West Bend, Wis. — The Healthy Community Fund has awarded $244,385 in grants to eight area non-profit organizations. Representatives of recipient organizations will attend an award luncheon at Froedtert West Bend Hospital at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, to receive their funding.
The agencies selected to receive funding this year include Albrecht Free Clinic, Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington County, Casa Guadalupe Education Center, Elevate Inc., Friends Inc., Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, NAMI Washington County, and Youth and Family Project.
Healthy Community Fund Background
The Healthy Community Fund was created in 2008 through Froedtert West Bend Hospital Foundation to support community programs and projects throughout Washington County that will positively affect the health and wellness of those living and working within this area. The goal of the fund is to bring together non-profit organizations and resources that will support healthy lifestyle choices as well as provide support for programs committed to the promotion of health and wellness.
Oversight of the Healthy Community Fund is provided by a committee of individuals from local communities as well as Froedtert West Bend Hospital and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians. The fund is administered through the Froedtert West Bend Hospital Community Engagement Department.
For more information about the Healthy Community Fund, eligible organizations or how to apply for funding, go to healthycommunityfund.com.
Summaries of Recipient Organization Projects
Albrecht Free Clinic, “Smiles for a Lifetime” — $83,000
Healthy oral hygiene and dental care have been identified by the Albrecht Free Clinic as an ongoing community health need. Funds will support emergency care, basic restorative and oral hygiene, and education for the uninsured and underinsured.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County, “Healthy Minds Initiative” — $16,000
Funds will support area youth with a safe, calming and healing space focused on the foundation of trauma-informed care concepts: finding balance, reducing stress and processing difficult emotions. Funds will also provide financial assistance to youth and families who lack funding to access professional counseling services.
Casa Guadalupe Education Center, “Healthy Latinos, Healthy Futures” — $19,135
Funds will support health seminars and programs, outreach initiatives and transportation needs to promote education about health screenings, diabetes prevention, active lifestyles and nutrition for Latinos living in Washington County.
Elevate, Inc. “Elevate U” — $30,450
Funds will be used to implement support Elevate “U,” targeting youth ages 12-17 early in their trajectory of substance abuse, truancy or delinquency and gets them back on track toward reaching their full potential. Elevate’s professional staff will provide evidence-based early individual and group intervention.
Friends Inc., “Friends and Kettle Moraine Counseling Mental Wellness” — $21,750
The funds will be used to create a pilot project in partnership with Kettle Moraine Counseling to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault improve their mental well-being and live a drug-free life. Services will include mental health/substance abuse assessments, transportation costs, child care and rent assistance.
Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, “Healthy Aging Senior Transportation” — $23,250
Funding will help seniors live and thrive in their homes and community by providing transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores/food pantries and exercise and wellness programs. When transportation barriers for seniors are removed, a senior’s access to health care and other vital services such as nutrition and wellness improves.
NAMI Washington County, “Recovery Center Programs” — $25,800
Funds will support programs and services in the Recovery Center through supported relationships so that individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI’s programs focus on creating a stigma-free community through illness experience recovery, resiliency and overall well-being.
Youth and Family Project, “Crossroad Youth Program Outreach” — $25,000
This program will address issues associated with childhood trauma and provide a continuum of services to children and parents facing difficult life events through quality counseling and family mediation leading to positive change.
Froedtert West Bend Hospital, founded in 1930 by local doctors, community leaders and the Sisters of the Divine Savior and originally named St. Joseph's Hospital, is a full-service hospital serving residents of West Bend and Washington County. Froedtert West Bend Hospital, specializing in birthing services, cancer care, emergency care, orthopaedics, surgical services and women’s health, is part of the Froedtert & MCW health network. The health network includes Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, eastern Wisconsin's only academic medical center; hospitals in Kenosha, Menomonee Falls and Pleasant Prairie; and more than 40 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics.
Media are invited to interview attendees about their grant projects, as well as Healthy Community Fund administrators about the purpose of the fund, fund criteria, benefit to the community, etc. Please contact Tim Olsen if planning to cover the event.