2018 Events

January
Lawrence University Cultural Competency Lecture Series - Fat Stigma: Why All of Us Are Stakeholders in Obesity
  • Open to: General Public
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Please RSVP by January 9th by emailing div-inclusion@lawrence.edu
  • When: Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Where: Esch Hurvis Room (225), Warch Campus Center, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton
  • Details: Fat stigma is real; it is worldwide; and it has real consequences, including worsening health outcomes and exacerbating obesity. Americans’ understanding of the causes of bodyweight variation is dominated by a personal responsibility frame. This session will draw on research, as well as personal experience, to provide a more complex and nuanced exploration of the causes of bodyweight variation in the contemporary world. Preliminary results from a recent focus group study with large-bodied individuals in the Fox Valley will be presented and discussed. The purpose of the session is to help us develop more productive ways to understand this element of diversity so that we can engage in less counterproductive stigmatizing and blaming in order to show more respect and inclusion for people of all sizes.
Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Sign up to volunteer
  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 (Prep 7:00-8:00, Serve 8:00-9:00, Clean-up 9:00-9:15)
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: We provide the food and serve a warm breakfast for 50-75 residents.  This breakfast provides them a healthy start to their day and a special breakfast selection that they don’t get during the week when only cereal, toast and doughnuts are available. We typically serve cheesy scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, hash browns, toast and pancakes.
FREE 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend
  • When: Monday, January 15, 2018 starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E. College Avenue, Appleton
  • Details: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is sponsored by Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, African Heritage, Inc. and the Lawrence University Diversity Center. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. The keynote speaker for the event will be Aly Wane, an organizer originally from Senegal. Mr. Wane has worked with various human rights groups including, the Syracuse Peace Council, American Friends Service Committee, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
Volunteer: Point in Time
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: Sign up to volunteer
  • When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (two shifts) from either 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. or 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Where: Salvation Army, 130 E. North St. Appleton
  • Details: Point in Time is in need of volunteers to help the night of January 24th. Volunteers will be placed on a team of four people including one leader. Each team will drive to designated areas in our community to check for people sleeping outside or in their vehicles. If someone is found, the leader of each team would approach and talk to the person struggling with homelessness, asking for basic information and if there is anything we could do for them right now. There are two scheduled infomational training sessions for people who are interested on January 17th at 5 p.m and January 20th at 9 a.m.; Training sessions will be held at the Salvation Army in Appleton. 
Fox Cities Community Council Meeting: 5-STONES
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No RSVP necessary
  • When: Thursday, January 25th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Goodwill Community Center, 1800 Appleton Road, Menasha, WI
  • Details: 5-STONES is a non-profit established for the purpose of raising awareness about the magnitude of sex trafficking in Wisconsin. The Fox Cities Community Council is made up of representatives from non-profit agencies, businesses, associations, institutions, funders, and others organizations that are interested in health and human services in the Fox Cities.
Family-friendly Social Hour: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders and those interested in becoming Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: RSVP online
  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Appleton Public Library, Children's Services Rooms A&B, 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton
  • Details: The January United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leader Social Hour will be a free family-friendly event at the Appleton Public Library. Bring the kids! Social Hour will be held at the Appleton Public Library in Children's Services Rooms A&B from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. there will be an overview of the Reach Out and Read program, funded in part by United Way Fox Cities. Then, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a 45-minute program put on by the library. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please RSVP. The event is free and open to current Emerging Leaders as well as those who are interested in becoming Emerging Leaders.
Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Join a Board Event: Topic - Women & Girls
  • Open to: General public
  • Registration: Register online
  • When: Thursday, January 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Fox Cities Stadium, 2400 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton
  • Details: Free event through the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. Event will include networking and panel presentations by local nonprofits intestered in potential board members. Panel will inlcude Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Harbor House, Women in Technology Wisconsin, and Operation Cinderella.
Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Snack at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Sign up to volunteer
  • When: Monday, January 29, 2018 (Prep 7:15-8:00, Serve 8:00-8:45, Clean-up 8:45-9:00)
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: Snack is the last opportunity for residents to grab some food for the night and also serves as dinner for those that are unable to make the earlier dinner times due to work constraints. We typically serve 40-50 people with a variety of meal and snack type items.
Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Book Packing for Valentine's Family Festival
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders and their families
  • Registration: Sign up to volunteer
  • When: Saturday, January 30, 2018 starting at 3:30 p.m. until we're done (let us know if you will be arriving later; we will order pizza if it goes through dinner.)
  • Where: United Way Fox Cities, 1455 Midway Road, Menasha
  • Details: Emerging Leaders will be labeling and packing bags with books to distribute to kids attending the Valentine's Family Festival on February 10th. This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity. Each literacy pack will have four reading books and some coloring books. Volunteers will be stationed at a grade-specific table. Volunteers will put United Way stickers inside each book and pack them in drawstring backpacks. Additional items will also be packed in the bags. Roughly 650 literacy book packs need to be completed.
February
Wake Up with Weight of the Fox Valley Breakfast Event
  • Open to: General Public
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: RSVP Online
  • When: Friday, February 9, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah
  • Details: Keynote speaker David Lee, Executive Director at Feeding Wisconsin will talk about how we can work together to increase access to healthy and affordable food for all people of our community. Join us to learn about challenges and opportunities in the quest for a better food system, and how to build capacity and networks so that all families can eat affordably and healthfully.
United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders Valentine's Family Festival

  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend (Children who attend the event must be accompanied by an adult.)
  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Maplewood Middle School, 1600 Midway Rd, Menasha, WI 54952
  • Details: Each year, the Emerging Leaders coordinate a special event for the community called the Valentine's Family Festival. Valentine's Family Festival is free to the community and provides safe, fun activities for children ages 12 & under and their families. The festival allows families of all income levels to enjoy a morning of fun and entertainment and giveaways such as toothbrushes, books and other goodies. The morning is filled with activities including cookie decorating, carnival games, arts & crafts, and a photo booth.
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Wellness and Self-Care through Mindfulness
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Presenter will be Mandi Dornfeld, Family Living Educator with the Winnebago County UW Extension.
Social Hour: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders and those interested in becoming Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: No registration required
  • When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Lion's Tail Brewing Co., 116 S. Commercial Street, Neenah
  • Details: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders Social Hours are a great opportunity to meet other up-and-coming leaders with a desire to change the world.
Teen Symposium: United Way Fox Cities Youth Board
  • Open to: Invite only. For more information contact Mandi Dornfeld, Youth Board Advisor/Teen Symposium Coordinator at United Way Fox Cities at Direct telephone: 920-735-5460; EMail: Mandi.dornfeld@unitedwayfoxcities.org
  • When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Avenue, downtown Appleton
  • Details: Youth Board members help plan and implement a Teen Symposium event for Freshman High School Students. These young citizens experience a day of leadership activities including guest speakers each year in February.
March
Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Coming soon
  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: Emerging Leaders provide the food and serve a warm breakfast for 50-75 residents.
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Sources of Strength
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Learn about this evidence-based program which is a teen suicide prevention program. Presenter will be Carlyn Andrew, Director of Counseling and Training with Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley. 

Fox Cities Community Council Meeting: Overcoming Compassion Fatigue
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No RSVP necessary
  • When: Thursday, March 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
  • Where: Goodwill Community Center, 1800 Appleton Road, Menasha, WI
  • Details: Presenter will be Leah Thibodeau, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at St. Joseph Food Program. The Fox Cities Community Council is made up of representatives from non-profit agencies, businesses, associations, institutions, funders, and others organizations that are interested in health and human services in the Fox Cities.
Social Hour: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders and those interested in becoming Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: No registration required
  • When: Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Appleton Beer Factory, 603 W. College Avenue, Appleton
  • Details: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders Social Hours are a great opportunity to meet other up-and-coming leaders with a desire to change the world.
April
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Summer Opportunities for Youth
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Networking discussion of youth-serving organizations sharing information about summer activities and opportunities available for youth in local communities. Organizations encouraged to bring handouts for distribution.

Leadership Event Series: United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders and those interested in becoming Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Coming soon
  • When: Monday, April 23, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: TBA
  • Details: TBA
Celebrating Volunteers
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: Coming soon, Registration deadline April 19 (no refunds after this date)
  • When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. (Registration, cash bars open at 5:15 p.m.)
  • Where: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Avenue, downtown Appleton
  • Details: Each spring, hundreds of people in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin come together to celebrate volunteerism and honor those who go above and beyond to help make the community a better place with their gifts of time. Volunteer awards in eight categories will be presented during the 21st Celebrating Volunteers community gala April 26, 2018, in downtown Appleton. Thanks to the generosity of award sponsors, each award recipient receives $5,000 for their favorite Fox Valley charity (youth recipient receives $1,000 for charity plus a $1,500 scholarship). Since 1998, award sponsors have given $660,000 to local charities selected by their award recipients! Find additional information on the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region's website.
May
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: AODA Trends - Drug Threats to our Youth
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Learn about new and ongoing trends with substance abuse threats that our youth encounter daily. Presenter will be a Local Law Enforcement Representative.

Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Coming soon
  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: Emerging Leaders provide the food and serve a warm breakfast for 50-75 residents.
June
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Impact of Animals on Youth Wellness
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: How pets improve wellness in our youth. Learn how community programs utilize animals (dogs) to interact with children and youth to promote mental wellness. Presenters will be Officer Jeff Jorgenson & Geller, Elementary SRO & Facility Dog, from the Menasha Police Department.

July
Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Coming soon
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: Emerging Leaders provide the food and serve a warm breakfast for 50-75 residents.
August
September
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Sleep Hygiene Community Campaign
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Learn how lack of sleep impacts mental health of children and youth. Presenters will be Wendy Harris Magas, Project Director, and Beth Clay, Executive Director with the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection.

Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Coming soon
  • When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: Emerging Leaders provide the food and serve a warm breakfast for 50-75 residents.
October
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Human Sex Trafficking
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Learn about efforts to prevent, educate, and respond to sex trafficking of youth within the child welfare and youth justice systems. Learn about child sex trafficking in this community, factors that make youth more vulnerable, methods of recruitment and grooming tactics. Presenters will be Jenny Jamison, Anti-Trafficking/Prevention Education, Reach Counseling, and Abby Persons, Anti-Human Sex Trafficking specialist, Outagamie County Youth and Family Services.

November
Volunteer: Emerging Leaders Breakfast at Homeless Connections
  • Open to: Emerging Leaders
  • Registration: Coming soon
  • When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Homeless Connections, 400 North Division Street, Appleton
  • Details: Emerging Leaders provide the food and serve a warm breakfast for 50-75 residents.
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Child Protective Services (CPS) Mandatory Reporting - Myth vs. Reality
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details:  Who to call and when to call if abuse of neglect is suspected. Presenter will be Outagamie County Children Youth & Families staff.

December
Fox Cities Youth Worker Coalition: Engaging Youth in Volunteering
  • Open to: General Public
  • Registration: No registration required, no cost to attend 
  • When: Wednesday, November 12, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Lou's Brew Café located on College Avenue
  • Details: Learn about youth volunteering in the Fox Cities and what resources are available to help guide them to opportunities. Presenter will be Kirstin Cates, Marketing & Events Director for the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin.