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Green Lake County Area United Fund awards $30,000 in grants to 19 programs - August 13 2013

Wisconsin Bookworms among those supported in Green Lake County

BERLIN, Wis. - Preschoolers in Green Lake County are benefitting from interactive storytime thanks to a unique one-on-one reading program.

"This program excites me because of the ongoing results from adult readers and children," said Debra Dowen, coordinator of the Wisconsin Bookworms program for Green Lake County. "It gives each of them a personal appreciation for both generations."

Photo caption: Nonprofit organizations that received grants from the Green Lake County Area United Fund were presented with their awards during a ceremony Monday, August 12, 2013, at First National Bank in Berlin. Oshkosh Area Community Foundation photo

Wisconsin Bookworms relies on volunteer adult readers, the majority of whom are members of Green Lake County Association for Home and Community Education. They are trained on how to read to 3- and 4-year-old children, using techniques such as holding the book upside down and using their voice inflection to emphasize certain words and emotions. The program reaches more than 160 children in three school districts and at Head Start centers in the county.

It is one of 19 projects or programs to receive grants this summer from the Green Lake County Area United Fund. The fund awarded a total of $30,000 in grants this month to nonprofits in the county out of more than $45,000 in funding requests.

Wisconsin Bookworms, a statewide initiative that began in 1998, seeks to provide children from low-income families with an early childhood reading experience and books that they might not otherwise have at home.

Each month, a volunteer reader goes to a school site to read a book and engage children in related activities. Copies of the book along with activity sheets are distributed to each child to take home. The program provides a set of eight new books to the children, a total of 1,260 books during the school year.

Dowen said many children call the volunteers, many of whom are women, "Grandma readers," creating a special bond for some of the children who don't have someone to call grandma.

Over the past 15 years, Dowen says the program has brought results, including increasing the number of parents and guardians who read to their children, increasing the number of books in the home, exposing children and families to cultural diversity and helping children develop reading skills at an earlier age.


The Green Lake County United Fund is a designated fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation with the purpose of supporting charitable projects and programs that nurture children, strengthen families, build self-sufficiency, promote health and wellness and care for people in crisis. To learn more about the United Fund, go to glcaunitedfund.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glcauf.

The following grants were awarded during a presentation on Aug. 12 in Berlin:

ADVOCAP, Inc.: $2,500
To provide safe, temporary emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families in Green Lake County through a motel voucher program until clients are able to maintain permanent housing.

American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin: $2,000
To provide emergency financial support to residents within Green Lake County who are impacted by disasters.

Bay Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America: $1,000
Berlin Area Cub Scouts: To provide a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities that focus on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills and developing a spirit of community service.

Bay Lakes Council Boy Scouts Of America: $500
Boy Led Leadership ? Troop #632: To provide boys the opportunity to camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Berlin Community Day Care & Preschool: $2,000
Moving Little Muscles: To provide rubber tile surfacing, three trees and three shade umbrellas to make the outdoor play space more comfortable and usable for infants and toddlers.

Berlin Food Pantry: $2,500
To provide food assistance to residents in need.

City of Berlin EMS: $2,500
To provide a capnography unit to help paramedics diagnose breathing/airway difficulties.

Boys & Girls Club of Tri-County Area: $2,000
Money Island/Money Matters: To prepare teens to be financially responsible through coursework and participation in a simulation called Reality Store, where students pay bills after planning their budget for a level of income based on a predetermined level of education.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.: $1,500
Green Lake County Rural Outreach Program: To support domestic abuse victims and their families who live in rural areas achieve safety and increase self-sufficiency.

Cornerstone Project/Green Lake Town Square: $1,000
Enrichment Program for Parents and Toddlers: To purchase tables, chairs and soft flooring and support a weekly playgroup for parents and children (infant to age 5).

Diverse Options, Inc.: $1,000
Community Access and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities: To provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in recreational/vacation activities.

Fox River Industries- Sheltered Employment: $1,500
To purchase about 70 lunchroom chairs.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.: $1,000
To provide financial assistance and support to girls in the Green Lake, Berlin, Princeton and Markesan communities so they may participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Green Lake County Department of Health & Human Services: $2,500
To support the Green Lake County Food Pantry, which serves an average of 264 households/month.

Town of Kingston: $1,000
To purchase and install playground equipment at the new Town Hall and Senior/Community Center.

Princeton Public Schools: $500
Wrestling Club Developmental Clinic: To provide a two-day wrestling clinic at Princeton High School that would function as an educational tool for current wrestlers and an introduction for future wrestlers.

Salvation Army: $2,000
To provide emergency assistance of food, clothing, shelter and utilities costs for those in need in Green Lake County.

Special Olympics Wisconsin: $1,000
Green Lake Athlete Training and Competition: Assistance for delegate fees and expenses for state events; transportation to and from practices, games, district, regional and state tournaments; sports equipment and uniforms; volunteer recognition; fundraising projects; office supplies; public relations and any coach/athlete expenses for national and world games events.

The Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation is a Designated Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to benefit charitable organizations in the Green Lake County and Ripon area, including Berlin, Green Lake, Markesan and Princeton. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993 or go to www.OshkoshAreaCF.org.
 

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