2013-14 Recipients of Ripon Area United Way Funding
ADVOCAP will used United Way funds to establish and operate a community garden at Rigg's Park in Ripon. Garden plots are available to any Ripon area resident for a small fee. ADVOCAP's mission is to create opportunities for people and communities to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency.
American Red Cross of Fond du Lac County
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. http://www.newredcross.org
ASTOP of Fond du Lac helps rebuild worlds…the worlds of those people whose lives are shattered by the ugliness of sexual assault. We offer at no cost to survivors and affected family members, emotional security, comfort and safety through direct services and medical and legal advocacy. Through our prevention education program, Protective Behaviors, we are working toward creating an environment free from sexual violence. http://www.astop.org
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fond du Lac County
Funds received are used in the Ripon community to support one-to-one mentoring services to children facing adversity in the Ripon area. Ten Ripon area children are currently matched with a mentor with four more on the waiting list. http://bbbsfdl.org
Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America
To instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them leadership skills and ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. http://www.baylakesbsa.org
BRAVE Community Learning Center
The BRAVE Community Learning Center provides students and adults with before school, after school and evening programs in a safe and supportive environment. This programming includes tutoring, group homework help, family outreach programs, programming in partnership with Ripon Medical Center and Ripon College, and a daily variety of learning enrichment programs. Last school year the BRAVE program had 788 participants.
Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin
United Way funding will be used to offset the cost of providing services to individuals with disabilities in the Ripon Area which include advocacy and family support, respite, adaptive recreational resources and camp. Nine Ripon area residents currently receive services. http://cpmideastwis.com
Discovery Preschool provides 50 children from the Ripon area with an art-based, hands-on curriculum using Wisconsin Early Childhood learning standards. This year, Discovery Preschool will offer a program for 2-1/2 year old children, the first available in the Ripon area. United Way funding will be used to help assist families in need with partial scholarships. http://www.discoverdiscovery.org
Diverse Options, Inc.
The mission of Diverse Options, Inc. (Do, Inc.) is to support, educate and empower individuals with disabilities to reach their highest level of independence. http://www.diverseoptions.org
Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac County, Inc. is dedicated to the healthy development of children and families through a variety of pregnancy and parenting programs. Services include the teen parent panel at Ripon High Schook, infant massage and parenting classes at Ripon Medical Center, Interactive parent/child activities and child development screenings at Barlow Park Elementary School, and other resources and referrals. The Family Resource Center serves 500 Ripon area individuals each year. http://www.fdlfrc.org
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. http://www.gsnwgl.org/
Grace Pre-School is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian school for children from three to five years of age. The mission of Grace Pre-School is to provide children and their families with a quality educational experience in a nurturing, faith-based environment. The goals of Grace Pre-School are to help three, four, and five year olds develop a positive self-image and to gain social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth through age-appropriate activities. The positive experiences students have at Grace Pre-School will prepare them for kindergarten and set the stage for future years of schooling. http://www.gracepreschoolripon.org
Ripon Area Vacation Bible School
The Ripon Area Vacation Bible School is an ecumenical effort of five area churches: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hillside Assembly of God, Immanuel United Methodist Church, Our Saviour’s Untied Church of Christ, and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Age appropriate programs for preschool children, elementary children, and middle school children are provided in mid-August for one week.
Ripon Childrens Learning Center
The Ripon Children's Learning Center is a community based non-profit organization which provides child care and education opportunities to children from 6 weeks through 12 years old. Located in Ripon Wisconsin, the Ripon Children's Learning Center has served the needs of children, families and the community for almost 17 years. http://www.rclc.info
Ripon Community Thrift Store and Food Pantry
Our mission is to feed the hungry and help those in need. Our dream is to ensure that no person in the Ripon area goes without food or clothing. The Community Thrift Store and Food Pantry provides groceries to families in need. We collect gently-used items to be sold in the Thrift Store. Items sold in the store cover operating expenses as well as the purchase of food for the Food Pantry. We are confident that God will lead us in fulfilling our mission through the generosity of donors and volunteers. Thank you, in advance, for your contributions to the Thrift Store and Food Pantry and God bless you. http://www.communitythriftstoreandfoodpantry.com/
Solutions Center Shelter and Support Services
To restore hope to those oppressed by poverty and violence – through empowerment, confidential supportive services, and a safe haven. United Way funding will be used to support shelter, therapy, advocacy and education in the Ripon area. 130 Ripon area residents are served by the Solutions Center annually, including an average of 300 nights of shelter care. http://www.solutionsfdl.com
Ripon Area Youth Goups
Six churches in the Ripon area will be using United Way funds to offer collaborative events four times each year. Two of these events will be fun-oriented such as canoe trips and winter events, and the other two events will be mission oriented such as volunteering with organizations that serve the needs of the community