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December 15, 2020 Newsletter

Hello! My name is Melissa Maxwell and I joined United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley as Director of Resource Development in April 2019. In my role I am responsible for overseeing workplace campaigns, the Chippewa Valley Spirit Awards, and the annual Golf Tournament; and I work closely with the Campaign Cabinet and Emerging Leaders.
I was born and raised in southeast Michigan, so I will always support Detroit sports teams and the Michigan Wolverines. I visit family there when I can including my two favorite young people, my nieces.
I moved to Eau Claire ten years ago for a previous job at another nonprofit and feel lucky to now call the Chippewa Valley home with my cat, Prudence, and senior dog, Tuck.
One of my hobbies is volunteering and I am fortunate to live in this giving community. I am a charter member, Past President, and active member of the Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club. I have served on the board of directors for The Community Table since February 2017. I have also been involved with Special Olympics USA since 2016 and have been selected to serve as sport manager for three World Games in Austria, Abu Dhabi, and Russia.
I implore anyone who has a couple hours to spare to reach out to us at United Way and ask how you can help our community. Every Small Act has a Big Impact.
Melissa Maxwell
Director of Resource Development
Thank you to all of the participants and to our generous sponsors who help make the Sweepstakes possible!
Stayed tuned for our 2021 Sweepstakes. Find the list of sweepstakes winners here.
Thanks to the generosity of Northwestern Bank, we are able
to support early childhood literacy in Chippewa County by
distributing 80 books and literacy kits to the Cornell area, including
Ms. Koenig's classroom at Cornell Elementary School.
The Chippewa Valley Spirit Awards will be back March 2021 in a virtual format. Planning is underway as we look forward to recognizing our dedicated business partners, generous sponsors and donors, and deserving award winners.
Click here to submit your nominations for the Humanitarian, Nonprofit Excellence, and Senn Awards. Please stay tuned for more details to come.
Nominations are
due by January 29, 2021.
Welcome, Isabella Hong!
We’re pleased to welcome Isabella Hong to our team at United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (UWGCV) as Community Impact Director.
Isabella comes from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she obtained her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Community and Administrative Practice. During her education, she completed her field placements in administration at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and youth housing with CitySquare. Prior to this, she served as an AmeriCorps member with the CitySquare Transitional Resource Action Center (TRAC)—a foster youth transition center.
Please join us in welcoming Isabella to the UWGCV team!
Local health partners want your input to prioritize health improvement efforts over the next three years. Take this 10-15 minute survey by January 10, 2021. Residents living in Eau Claire & Chippewa Counties have the opportunity to voice their opinion on community health. Survey results will be reviewed during virtual Community Conversation events in January.
Looking Back on 2020, Looking Ahead to 2021
This past year was a progressive one for our community, and has set us up for further success in the coming year. We are experiencing a moment in history and, despite the discomfort that often accompanies rapid change, we’ve seen our community adapt and innovate to better serve the Chippewa Valley communities this year. The strength of our network is local and we thank you for demonstrating that every day.
Let's continue to work together as a community to ensure our mission, of improving lives and build stronger Chippewa Valley communities by bringing resources together to advance the common good.
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley Completes $500k COVID Recovery Grant Process
Our United Way is proud to have completed its three-wave COVID Recovery grant process, supported by funding released by the UWGCV Endowment Fund. A total of $500,000 was in all to 16 different projects. The goals of the funded projects were to advance the development and learning of children birth to grade 5 and to support the mental well-being of these children and their family systems including meeting basic needs. As the process evolved, projects focusing on food, shelter, and childcare needs that support recovery in the pandemic and in the virtual/hybrid school environment took high priority. 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, UWGCV has partnered with the Eau Claire Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Chippewa County to provide relief and recovery funds to Chippewa Valley organizations. A total of $1.2 Million has been awarded to local organizations to date in this effort. 
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Kelly Christianson, Lead Community Impact Director at United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, by emailing for an application. See the following for the Legal Notices: Phase 38.
The deadline for completed applications is December 31, 2020, by 12:00 pm.
This issue of Impact in the Chippewa Valley is sponsored by: