More Emergency Response Grants Available
In response to continued challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation announces additional funding available for local non-profit organizations and safety net agencies serving our community's most vulnerable residents.

These Emergency Response Grants will support
agencies currently providing services who are experiencing:
  • an increased demand for services due to the virus
  • an increase in expenses in order to safely deliver services within emergency guidelines

Funded organizations must serve individuals in communities served by the Dodgeland, Hustisford, Ixonia, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Waterloo and Watertown school districts.

For more information and to apply for a grant, please click here. Questions may be directed to Community Engagement & Grants Coordinator Andi Merfeld.

Watch For Non-Profit Stabilization Grant Announcement in January
Non-profit Stabilization Grants will be available in early 2021. Stabilization grants will help non-profit organizations experiencing significant cash flow challenges or the need to significantly pivot their business models in response to the pandemic. These grants will prioritize agencies serving at-risk populations and will require a review of 2020 financial statements. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to watch for the Foundation to release a Request for Proposals for Non-Profit Stabilization Grants in late January.

If you are aware of needs in our community that do not fall within the parameters for these grants, please contact us. We are actively listening to determine how we can best support our local organizations as they cope and serve the community throughout this crisis.

Since last spring, the Foundation has awarded approximately $100,000 in Emergency Response Grants for food, shelter, and service adaptations of agencies.
NEW Positive Parenting Program Supports Families in Dodge & Jefferson Counties
Launched in the fall, the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program helps families spend more time learning and growing together, and less time dealing with stress and misbehavior. Program offerings are available at no cost to families in Dodge and Jefferson counties.

We invite you to participate in upcoming programs to learn about the benefits so you can refer families to participate!

Registration for all programs is FREE and is available at

If you are interested in having us offer a program specifically for your organization, please contact us! Our goal is to reach 700 families in the next year.
Virtual Seminars
  • The Power of Positive Parenting
  • Raising Confident, Competent Children
  • Raising Resilient Children
Virtual Discussion Groups
  • Managing Fighting & Aggression
  • Dealing with Disobedience
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
  • Hassle Free Shopping with Children
One-on-one Parenting Support
In addition to seminars and discussion groups, providers are available to work one-on-one with parents to design a plan to meet their family's needs. Click here for a list of topics that providers can help with.

The Positive Parenting Program is brought to our community by TalkReadPlay, with partial funding from the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.
Congratulations and thank you to the following Every Child Thrives partners whose staff became accredited and are now offering the Positive Parenting Program:

  • Church Health Services
  • Hustisford School District
  • Lake Mills Area School District
  • Watertown Family Center
  • Watertown Unified School District
  • UW-Madison Extension Dodge County
Gratitude Campaign Aims to Reach 20,000
In a challenging year like this one, a little gratitude goes a long way.

Thank you to the many organizations who have already requested gratitude cards as part of our 20,000 Messages of Thanks Challenge. The effort has been a great success, with 16,000 cards distributed so far. Help us get the final 4,000 out!

Gratitude cards with the message "Can't mask my gratitude for everything you do!" are available to businesses, schools, churches, libraries, civic groups and any other organization in Dodge or Jefferson County. Distribute them to students, employees, families, customers and community members and encourage them to write notes of gratitude to people who are making a difference.

Cards with envelopes are available in bundles of 100. Request as many bundles as you’d like and we will deliver them to your organization. Cards are also available in smaller quantities at multiple pick-up sites throughout the community. Visit to order cards or see a list of pick-up locations. Questions? Contact us.
Happy Holidays from the Foundation!
We want to wish you all a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. Take the time to enjoy some rest, relaxation and self care. We look forward to working with you in 2021!
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