Leadership Eau Claire™ Participants are required to participate in a group project. The class is divided into teams, which throughout the year work with a community non-profit organization to complete a service project.
City of Eau Claire/DNR
The City of Eau Claire along with the DNR initially asked for help developing a festival to highlight urban wood products made from wood recovered by the City of Eau Claire. After working with stakeholders to realize there was no urban wood network in the Chippewa Valley, Team Orange determined that greater value would come from facilitating the creation of a process by which to connect urban wood resources with potential vendors or artisans and ultimately a local consumer market. Initial outreach meetings were held to gauge the interest of local users, and information was gathered from both individuals who have supported similar network creations in other areas as well as key contacts within the local City government. After several options were reviewed, the recommendation was to work with a similarly minded non-profit organization known as Wisconsin Urban Wood to partner with the City in the creation of a use agreement. This use agreement contract (in the process of execution) will provide insurance for the local members to access City property as well as allow for a more streamlined resource dissemination process from the City’s perspective. In addition, avoiding the cost of chipping urban wood materials that have a higher use will not only reduce cost on behalf of the City but also align with sustainability initiatives outlined in the City’s vision for the future. After successful use agreement execution, the intention is for artisans to produce goods that are then used to form the basis of a burgeoning urban wood market in the Chippewa Valley, and the use agreement created by this LEC team (the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin) can be modeled by other communities interested in similar initiatives.
Eau Claire Healthy Communities – Mental Health Action Team
This LEC group completed a brochure/guide for the Eau Claire Healthy Communities – Mental Health Action Team. The team had voiced concern that mental health services need to be more visible and accessible in the Chippewa Valley. The group’s goal was to create a document that contained accurate information for mental health services that was easily accessible to individuals in the Chippewa Valley. The final product is a brochure/guide entitled “Navigating Mental Health Services in the Chippewa Valley,” which includes resources, definitions, a mental health wellness check, primary contact information for specific entities and a question and answer section. The brochure/guide will be placed at local food pantries, homeless shelters, hospitals, clinics, social services agencies and any other locations where mental health consumers tend to visit. Hopefully, this brochure/guide will help those mental health consumers obtain the services they need with more ease and less stress.
Family Resource Center
The largest fundraiser of the year for the Family Resource Center is its “Where in Eau Claire” scavenger hunt. It was the task of this Leadership Eau Claire™ group to help grow the event. By increasing the importance of corporate sponsorships and participating, as well as tweaks to raffle ticket sales, registration forms and social media activity, along with incorporating an evaluation form after the vent to take into consideration participant feedback, the group feels like they have set the Family Resource Center up for success. The Family Resource Center and Leadership Eau Claire™ invite you to donate, participate and/or spread the word about “Where in Eau Claire,” which will take place on Thursday, July 9, 2015. For more information about the Family Resource Center or its “Where in Eau Claire” scavenger hunt, please visit www.frcec.org.
Joshua’s Camp asked this Leadership Eau Claire™ group to develop a professional PowerPoint presentation to be used for volunteer recruitment, funding proposals and general organization information. The group met with the founders, John and Cathy Finney, created an outline for the presentation and asked John to write all of the words he would use for each of the outlined topics. The group then took those words and used them on the slides and in the slide notes section to ensure all of his thoughts were in the presentation for any person that used the PowerPoint. In the middle of the project, John lost his own battle with cancer, but the group continued to work with Cathy. After completing the presentation, the group also helped Cathy purchase presentation technology and taught her PowerPoint basics.
Junior Achievement sought assistance from this Leadership Eau Claire™ to improve its brand and community awareness in the North Central district of Wisconsin. This LEC group conducted an extensive study of the North Central districts social media and messaging efforts. A great deal of attention went into examining Junior Achievements’ social media efforts through a SWOT audit. A SWOT analysis is the methodical examination of Junior Achievement’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities to expand, and threats of area competitive non-profits through the lens of social media. The group’s analysis considered JA’s internal efforts in social media and website management. At the same time, the group studied how area non-profits promoted themselves through free social media outlets to gain a strong following of supporters. Our overall conclusions from the SWOT analysis were documented and shared with Junior Achievement staff. The group also assisted with two ancillary Junior Achievement projects. 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of Junior Achievement in Eau Claire serving the North Central district of Wisconsin. The group was eager to help support and promote the 25th Anniversary Gala for Junior Achievement. One group member cultivated a donor to fund the table fee for the group to attend the 25th Anniversary Gala. Members of the group volunteered at the Gala with registration and hospitality. Lastly, Junior Achievement expressed an interest to better connect with the manual labor and construction industries. Thus, the group created a small database of names and contacts within construction and manual trades for Junior Achievement to contact for tentative job shadowing, mentoring or volunteering programs.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.