We know how important it is to you to know where your donation is going, which is why we have created the Success Stories page. Find out how your United Way contribution is making an impact in your neighbors' lives by reading our Agency Spotlight and Agency News Releases. If you have any suggestions for this page, please email Kate Smith.
Agency Spotlight - Northwoods Homeless Shelters
Northwoods Homeless Shelters, Inc. announced that the United Way St. Croix Valley awarded a grant of $3,000 to its homeless shelter program in Polk County. This award will be used to support case management and client assistance (food and transportation).
"We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with United Way St. Croix Valley to address the issue of homelessness in Polk County and we are grateful for their support," said Virginia Ormsby, the Administrative Director of Northwoods.
The mission of the Northwoods Homeless Shelters is to provide emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals in our county and the surrounding area, provide support and case management while our residents are addressing the issues that caused the homeless situation, and assist them in the process of identifying and moving into affordable, permanent housing.
Northwoods Homeless Shelters has been serving homeless families and individuals in Polk County since 1998. From 1998-2012, this nonprofit agency has provided 31,647 shelter nights to 872 men, women and children.
For more information visit www.northwoodsshelters.org or call 715-268-5730.
Agency Spotlight - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin Director Michel Tigan presented United Way St. Croix Valley Executive Director John Coughlin with a 2012 Dream Maker certificate for its support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. Also pictured are United Way's Cindy Jahnke, far left, and BBBS' John Knutson, far right. The focus at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin is on creating long and sustaining relationships that will have the greatest impact on the children they serve.
For more information visit www.bbbsnw.org or call 715-835-0161.
Agency Spotlight - Our Neighbors' Place
Executive Director of United Way St. Croix Valley John Coughlin presented, from left, Director of Our Neighbors’ Place (ONP) of River Falls Katie Morsch and Board President for Our Neighbors’ Place Mary Jo Sutton with a $1,950 check. The ONP mission is to provide shelter and support services to families and individuals of Pierce and St. Croix Counties and to help people in need move toward independence and self-sufficiency. ONP is able to provide such assistance due to the generosity of individuals, businesses, schools, churches, civic organizations, grants and local service agencies like United Way St. Croix Valley.
For more information visit www.ourneighborsplace.org or call 715-426-9000.
Agency Spotlight - Assistance & Resource Center
Assistance & Resource Center is an all-volunteer River Falls-based nonprofit agency that launched in 2008 in response to the downturn in the economy. The ARC helps people with basic needs such as gas cards, paying bills, groceries, transportation and paying for major car repairs or rent. Volunteers answer the phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, and people can leave messages during off-hours.
Pictured are United Way St. Croix Valley's John Coughlin and ARC's Paige Miller, John Hansen and John Holck. Coughlin is presenting a check for $3,000.
For more information visit www.arcriverfalls.org or call 715-338-0755.
Agency Spotlight - Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties
Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties is one of United Way St. Croix Valley's funded nonprofit agencies in the category of Promoting Health and Independence.
The River Falls-based Free Clinic's mission is to provide free health care and medications to area residents that qualify. The criteria for being served includes a certain income level, lack of medical insurance or other health care alternatives, and seeking care that is within the scope of services provided. Patients receive high-quality, respectful and professional care from the moment they enter the clinic. The number of patient visits through Dec. 31, 2011 is 10,695 and in the year 2011 the Free Clinic dispensed $639,794 of free medications (at a retail value).
For more information visit www.freeclinicpiercestcroix.org or call 715-307-3948.
Agency Spotlight - Hudson School District Angel Fund
The Hudson School District provides an Angel Fund in each of the district's eight schools. Angel Funds are used by the school principals, in cooperation with staff, to provide students in need with emergency clothing, school supplies and/or to cover expenses associated with school activities. The $3,000 donation the schools received this year is based on a percentage of the total United Way St. Croix Valley contribution made by Hudson School District employees during the 2011-12 fundraising campaign. In 2011, the Hudson School District was recognized as a United Way Corporate Leader for increasing the number of employee participants and donations.
To learn more, visit www.hudson.k12.wi.us or call 715-377-3700.
Agency Spotlight - Endeavors Adult Development Center
Endeavors Adult Development Center is one of United Way St. Croix Valley's funded non-profit agencies in the category of Promoting Health and Independence.
The Polk County Endeavors Adult Development Center, Inc. is a community based not for profit agency. We provide services without regards to race, color, sex, or religion, to disabled citizens. We believe that each individual is capable of change, learning, growing, and maturing, regardless of disability or challenge. Our mission is to be mentors for disabled adults, teaching life skills and to provide them with meaningful employment. We believe all individuals have a purpose in life to learn, to grow, and to reach the highest level of independence possible.
To learn more, visit www.endeavorsadc.org or call 715-485-8771.
Agency Spotlight - St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is one of United Way St. Croix Valley's funded non-profit agencies in the category of Meeting Basic and Emergency Needs.
St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is one of 1600 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity, International, and is committed to eliminating poverty in Pierce and St. Croix Counties, WI. Since its inception in 1996, SCVHFH has built nearly 50 homes, and helped ensure that nearly 200 adults and children have found the comfort, security and equity that accompanies homeownership.
Not a hand out, but a hand up, SCVHFH seeks to empower its homebuyers, reducing the barriers that have left them out of the housing market by requiring "Sweat Equity" volunteer hours in lieu of a down payment, and ensuring low monthly mortgage payments through generous building materials donations and the utilization of volunteer labor.
To learn more, visit www.scvhabitat.org or call 715-425-5623.
Agency Spotlight - Youth Service Bureau
Youth Service Bureau is one of United Way St. Croix Valley's funded nonprofit agencies in the category of Strengthening Children and Families.
Youth Service Bureau knows kids! And we know that when youth understand the impact of their actions, they often make better choices in the future.
With support from United Way, YSB helps youth ages 5-18 and their families realize their strengths, find solutions and create positive futures, regardless of their family income or access to health insurance coverage.
YSB is a leader in instilling accountability among young people and provides coordinated services in three areas:
- School-based programs
- Early intervention
- Youth-focused family counseling
Our staff works with individual youth and families to design programs that help youth take responsibility for their behavior, find acceptable alternatives, make amends to those injured by their actions and give back to their community.
While many families are referred to our services through their school or by law enforcement, families can also access our services without a referral.
YSB provides services in St. Croix and Pierce Counties in Wisconsin and in Washington County, Minnesota.
To learn more, visit www.ysb.net or call 651-439-8800.
Agency Spotlight - FamilyMeans
FamilyMeans is one of United Way St. Croix Valley's funded nonprofit agencies in the category of Strengthening Children and Families. Services provided by FamilyMeans include counseling, education and support in a variety of areas such as:
- Finance and bankruptcy services
- Collaborative divorce services
- Family counseling and mental health services
- Caregiver support services
- Youth development and enrichment programs
- Employee assistance program
FamilyMeans' mission is to strengthen communities by strengthening families. Its headquarters are in Stillwater, Minnesota and there are branches located throughout the Twin Cities, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
For more information about FamilyMeans, visit www.familymeans.org or call 800-327-3203.
Agency News Releases
- Fall 2012 Update from New Richmond Area Centre
- Fall 2012 Update from Amery Regional Medical Center
- Fall 2012 Update from Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties
- Summer 2012 Update from Hudson School District
- Spring 2012 Update from St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Winter 2011 Update from Lutheran Social Services of WI & Upper MI
- Winter 2010 Update from ADORAY Hospice
- Fall 2010 Update from CESA 11 Head Start
- Fall 2010 Update from FamilyMeans
- Fall 2010 Update from St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program
- Fall 2010 Update from West CAP