Grant-Funded Programs

Community Connections

Family Services of Northeast WI
Total Grant Amount: $270,438
Distributed over three years (2018, 2019 and 2020)

Community Connections is a collaboration between Family Services and Outagamie County, Department of Health and Human Services, Children, Youth and Families Division to prevent the incidence of child abuse and neglect. The rapid-response program will provide 24-weeks of voluntary, pro-active services to families at-risk for child maltreatment, but not currently involved in the child protection system.

Diversion Program

Homeless Connections
Total Grant Amount: $200,000
Distributed over two years (2018 and 2019)

The Diversion Program will provide case management and rapid re-housing services when individuals and families who have immediate risk of homelessness first contact the shelter, rather than putting them on a waiting list.

Promoting Families’ Mental Wellbeing: A Mindfulness-Based Wellness Project for Families with 3-5 Year Olds

Community Early Learning Center Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $92,165
Distributed over two years (2018 and 2019)

The Promoting Families’ Mental Wellbeing project will implement the Kindness Curriculum from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Healthy Minds Innovations at Bridges Child Enrichment Center, Head Start, and Even Start Family Literacy. The curriculum improves children’s academic success, social skills, and resiliency, parents’ mental health and parenting practices, and teachers’ effectiveness in dealing with their own stress and developing students’ social-emotional, cognitive, and self-regulation skills.

Advancing Early Childhood in the Fox Cities

Community Early Learning Center
Total Grant Amount: $62,500
Grant funding distributed in 2018

The Community Early Learning Center is a multi-agency center serving more than 300 children daily to ensure that by age 5, children of the Fox Valley have the foundation to achieve their full potential. Advancing Early Childhood in the Fox Cities funding will support a full-time leadership position to promote further early childhood collaboration in the community and sustainability for the center.

Ascend Initiative

Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities
Total Grant Amount: $60,000
Distributed over two years (2017 and 2018)

The Ascend Initiative, in partnership with NAMI Fox Valley, provides stable housing and support services for young adults (ages 18-25) who are living with moderate mental health challenges.

Vocational Learning Center

Step Industries
Total Grant Amount: $75,000
Distributed over two years (2016 and 2018)

Men and women recovering from addictions can get help with writing résumés, building interview skills, and pursuing the career options available to them. A coordinator works with participants on their goals, sets up trainings, connects with resources in the community, and teaches various classes. Learn more >>

Menasha Even Start Family Literacy Program

Fox Valley Technical College
Total Grant Amount: $98,167
Distributed over three years (2016, 2017, and 2018)

Even Start Family Literacy Program helps low-income families increase their educational attainment and potential for economic stability. Parents and children go to school together; the children receive early childhood education and the parents learn skills to become more self-sufficient. Learn more >>

Reach Out and Read

Appleton Public Library
Total Grant Amount: $335,000
Distributed over three years (2016, 2017, and 2018)

Reach Out and Read promotes early childhood literacy. During well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years of age, pediatricians give a free book to their young patients and, at the same appointment, educate caregivers on the benefits of reading to their children. Learn more >>

Rock the Block

Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity
Total Grant Amount: $300,000
Distributed over three years (2015, 2016, and 2017)

Rock the Block, a revitalization initiative, invests in neighborhoods struggling with decreasing property values by helping homeowners and businesses complete improvement projects. Learn more >>

Thrive Career Academy

Valley Packaging Industries
Total Grant Amount: $150,000
Distributed over three years (2015, 2016, and 2017)

Thrive Career Academy helps individuals with disabilities obtain and sustain employment in the community through specially tailored classes and internships. Learn more >>

Fox Valley Memory Project

Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper Michigan
Total Grant Amount: $96,500
Distributed over three years (2015, 2016, and 2017)

Programs and services through the Fox Valley Memory Project improve the quality of life for persons experiencing dementia, as well as their family care partners and friends in our community. Learn more >>

Boys and Girls Club of Menasha

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $150,000
Distributed over four years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Programming at the Boys and Girls Club of Menasha helps a growing number of low-income children and youth access safe and positive developmental opportunities in the summers and after school. The new facility will allow the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley to expand their reach to an estimated 1,000 children and youth annually.

New Start Boutique

Community Clothes Closet
Total Grant Amount: $10,000
Grant funding distributed in 2017

The New Start Boutique provides free job-attire and interview-appropriate outfits to low-income clients. Learn more >>

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) Case Management

Homeless Connections
Total Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant funding distributed in 2017

SOAR Case Management increases client access to federal income supports including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and connects individuals and families to resources that can help prevent future episodes of homelessness.

“It Takes a Village” Program

Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities
Total Grant Amount: $15,000
Grant funding distributed in 2017

The “It Takes a Village” program provides long-term transitional housing and intensive, supportive services for individuals who have a history of chronic homelessness and a documented disability. Learn more >>

Hope and Healing Day Treatment Program

CHAPS Academy
Total Grant Amount: $10,000
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The Hope and Healing Day Treatment Program offers four to six months of intensive therapy to adolescent girls who typically have been hospitalized at least once for a suicide attempt and have found traditional therapy unsuccessful.

Wrap-around Care Coordinator

Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $13,720
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The Wrap-around Care Coordinator works with low-income clients receiving mental health services to manage needs that affect their ability to be successful in counseling, like housing, transportation, employment, and education.

CHAMP (Community, Health, Activity, Motivation, Prevention) Nutrition Program

St. Joseph Food Program
Total Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The CHAMP Nutrition Program distributes healthy meals, recipes and nutritional information to families, provides backpacks to children for weekend food assistance, and offers healthy snacks to children participating in Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley summer programs.

Bed Program

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Appleton
Total Grant Amount: $17,500
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The Bed Program provides new box springs and mattresses at no cost to low-income households. Having a bed provides a higher quality living environment and ensures a more positive developmental experience for children and youth in disadvantaged households. Learn more >>

Update: As of June 2017, United Way funding provided 190 individuals (105 households) with new mattresses and/or box springs.

Appleton Job Training and Placement

World Relief Fox Valley
Total Grant Amount: $20,602
Grant funding distributed in 2016

Appleton Job Training and Placement works with local employers to match refugees resettled in Appleton to workforce needs.

Volunteer Advocacy Program

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Fox Cities
Total Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant funding distributed in 2016

CASA’s Volunteer Advocacy Program recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who regularly meet with abused and/or neglected children. The volunteers then file a written report with the court outlining observations and recommendations, attend court hearings related to the child’s case, and provide a consistent adult presence for the child.

Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Program

5-Stones
Total Grant Amount: $12,000
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The Sex Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Program has produced a series of video vignettes to educate middle and high school students, educators, and parents about the dangers of child and youth sex trafficking in Wisconsin. Update: The three short films titled “Innocence Sold” premiered on August 23, 2017.

2016 Fox Cities Money Conference

Asset Builders
Total Grant Amount: $2,000
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The 2016 Fox Cities Money Conference offered education on personal financial topics to low- and moderate-income children, youth, adults, and families. The conference topics can have substantial positive “pocket-book” impact in the short-term and help participants achieve higher net worth in the long-term.

Sober Living Housing Program – Fox Cities

Step Industries
Total Grant Amount: $20,000
Grant funding distributed in 2016

The Sober Living Housing Program provides two safe and supportive living environment for residents (one for men and one for women) who are working, pursuing an education, or volunteering in the community for at least 40 hours per week.

Community Early Learning Center (CELC)

Total Grant Amount: $150,000
Grant funding distributed in 2014 (start-up funds)

The CELC is a multi-agency center serving more than 300 children daily to ensure that by age 5, children of the Fox Valley have the foundation to achieve their full potential. Learn more >>