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Marco donates $15,000 to 15 schools nationwide to help stock their food pantry and alleviate child hunger
Marco Technologies is taking a step toward helping to curb childhood hunger by donating to 15 school food pantries. Marco announced today the results of its recent Give Back 2 School project.
Based on nominations and votes cast by Marco's social media followers and employees, Marco selected 15 schools across eight states and gave each one $1,000 for their school food pantry. School food pantry programs help alleviate child hunger by distributing food to children to eat at home after school, on the weekends and during school breaks.
Lori Wollmuth, community relations manager at Feeding Our Communities Partners in Mankato, Minnesota, appreciated Marco's donation to help feed students. "Your compassionate support will give area children access to nutritious food packs on weekends and bring peace of mind and security in knowing where the next meal will come from. For many local children, your loving generosity is life-changing," Wollmuth said.
Marco initiated its Give Back 2 School campaign to further support the communities it serves and help reduce child hunger. Marco asked its social media followers and employees to nominate a school that could benefit from a $1,000 donation toward a food pantry. Marco received 38 nominations and selected 15.
"The research is clear that being hungry has an enormous impact on a student's ability to learn," said Dawn Zimmerman, Marco's Chief Marketing Officer. "When kids are hungry, they can have trouble concentrating, fall behind academically, and are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety."
"We appreciate everyone who took time to nominate a school and vote. We are pleased to support 15 schools and the students they serve in our communities," Zimmerman said. "Marco has been a long-time partner with schools across the country, and we recognize the key impact schools have in helping students academically and nutritionally be feeding their mind and nourishing their bodies."
ReforMedicine Adds Direct Pay Psychiatric Services
Angela Trapani, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, has joined the provider team at ReforMedicine of Eau Claire. She has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse in the Eau Claire area for more than 24 years.
ReforMedicine Psychiatric services evaluates and treats a wide variety of mental or behavioral health concerns. Children, adolescents, and adults are all welcome. Diagnostic evaluation and medication management is our area of expertise.
No referral is needed to schedule an appointment and new patients of all ages are welcome.
ReforMedicine is a Direct Pay Medical Practice. Direct Pay means patients pay for services they receive. No insurance is involved, which allows a direct pay practice such as ReforMedicine to charge less than typical insurance-based practices. Direct Pay means no surprises. Fees for care services are posted clearly online and in ReforMedicine offices so that patients can plan for what they need without concern about hidden costs.
Learn more about ReforMedicine at www.ReforMedicine.com or call 715-514-2827.
$2,000 Donation made by Prevail Bank for the benefit of Entrepreneurs
Prevail Bank provided a $2,000 donation to the Red Letter Grant organization to help support female entrepreneurs who couldn't otherwise secure new business start-up capital.
"We are so appreciative of Prevail Bank's donation," said Rebecca Cooke, Red Letter Grant Founder. "We know a lot of women who make things happen within a household, within an organization and within our community, but we don't always see those women at the helm. These funds will help change that."
"We commend the organization for its support and assistance with local entrepreneurs and in stimulating our communities financially," said Brenda Knutson, Prevail Bank Branch Manager - Eau Claire. "We're proud to gift these funds to Red Letter Grant for the benefit of not just one person, but essentially an entire community."
Red Letter Grant is a certified 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. It encourages women to take risks, to build a more innovative region/state, and to lead. It curates small business workshops, cultivates mentors, peer networks, and provides start-up capital (typically four $2,000 grants every year) to support and empower female entrepreneurs.
Prevail Bank's goal is to pursue what's possible within the communities it serves. It is passionate about economic development, financial stability and growth for individuals, families, and businesses. Prevail Bank is a community bank that is continuously looking for ways to give back, support those pursuing dreams, and make things better in central Wisconsin.
Prevail Bank's Charitable Contributions program is available for local non-profit organizations that help local people in need, especially those with low-to-moderate incomes; stimulate communities financially; and/or enhances the standard of living of those less fortunate. If your organization is interested in applying for funds for a major initiative in your community, go to: Prevail.bank/resources/community
UW-Eau Claire increases investment and programming to prevent suicide
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is investing new resources into its efforts to promote mental health and prevent suicides among its students.
The university will match a $306,000 grant it recently received from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Monies from the three-year grant will support ongoing mental health outreach and programming.
UW-Eau Claire's Suicide Prevention and Research Collaborative (SPARC) was awarded the SAMHSA grant, the third such award for its ongoing cross-campus initiative that aims to promote mental health and reduce the risk of suicide among students.
Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, professor of psychology and SPARC founder, wants students and their families to know that faculty and staff across campus "have student mental health and wellbeing in the forefront."
"These funds will enhance the support for student wellbeing and resilience and help prevent suicide and the worsening of existing metnal health conditions that some students face," Muehlenkamp says.
UW-Eau Claire will receive $102,000 in SAMHSA grants every year for three years. The university will match those dollars each year, bringing the total investment in mental health and suicide risk reduction and prevention to $612,000 by 2024.
"The first two grants allowed us to set the foundation on campus and establish policies, protocols, and use of best practices in student-facing units across campus," Muehlenkamp says. "We included the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Services, Student Health Service, Housing and Residence Life and University Police to establish shared protocols for screening and responding to mental health crises, including suicide. We also provide training for use of those approaches."
UW-Eau Claire’s SAMSHA-supported project, “Project Thrive: Building Resilience and Wellbeing for Student Success,” has four central goals:
The campus units directly responsible for implementing the grant are: The Suicide Prevention and Research Collaborative (SPARC), an initiative established through and housed in the psychology department; Office of Health Promotion; and Counseling Services.
Chippewa Valley Ag Conference to be Held in January
Local agriculture producers are encouraged to attend the Chippewa Valley Ag Conference, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18 at Chippewa Valley Technical College's Education Center, 4000 Campus Road in Eau Claire. The full-day conference will feature two keynote addresses and a variety of breakout sessions on topics specifically designed for area ag operations.
Security Financial Bank (SFB) is very excited about the lineup of speakers and the variety of topics for this conference, indicated Jenny Jereczek, SFB's director of agriculture banking.
“As the agriculture industry continues to evolve, we want to provide an opportunity for producers to learn about the latest trends, network with peers and to take their operation to the next level,” Jereczek said. “Our vision for this conference is to provide growers with information and resources to address those uncertainties. Our goal is that growers are left feeling empowered and reenergized to focus on the future of their operations.”
For the second time, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) and SFB have worked together to coordinate this event.
"Chippewa Valley Technical College Farm Business Program’s mission is to support our local farm businesses,” said Mark Denk, farm business instructor for CVTC. “This conference is an excellent opportunity for ag producers to come and take part in an educational experience that will help their bottom line."
The conference will kick off with a welcome keynote address from Greg Peterson, who founded the Peterson Farm Brothers with his siblings. Chip Flory, host of AgriTalk, will provide an afternoon keynote on What Today Means for Tomorrow’s Business.
Throughout the day, attendees also will have the opportunity to attend three separate breakout sessions. Topics include:
Cost to attend is only $25 per person and includes lunch, both keynote sessions and three different breakout sessions. To register, visit https://2022cvagconference.eventbrite.com. Registration deadline is January 10, 2022, but attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. All individuals at CVTC facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
To download a conference brochure with detailed description of each breakout session, CLICK HERE. For more information or questions, contact Becky Seelen, SFB director of marketing and corporate communications, at 715-930-7030.
The conference is being presented by Chippewa Valley Technical College and Security Financial Bank along with Komro Sales, NAU Insurance, Olson Solar Energy, ProVision Partners Cooperative, Ruder Ware LLSC, Sundstrom & Company, Total Farm Marketing and WRDN.
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