A History of Grants Awarded by the Women’s Giving Circle Fund Total Community Impact of Women’s Giving Circle Grants 2008-2019: $312,413 2019: $47,210 Altoona School District: Care Closet: $6000 Many Altoona students lack items such as socks, underwear, shampoo, or food, which often prevents them from focusing on school. To solve this problem, the district opened the Care Closet, where families and students can “shop” for needed items. Chippewa Valley Health Clinic: Women Becoming A Healthier Me: $6000 This program will enhance services for impoverished women and teenage girls. It will combine clinic care and 1:1 coaching through education and nutrition counseling to increase patient awareness of obesity health risks and increase physical activity. Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation: Women in Nontraditional Careers Scholarship Program: $6000 These financial need-based scholarships will allow women interested in nontraditional careers to attend college with a lessened financial burden. This program will help to increase the number of females entering nontraditional careers and diversify our local workforce. Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association: Refugee Family Strengthening Project: $2710 This support group is for Hmong individuals who are survivors of domestic violence. Every other week, the group meets to work on a sewing project together and to discuss a topic presented by the Hmong Family Strengthening Advocate for healing and empowerment. Eau Claire Children's Theatre: Schoolhouse Rock Live: $4500 This grant will help ECCT provide four free performances of the musical Schoolhouse Rock Live to increase access and remove cost as a barrier to the arts. This musical creates a fun way to reinforce a variety of educational lessons for students. Feed My People Food Bank: Connecting to Thrive: $6000 “Connecting to Thrive” provides nutritious food to low-income children and youth and their parents in familiar, convenient locations such as school parking lots. Feed My People anticipates that pantry visits by children and youth will exceed 1500. Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation: SANE Forensic Nurse Program: $6000 This grant will help increase sexual assault follow up services to area women. Forensic nurses will receive SANE training and the equipment they need for the specialty exams. It will help purchase a specialty microscope to identify and document internal trauma in victims. Red Letter Grant, Inc: Women's Business Start-Up Capital Grant Program: $4000 Red Letter Grant’s mission is to support and empower female entrepreneurs. Expanding the Start-up Capital Program makes funding available to more women starting businesses and helps diminish the gap in business support and opportunity for women in our area. Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council: Table for Two: $6000 Table for Two is a Peer Mentorship Program for emerging female entrepreneurs of the Chippewa Valley. It will allow them to be paired with established and successful business women who are willing to share their insights with the next generation. 2018: $37,250 Children's Museum of Eau Claire: Eat! Move! Live!: $6000 This exhibit and program will inspire healthy living in children and adults. Low to moderate income families will have access to fruits and vegetables in the test kitchen pantry through a partnership with Feed My People Food Bank. Chippewa Valley Free Clinic: Women's Health and Sharing Dignity Outreach: $6000 The “Women’s Health and Hygiene Program” will be enhanced by the addition of basic dental care and a “Healthier You” program. The “Sharing Dignity” program will be extended to provide feminine hygiene products to young women in low income families at local high schools. Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association: Ntuj Tshiab Support Group: $3350 This support group will give sexual assault survivors a safe space to converse with other survivors and to share their stories without blame and shame. Its goal is to help survivors overcome their trauma through healing activities and a positive support network. Family Resource Center: Hand in Hand: $6000 This pilot program will bridge a gap between the Health Department Nurse Family Partnership and the Family Resource Center by providing three years of seamless support to at-risk families. It will provide them with nursing support, Play N’ Learn playgroups, and home visits. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Northwest District: Creating Your Next Future Entrepreneur at the Pablo Center: $3900 This 3-6 week educational program for middle school aged students will be held after school at the Pablo Center for the Confluence. This program will encourage them to use entrepreneurial thinking and will incorporate local business volunteers from the culinary industry. Trinity Equestrian Center: Finding Your Power: $6000 This unique and therapeutic experience will serve 120 teens and adult women. It will help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, trafficking, and/or bullying to create a personal plan for success using Equine Assisted Learning, discussions, and practice of new skills. Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council: Women Helping Women: $6000 This program will help women who have started new businesses move from the start-up stage to the growth stage and beyond through peer mentorship groups. These groups will meet monthly to support and encourage each other. 2017: $41,466 APPLE Pregnancy Care Center: Earn While You Learn: $5000 APPLE helps low income women who are facing a crisis pregnancy. In the “Earn While You Learn” program, clients attend educational sessions, after which they earn “APPLE Bucks” redeemable for diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc. This expansion will allow APPLE to provide larger items like car seats and cribs. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Mary Markquart Center: Adaptive Learning: $6000 The Boys & Girls Club – Mary Markquart Center has three priority outcome areas for all Club members: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. The Adaptive Learning program increases the Club’s ability to engage with family and community partners to meet the needs of individual Club members. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, Sojourner House: Bras for Homeless Women: $5000 The Catholic Charities Sojourner House homeless shelter gets many in-kind donations but has difficulty providing bras, which are rarely donated, for female guests. Through this program, a case manager will work with guests in need to help them select and purchase bras, which will be shipped to the Sojourner House. Chippewa Valley Museum: Classes and Activities for Preschoolers: $5000 This project will provide opportunities for Museum guests ages 3-5 to learn through play. Funds will purchase and develop preschool-age appropriate activities for existing exhibits, 2018 preschool summer classes, and the 2018 Holiday Toy Train show. It will also provide 55 family admission vouchers to Head Start families. Feed My People Food Bank: Bridging the Summer Gap: $6000 The Weekend Kids’ Meal Program serves 1,560 Eau Claire children during the school year. To overcome the challenge of reaching these children during the summer, FMP is piloting new initiatives that include a weekly mobile food truck in the Longfellow Elementary parking lot and summer food shelves in 6 middle and high schools. Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley: Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley Expansion: $4000 This 10 week program combines a comprehensive, research-based curriculum and running activities to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in preteen girls that culminates in a 5K run/walk. GOTR seeks to enhance its existing program by expanding by at least 10% in the 2018 season, thereby reaching about 50 more girls. School District of Altoona: Altoona K-3 STEM Coding and Robotics Curriculum Based Program: $5966 This innovative new early education program is designed to address gender bias in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. It uses project based learning, interdisciplinary/multi-age curricula, maker spaces, coding, fabrication and dual credit high school academies to engage young students in these fields. Trinity Lutheran Church: Soles for Special Souls: $4500 Soles for Special Souls is a program that gives new back-to-school shoes and winter boots to low income children in the Chippewa Valley. Shoes are provided for children in grades 4k – high school; winter boots are provided for elementary school children. All recipients get vouchers that allow them to choose their own pair of footwear. 2016: $36,000 Boys and Girls Club: Health and Nutrition: Culinary Classroom and Kitchen Program: $5000 This grant will be used to create an operational culinary classroom containing 6 kitchen stations for hands on nutritional based learning experiences for Club members. The Club will be able to offer extended nutritional programming, which will include class space dedicated to cooking, nutrition, and kitchen safety. Chippewa Valley Free Clinic: Sharing Dignity: $5000 ‘Sharing Dignity’ assures access to health care, medications, hygiene necessities and undergarments for impoverished women. This program is an enhancement of last year’s WGC funded grant; it will offer extra services, including the provision of undergarments, to approximately 300 women. Fierce Freedom: Hotel Industry Anti-Sex Trafficking Training: $5000 This grant will help Fierce Freedom develop a training program for Chippewa Valley hotels on how to identify human trafficking and report suspected activity to area law enforcement. It will offer hotel staff tools they can use to fight trafficking on their properties, thereby helping to reduce the exploitation of women and children Girls on the Run Chippewa Valley—Investment of Heart & Sole: Curriculum 2 and Program: $1000 Heart & Sole is a curriculum developed for middle school girls. It consists of a 10-week after school program that offers girls an opportunity to build strong connections with one another and their coaches. It will help GOTR, which currently serves girls in grades 3-5, expand their outreach to older students. Lutheran Social Services: Trauma Services for Women and Children: $5000 Women and children are referred to LSS’s Family Interactions Program (FIP) and the Family Preservation Program (FPP) as a means of providing safety and education for families that are struggling and need assistance. Both FIP and FPP focus services on women and children dealing with complex trauma. Safe Sleep Task Force: Safe Sleep: $5000 This enhancement of a previously funded program will provide 50 low-income families with Pack ‘n Plays and other materials to help them create a safe sleep environment for their infants. It will add more direct interactions between Safe Sleep educators and the families, including initial and follow-up visits. Trinity Equestrian Center: Finding Hope Through Horses: $5000 This program provides an 8-week Equine Assisted Learning group therapy experience to 6 women who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues. It addresses issues such as self-esteem and image, forgiveness, healthy coping skills, identifying recurring triggers, goal setting, and the Purpose Matrix. Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council: Women’s Business Center: $5000 The Women’s Business Center provides access to entrepreneurial support and business education to women who are interested in starting, growing, or improving a small business. Clients receive individualized assistance in writing business plans, creating marketing plans, and developing financial projections. 2015: $29,423 Chippewa Valley Free Clinic--Women's Health & Hygiene--$5000 ‘Women’s Health and Hygiene’ works to ensure access to health care, medications, and hygiene necessities for impoverished women. Approximately 495 women will receive health services, and 200 to 300 will receive feminine hygiene products during the program’s first year. Family Resource Center--Parent Cafe--$3180 The Parent Café is a program for parents and children that includes a shared meal, social connections, resource sharing, information on a topic of interest to the group, and an opportunity for positive interactions between parents and children. It will offer a comfortable place for families to come together for networking and information. Feed My People--Dairy for Kids--$5000 The Weekend Kids’ Meal program expects to serve over 1,600 students in the Eau Claire area during the 2016 school year. Each student receives a meal bag every Friday. Dairy for Kids will allow vouchers for a free half gallon of milk and shelf-stable cheese squares to be included in the meal bags. Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley--Healthy Foods, Healthy Families--$5000 Healthy Foods, Healthy Families will support the health of low literacy families by teaching the importance of healthy eating for the entire family. Two classes will be offered: “Family Cooking and Learning” will teach families how to plan and prepare healthy meals, and “My Plate” will help parents develop healthy eating habits in their children. Lutheran Social Services--ARJ Parenting Program--$5000 The Addiction and Restorative Justice (ARJ) Programs of Lutheran Social Services will offer parenting classes to their clients. Supporting women in their efforts to properly nurture their children will aid in breaking the intergenerational cycle of addiction and therefore positively impact their children and other family members. Trinity Equestrian Center--Wounded Women's Equine Therapy Program--$5000 The Wounded Women Program serves clients who have experienced emotional and physical traumas. It is an efficacy based model using horses in addition to a trained therapist and equine specialist. In this program, horses and clients develop relationships while the clients learn strategies to overcome their self-destructive responses. Fostering Success Initiative at UW-Stout--Summer Overnight Camp--$1243 Fostering Success at UW-Stout offers overnight and day camps geared towards college readiness for foster and homeless youth. Since it has already proven extremely successful, this grant will build on its previous accomplishments by helping seven foster and homeless youth from Eau Claire County attend the camp. 2014: $26,000 Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association--Viv Ncaus Sewing Circle--$2000 The Viv Ncaus Sewing Circle is for Hmong women who are survivors of domestic abuse. Members will be able to give and receive emotional and practical support while learning about other resources available to them, as they preserve Hmong culture by creating traditional clothing and crafts. Eau Claire City-County Health Department Safe Sleep Task Force--Safe Sleep Program--$5000 The Safe Sleep Task Force will provide a tool-kit to hospitals, community agencies, and families to provide a consistent, accurate message about the importance of safe sleep for infants. The Safe Sleep Program will also provide 50 families with a free Pack ‘n Play and sleep sack to help provide the safest sleep environment. Eau Claire YMCA--Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards for Child Development Center--$4000 The YMCA is adopting a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards for its Child Development Center. These standards will improve the nutritional value of the CDC’s meals and snacks, guide its staff in modeling healthy living behaviors, add nutrition education to its curriculum, create a social environment that encourages children to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity, and provide children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Flying Eagles Ski Jump Club--Fly with the Eagles--$5000 Fly with the Eagles will help combat youth obesity by encouraging children to participate in the Flying Eagles Ski Jump Club regardless of their ability or financial need. The program will provide educational presentations and a Learn to Ski opportunity for all interested youth. In addition, it will provide scholarships that will offset equipment and coaching costs for children in financial need. Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library--Books for Babies--$5000 Books for Babies is a literacy program to acquaint parents of newborns with the important role that books play in the development of children. While still in the hospital, parents are presented with a kit that includes information on the importance of reading to babies, a board book, and other information about available library programs for children. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes--STEM for Girls--$5000 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) for Girls is being developed to provide a constant, ongoing, girl-only program to encourage girls in Eau Claire County to pursue STEM academically and as a career. Additionally, female STEM professionals from the Eau Claire area will mentor the girls and talk about career options that they may not be aware of. 2013: $18,466 Boys and Girls Club – Club Tech Digital Art Suite - $5,000 The purpose of Club Tech Digital Arts Suite is to instill in youth a true enjoyment of digital arts that will stay with them throughout their lives and broaden their opportunities for future career options. To expand the Club Tech technology programming, the Boys & Girls Club will implement the Digital Arts Suite, which includes lessons in web and graphic design, digital photography, and music and movie making. Feed My People, Inc – Fruit for Children - $5,000 Since 2006, Feed My People has been providing food to an ever-increasing number of children in the Eau Claire Area School District. Fresh fruit has become an important component of this program. Fresh fruit, however, is costly, accounting for almost a third of the cost of the food. Feed My People, therefore, has made the decision to seek sponsorships from area businesses in the Eau Claire community to sponsor the purchase of fruit as well as other food items. This grant is to help fund the cost of the fruit while these sponsorships are being obtained. Joshua’s Camp Corporation – Spring Program 2014 - $4,466 Joshua’s Camp provides a four day retreat style program for families that have a child that is being treated for cancer or has been out of treatment for less than 3 years. Money from this grant will be used to help single mothers and their children attend the camp. Trinity Lutheran Church – Boots for Special Souls - $4,000 Boots for Special Souls is an expansion of an existing program, Soles for Special Souls, run by Trinity Lutheran Church’s food pantry, in which disadvantaged children receive a voucher for winter boots. The children submit the vouchers as payment for pairs of winter boots of their choice at Kmart in Eau Claire. Trinity then pays the purchase price, less a generous discount provided by Kmart, to cover the cost of the winter boots. 2012: $19,568 Eau Claire Children’s Theatre – Rising Star Productions - $5,000 The grant will fund ECCT’s “Rising Star Productions,” bringing the two-component program to Longfellow and Lakeshore Elementary Schools. The after-school enrichment component allows 50 students to be part of a full-scale theatre performance produced in one week. The School Day Residency component places an ECCT staff member at the school for one week and includes 10 hour-long theatre workshops that involve students in theatre games and creative drama activities in the classroom. Eau Claire County AIM Court – Financial Literacy Training and Assistance, Forging Relationships with Area Landlords - $5,000 The 2012 AIM Court grant will be used for financial literacy training, forging relationships with supportive area landlords, and incremental financial stipends for AIM participants who successfully complete budgeting counseling. This program aids in the success of current AIM participants by teaching financial responsibility and linking participants with safe, suitable, and affordable environments for themselves and their families. Literacy Volunteers-Chippewa Valley – First Teachers Family Literacy Program - $5,000 The “Worthy Work for Mothers” program will teach English instruction, computer skills, intermediate-level employment skills, and career development skills to women of diverse low-income families so that they may obtain employment to support themselves and their families. This program will equip women with the skills and certification to pursue careers in food handling, health care, light manufacturing, and early childhood day care. Lutheran Social Services – LSS Touchstone Center - $4,568 The grant will assist women in the Chippewa Valley to access licensed AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) treatment in a gender-specific, trauma-informed manner at Lutheran Social Services Touchstones Center. The program consists of 36 sessions of primary outpatient treatment, followed by 16 weeks of continuing care. Program goals include increasing sobriety, securing safe housing, becoming employed, and decreasing correctional system involvement, as well as improvement in overall well-being and family relationships. 2011: $20,000 Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley – MusicMakers program - $5,000 The grant will help fund the “MusicMakers” program to be offered to the members of the Club. It is a new program that will offer private and small group music lessons to participants, enhancing their skills in expressing themselves in musical, creative ways. In addition to the lessons, Club members will have opportunities for field trips for experiences in the performing arts. Eau Claire County AIM Court – AIM Court Program Enhancements - $5,000 AIM (Alternatives to Incarcerating Mothers) Court is an evidence-based program of support, education, direction, and encouragement to mothers who have committed a felony or misdemeanor, and offers ways of serving their sentences other than incarceration. The 2011 grant will be used for enhancements to this program: parenting education, educational materials that will help mothers communicate with their children in more developmentally appropriate ways, a family program for the adult supports in the lives of the participant mothers, and access to child-friendly performances and activities in the community. Feed My People Food Bank – Weekend Kids’ Meals - $5,000 The grant will expand the existing Kids’ Weekend Meal Program to include children attending Eau Claire’s Lakeshore Elementary School. Bags of food sufficient for two breakfasts and two lunches are provided on Fridays to the children who are at risk of going hungry when school meals are not available on weekends. Approximately 150 students will participate. Literacy Volunteers-Chippewa Valley – First Teachers Family Literacy Program - $5,000 The “First Teachers” program, funded by this grant, will help mothers enrolled in the Eau Claire Family Literacy program help their children succeed in a culture that is vastly different from the culture in which they themselves were raised. Participants in “First Teachers” will actively engage with their child’s early childhood teacher and participate directly in the classroom. With the skills learned, the mothers will be able to reinforce their child’s learning at home, continually reinforcing their skills and abilities. 2010: $14,500 Eau Claire County AIM Court – AIM Court $2,500 AIM Court is a program that provides alternatives to offenders who are mothers. Such individuals participating in this program can remain in the community to serve their sentences, thereby avoiding foster care placement for their children and other disruptions of family life. The grant will fund the purchase of materials that will be used in parenting education and incentives for pro-social behaviors. The AIM Court program has a capacity to serve 20 mothers and their children. Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley – Empowering Women through Savings and Leadership - $4,000 This grant will help LV-CV expand the program which was funded in 2009, Empowering Women Through Savings, by adding a leadership training component. The participants will learn and practice organizational skills, such as leading a meeting, creating by-laws for a group, and taking part in a discussion. Money from the grant will purchase materials and help with translating written and oral materials. The Community Table – A Family Table - $4,000 In this program, “From the Garden, to the Community Table, to the Family Table,” children will learn about gardening, preserving produce, and using produce for meals. They will have opportunities to prepare meals for their families using the produce they have raised. The goal of the program is to reach out to families who may not be using the Community Table by helping them become familiar with the facility and learn with their children. Trinity Lutheran Church – Soles for Special Souls - $4,000 In collaboration with K-Mart, The Food Pantry program will use this grant to purchase vouchers for families in need to help them purchase new shoes for their children. Parents can use the vouchers at K-Mart and allow their children to obtain new shoes. 2009: $12,530 Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County – Teen Parent Education Program - $3,140 The Teen Parent Education Program will provide parent education, support, and assistance to teen mothers and their children in the local high schools. The participants will be better equipped for the challenge of raising a child and be more likely to raise healthy children in the future. At least 30 teen mothers will be served by this program. Feed My People Food Bank – The Weekend Kids’ Meals Program - $3,500 The Weekend Kids’ Meals program will expand a program started in 2006, which provides nutritious food for two breakfasts and two lunches that school age children can take home over the weekend when school-based meals are not available. The expanded program will provide the same service for all students enrolled the Eau Claire Area School District’s Head Start sites. Research has shown that food security for children enhances their health, attendance in school, and academic success. Literacy Volunteers-Chippewa Valley – Empowering Women through Savings - $3,500 Empowering Women through Savings will use grant money to provide women who are living in poverty with knowledge and skills about financial literacy and basic financial functions, such as budgeting, borrowing, comparison shopping, and saving. Participants will work one-on-one with a financial planner. The Community Table – A Family Table - $2,120 A Family Table: The goal of this program is to make the Community Table a family friendly space where participants can connect with existing services and local resources. Additional components of the program include family nutrition classes in addition to healthy meals, and a Children’s Corner where children can play and learn in a safe, supervised place at the site during mealtimes. 2008: $10,000 Lutheran Social Services Affinity House – Affinity House - $3,000 This recovery enhancement program will help woman recovering from addiction issues develop new interests, skills and hobbies that they can incorporate into their lives upon completion of the program. It is estimated that 60 women will be served. The Community Table – Summer Meals for Low Income Children - $2,000 The Community Table will deliver healthy lunch bags and afternoon snacks to an estimated 50 children each day during the summer. Wisconsin Family Ties – Family Support & Advocacy - $3,000 This program will serve parents and their children who have mental health needs. It will establish one family advocate in EC County to assist families through parent to parent peer support. The goal is to help 25 parents become advocates for their children. Western Dairyland – Youth Entrepreneurship - $2,000 This program will provide opportunities for low income families to be self-sufficient. It will help youth learn about starting a business in a 5 day program. 20-40 economically and socially at risk young people will be served.