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Representatives of the local service organizations that are participating on the Local Giving Campaign this year.

 

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation is sponsoring Local Giving again this year.  This campaign provides funds for several service organizations that provide benefits and services for our friends and neighbors.  In the last several weeks this newspaper printed testimonials about how your previous contributions made an impact to local individuals and families.  100% of the money donated goes right to these service organizations.  This supports the Foundation’s mission statement of serving the greater Wabasha Kellogg Area by connecting people with charitable intent to our communities, keeping them a great place to live, work and play.  You will be receiving a donation form in the mail this week.  Please take a moment to send in your contribution to support your community.  Every dollar counts and all of us appreciate and thank you for your support.

Donations can be made with your mailed donation form or online at our website, wkacf.org or on our Facebook Page and tap on the link.

Testimonials for Local Giving (2019):

 

Great River Homes

Great River Homes, Inc. is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing support services to individuals with disabilities throughout Wabasha County.  We greatly appreciate all the support and donations received by the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation.  We want to share with you a few of the direct impacts those donations had on the lives of some of our community members.  

Shortly after this person started services with Great River Homes, Inc. a trusting relationship between this person and those providing supports to him evolved.  Because of the newly found trust he had in those who provided quality supports to him, he agreed to a dental consultation from a local dentist to address his dental concerns. After his first consultation, regular visits were recommended.  Within his first few dental visits a treatment plan was designed to meet his needs. When this treatment plan was presented to Medical Assistance (MA) for payment, MA declined to pay for the treatment plan. Knowing the future detriment of not treating the dental concerns treatment was being sought for Great River Homes, Inc. realized not getting treatment was not an option.  Donations received by the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation helped to pay for this person's dental treatments. He has developed a positive trusting relationship with his local dentist and continues to have regular dental checkups which have improved tremendously! 

Neighborhood Night Out was all the rage for two of the Great River Homes, Inc.  24 hour supported living homes in Wabasha.  Several individuals who live in a Great River Homes, Inc. supported living home got together and planned two Neighborhood Night Out gatherings.  These gatherings were paid for using funds from the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation.  The individuals whom hosted these community celebrations were able to plan and pay for all the needed materials required to make them a success.  The people hosting the gatherings were over joyed by the turnout, feeling of support and coming togetherness their events brought.  The eight people who receive support services where the gatherings took place are looking forward to hosting more events like this in the near future and are enthralled by the true friendships that have grown out of the interactions held during their "party". 

 

WABASHA COUNTY DEVELOPMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT CENTER

 

The Wabasha County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) was extremly grateful for the donation that we received from the Wabasha Kellog Area Community Foundation’s 2018 Giving Day.  We were able to use the money from last years Giving Day to purchase a brand new floor scrubber.  The floor scrubber is used by individuals served at the DAC to clean the floor at the DAC and at a contracted job in the Mittle Schule building where the DAC is located.  The floor scrubber is an essential tool our individuals use to help them on the job and ultimatly use to help them earn a pay check.  Ben, an individual served by the DAC, says he’s proud of the work he does and of the pay checks he earns from being employed by the Wabasha DAC. Ben, and others served by the DAC, use money earned from thier jobs at the DAC to pay rent, by groceries and go out to events in the Wabasha area.


WE BELIEVE… in individualized programming based on the strengths, needs 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.

 

Hope Coalition (Domestic Abuse)

Examples of how the money from the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation’s Local Giving Program was used by Hope Coalition in 2018

  • A Dick’s Fresh Market gift card provided toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, and dish soap to a family who had no way to purchase those items after paying their monthly bills.  They were Food Support recipients who had their food needs met through that program.  Their bills were covered by their cash assistance grant; however they did not have enough left over each month for these other basic hygiene needs. 
  • A Kwik Trip gift card provided transportation to a woman who had been waiting for YEARS for her hearing with Social Security.  When the day came, she did not have the funds available to travel to the meeting, and so we were able to meet that need for her.
  • Hiawathaland Transit bus tokens have provided local clients with rides to the food shelf, the pharmacy, the clinic, work, the school, and many other of their daily needs.  These people are without any other form of transportation, and so the tokens save them a lengthy walk in temperatures that (until recently) were dangerous to walk in.
  • A Common Closet gift certificate provided a pair of work boots to a client who was starting a new job.
  • Another Kwik Trip gift card allowed a family who had fled violence in their home to transport their children back to WK for school so that their friendships and routines were not affected by the violence.

 

Wabasha County Historical Society

The Wabasha County Historical Society is grateful to be included in the Give Local event.  The past two year's participation has been very beneficial for the WCHS.  The first year, donations received enabled the WCHS Reads Landing School Museum to install a water heater.  There had never been a water heater in the 1870 Reads Landing School Building.  Last year, the donations received were applied to replacing and repairing the dysfunctional HVAC system.  The HVAC system continues to be a crucial, financial priority in preserving this Community treasure which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The dedicated, all volunteer staff, operates and maintains the Museum, hosts educational events and works throughout the year responding to requests for historical research, genealogy and student projects and visits.

The Wabasha County Historical Society is financed by a stipend from Wabasha County, memberships and donations.  The donations received insure that WCHS can carry out it's mission:  To collect, preserve and interpret materials relating to the natural and cultural history of Wabasha County and it's people.

 

St Elizabeth Hospital

2018 testimonial:

“Part of my role as a primary care provider is to offer resources and tools that will help my patients develop healthy habits that last a lifetime,” says Dennis Spano, MD, family medicine specialist with Saint Elizabeth’s Community Clinic. “By offering farmers’ market vouchers, supported by the Wabasha Kellogg Community Foundation and its Local Giving Campaign, to families and children in need we are able to elevate a financial barrier and extend an invitation to visit Wabasha’s Farmers Market and purchase fresh produce that can be incorporated into their diets. Hopefully, this becomes a healthful routine that positively impacts families in our community.”

2019 emphasis: Responding our priority health needs

Thanks to the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center will be a recipient organization of the third annual Local Giving Campaign that kicks off in May. This year, funds designated to Saint Elizabeth’s will support the two priority health needs identified during our Community Health Needs Assessment process.

MENTAL HEALTH: In collaboration with community partners, Saint Elizabeth’s will offer suicide prevention training, mental health peer support, and improve access to crisis intervention services with a goal of improving the mental health of our community members.

SENIOR HEALTH: The growing prevalence of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, among our aging population is prompting Saint Elizabeth’s to collaborate with our partners to provide training, support, and other resources that build a foundation for dementia friendly communities.

Saint Elizabeth’s is thrilled to be a participating organization in the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation LOCAL GIVING CAMPAIGN. 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.

 

Wabasha Kellogg Back Pack Program

Providing weekend food to our children in need


The backpack program of Wabasha-Kellogg is extremely thankful for the money provided by the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation. Two short incidents that emphasize this program’s ongoing effectiveness, illustrate the gratitude.  The first was when a delivery was being made to a family and a boy of 6 to 7 years old came running out for the food.  He took it from the delivery person and was told “that’s too heavy for you”. He responded, “no I can handle it”.  Then as he ran into the house with the heavy load searching through the food he shouted “mom, mom we got some graham crackers to eat!  To some people that may not be a luxury, but to this family it was.  The second example comes from the people who deliver the food.  Who on their first delivery, often comment they were unaware of the need for this program in our area.  After seeing these children responding to the food delivery in their home, they quickly become advocates.

 

Elder Network

  • "Elder Network services help me to stay at home, right where I want to be.  Thank you."   
  • "I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't benefit from Elder Network Services."
  • "Elder Network was there for my dad when I couldn't be.  It was such a relief to know that there was someone from Elder Network we could count on.  I say a prayer of thanks for Elder Network every night."
  • “Attending the Elder Network’s Powerful Tools for Caregivers gave me wonderful support and information to better care for myself while caring for others.”
  • “Elder Network was there for Delta and me. An Elder Network respite volunteer stayed with her.  My wife just loved her, and it gave me time to exercise and get things done.   I always felt like they really cared about Delta, and it meant a lot to me.”  
  • “By giving us a break when we needed it, Elder Network helped my family better enjoy the time we had together with my mom.”

 

 

The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation is gearing up for their Local Giving Promotion.  This is a program to make our communities a better, stronger and a great place to live…one dollar at a time.  We do this by raising money for our Local Service Organizations who help our friends and neighbors.  In the last 2 years the community support has been great, and we have raised $40,000 to support these needed programs.  Over the next few weeks we will spotlight how our friends and neighbors have benefited from the funds you have provided to these service organizations.  Look for your Local Giving Donation form in the mail, at the end of May.  Thank all of you for your generosity and community spirit