Each month during the school year, a large truck from the Community Clothes Closet in Menasha is filled with clothing, bedding, winter wear, and personal care items for its visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. Students referred by OASD school social workers shop at the Traveling Closet, and everything is free of charge.
Tag: Basic Needs Giving Partnership
It’s not uncommon for preschoolers in Hannah Beduhn’s Head Start class to get upset. They might hit another person, throw a toy, or in many cases start screaming. “They have all these big emotions in their tiny little bodies, and they are still learning what to do with those feelings,” says Beduhn, a teacher of 3-year-olds at the UW Oshkosh Head Start Center in Oshkosh.
With one unexpected life-changing event, such as a loss of wages, a medical emergency or a worldwide pandemic, people who have never needed help before can find themselves visiting a food pantry for the very first time.
Eat Well for Life supports community members living with food insecurity and uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes as they adopt healthier lifestyles. During the 13-week program, participants and their households receive food, recipes, meal plans, and diabetes education to learn to eat healthy, move more, and achieve their health goals, such as managing diabetes with fewer complications.
Jason Breaker knew that there were some internet connection gaps in his rural community of Markesan, WI, but after the Covid-19 pandemic closed schools and businesses, he realized internet access was severely limited. As the Elementary Principal and District Administrator for the Markesan Public School District, Breaker discovered that many students were unable to attend school virtually.
Peer recovery coaches use their own journeys to recovery as launching pads to encourage patients with substance use disorder in ThedaCare’s Emergency Departments in Neenah, Berlin and Shawano.
Rock the Block will roll into the River East neighborhood in Oshkosh this summer with its volunteer-powered home repair program. Launched locally in 2019 by Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh in partnership with Oshkosh Health Neighborhoods and the City of Oshkosh, the Rock the Block program creates a sense of neighborhood.
The Community Foundation spent a lot of time during the last year talking to our nonprofit partners and learning about their challenges, innovations, and outright determination in weathering the pandemic. Two frequently recurring words dominated these conversations: technology and fundraising.
Childcare providers are a backbone of our community. Right now, they are making it possible for parents with essential jobs—healthcare workers, grocery clerks, production workers, and cleaning staff—to work on the frontlines by teaching and caring for our region’s youngest learners while complying with increased social and health regulations. Thirty-nine percent of frontline workers in […]
$5 million in additional funding has been released to regional nonprofits for emergency relief from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership within the Community Foundation, supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc., and other community partners. Leaders from the U.S. Venture Open and the Basic Needs Giving Partnership are responding to growing need among charitable […]