E-Newsletter Issue 11

This fall, United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders built a new Born Learning Trail with interactive stations at Appleton Memorial Park. Explore one of seven Born Learning Trails in the Fox Cities with your little one today! Learn more about the trails >>
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2-1-1 and Hurricane Relief
2-1-1 responds every day to calls for help from those who need to be connected to health and human services, and is also available during times of crisis or disaster. From the onset of Hurricane Harvey through September 17, 2-1-1 call centers across the country handled more than 223,000 calls and 725 text encounters.

Our local United Way 2-1-1 call center volunteered Certified Information and Referral staff time to assist 2-1-1 Texas immediately after Hurricane Harvey. Currently, we are assisting hurricane survivors who have relocated to counties in our service delivery area through coordinated efforts with 2-1-1 Wisconsin. Learn more about 2-1-1 >>
$720,103 awarded in grants to local nonprofits
United Way Fox Cities recently awarded $720,103 to six local nonprofit programs. Each grant-funded program addresses one of our four goals to ensure children are free of abuse and neglect, individuals and families are financially stable, children are on track to reach their full potential, and children, youth, and adults are mentally healthy.

With the grant funding:

>> Family Services of Northeast WI's Community Connections program, in partnership with Outagamie County, will provide 24-weeks of voluntary, proactive services to families at-risk for child maltreatment, but not currently involved in the child protection system.
 

>> Homeless Connections' Diversion Program will provide case management and rapid re-housing services when individuals and families first contact the shelter, rather than putting them on a waiting list.
 

>> The Community Early Learning Center Fox Valley's Promoting Families' Mental Well-being project will implement the Kindness Curriculum to improve the social-emotional and self-regulation skills of children, and benefit the mental health of parents and teachers.
 

>> The Community Early Learning Center's Advancing Early Childhood in the Fox Cities will support a full-time leadership position to promote further collaboration in the community and sustainability for the center.
 

>> The Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities' Ascend Initiative, in partnership with NAMI Fox Valley, will provide stable housing and support services for young adults (ages 18-25) who are living with moderate mental health challenges.
 

>> Step Industries' Vocational Learning Center will assist men and women recovering from addictions with writing résumés, building interview skills, and pursuing the career options available to them.

 

Learn about other grant-funded programs >>

Diaper Need Awareness Week
The Fox Cities Diaper Bank, an initiative of United Way Fox Cities, celebrated Diaper Need Awareness week (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2017) by driving attention, discussion, and action to help the 1 in 3 families struggling to afford diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network and founding sponsor, Huggies, recently released a study, Diaper Need and Its Impact on U.S. Families, revealing the impact of diaper need on the well-being of children and families:

>> Roughly three-in-four families in need feel they are not being good parents when their children are left too long in a dirty diaper.
 

>> Of the families in need, three-in five parents (57%) miss work or school due to a lack of sufficient diapers required by childcare, day care or early education programs to care for a baby or toddler. As a result, parents experiencing diaper need missed an average of four days of work or school in the past month.

 

At United Way Fox Cities, we are grateful for our many partners who support the Fox Cities Diaper Bank with donations, volunteer repacking time, and advocacy. Recent diaper repacking efforts have included volunteers from Miller Electric Mfg. Co, The Boldt Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and SECURA Insurance Companies - thank you! We are also grateful for the donation of 230,000 diapers from Kimberly-Clark Corporation during the Post-Crescent's Dollars for Diapers Campaign that will further our mission to provide diapers to families in need. Learn about Diaper Need Awareness Week >>

United Way's Campaign Kicks Off
More than 230 supporters gathered on the grounds of SECURA Insurance to officially mark the beginning of the 2017 United Way Fox Cities campaign.  Campaign co-chairs, Dave G. Voss, Jr., President and CEO of Miron Construction Co., Inc. and Dustin McClone, Executive Vice President of McClone, inspired attendees to join forces to meet this year's $8.75 million goal.

Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities, spoke about the needs in our community, which have been defined by research though the ALICE report, the Fox Cities LIFE Study, and Project RUSH. She also highlighted the ways United Way Fox Cities is addressing those issues.

Thank you for helping us live our mission of building a stronger, more caring community for everyone. View photos from this event >>
United Way Fox Cities helps babies who need diapers
" We are one of the families your diaper bank helped.  I just wanted to express our thanks for your generosity and kindness. When our third child was born in heart failure, our life and income was turned upside down. I have learned so much about what is truly important.  I just wanted to thank everyone who helped us out and hope to pay it forward in the future."

Your gift to United Way Fox Cities made this possible. Thank you!

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