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United Fund awards $20,000 in grants to local charitable causes - August 21 2014

Support for emergency medical services, equipment is helping to save lives, director says

BERLIN, Wis. - Thanks to life-saving equipment on board Berlin EMS ambulances, many more calls for medical help in the region have resulted in positive outcomes, says Emergency Medical Services Director Dee Evans.

It's all due to the generosity of local residents, including those who support the Green Lake County Area United Fund.
Since 2011, the United Fund has provided nearly $10,000 in grants for the purchase of devices vital to health and safety in the region served by Berlin EMS, which includes more than 14,000 residents in three counties, five towns, the city of Berlin and the Green Lake County Jail.

Those devices include a defibrillator, capnography unit and EMS monitors, all used by paramedics to detect and treat life-threatening heart problems.

"We are able to see (a) blockage or irritability in the heart, so you can actually see a heart attack in progress," Evans said. "That's when we can get a helicopter to intercept us. ? If we identify it early enough, we can get (the patient) into the hospital and have the necessary procedure done to save their lives."

Evans says that in the past three years, there have been nine people who suffered cardiac arrest and survived.

"They were clinically dead and we were able to reverse that, and they came out of that (near-death experience) as productive citizens," says Evans. "If you look at it percentage-wise - we respond to 1,800 calls a year - that's not a big percent. But if you're one of those nine people, you're very thankful that equipment was there to save you."

Another grant supported the Emergency Medical Dispatch Project, which Evans said was implemented in Green Lake County last year. The project trained dispatchers to give callers instructions to help treat patients until a responding EMS unit arrives.

A $2,500 grant to Berlin EMS for the purchase of the defibrillator was one of 16 grants totaling $20,000 awarded by the United Fund this month.

President Susan Thom says that kind of support is a reflection of the generosity of local residents, and the success of the United Fund's annual fundraiser.

"With all of the causes and capital projects to support in the Berlin area, we are so grateful for each and every donation that comes our way," Thom says. "It allows us to carry out our mission of caring for our neighbors, improving health and wellness and supporting our children and youth, and that's what it's been all about for the past 60 years."

Since 2006, when the United Fund was established within the Green Lake County / Ripon Community Foundation, 148 grants have been awarded totaling nearly $200,000. That is just a snippet of the total support provided by the organization throughout its history, which goes back to 1948 when it started as the Berlin Community Chest.

The Green Lake County Area United Fund is a field of interest fund 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. 11 in Berlin:

Berlin Area School District: $2,000
Support for family literacy by providing paperback books every two to three weeks to children in the 4K Community Collaborative Programs

Berlin Community Daycare & Preschool: $1,000
Support for the Little Minds: Math, Science and Nature Initiative

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area: $500
Support for the Power Hour Homework Help program

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.: $2,000
Support for the Green Lake County Rural Outreach Program

City of Berlin: $2,500
To help purchase a defibrillator for paramedics in Green Lake County

Community Options, Inc.: $1,000
Support for transitioning to the federally funded Child & Adult Care Food Program for the child care center

Discovery Preschool: $1,000
Support for the Healthy Families Program and the construction of a fenced, outdoor play area

Fox River Industries: $500
To purchase production equipment to help prepare disabled individuals for integrated community employment

Green Lake County Department of Health & Human Services: $3,000
Support for the Green Lake County Food Pantry

Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin: $1,000
To provide counseling services for individuals who do not otherwise have access to mental health care

Mahala's Hope Inc.: $500
Support for equine therapy for women whose lives have been affected by violence

Ripon Children's Learning Center: $1,000
To provide an outdoor paved path for tricycles and other riding toys

Special Olympics Wisconsin: $1,000
Support for individuals to attend the State Outdoor Sports Tournament in Waukesha

Wisconsin Association for Home & Community Education: $2,000
To purchase a set of eight new books for 180 children who might not otherwise have books at home

Scouting Scholarships: $1,000
Financial assistance for children to participate in programming offered by the Bay Lakes Council Boys Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.

The Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation benefits 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. An affiliate of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, donors enjoy maximum tax benefits. For more information, please call 920-426-3993 or go to www.OshkoshAreaCF.org.


Photo caption: (standing on ground level) First row, from left: Lorri Bohn, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and Dallas Lewallen, Special Olympics Wisconsin
Second row, from left: Kathy Mulhern, Green Lake County Food Pantry and Susan Thom, Green Lake County United Fund president;
Third row, from left: Julie Snow, Berlin Area School District and Shan Kramer, Community Options, Inc.
Fourth row, from left: Jamie Dragolovich, Discovery Preschool and Debra Dowen, Wisconsin Association for Home & Community Education
Fifth row, from left: Brandon Singer, Bay Lakes Council Boys Scouts of America; Dawn Brangley, Fox River Industries; Sandy Hardie, Mahala's Hope Inc; Jennifer Ven-Rooy and Jason Presto, Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area; Amy Malzhan, Berlin Community Day Care & Preschool


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