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September 2018

Lightbulb Labs sparking bright ideas for grants

Posted on Sep 26, 2018, by

Sometimes great ideas come in the middle of the night, or when you’re driving to work.  For Amy Flanders, the idea for a cutting edge sexual abuse prevention program came via a conference featuring Darkness to Light, a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. “The idea was to educate five percent […]

Homeless Connections opens Day Resource Center

Posted on Sep 25, 2018, by

With the snip of a blue ribbon, a new Day Resource Center for the homeless officially opened Monday afternoon. The center is at the site of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Mason Street in Appleton, in the rooms formerly used for classrooms. The school closed several years ago and the classrooms were not being used. […]

Real Conversations About Autism

Posted on Sep 24, 2018, by

There is a good chance you know someone who has autism or is caring for an autistic child or adult.  The latest analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The term “spectrum” means there are a wide range of symptoms and levels […]

Brick-by-brick, Navarino Nature Center builds playscape

Posted on Sep 20, 2018, by

By Tim Ewing, Director/Naturalist, Navarino Nature Center Navarino Nature Center in Shiocton is creating a new natural playscape designed to get children outdoors exploring the wonders of nature. Natural playscapes are interactive play areas that use natural items (music, art, water, trees, etc.) to offer endless possibilities for running, jumping, exploring and discovery in an […]

Building for Kids removes fear of STEM learning

Posted on Sep 17, 2018, by

Kids and parents are excited for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)  through the Innovation Lab, the latest expansion at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum. Thanks to a $35,000 Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation, the Building for Kids added an Innovation Lab Coordinator, who is responsible for creating weekly interactive STEM  challenges, writing curriculum […]

Music program is breaking down barriers

Posted on Sep 13, 2018, by

Music is for everyone! Thanks to three-year, $30,000 Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation, Fox Valley Symphony has been able to expand its music outreach program, In Harmony, to eight different sites throughout the Fox Valley. In Harmony partners a Fox Valley Symphony orchestra string quartet with a licensed music therapist, volunteers and […]

Leading with the right stuff

Posted on Sep 12, 2018, by

Leading a nonprofit organization or volunteering on community boards takes determination along with the kind of expertise and tools most of us didn’t learn in school. That’s why the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region launched the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative two years ago, to help strengthen hundreds of local nonprofits by providing support, collaboration […]

Science nights offer learning and more

Posted on Sep 10, 2018, by

By: Carol Couillard Development Director, Paper Discovery Center An education filled with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STE(A)M) is crucial in today’s schools, and, more importantly, in our community. However, keeping up is hard for kids recovering from domestic abuse, who often test lower than their peers, and are less likely to finish school. Thanks […]