These organizations were awarded the Hometown Health grant in 2017:
Big Brothers Big Sisters: 1 to 1 Mentoring, $10,000
Strong mentoring relationships between caring adults and children can significantly increase positive development in youth. This program provides free support services, which help in the development of new skills to enhance problem-solving abilities and build self-esteem.
Boys & Girls Club of Barron County: Healthy Out of School Time, $20,000
The HOST Program teaches Boys & Girls Club members how to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical fitness and healthy food choices.
Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley: Healthy Lifestyles, $15,000
This program enhances the overall health of club members by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching good nutrition and helping develop healthy relationships.
Chippewa County Department of Public Health: Pre-Venture: Mental Health Prevention, $21,000
The Pre-Venture Program identifies youth with high-risk behaviors, provides evidence-based intervention and equips them with effective coping methods. The goal is to reduce substance use rates in Chippewa County by 33 percent.
Children’s Museum of Eau Claire: Eat! Move! Live!, $25,000
This initiative brings a well-rounded, interactive exhibit and program experience to children and their grown-ups promoting healthy living.
Chippewa Valley Museum: Biking into History, $9,000
Guided bike tours will be developed to encourage physical activity while also connecting participants to local history. Tours will include education on safe bicycling practices.
Feed My People Food Bank: Foods to Encourage Initiative, $15,000
This program will increase the amount of appropriate food items for low-income residents dealing with diabetes and/or heart concerns, as well as educate partner food bank programs to carry these food items.
Grassroots Empowerment Project: Recovering Community – Reentry and Recovery Peer Support after Incarceration, Homelessness or Inpatient Treatment, $21,000
A peer support re-entry program will be developed for people leaving jail, prison, shelters and treatment centers. The project will provide support and resources needed to successfully re-enter the community.
School District of Mondovi: Focusing on Resilience, $25,000
This program fosters mental health and resilience of at-risk K–12 students. Adult teams will receive special training in resiliency and champion transformation with colleagues, students, parents and community members.
Stepping Stones of Dunn County: Increased Access to Nutritious Food for At-risk Populations, $15,000
Those receiving adequate nutrition are mentally and physically healthier. This project will help alleviate food insecurity among identified at-risk populations across the lifespan.
Village of Cameron: Guy Spiers Park Redevelopment, $25,000
Adult outdoor fitness equipment will be installed next to the existing playground encouraging physical activity for the entire family. The fitness area will be accessible to those with mobility issues and increase use of the park.
The 2018 grant application process will open in January.