Royal Credit Union
New Partnership Offers Financial Education for Youth and Incentivized Financial Education for parents/guardians
Royal has partnered with Power of Perception (POP), a local mentorship program for 6th-12th grade African American and biracial students, to provide incentivized virtual financial education sessions. Royal will offer virtual educational programs for both youth and parents/guardians. “It’s one thing to talk about sparking change, and it’s a whole other thing to put that knowledge into action.” Says POP Founder Dennis Beale. “Creating relationships—now that’s action.”
Youth will participate in FUSE - Future US Entrepreneur program, which provides five weeks of virtual sessions to help students learn what it takes to start a business. Youth work with a Royal mentor to develop their own ideas for a small business and submit a business proposal to a panel of judges and an audience.
Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to participate in four virtual financial education sessions, one session per quarter. The first and final session would be combined with a “virtual” meal (delivered to households) along with informal online socializing among the parents and youth in the household, POP director, and Royal team members. Parents/Guardians who attend all four financial education sessions will receive $100. They will also receive $5 to open an account, becoming Royal Credit Union Members. In addition, the parents will have regular access to team members from the credit union, forging a relationship and creating access to resources for their future financial needs.
The Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation announced it has awarded an Emerging Markets Grant to Royal Credit Union (Royal) in the amount of $1,500. These funds will help the credit union partner with POP and offer the incentivized financial education sessions.
Prevea Health & HSHS Wisconsin
HSHS Sacred Heart, Prevea Health begin administering first round of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care workers in Eau Claire
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and its physician partner, Prevea Health, today began administering the first round of COVID-19 vaccines allotted to them by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) for frontline health care workers.
“It is so wonderful to be at a point in this pandemic where there’s hope that this vaccine is the beginning of the end,” said Sandy Anderson, interim president and CEO, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “By receiving this lifesaving vaccine, our frontline health care workers will be able to continue caring for all who need them now and after we’ve made it through this pandemic.”
The first round of vaccines is being provided to a number of frontline health care workers at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Prevea Health, including those who work in areas such as urgent cares and critical care units. The first to receive a vaccination was Michelle Willcutt, a nurse educator and critical care nurse who provides direct care to some of the most vulnerable patients, including those with COVID-19.
“This is the light at the end of tunnel that we all need,” said Michelle. “We still have a long road ahead of us, but we finally have something tangible to show the world that we are going to get past this pandemic.”
Dr. Carolyn Hellman, an emergency room physician at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital was the first physician to be vaccinated, followed by her emergency room colleague and Prevea Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ken Johnson.
“At this point we’re able to actually do something to prevent the disease rather than just reacting to it,” said Dr. Johnson. “This is a very safe and effective vaccine to protect our communities and our families and our neighbors, so I really encourage people to get this vaccine when it’s available to the public.”
Additional frontline health care workers at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls and Prevea Health locations in western Wisconsin will be vaccinated in the coming days and weeks, and as more allotments of the COVID-19 vaccine become available from DHS.
Firefighters, Santa use ladder truck to spread holiday cheer at HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital
Today was a very memorable day for HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., as members of Green Bay Area Fire Fighters I.A.F.F. Local 141 in conjunction with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department (GBMFD) and Central Church spread holiday cheer for our patients.
Typically each holiday season, the firefighters are welcomed inside HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital to visit with the children and deliver gifts collected with the help of Central Church in Green Bay. This year, however - to keep everyone safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic - the firefighters and a very special guest greeted children from outside the hospital in a very “big” way.
Firefighter Adam Tomasko and Santa Claus climbed into the bucket of “GBMFD Ladder Truck 2” this morning and were raised almost 100-feet to get as close as possible to pediatric patients excitedly waving from the other side of their windows. The firefighters also left behind gifts, collected by Central Church in Green Bay, for all the children staying at the hospital.
Wisconsin Public Radio
Pablo Center Executive Director on “Spectrum West” January 7
Jason Anderson, executive director of the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, will be joining host Al Ross this week on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/ River Falls. The show will also be featuring an Eau Claire singer/songwriter, an Eau Claire teacher and author, and the organizer of a Menomonie film festival.
Host Al Ross will welcome back frequent guest Executive Director Jason Anderson to talk about the ongoing situation at the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire. Anderson will share information about some of the grants and government relief packages that are helping the venue, which has postponed the majority of its in-person programming through March 2021.
Parker Reed, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Journalism graduate, will be visiting with Ross this week. Reed contributes to both The Chippewa Herald and Eau Claire’s Volume One and is both a singer and songwriter. He distributes much of his work via Facebook and YouTube.
Eric Rasmussen, a Memorial High school English teacher, will be joining Ross to share about his various activities as a teacher and writer for Volume One and his blog www.theotherericrasmussen.com. The two will reflect on 2020 and hopes for the new year.
Red Cedar Film Festival originator Peter Galante, a University of Wisconsin-Stout professor, will be on to talk about the festival, which was cancelled last summer due to the pandemic. The festival of 28 films will be held virtually this month, from Jan. 14 through 21.
Vaccinations And Pandemic Spread Update On “The West Side” Jan. 8
An update on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in western Wisconsin, and prospects for public access to vaccinations in the region will be the focus on “The West Side” 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach will welcome Angela Weideman, director of the Chippewa County Department of Public Health; A.Z. Snyder, public health director for Pierce County; KT Gallagher, director of the Dunn County Health Department; and Audrey Boerner, who is serving as the Public Information Officer for COVID-19 Response with the Eau Claire City/County Health Department.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and online at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at 800-228-5615. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
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Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.