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November 17, 2020 Newsletter

Welcome! My name is Kathy Cooper, and I am the Operations Director. I started at United Way in January of 2016 as a part-time Volunteer Coordinator for the education initiative. My role switched to a part-time Resource Development Associate in July of 2018, and I began my current full-time role here on Sept. 16th. This new role allows me to support many aspects of our organization including resource development, marketing, and community impact.
I moved to Eau Claire in 2002 when my first child was born. My husband of 21 years and our four children have now made Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley our home. We love this area and are proud to be a part of this community.
I have always been passionate about helping the community. Whether I was teaching using my early childhood education degree, volunteering for my church and local non-profits, or donating to community organizations, the community and its well-being has been important to me. The work we do here at United Way is all about supporting the Chippewa Valley, and the dedication and passion I see from United Way staff, volunteers, and donors is what makes our work possible.
I ask you to learn more about United Way and our work through our #WhoWeAre campaign on social media. Please consider a donation of your time, talents, and financial support to United Way. Together we can continue to make a stronger community.
Kathy Cooper
Operations Director
#WhoWeAre Campaign
November introduced our #WhoWeAre Campaign to highlight United Way's initiatives and overall mission. Throughout November, we're showing our impact on the Chippewa Community through featured success stories.
Be sure to follow us on social media!
Join us again this month on a Journey of Impact to learn about our program partners. Our series of impact tour videos is meant to showcase how YOUR support and contributions do important things for the community YOU live in. A big thanks goes out to our Emerging Leaders group for their work in producing these impact tour videos for our United Way program partners.
In the video above, you can see the story of Community Table. They serve over 100 people daily, through continued support of United Way and its volunteers! Their mission is to serve balanced, nutritious meals in a safe, welcoming environment and to connect those in need with existing resources.
Check out the video to see how United Way helps support these great community programs!
2020 Sweepstakes
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2020 Sweepstakes!
Winners will be announced at the end of November.
2020 Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is the start of the charitable season, held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and It's a movement to encourage donations and promote generosity within the Chippewa Community.
The pandemic has drastically impacted our community and many are struggling with unemployment, food insecurity, housing and health challenges. You have the power to help everyone in our community have an equal opportunity to thrive by participating in Giving Tuesday.
This Giving Tuesday, help make a tomorrow that is better for everyone in our community.
Welcome, Rachel Phelan!
We’re pleased to welcome Rachel Phelan to our team at United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (UWGCV) as Director of Marketing & Communications.
Rachel comes to us from the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Digital Marketing. Rachel has previously spent time at Girls on the Run of Kansas City as a digital marketing intern.
Please join us in welcoming Rachel to the UWGCV team!
Third Wave of COVID Recovery Grants Expands to 4th and 5th Grade
As the Chippewa Valley continues to navigate this global pandemic, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley has announced a third wave of grant funding.
Similar to the first two waves, the focus area of projects should be on four goals aimed at the learning, development, mental, and physical well-being of children in our region.
The one modification to the third wave is to expand the reach of goal one to include projects supporting children in 4th and 5th grade along with those supporting children in 4K to 3rd grade. Grant recipients from waves one and two are eligible to apply for funding to expand their program to 4th and 5th grade.
The application deadline is December 1, 2020. Third wave funding is approximately $150,000. The request for proposal can be found here.
This issue of Impact in the Chippewa Valley is sponsored by: