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Wisconsin Veterans Village gets boost to hire executive director

By Kim Massey, Wisconsin Veterans Village

The Wisconsin Veterans Village, located in Appleton and serving veterans throughout the state, announces the search for its executive director. The position received funding from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund within the Community Foundation supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other community partners.

With three years of secure funding, the Wisconsin Veterans Village is able to ensure the growth and viability of the Veterans Village by assuming the operational responsibilities previously held by Board of Directors volunteers.

Pat Lovesee (right) who initiated the first Ruck March for WisVVA with Danny Rivers (left) to bring awareness to affordable housing for veterans.

“We are enthusiastic about elevating the mission of the Wisconsin Veterans Village by fulfilling this position,” says Dr. Tom Wiltzius, founding member and capital campaign co-chair for the Wisconsin Veterans Village Association. “Resident veterans are able to achieve positive changes through their access to the affordable housing and counseling that our donors have created.”

The Wisconsin Veterans Village search committee has partnered with Sharon Hulce, owner and president of the Employment Resource Group (ERG) to conduct a pro-bono executive director search.

The Wisconsin Veterans Village Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a first-of-its-kind comprehensive affordable living complex providing support and community through affordable housing to veterans throughout their lifespan, as they live among fellow veterans in a veteran-centric culture.

“These changes are never limited to the veterans who live in our apartments. Positive change can and does occur in the lives of their spouses, daughters and sons, grandchildren, siblings, mothers, fathers, and close friends,”  Wiltzius says.

Located at the Outagamie County Housing Authority Glenpark Campus in Appleton, veterans have easy access to the John H. Bradley Veterans Clinic, Fox Valley Technical College, Fox Valley Veterans Council, and Tri-County Dental — all within walking-distance. To learn more, visit the Wisconsin Veterans Village website or its Facebook page.

In addition to the grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, the Wisconsin Veterans Village is supported by these funds within the Community Foundation: Carl and Helen Kratzer Family Charitable Fund, Dr. Monroe and Sandra Trout Charitable Fund, Bassett Charitable Fund, Heid Music Family Charitable Fund, Food Depository Fund, David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund, and Ogilvie Family Fund.

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