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Best-selling author joins Bubolz dedication

Posted on Feb 22, 2018, by

Richard Louv, the author of the best-seller “Last Child in the Woods” and inventor of the term “nature-deficit disorder,” will be on hand for the grand opening of Bubolz Nature Preserve’s new 18,000-square-foot nature center building on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Louv, whose work includes “The Nature Principal” and “Vitamin N,” is appearing courtesy of […]

LEAVEN staff training POINTed to expansion

Posted on Feb 20, 2018, by

Mary Parsons had a gut feeling about why clients at LEAVEN weren’t getting services they were being referred to, but she needed someone to POINT the way toward testing her theory. LEAVEN’s experience with POINT (Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team) allowed Parsons and her staff to compile a compelling case for an expansion to […]

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 […]