On Monday the Menomonie school board voted to approve the creation of a network of bike trails at the Bjornson Environmental site. The 443-acre Bjornson Environmental Site is located on N6945 160th St. With this vote of approval the trail formation process will begin with logging this fall and a number of trails should be open in the fall of 2015.
The School district has been working along side the Chippewa Valley Off Road Bicycle Association and the Menomonie Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA) to develop the trails. Here at the Community Foundation we are proud to see the project move forward. In August the CFDC awarded a grant to MAMBA help with the purchase of much needed equipment to maintain these trails. Allowing the volunteers to manage the multi-use trail system for people to hike, run, and bike on safely.]]>
Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.
FACT: The community foundation field is one of the fastest growing philanthropic sectors in the United States today. Community foundations build and strengthen communities in a multitude of ways, including providing the means for a wide range of donors to create permanent funds to meet critical needs. Though the first community foundation was launched just 100 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio, today there are more than 750 community foundations in the United States.]]>
The midterm elections are here, which means Congress returns to D.C. in less than 2 weeks. After they return on November 12, your members of Congress will only have about three work weeks remaining in the year.
The America Gives More Act is the most significant bill for the charitable sector in years. The bill has already passed the House and the Senate has signaled strong support for several of its provisions. This means we have a genuine opportunity to get lawmakers to include the bill in the tax extenders package expected to be enacted before the end of the year.
This bill is important to us at the Community Foundation because it will make permanent, tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) for charitable purposes.
It’s critical that supporters of Community Foundations step up to urge lawmakers to include the America Gives More Act in any tax extenders package they consider during the last few weeks of the year!
Click here to find your Representative.]]>
The program will be offered to River Heights students grades 3rd through 5th, with plans to expand the program as it becomes more established. Membership is $10.00 per person or $20.00 per household annually and runs from January 1st – December 31st. Services offered include bus service, healthy snacks and meals, fun activities and special events. Hours after school are 3pm to 7pm, and 7:30am to 6pm in the summertime. The facility will stay open on days school is closed. If you are interested in becoming a member, go to http://www.cvclubs.org/becoming-a-member to fill out the Membership Application & Release Form.
Menomonie is the fourth location within the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley. Other locations include the Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire, the Jackson County Center in Black River Falls, and the Chippewa Falls Center.
Article and Photo By: Laura Giammattei]]>
You may have already received your copy of the Chippewa Valley Business Report. If not click here to read more about what we and friends of the Community Foundation are doing in the area.]]>
Today, the Community Foundation of Dunn County is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States, collectively managing more than $48 billion in assets and making grants of approximately $4.5 billion a year to improve life in their communities. There are more than 1,700 community foundations worldwide.
Since we were established in 1995, the Community Foundation of Dunn County has made grants of more than $2 million to address pressing needs and important local causes through the generous gifts of our donors.
Thank you for your interest in our Foundation. We’re proud to be part of this vibrant field of community philanthropy—100 years and growing!]]>
What are the Issues in Dunn County Impacting Woman and Children?
Their will be a panel discussion featuring: Wendy MacDougall, Director of Dunn County Public Health; Katherine Dutton, Executive Director of Stepping Stones; and Naomi Cummings, Executive Director of The Bridge to Hope.
For more information please visit their facebook page.]]>
Little things matter in a big way in the small town of Glenwood City, Wisconsin. Recently the Community Foundation of Dunn County funded a new two-way radio for the main vehicle of the town’s Ambulance service.
Prior to receiving the grant money to purchase a two-way radio, their main ambulance was equipped with just one radio in the cab area, which only the driver could access. The back of the ambulance, where the technicians tend to the patients, had been equipped only with a speaker and microphone. While this may seem like a minor issue, it was a major safety concern for Julie Lee and Charlene Draxler. Julie and Charlene are directors of the local ambulance service. They are volunteer EMS technicians and put in long shifts during the winter months. The new two-way radio allows the technicians to switch stations to communicate with corresponding hospitals or service vehicles. This ease of access frees up the driver to focus on driving and traffic communications, creating a much safer environment for all on board the ambulance.
You may not know, is that the Glenwood City EMS team consists of volunteer citizens who have regular day jobs. They can be called on a moment’s notice to help save a life. The grant money has allowed these dedicated individuals to carry out their tasks effectively.
Due to the size of their town, the remote surrounding area, and the nature of the program, Glenwood City Ambulance Service relies on these types of grants to keep their medical equipment up to date and functional. The Glenwood City Ambulance Service covers an area of 126 square miles including the town of Glenwood City, Village of Downing, Town of Emerald, and portions of Tiffany, Springfield and Forest, accounting for a response area of roughly 3,665 citizens. Glenwood City is a 25-30 minute drive from a hospital in any direction, making their link in emergency care vital. Without the generous support of the Community Foundation, these individuals wouldn’t be able to complete their job successfully and in a safe manner.
(Photos and Interview by Laura Giammattei)]]>
Recently our photographer Laura Giammattei was given the opportunity to take a look at the Tainter and Menomin Lakes with Dick Lamers. She was able to see how The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association(TMLIA) plans to use the grant they received .
2018 is the year TMLIA has set to make the waters of Lakes Menomin and Tainter clean and safe. Education is of key importance to accomplishing this goal. Other organizations within Dunn County and the state of Wisconsin are also working with TMLIA to make this goal a reality.
The grant requested from TMLIA was to assist funding “The Red Cedar: Land, Water & People Coming Together Conference” in July 2013. The funds went directly towards travel expenses for three key experts to attend this conference. Two of these experts were brought to this conference from Iowa. They had started and were mentoring a program called Farmer Led Councils. This new program is being used as a guide for the initiative in Northwest Wisconsin to clean up the Red Cedar watershed. This program brings farmers together on a volunteer basis to work on how they personally can impact the quality of water in their immediate area.
The third expert brought in was Professor Haans Paerl out of the University of North Carolina. He is a national and international expert on blue-green algea. He stated that blue-green algea is not just a rising problem in our Red Cedar watershed, but lakes all over the country and overseas as well. This matter is a global issue that has been getting more attention as the years go on. His hope is that this issue continues to attract more attention, thus creating more solutions.
One other professional that was brought to this conference with the grant fund was from the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. He spoke about how people are getting involved and creating solutions and hopes that more people will take initiative and join future projects.
Education is key, and is expanding as more conferences are held and more residents are attending. At the July 2013 conference, over 260 were in attendance and an additional 90 were streaming the conference online. While this is a wonderful turnout, there are still over 44 thousand Dunn County residents that are not aware of this initiative or even how much of a problem this algea is for our health and economy.
To put it in perspective, the DNR has said they track 100 recreational days in the summertime. Lake Menomin/Tainter is imparied for 92 of these 100 days. The goal is to reduce that number to less than 26 days of impairment.
As these conference continue, so does the educating of the public. These conferences have
thus far created attention throughout the state(as far north as Hayward, south to Madison, east to Green Bay and west into the Twin Cities).
Currently, one of the major ongoing projects is the Farmer Led Council. This organization specifically targets certain erosion zones(there are currently 58 erosion sites along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County alone) where phospherous is being dumped into the river and carried into Lake Menomin and Lake Tainter. Thirty five feet of sedement enters these waters annually. The biggest obstacle currently, is getting funding to fix and clean up these sites and lower the amount of sedement entering the river.
(Photos and Interview by Laura Giammattei)]]>