Friday, Apr. 3rd, 2020

You Can Still Enjoy Infinity Beverages Even Though the Tasting Lounge is Closed

Infinity Beverages knows your Easter may be a little different this year, but the wine can be the same. Infinity is bringing back our Easter Deal: two signature wine bottles for $19.99, but there is MORE!

Infinity wants to thank all our amazing Club and Loyalty Members for their support by extending the deal to $5.99 off ALL two bottle orders (case limit). This means if you order a case, which is 12 bottles of your choice, you will receive nearly $36 OFF plus FREE SHIPPING.

Send a bottle to your loved ones this Easter and say cheers together over video chat.

Find Infinity online at infinitybeverages.com.

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Together Chippewa Valley, a New Nonprofit Coalition, Will Address Community Needs

Together Chippewa Valley is a coalition of nonprofits forming to coordinate a response effort to address community needs during the COVID-19 crisis, to raise funds through a first-of-its-kind community-wide fundraising initiative, support each other’s missions, to survive, and to thrive.

Out of respect for individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are being severely impacted in various ways, and acknowledging many want to help, nonprofit organizations in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have come together in solidarity to create one fundraising campaign that will provide essential financial support during this economic crisis.

All money raised will be equally divided among the nonprofits to be used for program and operating expenses as well as to offset losses incurred from COVID-19.

You can make a donation in two ways:

Online: Visit www.togetherchippewavalley.org
Mail: Make check payable to Visit Eau Claire Foundation (Fiscal Sponsor of Together Chippewa Valley), and mail to Visit Eau Claire Foundation c/o Together Chippewa Valley, 128 Graham Ave. #234, Eau Claire, WI 54701

Founding nonprofits of this coalition are: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Chippewa Valley Museum, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Eau Claire County Humane Association, Family Resource Center, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Pablo Center at the Confluence, and more nonprofits will be invited to join.

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Thursday, Apr. 2nd, 2020

New Nonprofit Coalition Will Tackle Chippewa Valley’s Needs During COVID Crisis

A new umbrella organization of eight of the Chippewa Valley’s most prominent nonprofit groups has formed to undertake a fundraising campaign to address the fallout of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The coalition, called Together Chippewa Valley, was announced in a press release April 2. “Out of respect for individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are being severely impacted in various ways, and acknowledging many want to help, nonprofit organizations in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have come together in solidarity to create one fundraising campaign that will provide essential financial support during this economic crisis,” the announcement said.

The new organization includes the Pablo Center at the Confluence, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, the Chippewa Valley Museum, the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, the Eau Claire County Humane Association, the Family Resource Center, and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Collectively, the organizations say, they serve nearly 200,000 people annually and employ 249 workers.

“Nonprofits’ facilities have been closed, events and programs canceled, fundraisers postponed or canceled, and expenses incurred to work remotely while these groups have continued to serve the community and their missions,” the announcement stated. “Like so many, these organizations are concerned that they may not be able to provide the high standard of services to the community that will be needed when COVID-19 finally retreats.Together Chippewa Valley will work as one so the Chippewa Valley’s nonprofits can survive this crisis.”

Together Chippewa Valley will begin to accept donations Friday, April 3, at its website, www.togetherchippewavalley.org. Donations may also be made by mail: Checks should be made payable to Visit Eau Claire Foundation (fiscal sponsor of Together Chippewa Valley) and mailed to Visit Eau Claire Foundation c/o Together Chippewa Valley, 128 Graham Ave. No. 234, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Read the full coalition announcement here:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
hello@togetherchippewavalley.org
togetherchippewavalley.org

ANNOUNCING TOGETHER CHIPPEWA VALLEY

Coalition of nonprofits formed to address community needs

(April 2, 2020 - EAU CLAIRE, WIS) Today, a new nonprofit coalition, Together Chippewa Valley, is being announced to the public. Together Chippewa Valley is a coalition of nonprofits forming to coordinate a response effort to address community needs during the COVID-19 crisis, to raise funds through a first-of-its-kind community-wide fundraising initiative, support each other’s missions, to survive, and to thrive.

Out of respect for individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are being severely impacted in various ways, and acknowledging many want to help, nonprofit organizations in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have come together in solidarity to create one fundraising campaign that will provide essential financial support during this economic crisis.

Just as it is important that the communities’ businesses and other vital organizations survive this critical time, nonprofit organizations that provide crucial services in our communities are doing all they can to remain strong and sustain themselves in order to continue serving those who rely on them. The financial and social costs of COVID-19 are extensive, and they will continue to mount. Nonprofits’ facilities have been closed, events and programs canceled, fundraisers postponed or canceled, and expenses incurred to work remotely while these groups have continued to serve the community and their missions. Like so many, these organizations are concerned that they may not be able to provide the high standard of services to the community that will be needed when COVID-19 finally retreats.Together Chippewa Valley will work as one so the Chippewa Valley’s nonprofits can survive this crisis.

Together, they can can bring arts and social play back to our communities. Together, they can care for and nurture animals and children. Together, they can inspire all people to stay healthy and active. Together, with the help of community support, local nonprofits will remain active in our communities.

TOGETHER CHIPPEWA VALLEY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Together Chippewa Valley is launching one community campaign to raise funds during this challenging time. All money raised will be equally divided between the nonprofits in the coalition to be used for program and operating expenses as well as to offset losses incurred from COVID-19.
Donors choosing to support the cause can make a gift online through our website or by mailing a check:

Online (Credit Card)
1. Visit www.togetherchippewavalley.org
2. Choose “Make a Gift”

Mail (Check)
1. Make check payable to Visit Eau Claire Foundation (Fiscal Sponsor of Together Chippewa Valley)
2. Mail to Visit Eau Claire Foundation c/o Together Chippewa Valley, 128 Graham Avenue #234, Eau Claire, WI54701

Founding nonprofits of this coalition are:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley
  • Chippewa Valley Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Eau Claire
  • Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
  • Eau Claire County Humane Association
  • Family Resource Center
  • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
  • Pablo Center at the Confluence

And more nonprofits will be invited to join.

Together these organizations:

  • Have 224 years combined service to our community
  • Serve 194,000+ people annually
  • Employ 249 people
  • Generate $7,849,000 in economic impact annually for the community
  • Purchase $1,996,500 in goods and services locally each year

Make a gift today and help Together Chippewa Valley on their mission to keep the nonprofit community thriving!

 

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Wednesday, Apr. 1st, 2020

Hope Gospel Mission Asks For Emergency Donations Amid Closure of Retail Locations

These are desperate times. Homelessness doesn’t take a sick day. Even before COVID-19, 3,000+ people had no home in western Wisconsin. Hope Gospel Mission continues to provide support for the most vulnerable in the Chippewa Valley.

Due to Wisconsin’s Safer at Home measures, all three Hope Bargain Center locations and Building Hope have temporarily closed both for shopping and accepting item donations. These four retail locations fund 80% of the life-changing programs Hope Gospel provides, meaning Hope Gospel Mission needs your support now more than ever!

Please consider making an emergency gift donation, and Benevity will match donations 1:1 up to $300,000! Click HERE to make a donation.

Your support will ensure wraparound care continues for people facing homelessness and poverty every day of the year at the Hope Renewal Centers for Men, for Women, and for Women & Children.

Visit HopeGospelMission.org to learn more about Mission Programs.

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The Bridge to Hope Adjusts Services in Light of Pandemic

The Bridge to Hope is committed to protecting the health and well-being of clients as well as staff and the public, but the coronavirus epidemic is presenting new challenges that they are acting to confront and overcome. Things that are changing for the time being:

•Phone calls and texting services are welcome and encouraged. If it is safe for you to do so, please call, and they will provide services over the phone. As always, they continue to be available 24-7 for support and advocacy. They can provide extensive services over the phone: advocacy, support, safety planning, and restraining order preparation. The toll-free number is (800) 924-9918 or text to (715) 505-3640.

• In-person services will be limited to people who cannot safely talk over the phone. If possible, please call before coming to the office so they can explain the process for in-person appointments.

• They will not be able to provide in-person services to anyone who has symptoms of an illness.

• Safety precautions will be taken for in-person appointments at The Bridge to Hope.

• They are canceling all events, groups, classes, and educational presentations until further notice.

• They will not be accepting donations of ANY items, though they always appreciate your generosity.

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Monday, Mar. 30th, 2020

Online/Interactive 'Women Writers on Wednesday' with Suzy Murty

Join writer Suzy Murty for an interactive online author reading.

Suzy Murty’s passion for writing began in high-school AP English. Her first historical fiction piece won a young writers’ contest, and at the top of her game, she immediately retired. Approximately 20 years later, Suzy has begun writing again. Her work can be read in the monthly magazine South Eau Claire Living. She also makes occasional stand-up comedy appearances and practices her craft on her Facebook feed.

This is a unique chance to watch Suzy, ask questions, and make comments. All interactively.

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‘Helping Hands For Our Children in the Chippewa Valley’ Provides Basic Needs to Families During Pandemic

Helping Hands for Our Children in the Chippewa Valley (HHFOC), a local nonprofit organization, has been working hard to provide the basic needs of children and their families during Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order. The closure of businesses during this difficult time is causing harm to families that are already economically disadvantaged. Very few working-class families have the savings to get through an interruption in their paychecks. The mission of HHFOC is to ensure that the children of these families do not suffer and have what they need to thrive during this time of uncertainty.

HHFOC is currently providing clothing in sizes 0-3X, blankets for children, and diapers on an emergency basis for as long as inventory allows. Families needing assistance can contact HHFOC at (608) 799-0178, or by email at HelpingHandsForOurChildren@gmail.com. They can also join a 6,000+ member Facebook group to post their needs and sign up for distributions.

To help provide for our families in need, HHFOC is currently running a Diaper Drive using an Amazon.com Wish List, allowing donors to supply one the most essential needs from the safety of their own homes. You can see the wish list here.

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Catered Home Cooked Meals from Bye The Willow

Bye The Willow is a small business in Chippewa Falls, and in this uncertain time, they're offering pick up or delivered catered meals through their catering operation, Catering Bye Design.

Take a look at the menu below:

BBQ Shrimp • 1 lb., served over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with ranch cob corn and garlic toast • 2 for $30 or 4 for $55

Beef Tips in Gravy • served over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with ranch cob corn, and garlic toast • 2 for $24 or 4 for $45

Herbed Chicken Breast • served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with ranch cob corn, and garlic toast • 2 for $24 or 4 for $45

Honey Rubbed Pork Loin Steak • served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, ranch cob corn, fried apples, and garlic toast • 2 for $24 or 4 for $45

Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese • served with garlic toast • $10 or 4 for $35

Brat Bites • served with sautéed sweet peppers and onions, with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and garlic toast • $10 or 4 for $35

Cheesy Marinara Meatballs • served over noodles with loads of parmesan and served with garlic toast • $11

Pretzel Roll Sandwich • smoked and shredded BBQ pork or chicken on a pretzel roll with sweet chia kale slaw, served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes • $8

Rest assured the team will abide by all the sanitary requirements to keep everyone safe while providing your family with great meals. To learn more, go to www.cateringbyedesign.com and place your order by calling (715) 790-7530.

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Facebook Page Set Up for Wedding Couples Impacted by the 2020 Pandemic

A Facebook group called Wisconsin Wedding Couples–Pandemic Advice has been designed to help Wisconsin wedding couples whose wedding plans are disrupted by the coronavirus in 2020. The administrators are all seasoned Wisconsin wedding professionals who are there to help couples with wedding advice, connect them to vendors who may be available on their date, etc.

To join: Ask to join the group and answer the questions. When your membership to the group is accepted, you can post your wedding date, what city you wish to be married in, number of guests and what kind of help you need. There are files containing contact information for various venues and vendors as well.

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