Welcome to the COVID-19 Impact Catalog, an online fund sourcing campaign powered by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin to support the vital needs of our community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Impact Catalog is a safe and effective way for you to support the current needs that are most important to you. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
The COVID-19 Impact Catalog is active October 1 - 31, 2020. To support a cause, select the organization you'd like to give to below by clicking "donate".
Have questions? Contact Sue Nelson by email or phone at 715.845.9555.
Food is provided through Blessings in a Backpack for at-risk students on weekends, or when school is not in session, to assure that no child in our community goes hungry. Their mission is to ensure children have the nourishment they need to learn and grow regardless of socioeconomic background. Up to 4,000 individuals were supplied with food each week during the COVID-19 quarantine. Blessings is committed to continuing to fill this need to 1,800 children each week during the 2020-21 school year in the DCE, Wausau, and Mosinee School Districts.
NCCAP provides assistance to lower income households in Marathon County that are affected by the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to stay in their homes amid these troubled times. Many of the people served don't have family to rely on and have totally exhausted their savings. By helping people remain in their homes, NCCAP provides stability which contributes to the client’s health and well-being – which is so important for families. Your donation could help prevent another crisis.
Over 100 youth advocates in Marathon County volunteer through Peyton’s Promise to organize food drives throughout the year. They collect donations for 50+ pantries and organizations that distribute food throughout the county. Many fundraising events that provide support for healthy food items such as meat, dairy, and eggs have been cancelled due to the pandemic. All people should have the opportunity to have healthy food available to them regardless of their situation–that is why your support is so important to Peyton's Promise.
The Neighbors’ Place is a homegrown community center providing a hand up with dignity to residents of Marathon County through various services like the food pantry, community garden, wheels again, and Knitting & Sewing Circle. Due to COVID-19, most fundraising events were canceled in 2020, including TNP’s biggest fundraising event – Empty Bowls – which is usually held in November. This year’s event will be going virtual. Now, more than ever, your support is needed to raise funds and raise awareness for their mission, “People Helping People.”
With COVID-19, many school districts throughout Marathon County are offering hybrid and/or virtual only schooling, which leaves many families in need of care for their school-aged children while they are at work. This is an expense that most families are not prepared to pay. The Good Start Grants program provides financial assistance for eligible families in Marathon County to ensure they have access to quality, affordable child care. Your support will help pay a portion of a child’s tuition to the child care program to help meet the funding gap.
With the closing of many area schools due to COVID-19, a virtual learning environment has been created at the Franklin Center for elementary aged students. An inviting and creative learning space has been created offering learning labs, Wi-Fi access, teaching support, and meals similar to what would be experienced in their own schools while maintaining health and safety standards during the pandemic. Your support will help with increased food costs, technology needs, additional teachers and support aides for this virtual learning center.
With some school districts going virtual for the 2020-21 school year, there is a need for childcare for parents who need to work. K-6th grade students have an opportunity for virtual learning tailored to them, outside recreation time, and additional activities to support a well-rounded school and camp-like experience. Parents shouldn't have to choose between putting food on the table and their child's care and schooling. The Y is here to support all families during these challenging times, and greatly appreciates your support.
To help blood donors better understand their possible exposure to coronavirus, COVID-19 antibody testing has begun on all completed blood, platelet, and plasma donations. As the pandemic continues and we all grow weary from its challenges, it is important that we remember to care for one another. COVID-19 survivors have the ability to help up to three patients recover from the virus – a reason this testing is so important. Individuals who have fully recovered and received a verified COVID-19 diagnosis are urged to sign-up to give convalescent plasma.
Peaceful Solutions is seeking support to assist with monthly fees for a subscription to an online platform for therapy that is HIPPA compliant and meets the State of Wisconsin regulations as a Department of Health Services licensed clinic. This is crucial to be able to continue to provide therapy to clients who do not feel safe receiving therapy services in person due to the COVID-19 virus. It is also critical for some therapist who have underlying health conditions that put them in the most vulnerable category to continue to work with clients.
While many people are feeling safer at home during the pandemic, home is often not safe for victims of abuse. Their social isolation and anxiety often increase during uncertain times. With your donation, support services can continue for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. A vast array of services provided by The Women’s Community – like grocery shopping, picking up and delivering medications, or taking them for walks or to a park to get fresh air – has become even more critical to the mental health of victims.
As this pandemic unfolds, the need for civil legal services continues to exceed anything that has been experienced before. Workers without incomes are facing illegal evictions, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and being denied unemployment insurance claims. Wisconsin Judicare attorneys are front-line responders of this justice crisis and working to keep families safely housed and financially stable. Your donation will go towards direct civil representation of Marathon County families and individuals facing a civil legal crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colossal Fossils plans to provide free, online, live programs as an educational resource during the pandemic for local schools, libraries, virtual students, homeschool families, and the elderly. A 16-week educational course has been designed with a different topic each week that covers dinosaurs, the Ice Age, archaeology, anthropology, and more. Your support will help cover the cost of internet, personnel, and the Zoom online meeting subscription. Estimated outreach is 900 people per week, or 14,400 people during the 16 week period.
Challenges for the school year include the uncertainty of preparing for new scheduling patterns within school districts to get through this health crisis. JA is preparing programs in several different platforms to allow for in-school, virtual, and self-guided learning options. Plans are continually changing, but tools, programs, and volunteers will be available for all delivery methods through live video streaming, in classroom teaching, recorded videos, and career speakers. Because of these changes in curriculum, additional support is needed.
Encourage creativity and at-home art creation; help area children and families experience the power of art to lift spirits during this challenging time. Your donation will fund Art Kits, developed by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and highlighting the winter exhibition, “The Global Language of Headwear,” on view December 5, 2020 through February 28, 2021 - always admission free. Distributed at The Neighbors’ Place, the Museum Art Kits provide materials and suggest found objects for creating fun-filled, dazzling hat embellishments to wear or display.
Support youth, nature, and learning at the Monk Botanical Gardens. Your gift will support the free afterschool program serving over 300 children, and the Head Start in the Gardens program, serving 90 students with half-day field trips throughout the school year. Both of these programs get youth outdoors, learning, exploring, and connecting with each other and nature in a safe environment. During this time of the pandemic, it is critical to support programs that keep youth safe, engaged, learning, and healthy. There is no better time to donate - your gift will be doubled with a donor match.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, United Way’s 211 information and referral center has experienced an increase in call volume and database searches from individuals and families looking for answers to address concerns for basic needs during this challenging time. Specialists provide information, resources and referrals to individuals, and assist them when they experience difficulty accessing necessary services. 211’s goal is to connect people to the agency so they can get help during their time of need.
As the pandemic continues to upend our lives, having access to the latest guidance, data, and news is crucial to public health and safety. WP&R provides daily updates with information that is essential to all of us. They aim to bridge the information gap for our area's Hmong and Spanish-speaking population by launching Hmong and Spanish language versions of their online newspaper, which will continue to be free to all. Key members of the Hmong and Hispanic community will be involved to ensure their voices are heard and their questions are answered.
The “Voices of Students” project will provide ongoing research by WIPPS Research Partners with middle school and high school students about their concerns and successes with learning environments during COVID-19 – whether that is virtual, on site, or a blend of both. This is an opportunity to collect and analyze information from students to give them a voice. Information that is gathered, thanks to your support, will be shared with school officials and community leaders with the goal of helping to make informed decisions about issues of importance to our youth.
In response to COVID-19 and the effects it has had on our community, the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin and United Way of Marathon County partnered together to create the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. This fund is bringing essential resources to our neighbors in need by quickly providing funding for organizations serving those needs. This Fund is designed to expand local capacity to address the effects on individuals and families as a result of the pandemic that are not addressed within this catalog, as efficiently as possible.