Investing in our Communities: Progress

Thanks to many gifts of time and financial resources, we are making progress to address unmet needs and improve the quality of life in our communities.

Oshkosh Community YMCA Bridge to the Future: After a decade of revitalization in Oshkosh's downtown, the Foundation is proud to have provided a $1 million grant to the Oshkosh Community YMCA's capital campaign to renovate its downtown facility. The Foundation's support for this project addresses not only the need for a welcoming, accessible social hub in our downtown region now and for generations to come, but also helps this longstanding institution meet the needs of its customers.

Photo caption: Photographed during the Oshkosh's River East Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Night Out celebration in August, members of the Association's Steering Committee include (from left), Tammy Hackett, Richard Peerenboom, Kathryn Webb, John Scheelk, and Tracy McKelvey-Kamel.

Neighborhood Grants Program: Through a strong partnership with the City of Oshkosh, the co-investment with individual donors and gifts to the Taking Root Fund, the Foundation provided $100,000 in support for healthy neighborhood initiatives. Leveraged with nearly $150,000 in support from the city's capital improvement budget, grants were awarded in 2016 to support beautification projects spearheaded by numerous neighborhood associations.

Mental Health, Wellness: The prevalence of mental health and behavioral health issues facing our communities demands a multipronged approach across sectors. The Foundation was proud to provide financial resources to support the following initiatives:
    Wellness screening: Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley expanded emotional wellness screening to high school students in Oshkosh, Omro and Winneconne.

    Catalpa Health: Increased access to mental health therapy for children and their families through expansion of the Oshkosh treatment center and a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.

    Substance abuse/crime prevention: Oshkosh police gained mental health training programs and investigation equipment to help in the fight against the heroin epidemic. Alcohol and drug prevention programming from Party.0 expanded its reach.

Taking Root, A Campaign to Beautify Oshkosh: Five new welcome signs at the major highway entrances to the city of Oshkosh greet visitors and residents alike with a healthy dose of community pride. The 12- to14-foot lighted signs were funded by the Taking Root Fund, a beautification effort that began in 2010.

In addition to the signs, the public-private partnership with the City of Oshkosh has resulted in the planting of 3,000 trees in public spaces throughout the city, as well as landscaping in city parks and other properties.

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