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Wrapping up our First Annual Campaign

2016 has been a big year for the Whitewater Community Foundation. We gave out almost $20,000 in grants to local nonprofits and their initiatives. These are organizations that put first the ideas of neighborhood and city when they think of community. And, we’re wrapping up our first ever Annual Campaign to raise money in order for our Foundation to continue these Community Action Grants. No foundation or nonprofit that wants to make a difference can continue to sit back on …

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#GivingTuesday

Jim Caldwell from First Citizens State Bank presents a check for $10,000 to President Kevin Brunner for our first Annual Campaign! The Whitewater Community Foundation has been asking the community for donations, so that we can fund our Community Action Grants. We gave out almost $20,000 in grants in the spring funding adult fitness equipment in Starin Park, diabetes medication for under-insured patients at Rock River Free Clinic, STEM Camp Invention Scholarships for Whitewater children, a mural on the playground …

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Washington Elementary Mural Shines!

Board members Kevin Brunner, Mark Dorn, and Carroll Olm visited Washington Elementary last week to check out progress on the GORGEOUS mural that the kids are painting. Art teacher Mareta Hale took us through her process of visualizing the mural, prepping the wall, and giving the children jobs to adorn the boundaries of their blacktop. Right now, the field of flowers has almost been completed before the winter weather sets in. Approximately 300 children attend Washington Elementary. Each flower represents …

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WCF Launches our Annual Campaign, and We Need You!

Whitewater Community Foundation is a new and improved Foundation committed to serving our neighbors. We’ve expanded our vision from scholarships to seed money that helps community-led projects grow. Our foray into finding out what the community values has been extremely successful. As a result, we’re launching an annual campaign today to ask YOU to donate to your community and support our Whitewater Community Action fund. We’ve already raised $13,000 dollars among the board and other supporters, and we want to …

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WCF Supports Music at the Whitewater City Market

Another Community Action Grant on the books! Board members of the Whitewater Community Foundation visit the new Whitewater City Market every Tuesday, but yesterday was a special occasion. President Kevin Brunner and Vice President David Yochum met with board members Kristine Zaballos and Lisa Smith from Downtown Whitewater to present them with a check that helps pay musicians for the entertainment provided in the courtyard of the market from 3:30-7:30. Downtown Whitewater finds local and area musicians, some from as …

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Board Members Take a Tour of Rock River Free Clinic

Whitewater Community Foundation board members visited Rock River Free Clinic (RRFC) this morning to meet another recipient of our inaugural Community Action Grants. Danielle Frawley, Dawn Hunter and David Yochum presented a check to Executive Director Kristin Wallace for $2,500 to help defray drug costs for RRFC clients. The RRFC is a nonprofit 501(3)c clinic led by a volunteer board of directors. It provides health care and education to community members in Whitewater, Jefferson County and Cambridge. The clinic became …

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Partnering with Kettle Moraine Land Trust

The Whitewater Community Foundation presented a check for $3275 on Saturday, July 17 to KMLT Executive Director Maggie Zoellner of the Kettle Moraine Land Trust. KMLT manages several preserves though out Walworth County and partners with land owners who create Conservation Easements to preserve a portion of their property. The Whitewater Community Foundation’s Community Action Grant funds went toward a series of educational programs targeted toward learning about edibles in the prairies and woodlands near Whitewater, growing mushrooms, and creating …

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Whitewater Community Foundation Visits the Site of Camp Invention!

This morning was so inspiring! We visited the site of Camp Invention, a week-long STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) workshop for area kids. The Foundation granted Camp Invention and the Whitewater School District scholarship monies through our Community Action Grant so that children who couldn’t afford to attend would have a chance to tear apart computers, make robots, play with drones, learn physics through the use of catapults and slingshots, study anatomy, play with squid ink, etc. Camp …

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The Foundation Gives out the First of Eight Community Action Grants

Things are getting exciting this week! We met with Deb Weberpal and Matt Amundson from Whitewater Parks and Recreation on July 7 for their ribbon-cutting ceremony. We presented them with a check for $2332 to assist in paying for the purchase of new adult fitness equipment that Deb spearheaded. And, of course, we took a short stroll over to Treyton’s Field of Dreams to support the ribbon-cutting on their new concession building. Deb, Director of Seniors in the Park, and …

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Danielle Frawley Joins the WCF Board of Directors

The Whitewater Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of our newest board member: Danielle Frawley. Danielle Frawley is a lifelong resident of Whitewater. She attended UW-Whitewater and graduated with her BBA in International Business with a minor in Spanish in 2007. She is currently the Chief Retail Officer at Fort Community Credit Union. Danielle is passionate about our local community and volunteers with many local organizations including Whitewater Rotary International. She currently holds board positions with the Whitewater …

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