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Mid-State Truck Service: Truckers For Tots
Mid-State Truck Service started Truckers for Tots 13 years ago to support the Toys for Tots mission of alleviating some financial stress of the holidays while making sure children have something to open on Christmas morning.
Along with their campaign sponsors: Roehl Transport, Furniture and ApplicanceMart, International Trucks, Idealease of Central WI, Cummins and Purple Mountain Solutions, Mid-State Truck Service aims to ensure everyone has a wonderful holiday.
2021 has brought on some unfortunate situations for many local families. That's why the Truckers for Tots campaign is on a mission to exceed last year's donation of more than $50,000 worth of new toys to the local communities that they serve. 100% of the money raised goes to shop for toys to help bring a smile to a child's face on Christmas morning.
Fleet Farm will once again be the retailer for each shopping event which will take place at 5 different locations over the next few weeks:
November 30th - Stevens Point, WI @ 5:00 p.m.
December 1st - Marshfield, WI @ 5:00 p.m.
December 2nd - Duluth, MN @ 5:00 p.m.
December 6th - Wausau, WI @ 5:00 p.m.
December 7th - Chippewa, WI @ 4:00 p.m.
At each shopping event, the participating employee volunteers and community members will overflow their carts with toys which will then be loaded into a semi-trailer and brought to the local Toys for Tots distribution center.
Mid-State Truck Service would like to thank the Truckers for Tots campaign sponsors, donors and members of the communities they serve for continuing to show their generosity and commitment to their community. For more information on the Truckers for Tots campaign, find toy donation locations or to donate monetarily online, visit https://www.midstatetruck.com/TruckersForTots.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin's Annual Gala breaks fundraising record
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin’s Annual Gala was held on November 5th at the Halls of Lismore to a crowd of 240 supporters. The Gala is held every November to honor the Big of the Year, award the John Kell Making a Difference Award, and raise funds to support youth mentoring in the Chippewa Valley. It also serves as the kickoff of their annual giving campaign and is their largest single day fundraiser. This year Big Brothers Big Sisters exceeded any previous Gala by raising over $100,000 in program support.
The 2021 John Kell “Making a Difference Award” was given to Sarah Stokes for advocacy work with the agency. Ms. Stokes, the owner of Stokes Herzog Marketing & Consulting, has produced video storytelling for Big Brothers Big Sisters and advocated as an Ambassador in the Mentoring Emergency Fund campaign. She was also instrumental in securing funding with 100 Women Who Care’s Eau Claire group. The Big of the Year award went to Vergene Knudson, who has been a constant in the life of her Little Sister, Kodie for their nearly 10-year mentoring relationship.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters provides services at no cost to families with children facing adversity,” said Teri-Gene Conlin, Development Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. “The tremendous support of our gala guests is a great start to our annual giving campaign. Our goal is to raise an additional $32,000 to strengthen our recruitment and support processes. The intensive nature of the Big Brothers Big Sisters model makes our programs aptly suited to empower children’s potential.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters works by creating lasting relationships between a child and a volunteer mentor. Children who have a mentor generally report an improvement in their self-esteem, an improvement in academic performance, and a reduction in engaging in risky behaviors such as using drugs & alcohol.
“Mentoring has a strong impact on the young people in our community. We’ve seen an increase in the number of children looking to join the program. This year’s Gala allows our agency to identify and match children who will benefit from a mentor,” said Wesley Escondo, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.
Anyone interested in more information about volunteering or enrolling a child can call 800-648-1696, email email@example.com, or visit bbbsnw.org.
UW-Eau Claire launches BluBox reusable container system for food service
Starting in December, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will take a significant sustainability step with the introduction of the BluBox Program, reusable food containers in the Hilltop and Davies Center Markteplace dining centers.
The program that begins Dec. 6 is the first major initiative of the Chancellor's Advisory Council on Sustainability and Climate Action, according to Grace Crickette, vice chancellor for finance and administration.
"The purpose for the council is to foster collaboration to increase awareness of sustainability concepts throughout the campus community and advocating, communicating and educating to engage students, faculty and staff in these efforts," Crickette says. "The BluBox Program is a great project that we can launch now to make an immediate impact."
The blue plastic containers will replace most single-use plastic or cardboard food containers in the dining halls, except for select prepackaged cold items. After use, the containers will be deposited in designated receptacles for sanitization before reuse.
UW-Eau Claire leaders are confident that this nationally successful container program will deliver on a number of key campus sustainability goals, says Brian Drollinger, the university’s director of risk management, safety and sustainability.
“The BluBox program will not only give us the ability to save money and reduce landfill waste, but more importantly, it will raise awareness and education about what we can do as a campus to become more sustainable,” Drollinger says. “Every little bit helps.”
Jose Alvarez Joins WESTconsin Investment Advisors
WESTconsin Credit Union is pleased to announce Jose Alvarez to the role of Financial Advisor with WESTconsin Investment Advisors, serving Amery, Barron, and Baldwin. Alvarez joined WESTconsin Credit Union four years ago as a Member Services Representative at the Amery office.
Alvarez earned his bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security from American Military University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration at UW-Whitewater. Alvarez was in the Army for 10 years, and while on active duty he served as a paratrooper at the 173rd Airborne in Italy. He has also served in the National Guard for 6 years, where he is currently a Staff Sergeant and serves as a Reconnaissance Team Leader with the Wisconsin National Guard.
Alvarez has helped WESTconsin members reach their goals as a financial coach, “I like the idea of helping members secure their finances in a more involved way than simply opening accounts.” He continues, “as a Financial Advisor, I will be able to serve our members in a similar way, but on a significantly higher level.”
Alvarez resides in Turtle Lake with his wife, Becca, and two dogs, Roxy and Griffin. They enjoy the outdoors and have
travelled all over the country to hike at National Parks, including at Glacier, Rocky Mountain, and the North Cascades. They also love to travel internationally, and particularly enjoy tropical locations to see the birds and other unique animals. He can be contacted at (800) 924-0022 ext. 7655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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