The Eau Claire Community Foundation works with dozens of nonprofit organizations that positively affect the Eau Claire area in a variety of ways. These organizations apply for grants in four major areas: Create Culture, Form Futures, Give Green, and Offer Opportunities.
The following organizations are just a few of the many worthy 2017 grant recipients. These spotlights represent some of the great work being done on behalf of the Eau Claire community.
Grants in the Create Culture Category support programs and organizations that enhance the quality of life in our community through music, visual art, performing arts, and museums.
Featured Recipient: Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
TThe Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, now in its 37th year, provides a wide variety of opportunities for artistic expression. The volunteer-driven organization serves the greater Eau Claire area and develops, encourages, and promotes opportunities for community members of all ages to experience live theatre arts, whether on stage, back stage, behind the scenes, in the audience, or in a classroom. The Theatre Guild produces Broadway musicals, plays, and family/children’s programming throughout the year.
Grants in the Form Futures category fund programs and organizations that provide opportunities for learning and other personal development for both children and adults.
Featured Recipient: Boy Scouts of America, Chippewa Valley Council
The Boy Scouts of America, Chippewa Valley Council serves over 1,500 youth in Eau Claire County through a variety of youth development programs designed to build character and promote good citizenship. The Chippewa Valley Council teaches leadership skills by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun, youth-centered activities. Youth learn important skills including teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, and outdoor skills.
Grants in the Give Green category support programs that engage children and adults in activities that improve the quality of our earth; provide fitness, health, and wellness opportunities; benefit animals both domestic and wild; and work to preserve regional ecosystems.
Featured Recipient: Eau Claire YMCA Camp Manitou
Eau Claire YMCA Camp Manitou has been providing outdoor experiences to local kids since 1923. Currently, we serve more than 1,300 kids in our summer programs as well as many students from local schools in the spring and fall. Our summer programs are week-long sessions designed for kids to gain independence, build confidence, make friends, unplug and enjoy being outside. We are located on Long Lake, a beautiful body of water that is great for fishing, seeing wild life, swimming and boating.
Grants in the Offer Opportunities category fund programs and organizations that meet important needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, health services, job training, and disability assistance, for Eau Claire area residents of all ages.
Featured Recipient: Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association
Through the Kajsiab project, the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (“ECAHMAA”) is battling problems faced by Hmong elders by giving this largely invisible segment of the population tools to operate more independently in the mainstream community. This project, which runs for four hours on Thursdays, incorporates social time, exercise, a warm meal, health education, and civic education.