Media Contact: Andy Neborak
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNITED WAY OF THE GREATER CHIPPEWA VALLEY ANNOUNCES THREE-YEAR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT OF $3 MILLION
$1 Million will be invested annually in area programs supporting health, education, financial stability, and basic needs.
(Chippewa and Eau Claire counties, WI) United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (UWGCV) will invest $3 Million into 28 local programs in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties over the next three years, as determined in a vote by the organization’s Board of Directors.
A total of 37 programs applied for funding for the 2022-2025 grant cycle, totaling over $5.25 Million requested over the three years.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work of our many volunteers, supported by our staff, to arrive at the point we can make this exciting announcement,” Executive Director of UWGCV Andy Neborak stated. “A very intentional effort was made to ensure we are supporting the current and emerging needs of both Chippewa and Eau Claire counties and we look forward to our continued work with these 28 local programs to build stronger Chippewa Valley communities.”
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley delivers community impact by focusing on the most pressing needs faced by Chippewa Valley communities in four areas of impact: health, education, financial stability, and basic needs. Each area of impact has a bold goal. Funded programs in health, education and financial stability measure, and report annually, shared outcomes to illustrate program effectiveness. Basic needs programs measure and report annual outputs. Volunteer grant review teams, financial review teams, and advisory councils reviewed and scored all applications to recommend those programs they felt would best support bold goals and measure outcomes/outputs in each area of impact. In many cases, multiple organizations collaborate to administer programs to communities in the two counties.
Areas of impact and bold goals are listed below.
- Health Initiative
- Bold Goal: Mental Health of Chippewa Valley residents will improve by utilizing prevention and intervention programs
- Education Initiative
- Bold Goal: Children in the Chippewa Valley will enter school ready to succeed
- Financial Stability Initiative
- Bold Goal: Chippewa Valley residents will achieve self-sufficiency through employment training and personal money management skills
- Basic Needs Initiative
- Bold Goal: Chippewa Valley residents will have access to food, shelter, and medical services in their time of need
To further advance the community impact goals, UWGCV is focusing on shared outcomes, collaboration, urban and rural outreach, and are further expanding the population to include ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families. ALICE represents those households who are unable to afford life’s basic necessities. To increase access to services for ALICE and poverty level households, UWGCV funding should target residents of communities within Chippewa and Eau Claire counties with household income at or below the ALICE threshold, which is approximately 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. To learn more about the United Way ALICE report, visit the ALICE Report page on the UWGCV website.