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July 12, 2018 - The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members to its advisory board:
Advisory board members who have completed their six-year terms include Gail King, Dr. Cynthia Lasecki, Aymee Balison, Betsy Mitchell, Irene Hogan and Sharon Resch. The Women’s Fund thanks these members for their service as they transition to emeritus status.
Started in 1995, the Women’s Fund advisory board is a 24-member board comprised of dynamic leaders who support the advocacy, promotion, fundraising, and grant making of the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay. Most notably, the board has spearheaded efforts to build an endowment of more than $2.5 million dollars used to make a difference in the lives of local women and girls.
“As a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Women’s Fund advisory board partners with the Foundation to invest and distribute essential grants to local community organizations,” said Kate Hogan, Women’s Fund president. “I am honored to welcome our new members to this powerful group of volunteers, and I know their work will further our mission to empower women and inspire girls”
The Women’s Fund to date has provided financial support to more than 80 local community initiatives and programs. These include educational and character development programs for girls, skill building initiatives for women, and support and development services for women and girls who have experienced abuse and violence.
The Women’s Fund advisory board of directors for 2018-19 includes:
● President: Kate Hogan
● Vice President: Leah Lasecki
● Past President: Susan Baranczyk
● Finance Chair: Karen Monfre
● Strategic Communications Chair: Laura Lear
● Grants Chair: Colleen (Colly) Remley
● Education Chair: Sue Weyers
● Fund Development Chair: Barbara Koldos
● Events Chair: Kristin Suchalla
● Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Liaisons: Therese Woelfel, Rashad Cobb
● Member: Tracy Alpert
● Member: Julie Blank
● Member: Nichole Campbell
● Member: Jessica Diedrich
● Member: Linda Hansen
● Member: DeDe Heid
● Member: Kim Linehan
● Member: Rebecca Pruess
● Member: Teresa Schoffelman
● Member: Cynthia (Cindy) Treleven
● Member: Ann Weise
● Member: Maryanne Weyenberg
About the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay
The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, supports programs in the local community that meet its mission of empowering women and inspiring girls while promoting leadership and building self-esteem. For more information, visit www.womensfundgb.org
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, has awarded eight grants, totaling more than $57,000 to local nonprofit programs.
The Women’s Fund endowment provides grants local nonprofit organizations that offer programs and services supporting leadership and self-esteem initiatives for women and girls. Since 1998, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has granted more than $730,000 to more than 95 initiatives and programs in our community. Grants from this fund make an impact every day by supporting thousands of women and girls in our community!
Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process including review by a team of community volunteers. The next deadline for Women’s Fund grants applications is July 1, 2018. Online applications may be accessed at www.ggbcf.org.
Brown County Health & Human Services, Parents Pals Program
This grant will allow Parent Pals to conduct three educational sessions for mothers referred from Child Protective Services on topics including: "Budgeting & Nutrition," "Garden to Table" planting and harvesting their own vegetables, and "Common Childhood Illnesses & Injuries - Prevention, Treatment & When to Seek Medical Intervention.”.
St. Norbert College, United reSISTERs Stories of Resilience
This funding will be used to publish a book on the resettlement and resiliency of young African female refugees. The stories will highlight the young women's participation in and creation of the United reSISTERs, a group of young Somali women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit community and peaceful world.
YWCA of Greater Green Bay, Somali Women’s Empowerment Program
Funds will enable Somali women of all ages to access culturally customized and affordable experiences that help them integrate in the YWCA and the community. The Women's Empowerment program includes female-only swimming, fitness center access, and computer classes.
Casa ALBA Melanie, Mujeres Fuertes & Women’s Support Group
This grant will fund two related programs for Hispanic women: 1) Mujeres Fuertes/Strong Women - offers exercise and nutrition classes for women, encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and 2) Hispanic Women Support Group, which offers women in abusive situations the tools to develop self-help skills while supporting the women and their families.
Exceptional Equestrians, Girls Rule 2018
This grant will support the equine-assisted learning program that empowers girls to lead their lives with success. Grant funds will support program need-based scholarships.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, Post-Adoption Services for Birth Mothers
This funding will provide comprehensive post-adoption services to birth mothers. These activities will provide opportunities for birth mothers to connect with and support each other, provide tangible support to birth mothers shortly after the birth of the child they are creating an adoption plan for and provide professional counseling services.
NWTC Educational Foundation, Women of Color
Funds will provide NWTC's Women of Color group an opportunity to increase achievement and persistence rates of minority women by creating a supportive environment where they can find strength in each other and succeed academically. The group provides a structured environment where participants can share stories, get involved in the community, gain leadership skills, and attend presentations and workshops on learning new skills.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Girls Only Graphic Design
The funds will support a summer offering of the Girls Only Graphic Design program that will give girls a look at women in the arts throughout the years and their stamp on history. Girls will take trips to museums, around our community and through the Internet to discover the women who are using their talent to make a difference.
May 1, 2018 – The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has awarded more than $155,000 to 19 Green Bay area nonprofit organizations through the Funds for Greater Green Bay grant program.
The Funds for Greater Green Bay are a collection of funds at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. The corresponding grant program funds measurable strategies to make a positive impact on the quality of life and create a better future for residents of our community.
In addition to the Funds for Greater Green Bay endowed funds, other donors are invited to co-invest in vetted programs. In this cycle, donors contributed more than $60,000 toward programs creating even greater impact.
Grants are awarded based on a competitive application process which includes review by a grants team of community volunteers. Two grant cycles are offered annually for the Funds for Greater Green Bay. The next deadline for applications will be July 1, 2018.
The Winter 2018 grants were awarded to the following organizations and programs:
Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, Education in Nature
To continue to provide free science-based education to about 1,000 people per year the program needs to align with school curriculum and become sustainable. This grant supports a 3-year plan to fully develop a year-round, sustainable program for students and the public.
Bellin Health Foundation, Brown County Population Health Collaborative
The collaborative is composed of local organizations that serve people with disabilities who are enrolled in Wisconsin’s Medicaid long-term care programs. Funding would support rollout of a community care pilot program to all members in Brown County. The rollout will include establishing use of electronic sharing of information, developing and using training videos for community care teams, identifying clinical areas for community-wide focus and measuring community care team engagement and performance.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Youth Arts Initiative
Low-income youth have less access to high-quality arts education, while research shows those who participate are more likely to succeed in many development areas. Funding would support continuation of high-quality arts education programming for low-income children in greater Green Bay.
Bridge the Gap, Social Skills/Daily Living Skills Summer Camp
Bridge the Gap serves youth in rural settings with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Funding would allow youth from Brown or Oconto counties to attend Social Skills/Daily Living Skills Summer Camp to build skills of friendship, rule following, daily living and appropriate public behaviors.
Freedom House Ministries, Required Programming
Freedom House requires residents to participate in personal financial management and positive parenting programming. Funding would support an update, including designing an individualized financial plan for credit rehabilitation, adding consumer education and healthy relationship modules and transferring programming to an online format that can accommodate residents working second and third shifts.
Golden House, Domestic Violence Youth Program
Each year Golden House serves more than 250 youth who have been exposed to domestic violence. Funding will allow a dedicated Youth Advocate to provide safety planning, advocacy and support for ages 5-17 while their families are accessing shelter, intervention and advocacy services.
Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Neighborhood Partners
Funding will support a community approach to building social connections and reducing the risk of isolation for older adults in the village of Denmark. Work will include asset inventory, engagement activities, incentives and connections.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity, Home Repair Program-Training and Development
Through the new Home Repair Program, Habitat assists low- to moderate-income homeowners with basic repairs. Funds will provide staff training in lead paint removal and market the program to homeowners.
Hands On Deck, Cut and Run Boat Building and Rowing Program
At-risk youth ages 10 to 14 will participate in a wooden boat building project and community rowing experience one on one with trained and matched mentors. Funds will support construction of two boats with equipment, training and consultation.
House of Hope, Ending Child Homelessness
With additional shelter and programming available to address pregnant and parenting homeless women ages 18-24 on a waiting list, a grant will allow House of Hope to add case managers and program supplies.
Howe Community Resource Center, Family Engagement/Advocacy
A Support Advocate Program assists parents and families with communication, understanding information and community resource connections. Funding will be used to hire, train and retain staff, purchase program supplies, support construction and provide continued advocacy training.
Junior Achievement of WI - Brown County, Building Financial Literacy in Today's Youth
Funding will provide financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship programs to the elementary, middle and high school students of Brown and Oconto counties. The grade-level appropriate, research-based K-12 curriculum is provided at no cost to schools or students.
Kewaunee Health and Fitness, Aging Mastery Program
The program aims to help baby boomers and older adults improve their well-being, add stability to their lives and strengthen ties to the community. The 10-week program developed by the National Council on Aging addresses physical, financial and emotional wellness to impact changes to behavior.
Literacy Green Bay, Summer Transition Classes
Funding would align the English Language Acquisition classes with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College's basic education programming to provide a new, coordinated and seamless transition for students. Funding will support additional instructional hours, updated textbooks and additional training.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Head Start Vision Health Program
In partnership with Green Bay Area Public Schools, the program ensures low-income children enrolled in Head Start receive a vision screening and referral. Access is improved through vision education, resources, and follow-up support. Head Start promotes school readiness in birth to 5 from low-income families.
Service League of Green Bay, Service League
The Back-to-School Store is a one-day event that provides all the supplies needed to start a child's new school year to low-income children and families in Brown County. Funding will provide supplies for the Store.
UW-Extension Brown County, Family Living Program
A new poverty simulation kit is needed to meet increased demand. Simulations give human service professionals, teachers and college students a better understanding of the challenges faced by those living in a typical low-income household and work more effectively with these residents.
WI Waterfowl Association, Abrams Long Term Project
Funding will complete the installation of two disabled-accessible hunting blinds and their entry ramps, giving those with disabilities the opportunity to experience the outdoors. Work would include removing invasive fish species to improve the forage base for migratory birds and preparing for a controlled burn.
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