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Have you ever considered an estate gift or a charitable contribution in your will?  A charitable bequest provides an opportunity to give something back to your community, helping WKACF programs and services long into the future.  Your gift can be your legacy and have a major impact on your community.  There are several ways to do this; A simple bequest, a beneficiary designation or for more elaborate possibilities, you can use trusts.  These can be written to take great care of your family and increase the value of your estate to use for charitable purposes.  As you can see, there are many ways to leave your legacy and have a major impact on your community. We hope you contribute in this way to the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation.  You can ask your financial advisor or for more information contact info@wkacf.org.


This a grant that the WKCAF gave to Sons of the American Legion
for the Fourth of July Fireworks.


Pictured above is a Grant WKACF gave to Reads Landing Museum.
This photo shows the board of the Wabasha County Historical Society and representing WKACF Carol Scot and Doctor Mann.


Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation

Have you seen the new Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation Brochure? It contains an abundance of information about the numerous accomplishments of the Foundation.  Our generous supporters have had a very positive impact in keeping our communities a great place to live, work and play.   WKACF is having their annual Fund Drive to raise money for their Endowment Fund.  This Fund provides a stable source of grant funding.  It is structured to grow while providing grants for our Community, now and into the future.  Unlike contributions to meet an immediate need, an endowment produces many times its original value as the years go by.  It becomes an investment and savings account for the community.  If you would like to invest in our great community, you may send your contribution to WKACF, P.O. Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981 or go online at wkacf.org.



Above is a photo of the Board of the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation.  These are the hard-working volunteer members that ensure 100 percent of your donations are being used to benefit the Wabasha Kellogg area, keeping our communities a great place to live, work and play.
From left to right; Julie Leichtnam, Bill Davidson, Carol Scott, Russ Meyer, Dr. Danielle Ott, William Hager, Rick Vaplon and Dr. Bob Mann


Pictured above is the Service Organization Representatives from the Local Giving Day fundraiser.WKACF handed out the donations, during the WKACF Ice Cream Social.



Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation would like to thank all their supporters by inviting everyone to our Ice Cream Social, Thursday, August 16th, from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Come enjoy Free Ice Cream, good music, good friends and an ice cream eating contest!  This is all happening at Heritage Park, under the bridge.  At this event the Foundation will be presenting checks to our Local Service Organizations, thanks to your generosity in our Local Giving Days. We appreciate your community support and the willingness to help our friends and neighbors.  WKACF exists to support our Communities needs, whatever they may be. Together, we can make a major impact on our communities.

Thank you,
Bob Mann



Letter to the Editor,

The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation would like to thank our local communities for their support of our Local Giving Program.  Our goal was to Raise $25,000 for our local service organizations to support our friends and neighbors.  These service organizations depend on our support to be able to fund the numerous programs they provide for our community members.  At this time, we have not reached our goal, but are still accepting donations.  Most of you have received donation forms in the mail and we would like to thank all of you that have taken the time to send in your generous support.  For those of you who may have lost your form or would like a new one, our local banks have extra forms and drop off boxes for the completed forms.  You could also get a form online at wkacf.org and click on the Give Local tab or you can call 651-564-1133 for any questions you may have.

Let us all chip in to help our friends and neighbors and continue to make the Wabasha Kellogg and surrounding areas a great place to live, work and play.
Thank you,

Bob Mann




So, if you have not contributed yet, please think about helping your friends and neighbors and support these programs that provide our communities needed services.

What is it: A drive to help support the community through local organizations.
How it works: Pick the organizations you wish to contribute to (can be only one, a couple or ALL!).
Each organization receives 100% of your contribution
Where to donate: You can donate online at wkacf.org, through our Facebook page or by completing
a donation form you received in the Mail or pick one up at our local banks

Backpack for the Weekend
Elder Network
Great River Homes
Reads Landing Schoolhouse Museum
Public Health Special Needs
Semcac Senior Dining 
Meals on Wheels 
Wabasha County DAC
Hope Coalition (Domestic Abuse)
 Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation


Mail to: WKACF.ORG,  PO Box 268,  Wabasha, MN 55981


Photo of the leaders of the Service Organizations that are participating in the Local Giving Day.   Top row from left to right,  Pastor Dave Knox– Back Pack Program,  Margaret Peterson – Reads Landing Museum,  Bill Davidson-WKACF Board member,  Dr. Bob Mann-president WKACF,  Mike Weinandt – Great River Homes.   2nd row, Liesl Knox-Semcac Senior Dining,  Randi Callahan- Meals on Wheels,  Emma Onawa-Domestic Abuse,  Tammy Fiedler- Public Health,  Jenny Schlagenhaft- St. Elizabeth Hospital,  Carol Scott – WKAC Board member,  Laurie Mareel- Elder Network,   Steve Kohls-DAC

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation is kicking off their 2nd annual Local Giving Day on May 22nd, 2018.  WKACF knows the importance of raising funds for our local service organizations.  Won’t you please help us support the following service organizations.  You can contribute several different ways.  It can be done online at wkacf.org or on our Facebook page.  You should soon receive a mailing, with the information and donation form, which can be placed in a drop off box at any of our local Banks, or mail it to:  WKACF Local Giving Day, Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981.  Please take a moment to support the foundation in helping these service organizations and our community.

Back Pack for the Weekend
Elder Network
Great River Homes
Meals on Wheels
Public Health Special Needs
Reads Landing Schoolhouse Museum
Semcac Senior Dining
Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center – Pediatric and Diabetes Care
Hope Coalition (Local Domestic Abuse)
Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation

Help us improve our communities with your donation.
Make all checks payable to:  WKACF Local Giving Day.


Spotlight on Reads Landing Schoolhouse Museum

Wabasha County Historical Society

Visit the oldest surviving brick schoolhouse in Minnesota!

The Mission of Wabasha County Historical Society at Reads Landing School Museum is to collect, protect, preserve and interpret materials relating to the natural and cultural history of Wabasha County and its people.

Wabasha County Historical Society is honored to be included again this year in Local Giving Day.  Last year, WCHS was able to purchase a water heater for the museum.  It is the first time hot water was available in the 1870 building.  The winter has been a challenge with an outdated heating system, requiring extensive repairs.  It will have to be replaced.  This year’s donations will be applied to matching funds for a Heating/Air Conditioning Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Fund.

97537 206th Avenue Reads Landing, MN 55968 / www.wabashacountyhistory.org


Spotlight on the DAC

Wabasha County DAC (Developmental Achievement Center) has been a mainstay in the community since 1970 and has played a key role in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.  We believe in individual programming based on the strengths and interests of each person.  We strive to provide training, assistance and supervision needed for people who are mentally and physically challenged to reach and maintain their highest possible level of skills, productivity, independence and inclusion into their community.  Program choices include Habilitation, Work and School to Work Transition services.  With the severity of Legislative funding cuts in place we struggle with day to day operations and rely on donations to obtain things needed to run our program.  Donations will go toward replacing old equipment.  A large commercial refrigerator is our number one need.



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The packing for the weekend program sends home nutritious easy to prepare food for the weekend from school with eligible kids.  By sending this supplemental food home over the weekend, it has been shown to make a difference in kids' attention spans and readiness to learn on Monday morning.  Currently 65 kids are taking food home in backpacks discreetly placed in their lockers at Wabasha-Kellogg public school and River Valley Academy in Kellogg on Friday.  They return the empty backpacks to the school office the next week and receive another backpack with more food every Friday.  Any students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in the Wabasha-Kellogg area are eligible to be a part of the program regardless of what school they attend.  Food is packed by community volunteers at Faith Lutheran anytime during the week and delivered to the school by a separate group of volunteers.  During the summer, volunteers will deliver food to participants' homes.  The program is housed at Faith Lutheran but is a community wide effort.  Please contact Faith Lutheran if you would like to volunteer to be a part of this important support for our children who may not have enough to eat otherwise.  


Spotlight for Elder Network

Elder Network’s mission is that individuals impacted by the limiting effects of aging have an optimal quality of life.  This can be the individual themselves who are having difficulties, or it can be their caregiver who is adjusting to their new role.  We know not all seniors have limitations or struggles, but we are here for those who are dealing with challenges.  We have been supporting seniors and their families for over 30 years.  Elder Network provides services such as Peer Support, Friendly Visiting, Companions, Caregiver Coaching, Support Groups and Education on Aging issues.  We also have trained caregiver consultants in REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health).  Often we hear, “I don’t even know where to start”.  You are not in this alone.  We are here to listen and support.  Contact Elder Network at 651-565-3237 of 507-285-5272.


Spotlight for HOPE Coalition

Is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, youth affected by abuse, and the homeless. Our mission:  Empowering Lives through Hope. We restore hope.  We help rebuild lives.  We are based in Red Wing and operate a domestic violence shelter there. In the fall of 2017, at the request of the women’s shelter in Rochester, HOPE took over management of the Wabasha County domestic violence shelter services. These services are located in the Mittel Schule Building at 611 Broadway Avenue.

Domestic violence services include those the Rochester shelter provided previously:  24-hour, toll-free crisis line; advocacy in legal proceedings, such as obtaining an Order for Protection, and support throughout criminal processes;  counseling and advising; advocacy with other service providers; homeless screenings;  and assistance with replacing legal documents, such as birth certificates, SS cards, and driver’s licenses, left behind when a client flees an abusive situation. We are committed to improving community response to victims through:  educational presentations to schools, civic organizations, and faith-based groups; training for professionals; community organizing; influencing policy; and impacting public awareness.

In 2012, HOPE was awarded the Charities Review Council’s “Meets Standard” seal.  The seal, which was renewed again in 2015 and 2018, signifies our adherence to legal and regulatory standards, donor and public expectations, and the criteria of the nonprofit sector.


Spotlight on Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Enhancing diabetes and pediatric care

Thanks to the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center will be a recipient organization of Local Giving Day – May 22, 2018. This year, funds designated to Saint Elizabeth’s will support two important initiatives: DIABETES CARE and PEDIATRIC CARE.

DIABETES CARE: Saint Elizabeth’s Diabetes Self-Management Program helps patients with diabetes live better by offering education, support, and guidance that provides valuable tools and resources that enhance their quality of life. Developing a registry of patients with diabetes, will assist us in monitoring the ongoing management of their chronic disease and offer helpful guidance along the way.

PEDIATRIC CARE: With the addition of Saint Elizabeth’s Community Clinic, our providers regularly offer child and teen well-checks. These preventive care appointments include hearing and vision screenings. To enhance our care of children and teenagers, Saint Elizabeth’s will purchase updated screening equipment.

Saint Elizabeth’s is thrilled to be a participating organization in the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation LOCAL GIVING DAY. On May 22, community residents will be invited to show their support by donating to one or more of the organizations that work to make life better for all citizens. By donating to Saint Elizabeth’s, your support will help us continue our efforts to continually improve the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor, in the communities we serve. Thanks for choosing to participate in LOCAL GIVING DAY and supporting Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Community Clinic.


Spotlight for Semcac Senior Dining

Each weekday at 11:30 a.m., a midday meal is served in the community dining room of the Maple Grove Apartment Building located at 730 West 6th Street in Wabasha. Senior Dining is a service provided by Semcac, an agency serving 11 counties in southeastern Minnesota since 1966. Semcac’s mission is to empower and advocate for people to enhance their self-sufficiency by maximizing community resources. Senior Dining is the only service found in all 11 counties, and the Wabasha Senior Dining site is one of about 50 similar sites. 

Semcac Senior Dining plays an important role in our community because our meals:

--- Are nutritious and taste great! Monthly menus are provided to diners, and the menu is published weekly in the Wabasha Herald.

--- Are economical. The suggested donation is $4, but diners make a donation in an amount of their choice, and no one is turned away because of inability to pay. 

--- Help diners to remain independent longer in their own living spaces. Each gathering provides valuable socialization and companionship. Social and educational events are also provided periodically throughout the year.  

Semcac Senior Dining is designed for individuals over age 60, but others are welcome to join us. Wabasha's program draws diners from the apartment building where it is located, from the city of Wabasha, and from Kellogg and the surrounding area. Some diners eat daily, while other diners come on an occasional basis. Our Wabasha site currently averages about 15 diners per day, and we always welcome new people. If you or someone you know might enjoy and benefit from senior dining, be sure to check us out! 

The program is staffed by one paid site manager and multiple dedicated volunteers. If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or to sign up to eat with us, call the Senior Dining Site Manager at 507-459-5766.


To kick off the Free Pool Pass and Splash Pad Fund raiser, our local Dentists have contributed $1,500 to get it off and running.  Pictured are from left to right, Dr. Phil Perry, Dr. Isaac Perry, Dr. Scott Durand ,Chad  Springer (City Administrator), John Ochsner (Committee Chairman), Dr. Bob Mann, Dr. Tom Shoen.


The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation is gearing up for their very successful Free Pool Pass Program again this year.  The program provides free pool passes to ALL area youth, as well as free bus transportation to those that need it.  Anyone who went by the pool last summer would have seen a crowded noisy pool full of our youth, having a great time.  The valuable pool programs, efficiency, cleanliness, and guidance provided by Kellie Quade and her staff will continue this year as well.

Many of you may not know how this program came to be.  This letter from John Ochsner tells the story;

My wife Mary (deceased) and I moved to Wabasha in 2000 and each summer we used our great community swimming pool.  Mary often noted that there were fewer and fewer children using the pool.  Finally, in 2015 she said “John, we have to do something about this.”  We thought about financing a few individual passes.  I ran our idea of sponsoring pool passes with Jim Concidine, who like me grew up here and, in the summer, used the beach daily to swim free.  He liked the idea and volunteered to help.  Our Park Board and City Administrator liked the idea, and this lead us to the WKACF (Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation).  With the help of Dr. Bob Mann, the Foundation incorporated the “Free Pool Pass” as one of its projects in 2015.
Ask the kids (Wabasha, Kellogg, Nelson).  The past two summers were a thumbs up, especially with the amenities added by the city.

We hope you see how valuable this program is for our youth and our communities.  To help the Foundation raise the $9,000 needed for this program to continue, please take a moment to make a tax free contribution.
You may send your contribution to WKACF, P.O. Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981 or go to www.wkacf.org. and use the donation link.  If you have any questions or comments, contact Bob Mann at 651-564-1133.


Great River Homes

Our History

Great River Homes, Inc. is a private non-profit organization established in 1975 by a group of local citizens to develop and operate community-based residential alternatives to institutional placement for persons with disabilities in Wabasha County.

Great River Homes, Inc. established the first community-based residential alternative in Wabasha County in 1976. Great River Homes, Inc. has responded to the changing service needs of children and adults by expanding and diversifying services based upon the individual needs of people with disabilities.

Currently, Great River Homes, Inc. provides residential and in-home support services to 68 children and adults throughout Wabasha County.

Our Mission

The mission of Great River Homes, Inc. is to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Wabasha County by providing person-centered services.

Our Vision

The vision of Great River Homes, Inc. is for all people with disabilities to live, learn, work and enjoy life in the most integrated settings with full community inclusion.

Our Funding

Great River Homes, Inc. is funded by a variety of sources including Medical Assistance. Donations from area businesses, service organizations, foundations and individuals are gratefully accepted to advance our mission.


Our mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities is fulfilled through the combined efforts of employees, families, volunteers and the community. Your personal and financial support is greatly appreciated and is essential for our success.

Donations this past year paid for dental care, clothing, vacations and the 6th Annual Spring Formal for the people we support. Please consider a donation to Great River Homes, Inc. to help us provide life enriching experiences and enhance the living environments for the people who live in our eight homes.

Your gift has a tremendous impact on the lives of people receiving services.
Great River Homes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Meals on Wheels

Three Rivers Community Action oversees a Home Delivered Meals program that offers a hot, nutritious, noon time meal to those in need Monday through Friday. This service is for persons who live within city limits, who are unable to prepare a balanced/nutritious meal on a regular basis and are homebound. A large piece of the program is providing a daily check-in for our clients to assess for well-being and safety.

---Persons 60 years of age or older can receive services for a donation or if their meal is paid for by a county program including Elderly Waiver or Alternative Care.

---Persons under 60, who are disabled or terminally ill can receive meals for the full cost of the meal.

---In home caregivers may also qualify for meals!

In 2017, our program served 37 individuals in the Wabasha area delivering around 6,000 meals. We currently serve 22 – 24 clients daily via 2 routes delivered by our valued volunteers.

Wabasha County Public Health Special Needs Fund:  

Public Health has held the funds to be used for health and safety items that are not covered by another funding source.  We have helped single parents, families, and elderly adults who are low income and live in Wabasha County.   Most commonly the fund is used for diapers, groceries, clothing and gas for job interviews.    It has been used for an A/C window unit for an elderly person with emphysema, a replacement pair glasses for a child who broke them and couldn’t get them replaced on insurance, and a few onetime medication refills when Medical Assistance was not available yet. There is a $100.00 individual limit and $150.00 Family limit per year. 




Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation (WKACF) is excited to announce our 2nd annual Local Giving Day, to raise funds for our Local Service Organizations.  The Foundation knows how important these organizations are, helping our friends and neighbors in their time of need.  Without your donations, these organizations would not be able to provide all the services they do for us.  Local Giving Day improves the health of our Communities and keeps them a great place to live, work and play.

The 2nd annual “Local Giving Day” will be the week of May 22nd.  You will be receiving information and a donation form in the mail that week.  Over the next few weeks the Wabasha Herold has allowed us to run spotlights on each participating organization.  These spotlights will provide information about each organization and how the money will be used.  You may also find information on our website, wkacf.org, and Facebook page.

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation knows how important it is to provide funds for our local service organizations and are honored to be able to help them out.  The Foundation hopes you agree with them and support this local fund drive.


WKACF Recognizes Legacy Club Members

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation has been successful in their quest to improve and maintain our great communities.   They have provided programs and support for numerous local organizations including: providing free pool passes to all area youth; supporting our disabled, helpless, abused, hungry and forgotten neighbors; improving our parks and playground areas; Providing replacement trees for the lost diseased trees in our communities, helping to improve our Library and maintain our hospital and the historical nature of our communities.  The Foundation has accomplished all this with your help, our friends and neighbors.  They would like to thank all of you for your support, but they would particularly like to thank their Founders Club which provided the seed money to get this organization up and running. However, today they are giving their thanks and appreciation to their Legacy Club members.  These members are making an impact with their commitment to benefit our communities through the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation.  They allow the Foundation to continue their work, maintaining and improving our great communities.

The members of the Legacy Club are: Dr. Scott and Emily Durand, Thomas and Cathie Stordahl, Jim and Claire Abbot, Dr Bob and Linda Mann, Russ Meyer (California Overland), Wabasha Sand and Gravel, Curt Duelman, Rotary Club of Wabasha, Riverboat Lanes, William and Gloria Hager and Preston Cook.  If you see these people on the street or do business with them, please take the time to thank them for their commitment to benefit our communities.

If you are interested in becoming a Legacy Club Member, you can go to the website wkacf.org or contact Bob at 651-564-1133.