Green Lake County programs benefit from Basic Needs grants - June 23 2011

OSHKOSH, WI -- Two Green Lake County programs have been awarded a total of $30,000 in grants awarded by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs for Green Lake County.

  • Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services will receive $10,000 for its Green Lake County Rural Outreach program.

    • The Rural Outreach Program provides services that focus on the special needs of rural victims of abuse - whose nearest neighbor may be miles away - including emergency shelter, safety planning, legal advocacy, services for children and teen victims, support groups, access to the 24-Hour Helpline and community resource referrals. The program also offers community education services and has an outreach office in Green Lake.

  • The Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area will receive $20,000 over two years for several initiatives providing membership assistance, health and dental care and clothing for children.

    • The Kids Safe Scholarships for Club Kids program each year serves hundreds of children by providing with assistance with membership and child care fees. In addition, the club will provide medical, dental and vision checks for eligible children, as well as clothing and shoes, especially in summer when gym shoes and shorts are needed and fall when winter boots and gloves are needed.

    The grants, awarded in June, are distributed by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs for Green Lake County, a field of interest fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 2009 and has since granted $44,000 to charities in Green Lake County.

    The Tee It Up for Basic Needs golf outing has been a major contributor to the fund, having raised nearly $130,000. This year's event, set for on July 20 at Mascoutin Golf Course in Berlin, aims to raise $100,000. Magnum Products of Berlin is the major event sponsor. Click here for more information.

    The U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs for Green Lake County also receives funds from the U.S. Venture Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which is funded by the U.S. Venture Open, J. J. Keller Foundation and individual donors.

    The U.S. Venture Open has raised $2.2 million in 2010 for the communities served by community foundations in Appleton, Green Bay and Oshkosh. Since 1986, thousands of funders, participants and volunteers have helped raise $12.6 million for hundreds of charitable organizations throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The 2011 U.S. Venture Open will be held at five Northeast Wisconsin golf courses Aug. 9-10.

    The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.

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