For more information: Jack Rhodes, Board Chair
 Waupaca Area Community Foundation
  (715) 256-1939 

Tammy Williams, VP Marketing & Communications 
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
(920) 830-1290,

Community Foundation awards $96,025 in grants

WAUPACA, Wis. – A total of 21 charitable organizations serving people in the Waupaca area will receive $96,025 in grants from the Waupaca Area Community Foundation’s (WACF) Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund.

The grant checks will be presented during the Community Foundation’s Celebration of Community Giving on Sept. 29 at the Best Western Plus Grand Seasons Hotel in Waupaca.  The evening starts at 6 p.m. with refreshments and appetizers followed by the presentation of grant checks to the 21 recipients at 7 p.m.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.  For more information contact WACF board members Tim Neuville at 715-256-2911 or Jack Rhodes at (715) 256-1939. 

“Thanks to people who made generous donations during our June gala, and money from our community endowment fund, our board members were delighted to be able to award this significant amount of grants to organizations that are doing good work in the Waupaca area,” said Jack Rhodes, WACF board chair.

The Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund provides annual grants as selected by the Board of Directors during a competitive application process.

Waupaca Area Community Foundation Fund grant recipients for 2011 are:

  • CAP Services-Stevens Point - $3,000 – Support for its Domestic Abuse Outreach Office that provides services to Waupaca County residents. 
         $7,500 – Support for its Ministry Dental Center to assist Waupaca County patients on
                     BadgerCare or Medicaid plans that include dental coverage.
         $5,000 – Support for its Skills Enhancement Program, which provides training and
                     education to people seeking a job with higher wages and benefits.  
  • CHAPS Academy - $5,000 – HOPE Lives!, an equine-assisted youth suicide intervention and prevention program.
  • City of Waupaca Parks and Recreation - $4,000 – After-school childhood obesity prevention program.
  • Clarity Care - $5,000 – Help at Home program serving Waupaca residents.
  • Community Hospice Foundation - $5,000 – Waupaca Hopes and Dreams Fund, which provides a meaningful, cherished memory for a patient at the end-of-life and their family.
  • Creative Caring Hearts - $3,000 – Fabric for handmade items for newborn layettes.
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes - $4,000 – Green Girls on the Go! Project to introduce a new environmental curriculum to 250 girls through programs and service. 
  • Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program - $1,750 – Domestic abuse prevention education efforts, including bringing curriculum on bullying, positive peer relationships and dating violence to students in the New London and Weyauwega-Fremont areas.
  • Humane Society of Waupaca County - $7,500 – Development director position.
  • Rawhide Boys Ranch - $5,000 – Equipment, fuel and maintenance costs associated with the About Face Program that rehabilitates young men through vocational and life skills training.
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Center - $3,000 – Three educational programs in Waupaca.
  • Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church – $5,000 – Expansion of the Project Backpack Program in the Waupaca School District.    
  • Waupaca County Healthy Beginnings - $5,000 – Education and training programs to help teach parents how to protect children from home-related injuries.
    $4,000 – Assistance to help low-income families meet basic needs.
    $1,000 – Materials and information emphasizing early brain development in children.
  • Waupaca Green Team - $5,000 – Installation of two solar-powered systems at Waupaca High School and Waupaca Middle School.
  • Waupaca Historical Society - $3,500 – Exterior painting of Hutchinson House Museum.
  • Waupaca Pregnancy Information Center - $1,500 – Window replacement.
  • Waupaca Senior Citizens Center - $400 – Illuminated exterior sign.
  • Waupaca Tree Advisory Board/River Ridge Trail Committee - $6,500 – Enhance accessibility of the ridge trail in the natural area.
  • Weyauwega Arts Organization - $2,000 – Weyauwega Film Festival.
  • Winchester Academy - $1,250 – Future planning.
  • Waupaca School District - $2,125 – SHINE (Students Helping Improve Negative Environments) Program’s youth leadership camp and additional training on bullying and prevention.

The Waupaca Area Community Foundation was established in 2003 by and for the people of the area to improve the quality of life in Waupaca area communities. It is an affiliate of the Appleton-based Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.