Community partners in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties are invited to apply for the Hometown Health grant. Previously funded programs and initiatives include:
- Benjamin’s House Emergency Shelter: Rapid Rehousing Project, $25,000
Unstable housing circumstances, including homelessness, are critical social determinants of adult and child health. This program provides rental assistance and case management for homeless families with the goal of moving them into permanent housing.
- Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry: Food is Medicine, $10,000
This innovative program will offer pantry visitors with chronic diseases the chance to participate in a pilot program receiving healthy food boxes customized to their health condition.
- Boyceville School District: Coaching Trauma-Informed Resilience, $20,000
This program involves a trauma-informed curriculum. It addresses the development of stress resilience by incorporating mindfulness and self-regulation activities in the school. Funding will build the capacity of internal coaches and teachers, and help them expand collaboration with Mondovi schools.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Chippewa Valley: Summer Brain Gain Programming, $15,000
Members of the Boys & Girls Club receive programming focused on building academic skills over the summer break while promoting social-emotional skills that build positive mental health.
- Feed My People: Healthy Meal Kit Program, $20,000
Focusing on food-insecure individuals across northwest-central Wisconsin, Feed My People is working to improve community health by increasing access to nutritious food. This project helps people learn how to assemble healthy meals for their household with simple ingredients and recipes.
- Girls on the Run of the Chippewa Valley: Program Grown Initiative, $5,000
Girls on the Run is a program for girls between the ages of 8 and 13 that teaches life skills through positive mentoring, lessons and running. Support of this effort brings the Girls on the Run program to five new rural schools and will provide financial assistance to girls in need.
- Hope Gospel Mission: Renewed Hope Program for Women and Children, $25,000
This rehabilitation program helps with addiction, academics, finances, life skills, mental health, nutrition/fitness, spirituality and vocational needs, as well as assisting with the development of healthy support networks and parenting skills.
- Legacy Community Center: Agnes Table, $25,000
Not being connected to community resources and support has an direct effect on health. The Legacy Center offers a one-stop location for assistance with basic needs and connection to appropriate agencies, including housing and employment resources.
- Stepping Stones of Dunn County: Pop-up Pantries, $10,000
Lack of access to healthy, affordable foods contributes to obesity and chronic disease. This program offers pop-up food distribution pantries in rural areas providing easier access to nutritious food for low-income residents.
- West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission: Improve Student Health through Walking and Biking to School, $25,000
Walking and biking are easy ways to live a healthy lifestyle. The Safe Routes to School project will benefit school districts in Altoona, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire with the aim of increasing the number of students using active transportation to get to school.
- Beaver Creek Reserve: Living Healthy and Staying Active in Nature, $25,000
Connecting people with nature and increasing physical activity is the focus for this program. Visitors to Beaver Creek Reserve will have the opportunity to engage in more than 9 miles of trails, enjoy outdoor play and exploration, visit the indoor discovery center and more.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentors in Motion, $15,000
Strong mentoring relationships between caring adults and children can significantly increase positive development in youth. This project plan will work to educate parents, staff and volunteers about mental health in youth and how to incorporate play into the lives of children facing adversity.
- Boyceville School District: Heart Mind Well-being, $20,000
This program will introduce the Resilience/Health Realization model to students in grades six through 12. Training focuses on resilience, youth development, mental health, brain development, stress reduction and social and emotional learning.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley: Mental Health & Stability Programs, $5,000
Members of the Boys & Girls Club will receive programming focused on preventive measures in mental health, positive youth decision-making and avoiding risky behavior.
- Children’s Museum of Eau Claire: Eat! Move! Live!, $19,000
This initiative brings an interactive exhibit and program experience to children and their grown-ups promoting nutrition, fitness and confidence. A food pantry also will be developed to support cooking healthy meals at home.
- Chippewa Valley Free Clinic: Healthier You, $14,500
This program will work to reduce the incidence of obesity-related diseases using interventions that champion and sustain healthy lifestyle behaviors.
- City of Eau Claire Parks and Recreation: Active Aging Fitness Park, $20,000
This project will provide an outdoor space for affordable, accessible and fun low-impact exercise options encouraging older adults to live healthier, more active lives.
- Dunn County Health Department: Nurse Family Partnership Program, $1,000
Specially trained nurses regularly visit young, first-time moms empowering them to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies.
- Eau Claire YMCA: Concepts of Healthy Living, $2,000
This new, eight-week classroom-based program for children in grades 2 through 7 will teach the importance of an active lifestyle focusing on healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness.
- Family Promise: Homeless Families Pathway, $25,000
The link between family homelessness and poor health has been well documented. This program offers homeless residents in Eau Claire case management and rental subsidies with the expected end result of permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
- Feed My People: Weekend Kids’ Meals, $5,000
The Weekend Kids' Meal program addresses child hunger and local food insecurity by sending meals home from school on Fridays. The meals offer a variety of fruit, vegetable and protein items.
- Legacy Community Center: Agnes Table, $25,000
This new project expands on the existing Agnes Table program by adding additional meals throughout the week. Offering healthy meals provides a cost-effective way for families and individuals to meet basic needs and build supportive connections in the community.
- NAMI Barron County: Hope & Recovery Project, $23,500
This project plan will expand local support and education to people living with a mental illness, their family members and friends and to area providers.
- Stepping Stones of Dunn County: Shelter Program Support, $5,000
This program provides emergency shelter, housing assistance and referral services to prevent homelessness and facilitates long-term self-sufficiency.