Green Lake County Area United Fund awards $19,000 in grants - July 16 2012

OSHKOSH, Wis. -- The Green Lake County Area United Fund has awarded $19,000 in grants to charitable organizations that serve residents in the region.

The United Fund grants focus on four impact areas:
  • Nurturing children and strengthening families.
  • Building self-sufficiency.
  • Promoting health and wellness.
  • Caring for people in crisis.

  • Photo caption:
    The Green Lake County Area United Fund awarded $19,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations during a special meeting June 11, 2012, in Berlin. Representatives of those nonprofits are pictured.

    The following grants were awarded at a special meeting in June:

    The Salvation Army: $1,000
    Support for the Green Lake Emergency Assistance Program.

    The program provides financial assistance for people enduring hardship to cover necessities such as rent, utilities, transportation and food.

    Green Lake Area Animal Shelter: $500
    Support for the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program.

    This program provides low-cost or no cost spay and neuter for pet owners who face a financial burden. Increasing spay and neuter of pets will help the shelter reduce the number of unwanted litters and especially the number of stray cats, while providing pet owners the opportunity to have a healthier and better behaved pet.

    Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Inc.:$800
    Support for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    The program will provide scholarships to girls in the Green Lake County area so they may participate in activities and camps through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience program.

    Fox River Industries Inc.: $1,500
    Support for the Prevocational Services Program.

    This grant will be used to purchase equipment that will allow the mentally ill and physically and cognitively disabled clients at Fox River Industries to work more efficiently, and possibly create more employment opportunities.

    Diverse Options Inc.: $1,000
    Support for safety and injury reduction equipment.

    This grant will purchase an emergency lifting cushion that will help reduce the risk of injury after individuals with disabilities experience a fall.

    Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area: $1,000
    Support for Kids Safe Summer Scholarships.

    This grant will provide financial assistance to families who are unable to pay for child care, as well as cover membership fees to the Club.

    Green Lake County Special Olympics: $1,000
    Support for sports training and athletic competition.

    This grant will ensure youth and adults with cognitive disabilities will receive the help of certified coaches and volunteers that will enable them to participate in athletic competition.

    Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services: $2,500
    Support for the Green Lake County Rural Outreach Program.

    This program provides safety and advocacy for victims of domestic violence who, especially in rural areas, face unique barriers to leave their situation. The program provides knowledge, tools and opportunity to become self-sufficient.

    Green Lake County Association for Home and Community Education: $500
    Support for the Wisconsin Bookworms program.

    This literacy program targets 3- to 4-year-olds whose families have limited incomes by providing reading time with a trained volunteer and books to families who otherwise may not be able to own books.

    Berlin Rotary Foundation Inc.: $800
    Support for the Berlin Cub Scout program.

    The Cub Scout program is offered to all boys in first through fifth grade at little or no cost. Its focus is on teaching responsibility, morals and ethics through educational activities and community projects.

    Berlin Emergency Food Pantry: $2,200
    Support for the Healthy Choices program.

    This grant will purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to compliment other offerings to families served by the pantry.

    American National Red Cross: $1,000
    Support for the Emergency Services program.

    The Emergency Services program helps meet residents' immediate disaster-caused needs, including shelter, food and health and mental health issues, to enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.

    Berlin Community Day Care and Preschool, Inc.: $1,000
    Support for teacher training.

    This grant will allow nine teachers to receive training to address behavior problems in the classroom.

    Green Lake County Department of Health and Human Services: $2,200
    Support for the Food Pantry.

    This grant will provide food and outreach services to Green Lake County families served by the food pantry.

    City of Berlin EMS: $2,000
    Support for the Emergency Medical Dispatch Project.

    This project will launch a program to handle medical calls for assistance. Trained dispatchers will use approved EMD Guide cards to dispatch the appropriate response and give the caller instructions to help treat the patient until help arrives.

    The United Fund is a special project fund of the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation. The 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. For more information, please call 920-426-3993 or go to www.OshkoshAreaCF.org.


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