Green Lake Foundation awards largest grant ever - April 11 2014

Basic Needs Funds supports expansion of Help At Home services in county

Green Lake, Wis. -- The Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation hit a milestone in March when it awarded the largest grant in its 14-year history. The Board of Directors approved a $40,070 grant to Oshkosh-based nonprofit Clarity Care to launch its Help At Home program in Green Lake County.

"Green Lake County has a growing elderly population with people having many needs. This program will provide assistance to allow older residents of our communities to remain in their homes," said Larry Behlen, president of the Board of Directors for the Foundation.

Help At Home will provide assistance to low-income elderly or disabled residents of Green Lake County who want to remain living in their homes but need help with tasks like grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping and transportation. Clients pay from $3 to $15 per hour for non-medical care, depending on their income level. The sliding pay scale provides low-income residents who don't qualify for government assistance an affordable way to maintain their independent living longer.

"We're proud to bring the Help At Home program to Green Lake County and grateful for the grant funding that is helping to make this happen," said Mary Kummerow Johnson, director of marketing and fund development for Clarity Care.

"Help At Home services will assist clients to live independently and safely in their own homes for as long as possible, and combat the depression that can occur from isolation. By providing simple yet essential services more people can continue to live in the homes that they treasure and be surrounded by the memories and the people they love."

Help At Home provides services to an average of 200 clients each month in Brown, Door, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Waupaca and Winnebago counties. The expansion into Green Lake County will not only help fulfill an unmet need in the region, but also add jobs when Clarity Care hires employees who reside locally to provide the caregiving services. Clarity Care is enrolling new clients in the program and expects that services can begin within two to three weeks of the first phone call.

Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants and scholarships and has assets of more than $1.8 million. The grant to Clarity Care was a special request funded by the Green Lake Basic Needs Fund. The annual Tee It Up 4 Basic Needs golf outing, hosted and sponsored by Magnum Power Products, is the primary fundraiser supporting grants made from the Green Lake Basic Needs Fund.

"Thanks to many generous donors, we are making a bigger impact on the quality of life in the Green Lake County region," Behlen said. "We are moving into a new era of really being able to have an impact on the community in a whole new way by having a larger sum available to address issues in our community. This grant is an example of what we can do.

"I think this is an exciting time for the Foundation because more people are becoming aware of what we do in the community. I would encourage people to invest their charitable contributions with the Foundation so that together we can make a bigger impact."

How to Donate
To support efforts to address emerging needs in the Green Lake County and Ripon area, please mail your contribution to:

Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation
230 Ohio Street, Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI 54902

To use a credit card, call 920-426-3993 or donate online.

See a full list of funds supporting Green Lake County and Ripon causes at www.OshkoshAreaCF.org/about_a_gr.cfm.

The Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation is an affiliate fund of the Oshkosh Area Community. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your charitable contribution is tax deductible.

To inquire about program eligibility or employment opportunities through Help At Home, please contact Clarity Care at 920-236-6560 or 855-224-7487.

The Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation is a Field of Interest 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.


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