Category: In the News

Teens 2 Work

Posted on Sep 9, 2019 by

By Jason Presto, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area We all remember our first jobs. (Mine was as a grocery store stock boy.) This summer, 15 teens experienced the challenge and joy of earning a paycheck as part of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area’s new Teens 2 Work […]

Connecting with Community

Posted on Aug 22, 2019 by

By Lori Hill, executive director, Friendship Place Too often individuals with mental health conditions isolate out of fear as well as lack of income (Social Security Disability Insurance is often their only source of income).  As an organization that serves individuals with mental illness, Friendship Place wanted to do more to help these adults form […]

Honoring a Loved One

After the passing of their son Patrick in 2012, Dan and Sue Began established the PBnJ Mental Health Fund to honor and remember their son’s kind and warm spirit. It also allowed the Began’s an opportunity to help others struggling with mental health issues. The PBnJ Mental Health Fund, or Patrick Began Neenah Joint Schools […]

Looking Towards the Future

Setting up students for future success includes teaching them relevant and in-demand skills to better prepare them for higher education and the 21st century. One approach that many schools have taken, including the Winneconne Community School District, is incorporating STEAM into their curriculum. STEAM is the educational approach of using science, technology, engineering, arts and […]

Grant Supports Pregnant and Parenting Moms

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 by

Expectant and new parents have common questions about their child’s development. Efforts to provide parents with answers to these questions, individualized support when needed most, and linkages to community services will get a boost as a result of a Basic Needs Giving Partnership grant. Healthy Families Waushara County, a new program offering voluntary nurse home […]

Youth Mentoring Efforts Get Boost with Grant Funds

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 by

Every child deserves a champion. Efforts to provide area youth with adult mentors will get a “shot in the arm” as a result of a new round of Basic Needs Giving Partnership grants. The grants, which were recently awarded by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, will fund collaborative projects in Winnebago, Green Lake and Waushara […]

Fostering Creativity with Arts Integration

GOAL Expand educational opportunities, foster creativity and enhance academic experiences for youth in our communities. CHALLENGE Finding new ways to incorporate the arts into education has become increasingly difficult due to decreased funding for the arts in school as well as new teachers leaving the profession. SUCCESS ArtsCore Partnership A new and innovative partnership between […]

Paving Pathways for Economic Stability

GOAL Develop pathways for individuals to secure economic stability and opportunity. CHALLENGE With unemployment at less than 3% in Waushara County, businesses are struggling to find qualified workers for job openings. At the same time, 41% of working households in the county do not earn enough to pay for basic necessities. SUCCESS Fox Valley Technical […]

Improving Lives – One Dog at a Time

GOAL Develop pathways for individuals to secure economic stability and opportunity. CHALLENGE More than one out of four people who served time in prison and were released are looking for work but cannot find a job. SUCCESS Journey Together Service Dog Finding employment after incarceration can be very difficult for those seeking to turn their […]

Together We Rise

GOAL Strengthen Oshkosh area housing continuum. CHALLENGE The City of Oshkosh has only 15 units of transitional or permanent supportive housing to help stabilize families living situations so that they can more easily access resources and opportunities to help them improve their quality of life. SUCCESS RISE 2.0 Her mother lived in poverty. Her grandmother […]