Project Promise was a four-month initiative to raise awareness of poverty affecting the Fox Cities. Through a community "book read" organized by local libraries, more than 3,000 people read Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. In addition, hundreds of people participated in simulations and workshops to develop poverty action plans. The project resulted in a permanent poverty coalition, 13 grassroots action groups tackling a range of specific issues, and a community that better understands how poverty affects its citizens.
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Shawano County Rural Health Initiative
Many farm families have little or no health insurance and limited access to preventive health services. This program takes preventive health services and education to the farm for hundreds of Shawano County farm families.
Making the Ride Happen
While the Fox Cities has transportation services, they can be scattered or limited, which can make finding transportation challenging for seniors in need. Making the Ride Happen gives seniors one place to call to figure out the best service or combination of services to get them where they want to go, keeping them active and engaged in the community.
Resulting from a $200,000 initiative funded by CHAT and United Way Fox Cities, this program matches families in poverty with community mentors. Working together, the volunteer mentors help families become self-sufficient by helping them achieve their financial, educational, parenting, employment, or housing goals.
Voices of Men
A grassroots initiative led by men in the community, Voices of Men’s mission is to help end abuse of women and girls through education and awareness. The group provides opportunities such as training for coaches, workplace education, and mentoring to create a community of respect among all people.
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Litwork! Adult Literacy Program
This program brings together various faith communities to make literacy education available for hundreds of adults in our community. With a paid position through the Fox Valley Literacy Coalition, a Faith Communities Coordinator works with congregations to find tutors for students, arrange childcare, provide a location for tutoring, and help with funding.