Wednesday, Apr. 8th, 2020

Volunteers Needed for Temporary Homeless Shelter

Sojourner House, Positive Avenues have relocated to the Hobbs Ice Arena

Sojourner House and Positive Avenues have temporarily relocated and are collaborating to provide 24-hour services at the Hobbs Ice Arena for community members experiencing homelessness. Community volunteers are needed to assist at this location.

Volunteers would be serving meals, assisting with activities, and providing general support. Volunteers can also reach out to provide meals that may be needed.

All guests, volunteers, and staff are screened prior to entry and the arena is set up for social distancing for the safety of all. Sojourner House and Positive Avenues staff are assigned to each shift so if someone has never volunteered with us before they will be there for support and explain any responsibilities you would be assisting with.

If you are interested in volunteering during the daytime (9:30am-6:30pm) contact Kim Campy at Lutheran Social Services (Positive Avenues) at (715) 836-5689 or kim.campy@lsswis.org.

If you are interested in volunteering in the morning, evening, or overnight contact Clare Nelson at Catholic Charities (Sojourner House) at (715) 450-1457 or cnelson@cclse.org.

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Grace Lutheran Communities Launch Giving Campaign to Support Healthcare Staff

‘Supplying Grace’ effort will help staff safety, morale at senior care communities

Grace Lutheran Communities is launching a giving campaign fundraiser for their caregivers’ safety and morale.

Grace Lutheran Communities is doing its best as an organization to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for staff at its numerous senior care communities across the Chippewa Valley, but due to shortages and price increases, it is taxing the non-profit’s resources like never before. To keep staff and residents safe, healthy, and happy Grace Lutheran Communities appreciates any and all donation sizes.

Here are some ways your donations can make an impact:
$500: Can provide two tablets to provide additional video meetings to connect family and residents
$250: Can stock an employee break room refrigerator as vending machine refills are not happening at this time
$100: Can provide 100 face masks to help provide care safely for both residents and staff
$50: Can provide a $50 gift card that a staff member at one of our facilities will win through our weekly lottery
$25: Can provide five face shields to help provide care safely for both residents and staff

To donate, follow this link to the GoFundMe page.

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Family Support Center Services Always Available by Phone

‘We are still here for you. It just looks a little different right now.’

Family Support Center remains dedicated to serving Chippewa Valley communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide “Safer at Home” order. They have made the following changes to service delivery:

Telephone calls and scheduled telephone appointments are welcome and strongly encouraged. As always, Family Support Center continues to be available 24-7 for support and advocacy. They can provide extensive services over the phone:
· Counseling
· Individual and systems advocacy
· Restraining order assistance and preparation
· Safety planning
· Sheltering
· Support during sexual assault exams
· Developing coping strategies
· Information and referral

Tele-services are not just for emergencies, and are not limited to people they have worked with before. If you need someone to listen – call! Although their physical office is temporarily closed, telephone services are always open.

These changes will remain in effect until April 30. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the center will continue to post changes and updates on its website and Facebook page. (Please note that they do not use Facebook Messenger for advocacy services. It is not confidential and not constantly monitored by an advocate.)

Please call Family Support Center at (715) 723-1138 or (800)-400-7020.

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Blue Ox Music Festival postponed to Aug. 27-29

the sixth annual bluegrass and roots music fest was supposed to happen in June

Today the Blue Ox Music Festival announced it’s postponing this year’s three-day fest to late August. The sixth annual bluegrass and roots festival was supposed to happen June 11-13, but due to COVID-19 uncertainties, organizers are officially pushing it back to Aug. 27-29, 2020, at Whispering Pines Campground just outside of Eau Claire.

“We realize how much this event means to all of you, and believe that shifting to the end of the summer will give us the best chance of having a festival in 2020,” they said in a press release.

Here's their statement in full:

As you might have suspected, our June dates for the 2020 Blue Ox Music Festival will not be possible this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past few weeks, we have worked closely with Eau Claire County Officials, Town of Union Officials, Blue Ox Artists, and their Management Teams to reschedule the festival for August 27-29, 2020. Without their efforts and cooperation this would not have been possible. 

We realize how much this event means to all of you, and believe that shifting to the end of the summer will give us the best chance of having a festival in 2020.

As many of you know we are a small, family-owned festival; our team works passionately throughout the year to make this event a reality. Finding ourselves in this situation is something that we never could have imagined.

We are working hard to make sure all the pieces are in place for these new dates which includes maintaining our original 2020 lineup. These efforts have been moving along successfully thus far. We will release these details as they get finalized in the coming weeks.

All tickets, including reserved campsites and car passes, purchased for the originally scheduled festival dates on June 11-13, 2020 – will be valid for the new festival dates – August 27-29, 2020.

If you are unable to make the rescheduled dates, your credentials can be rolled over to the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival scheduled for June 2021. Blue Ox is also working on a refund policy to fit this unique situation. 

We kindly ask for your patience, for this will take a bit of time, as we iron out the details with our ticketing partner to achieve ticket rollovers, refunds, and a potential official ticket transfer system.

We realize that the disruptions caused by this pandemic have affected many of us differently. We will come up with a solution for all ticket buyers. You are our festival family and we will do everything that we can to make this as seamless as possible for you.

In the meantime, we are presently collaborating with Blue Ox artists as well as Jamgrass TV, in releasing shows from our festival archives to create a Blue Ox Music Festival experience from the comfort of your own homes. 

Hopefully this serves as a reminder to STAY HOME! We are all in this together and will get through this together. 

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you once again in August!

Until then, take care and stay safe,

The Blue Ox Team

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Monday, Apr. 6th, 2020

Stepping Stones of Dunn County Offers Curbside Food Pick-Up

drive-through pantry open four days a week

Stepping Stones Food Pantry is open four days a week for curbside pick-up of prepacked boxes/bags of groceries at these days/times:
Mondays and Fridays 11am-2pm
Wednesdays 3-6pm
Saturdays 10am-noon

There is plenty of food, and anyone in need is welcome. For full details, visit steppingstonesdc.org. Stepping Stones is currently closed to all walk-ins. If you need assistance or know someone who does (shelter, emergency financial assistance, etc.), please call (715) 235-2920 or email info@steppingstonesdc.org.

Stepping Stones is currently requesting financial donations only. They have a skeleton volunteer crew and currently can’t keep up with handling food donations from individuals. To make a donation, go to steppingstonesdc.org, call (715) 235-2920, or mail one to Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751.

They also need volunteers! They provide gloves and masks and limit the number of volunteers at any given time to be able to maintain social distancing. Two- to three-hour shifts are available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am-3pm; Wednesday 1 am-6pm; Saturday: 9am-1pm. Contact Jill at communityconnect@steppingstonesdc.org, (715) 235.2920, x3.

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Friday, Apr. 3rd, 2020

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

maker of wine and spirits offers mail-order sales

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

organizations band together for fundraising effort

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

Together Chippewa Valley includes Pablo Center, Children’s Museum, six other nonprofits

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

you can help the homeless in the Chippewa Valley

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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