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Nonprofits partner to teach teens to play instruments

Posted on Feb 16, 2018, by

By Dana Berger Business Director, Kurt Stein’s School of Music Inc. Kurt Stein’s School of Music and YouthGo of Neenah will be collaborating to provide music education to underserved and at-risk teens. Eight participants from YouthGo, a drop-in center offering activities for teens, will be partnered with 10 teen interns from Kurt Stein’s School of Music, […]

Great ideas fueled by a cup of coffee

Posted on Feb 15, 2018, by

When Lynn Peters calls and asks someone from a nonprofit to have a cup of coffee with her, they should quickly say yes. The result could be sweeter than a peppermint mocha latte. Lynn, the Community Foundation staff member who works with U.S. Venture’s Basic Needs Giving Partnership, calls them her “coffee and conversation” sessions. […]

Community shows the love for Mielkes

Posted on Feb 7, 2018, by

When the call went out for donations to a lasting endowment fund for early childhood education to honor Dr. John and Sally Mielke, the community showed the love for the cause and the couple who has served the community for so long. Nearly 200 families, individuals, businesses and other organizations contributed to the John and […]

Sexual assault talks hit home for students

Posted on Feb 2, 2018, by

Whether sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy made an impact as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Voices of Men Breakfast and at half a dozen schools is not in question. The applause and the positive reviews were good indications. A Neenah High School student who said, “I have never felt more understood in my life” […]

‘Big Arts’ matches music with graphic arts

Posted on Jan 31, 2018, by

The Fox Valley Symphony will repeat its successful experiment of adding graphics to music to help its audience understand the composition, this year combining it with a project involving about 1,000 Appleton Area School District students. For Big Arts in the Little Apple, the students produced artwork to illustrate the score to Route 66 by […]

Volunteer nominations are due Feb. 5

Posted on Jan 29, 2018, by

Marie Waddell describes herself as “the crazy lady at Walmart.” She’s the one with the packed grocery cart, buying for 66 kids. They are her kids in the sense that she takes responsibility for making sure students from lower income families at Ferber Elementary School in Appleton have enough to eat. Her volunteer activity isn’t […]

Deadlines approaching for $1 million in scholarships

Posted on Jan 22, 2018, by

The Community Foundation has more than $1 million in scholarship money available to students from 60 schools in the region, and the application deadlines are drawing near. Many scholarship applications are due by March 1. The Community Foundation’s scholarship webpage lists 200 scholarships available to students by school. Most are for graduating seniors, but there also […]

Estate gift will repay what Shawano has given

Posted on Jan 19, 2018, by

Todd and Mary Raether want to encourage people to support their community through a fund at the Community Foundation, but they realize giving now is not a possibility for everyone. But for some, giving a gift through their estate may be achievable. The Raethers have arranged for a gift from their estate to support the […]