The following is a list of 2018-2022 United Way program partners. These organizations will be working together under comprehensive plans to address key issues affecting the well-being of people in our community.
United we improve the mental health of Chippewa Valley Residents.
PROGRAM: 1-to-1 Youth Mentoring
PROGRAM: Mental Health Intervention Program
Mental Health Intervention Program provides confidential personal advocacy to victims who are seeking ways to improve their quality of life while developing skills to effectively manage life crises and challenges. The Mental Health Coordinator/ Victim Advocate will aid individuals throughout the life span to identify unhealthy behaviors, positive coping skills, and work at ways to effectively manage daily challenges and crisis situations as they rebuild their relationships and self-esteem. BRH provides all services to victims of domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, dating violence, and sexual assault and to children who have witnessed or been exposed to violence.
PROGRAM: Child and Family Counseling
The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services Child and Family Counseling program knows that children need healthy families and communities to help them thrive and grow. Our experts work with children, their parents, family members, and other people who are important to them. The goal of counseling is to learn skills that manage stress, work out conflict, build strong relationships and possibly recover from trauma. Services offered include individual therapy at the clinic location and site-based mental health at six schools in Eau Claire and Altoona as well as the Mary Markquart Boys and Girls Club.
PROGRAM: YMCA Healthy Living Program
The Eau Claire YMCA’s Healthy Living Program is a network of sub-programs that are designed to address and impact the community’s physical and mental health needs administered by trained staff. This program, often in collaboration with community partners, offers a lifelong progression of medically-based health and fitness activities, experiences, and education for children through senior citizens both for individuals and for families. YMCA programs and facilities are designed to attract people of all ages, all abilities, and all income levels. Everyone is welcome into the Healthy Living Program.
PROGRAM: ECASD School-Based Mental Health (SBMH)
The ECASD is committed to educating the whole child. Mental health is a significant issue for many students and families, preventing students from learning and achieving to their full potential. The District implemented School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) five years ago. The ability to pay is the number one barrier for students to receive these services. The purpose of this grant is to fund SBMH co-payments for economically disadvantaged families so that students who need the services the most will be able to receive them at school with a licensed mental health therapist.
PROGRAM: Domestic Violence Program
The purpose of Family Support Center’s (FSC) Domestic Violence Program is to promote the overall well-being and safety of adult and youth victims of domestic violence. The program provides comprehensive trauma-informed services to adults and children in both one to one and group settings designed to increase emotional and physical safety, coping skills, and build resilience among participants.
PROGRAM: Mental Health Services
The clinic’s ongoing mental health services dovetail with our mission to improve the health of our neighbors, friends, and families in Chippewa County. We are dedicated to providing high-quality care and we understand the link between preventative health care and the development of chronic illnesses and co-morbidities. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are among the most costly of all health problems but are also the most preventable, thus treatment and prevention are our foremost objectives. Our program provides basic medical care and psychiatric services to a population struggling with mental health issues.
PROGRAM: Peer Support Services
The Wellness Shack provides peer support from the perspective of a survivor who has found meaningful recovery. Recovery is not defined as the absence of symptoms, but rather the ability to manage symptoms and events in a healthy and responsible manner. Getting from point A to point B is never a straight line, but having lived through the struggles toward recovery builds a capacity of credibility and empathy that are proven to work well with helping others in a similar struggle. Not only does the survivor present living evidence that recovery from mental illness is possible, but they also demonstrate that recovery is sustainable as they work with others.
United we prepare children to enter school ready to succeed.
PROGRAM: Building Families
The Building Families program helps new parents become confident in caring for their newborn through regular in-home visits. Family visits provide education and support to help parents understand the growth and development of babies and young children. The Home Visitor assists parents in learning how to talk and play with their baby and increase their knowledge and confidence in their parenting skills. Ways to reduce family stress are reviewed and resources in the community that may provide additional support or education are provided. Families may remain in the program up until their child reaches age 5 or enters school.
PROGRAM: Western Wisconsin Nurse-Family Partnership Consortium
Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program serving low-income women pregnant with their first child. Each new mom partners with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits through the child’s second birthday. NFP helps break the cycle of poverty—empowered, confident mothers become knowledgeable parents who are able to prepare their children for successful futures. Nurse home visitors and their clients make a 2.5 year commitment to each other, with 64 planned home visits. This intensive level of support improves outcomes relating to the health, development, and education of mom and child.
*In fiscal partnership with Chippewa County Department of Public Health
PROGRAM: River Source - Bright Starts and Rural Playgroups Services
The River Source Family Center Program, through its Bright Starts and Rural Playgroups services, works with Chippewa County families with children from prenatal to five to promote health and physical well-being, social and emotional development, language skills, and general knowledge. The program helps parents and guardians provide supportive environments for their children. The program is a collaborative effort with the Chippewa County Department of Public Health and utilizes both home visitation and group connections to achieve its goals.
PROGRAM: Family Literacy for Early Learning Success
Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley (LCV) Family Literacy Program is the only program in the Chippewa Valley that provides high-quality early childhood education for children ages birth to 5 years, while also educating their parents who have low literacy skills and teaching parenting skills; all free of charge! Parents and children attend classes in the same building, at the same time, offering a unique opportunity for parenting education and parent/child learning activities. Our program has served families for 30 years and exists because of partnerships with other community agencies. Our goal is to help families break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and poverty.
PROGRAM: Reach Out and Read
The Reach Out and Read program distributes books to caregivers at well-child visits for children ages 6 months to 5 years to educate them on the importance of reading aloud to their children. The first five years of life offer a critical window for brain development. Early exposure to literacy stimulates the child’s brain development, preparing them to start school on target. Research shows that children who start school on track are more likely to reach their full educational, social, and life potential.
United we empower residents to achieve self-sufficiency.
PROGRAM: United Way Microgrant Program
United Way, in partnership with the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Foundation, has established the United Way Microgrant Program. This program offers microgrants (in amounts up to $900) to support qualifying students in locally in-demand degree programs at CVTC. Because students who have unmet financial needs are at risk of not completing their education, United Way is working to reduce financial barriers (such as tuition, books, child care, auto repair, utilities, and food) for these students so they can finish their degree programs. When these students graduate, they will help boost our local economy by filling the skills gaps that have been identified by Chippewa Valley employers. Students who have unmet financial need (based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA) are eligible to apply for the United Way microgrants if they are enrolled in the following CVTC programs:
- Architectural Structural Design
- Automation Engineering
- Electrical Power Distribution
- Industrial Mechanic
- IT-Mobile Developer
- IT-Network Specialist
- IT-Software Developer
- Machine Tooling Technics
- Manufacturing Engineering Technologist
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Nursing Assistant
- Nursing-Associate Degree
- Residential Construction
- Truck Driving
- Welding Fabrication
PROGRAM: Financial Solutions
At FamilyMeans, we focus on providing financial education and counseling to benefit the well-being of the entire family. Financial Solutions offers budget and debt counseling, debt management program, student loan counseling, credit report review counseling, and financial education to help families develop the skills needed to establish and maintain financial stability. Our counselors are trained and certified by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the national leader in setting high standards and ethical practices for nonprofit community agencies.
PROGRAM: Personal Finance and Work Readiness Education
Junior Achievement prepares young people to successfully navigate their economic future. Through learning experiences that stimulate future success and support career discovery, JA programs provide students with the financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness skills that they will need to become responsible citizens and succeed in a global economy.
PROGRAM: Fresh Start
The Fresh Start program works with young people, ages 17-25, from Eau Claire and Chippewa counties. The program provides education, employment skills, and career direction for at-risk young people by involving them in the construction of a new house. When completed, the house is sold to an income-eligible family in the community. In addition to the “hands-on” learning that comes from building the house, the program offers a variety of classroom instruction, counseling, financial literacy and money management, leadership, pre-employment training to obtain and retain a job, and job search assistance.
PROGRAM: Employment and Training Program
This plan will expand existing work-readiness workshops for 500 individuals in Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties to include an in-depth career exploration of high-demand careers in the region. It will also teach financial literacy to low-income individuals in order for them to become self-sufficient upon securing employment.
*In fiscal partnership with Boy Scouts and University of Wisconsin-Extension
Individuals and families in the Chippewa Valley facing crisis will have access to basic needs.
PROGRAM: Crisis Intervention Services
Crisis Intervention Services provide confidential personal advocacy to victims who are in need of immediate support. Advocacy services are also provided to children who have been exposed to or witness abuse. To address the basic needs of individuals, Bolton Refuge House (BRH) provides an 18 room emergency shelter in downtown Eau Claire. In addition to sheltering, BRH provides food, clothing, vouchers, safety planning, information, and referrals. All services are provided to aid the individual and family with their immediate needs and to provide an opportunity to assist the individual in creating safety and stability in their lives.
PROGRAM: Shelter for Homeless Adults
Shelter for Homeless Adults is a collaborative effort of two agencies, Catholic Charities, and Lutheran Social Services, to provide shelter to homeless men and women for up to 21 hours a day.
*In fiscal partnership with Positive Avenues
PROGRAM: Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) is designed to help low-income households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless secure and afford a decent rental unit in the private housing market. Participants pay a portion of the rent based on their income to the landlord and the Housing Authority pays the rest, also directly to the landlord. Program participants are required to work with a case manager for supportive services. The case manager assists the participant to solve problems that lead to the housing emergency and helps them to stabilize their housing.
PROGRAM: Comprehensive Health Care for Impoverished and Low-Income Families
The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic provides comprehensive health care services to low-income and impoverished families living at, or below 200% of the federal poverty level who have no reasonable health care alternative. Clinic services include acute and basic care, mental health, chronic disease, eye care and oral health, dental services, medications, and lab services. Our comprehensive approach means patients are evaluated and receive care for any condition within the scope of Clinic services. We strive to provide better health and quality of life to the most disadvantaged people in our communities.
PROGRAM: CVTC Dental Clinic
The Chippewa Valley Dental Clinic is a working, learning clinic. The clinic operates through a partnership of community, university, and technical college health providers to train dental care professionals and serve the oral health needs of low-income populations. Clinic staff provides comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients, including all major primary, preventive, and restorative services. The clinic’s mission is to create culturally competent and socially-minded health care practitioners for the future. The clinic’s primary focus is on education, with low-income patient care an important outcome.
PROGRAM: The Community Table
The Community Table’s mission is to serve balanced, nutritious meals in a safe, welcoming environment and to connect those in need with existing resources.
PROGRAM: Homeless Shelters for Families
Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley, Inc. and Western Dairyland EOC, Inc. provide emergency shelter to families with children who are homeless in the Chippewa Valley. The two agencies collaborate to ensure that those in the greatest need are served in the setting, Beacon House shelter or Western Dairyland single-family temporary apartments that will allow the family to be most successful. Most importantly, the goal for each family is to help them to obtain permanent housing and end homelessness.
*In fiscal partnership with Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
PROGRAM: Agnes’ Table
Agnes’ Table provides nutritious meals and hospitality to residents in need.
PROGRAM: Medical and Prescription Services
The Open Door Clinic’s ongoing services dovetail with our mission, which is to provide basic health care and serve as a connection to community resources to help improve the health of our neighbors, friends, and families in Chippewa County. We are dedicated to providing high-quality care. We understand the link between preventative health care and the development of chronic illnesses and co-morbidities. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are among the most costly of all health problems but are also the most preventable, thus treatment and prevention are foremost in our objectives.
PROGRAM: Homeless Prevention Program
The Homeless Prevention Program provides medium and long-term housing and supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, in west-central Wisconsin.
PROGRAM: Housing First
Housing First is a program that provides permanent housing to people experiencing chronic homelessness and serves as a platform from which they can pursue goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as securing employment, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues. Housing First is based on the theory that client choice is valuable in housing selection and supportive service participation. Exercising their choice likely makes clients more successful in remaining housed and improving their life.