Mission Myeloma was established in response to the lack of resources for this type of blood cancer in Wisconsin. Mission Myeloma provides support in three ways: 1.) Financial Grants. Financial assistance is intended to help offset the cost of medical and household expenses. Myeloma patients complete and submit the grant application found online at www.missionmyeloma.org for consideration. The application process includes verification by the patient’s medical team. 2.) Care Packages. Care packages are provided to myeloma patients through partnerships with local healthcare medical teams treating myeloma patients. This gift is intended to provide patients with hope and assurance they are not alone. Mission Myeloma care packages are currently being distributed by ThedaCare Cancer Center, Green Bay Oncology, and Marshfield Clinic. 3.) Network of Resources. Through collaboration with various local healthcare professionals, Mission Myeloma is establishing a network of resources for myeloma patients, their loved ones, as well as their caregivers. Resources include relevant programs, educational materials, and support groups to offset various obstacles that accompany a myeloma diagnosis, including emotional and financial strain, as well as access to accurate and easy-to-understand education about myeloma.
Positive Every Day Cancer Foundation, Inc.
In one day, our world shattered. On Oct. 3, 2014 Raiden — a son, brother, nephew, grandson and 3-year-old boy — was diagnosed with Stage 4 Nueroblastoma. Our entire family faced a challenge that would leave each and every one of us feeling unraveled, lost, sad and challenged. Throughout Raiden’s treatment, family and friends rallied around the little boy we loved so dearly...offering positives, hope and praying for a full recovery. In summer 2015, our family felt it was time we could do something about the devastating impacts of childhood cancer. From our own feelings of sadness and devastation rose a wave of determination — a wave of positive resolution. That’s when Positive Every Day Cancer Foundation, Inc., came to life. Our nonprofit creates time for families in Wisconsin with a child fighting cancer to connect, despite the difficult diagnosis and treatment ahead. We feel mealtime is an important opportunity for family connection, and through providing pre-cooked meals or funding for groceries or cleaning services we can alleviate some of the stress from everyday life. We also focus on enhancing family relationships through donating a night together at home or elsewhere.
Reach Counseling
Every year since 1976, Reach works with over 500 abuse victims (and their families) to heal lives and hold perpetrators accountable through innovative programs in education and outreach, victim advocacy, outpatient therapy, counseling and sex offender treatment. Dee is a 13 year old girl who was referred to Reach Counseling this past year when she was hospitalized for suicidal ideation after her mother discovered she was being sexually assaulted by a 26 year old man. He was clearly aware of her age, and that having sex with her was illegal, but manipulated her into a relationship with him. After reporting the sexual assaults (which led to his arrest) Dee and her mother experienced significant harassment from this man’s family and friends over a period of several months. She was struggling with many symptoms: feeling afraid, nervous, and lonely, stressed by day-to-day responsibilities, blaming herself for things, being concerned about family troubles, having nightmares/flashbacks, difficulty concentrating, intrusive memories, and feeling like something bad is going to happen. Dee spent about 9 months in counseling and is very different now. She returned to school, has many friends (she had few before), and is involved in extracurricular activities. She now feels safer and is able to begin moving on. This is only one example of what Reach does for abuse survivors.
Rise Together
RISE TOGETHER was founded in 2013 by nationally recognized storytellers, Anthony Alvarado, Douglas Darby, and Nadine Machkovech. Together, they had a goal: to help save at least one life. RISE TOGETHER exists to ignite a youth-led movement that is helping to SAVE LIVES by encouraging students to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about: breaking the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs, and alcohol. RISE TOGETHER aims to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, and EMPOWER youth primarily through storytelling. Its solution is to provide communities with HIGH-QUALITY educational content, programs, workshops, and training that help build strong advocates and leaders. RISE TOGETHER focuses on community-level change by implementing unique strategies based on local needs determined by community assessments, surveys, feedback, and evaluating efforts. Since 2014, RISE TOGETHER has surveyed more than 7,000 students across 53+ counties. RISE TOGETHER has collected more than 3,000 testimonies from youth and people who care about them that demonstrate the lifesaving impact of its programs. RISE TOGETHER’s youth research was featured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; with recommendations by U.S. senators, legislators, teachers, and thousands of students. 
Riverview Gardens
Riverview Gardens is a collaborative transformation of a 72-acre golf course and country club into a non-profit organization with a mission to build dignity through job training and employment. We are addressing root causes of unemployment, poverty and homelessness through hard work, creativity and human dignity. We approach our mission with the core concept that all people have value and can contribute to the community in which they live. We engage individuals in need throughout the Fox Cities and Northeast Wisconsin in a 90-hour no-fail, no-cost, job-training program, ServiceWorks®. This program helps people obtain stable, permanent employment and empowers them to become self-sufficient community members. To provide job-training opportunities for ServiceWorks participants, we repurposed existing resources to create five social enterprises: Certified-organic urban farm; Hydroponic greenhouse; Community center and park space; Downtown Appleton building; Maintenance contracts. ServiceWorks serves individuals experiencing homelessness or living in poverty, veterans, at-risk youth, women fleeing domestic violence, single parents, previously incarcerated and others. Upon completion of the program, graduates are connected to employment and supportive services through a three-year placement success program. Our programs are about creating resilience, a support network and a sustainable future for the people we serve and therefore, the entire community.
Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Inc.
Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley has been innovating to meet mental health needs for 48 years. In 2018 we will serve 550 kids and 850 adults with life-changing counseling that connects mind and spirit. More than 500 of them come to us in financial need. We also work to prevent teen suicide and school violence by giving more than 13,000 K-12 students access to a free mental health check-up right at school each year. The Wellness Screen program meets kids where they are every day, gives them a safe place to be heard, then connects more than 400 students per year with vital -- even life-saving -- mental health care and support. Together with our eleven partner school systems, we care for the Kids in Crisis covered by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin for the past three years. Samaritan Counseling Center equips faith leaders as "first responders" in mental health. The Mental Health Ministry Initiative gives professional and volunteer faith leaders tools to identify mental health concerns, refer those in pain for care, and give them ongoing support in their faith community. The access to mental health care and education that we provide is not possible without philanthropic investment.
Special Spaces
Special Spaces is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that creates dream bedroom makeovers for children with life threatening illnesses; focusing on those children with cancer. Our local Fox Valley Chapter, led by Director Holly DeLong, serves children in Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties. Holly has plans to complete six dream bedroom makeovers this year and looks forward to growing the Chapter. With the child as the main designer, the goal of Special Spaces is to create a dream bedroom that only the child can imagine…a place to sleep, play and spend time away from the challenges of their illness. Providing new furniture, bedding, custom murals, medical storage and closets, no two “special spaces” are alike! From princesses, superheros, unicorns, fairies, and sports themes, we make dreams come true! All of this “magic” is done in just two short days. Utilizing volunteers for 95% of our workforce, our room build experience is “hands on”. We involve the community directly in the needs of the child and family. Our team approach allows for many individuals to be touched by the child. Funding and volunteer support is equally important in the implementation of a Special Spaces bedroom makeover. Since our founding in 2004, Special Spaces has continued to grow our volunteer teams, community support, corporate sponsorship and most importantly, families served each year. With your support, we look forward to helping more children in the Fox Valley area. Thank you for helping us...Change Children’s Lives One Bedroom at a Time! For more information about Special Spaces visit www.SpecialSpaces.org. 

Spierings Cancer Foundation
Founded in 2009 by Jim & Sue Spierings, after Jim survived Stage IV Tongue/Throat Cancer. Inspired by the support they received from the community while Jim was sick. The foundation holds an annual fund raiser called Rock Cancer. Rock Cancer is an all day concert held at Doyle Park in Little Chute to raise money to fund our mission. 100% of the money raised is turned back into the local community to provide grants to families struggling financially due to Cancer; provide grants to the local hospital/Cancer centers with a goal of enhancing cancer treatment in the Fox Cities; and support Cancer research in the State of Wisconsin. Since its inception the Foundation and Rock Cancer has raised almost $1,000,000 and has provided grants totaling over $380,000 to more than 350 families. We have provided grants to local Cancer centers totaling over $225,000. And we have provided research grants to the universities, hospitals and clinics in the state of Wisconsin of over $120,000. We also support programs like the YMCA’s LiveStrong and StayStrong program for cancer survivors trying to gain back the strength lost during treatment. Our motto is Make A Difference, Help a Family, ROCK CANCER.
The Music Mission
The Music Mission is a non-profit organization started when Leah Witthuhn was 15 years old, and she is now 20. Leah has been blessed with gifts and wonderful people, and wanted to give that gift back to children in need. What we do at The Music Mission is receive donated instruments, fix them up, and give them to kids in need. There is never any money exchanged. For the first year we check in with the student and teacher each quarter to make sure they are taking care of the instrument and still enjoying it, and at the end of their first year with the instrument it becomes permanently theirs for free. We have donated tons of instruments to local kids here in the Fox Cities, and have also done some international work, giving to children in countries such as Haiti, Guatemala, and Cambodia. Another aspect of the Music Mission is providing free musical lessons. We have volunteers that teach a number of students for free, and if we don't have a volunteer that specializes in the instrument a child wants we connect them with another local organization, Community Music and Arts Collaborative (CMAC), to ensure they get the lessons they need free of cost. Overall, our goal here at the Music Mission is to provide children with the gift of music without the financial barrier. Music is a light in the darkness, and we want to help make that light shine a little brighter.
Veterans’ Mentor Group, Inc.
Veterans’ Mentor Group, Inc is a group of Veteran Mentors, Veterans and partners from within our communities who share and understand the unique experience of military service, military life and the distinctive needs that may arise from that experience. We are brought together with the purpose to support the Participants of the Outagamie Veteran’s Treatment Court, the Veterans Treatment Court program and to fill the gap in resources to make certain that our Veterans gain the assistance they need and have earned. Each of us has experienced personally or have encountered a Veteran in need who was unable to be assisted due to their own unique circumstances or was denied services due to provisions of the organization or program. Our intent is to ensure the Veteran is aware of and has applied for resources that may be of assistance. If they are denied, we will work to assist as best we can within reason to alleviate the specific issues. We hope to introduce our Veterans to resources they may not know were in existence, provide them a means to become self-sustaining, and to develop a lasting set of skills that be of use to them for their lifetime.
WisconSibs, Inc
For the past 16 years, we’ve been serving Wisconsin brothers and sisters as the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network. We’ve sponsored regular Sibshops® and camps for boys and girls (based in northeastern Wisconsin, but open to all) and we’ve delivered future-planning training and social events for adults and families. We believe the family is the most important support system and can best help children, in particular children growing up with siblings who have developmental disabilities or long-term illnesses, if provided with information, services, and encouragement. Now, because of our mission and the encouragement of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, we’ve broadened our identity. As WisconSibs and WisconSibs/Fox Valley: We continue to provide Sibshops®, camps, future planning and events for families that are open to all, but centered in northeastern Wisconsin. We are expanding online content, consulting, coaching, future planning, and conference presentations for siblings, agencies, educators, social workers, and other professionals throughout the state. We are strengthening our role as the Wisconsin chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network, and will continue to connect siblings throughout Wisconsin.
YMCA of the Fox Cities
The Y is about people – all ages, races, religions and income levels. We focus on three core areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We strive to nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improve our communities’ health and wellbeing and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. We spark curiosity, we ignite a love of learning, we connect people and we transform lives through health and wellness. Our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring are woven into everything we do. The Y continues to expand our role as a safe and positive place for families to spend time, a place for empty nesters to experience an active lifestyle, and a place where retirees gather to maintain their health and independence. The Y is an organization where cause meets community, we open doors of opportunity to those who need it most. We mobilize volunteers to help us carry out our mission “to put Christian principles into practice by promoting youth, adult and family activities that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” In 2017, we provided $2.3M locally in financial assistance and program subsidy. We are community, we are the Y!
YouthGo
Youth Go is a voluntary, youth directed, supportive community which offers youth opportunities to learn, grow and feel comfortable with themselves and others.” Youth Go is a no-cost, drop-in center located on the border of Neenah and Menasha. Through programming at the center, in the schools, and in the community, Youth Go strives to provide underserved and at-risk youth in grades 5-12 with opportunities to learn about themselves, develop positive relationships with peers and adults, grow through their experiences, express their creativity, and cultivate their skills and potential in a safe and supportive environment. Youth Go provides the youth of this community with a place where they can belong. We offer those youth who might “fall through the cracks” with a second home. Youth Go strives to provide youth with the support, encouragement, and guidance that they may not be receiving from other aspects of their lives. Whether it is helping a teen with their homework, expanding a child’s horizons, or offering a listening ear to a youth struggling with a personal problem, the staff members at Youth Go do all they can to make a difference each and every day.
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