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October 1, 2014

Request for Information

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United Way of Sheboygan County occasionally reviews the local social support environment, to determine whether our work is best fulfilling the needs of the community.  As part of our current review, we have released a Request for Information (RFI) for the purpose of obtaining information. This RFI is simply for the purpose of assessing the services available to help United Way aid Sheboygan County, and does not constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP). Information about the specific topics of interest are provided below.

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September 29, 2014

Achieving Mental Wellness Must Be a Priority

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We all like to share our stories.  Stories about our children, our grandchildren, our job, our retirement, our trips and our lives.  We share our trials and tribulations about our health, whether it be our aches and pains, our high blood pressure, struggles with weight, our recent surgery or treatment for cancer.  When we talk about our health we describe it as, “I have high blood pressure.  I have cancer. I have diabetes.”

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September 22, 2014

Volunteer Center Update

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Benjamin Franklin was onto something when he wrote the words, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” Within each of us is this innate desire to do something good for someone else. Whether it is helping mom or dad with yard work or volunteering with an organization, we each walk away (perhaps exhausted!) with a feeling of elation that we did something good for someone else. It feeds the soul; it feeds the heart; it feeds the mind and this feeling of happiness and satisfaction ripples out to those in and around our lives.

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September 15, 2014

Summer Meal Plan

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A total of 31,518 meals were served by over 120 individual volunteers during the fifth year of the Summer Meal Program. During the summer of 2014 this meal program was administered by the Sheboygan Area School District in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Sheboygan County, Nourish and the United Way of Sheboygan County.  New to the meal program this past summer was serving breakfast in addition to lunch.  During the first six weeks of the program, an average of 533 children a day came to one of the six meal sites for breakfast and just over 750 children a day ate lunch at one of the sites.

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September 8, 2014

Tis the Season for United Way

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Tis the season! Although I’m sure we’ll start hearing holiday tunes in stores sooner than we’d like, that’s not the season I’m writing about. It’s United Way season!

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September 1, 2014

Reflections on an Internship

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Interning as an Administrative Professional while being able to use my Graphic Design Degree at United Way of Sheboygan County was only one of the awesome benefits I have received this summer. It also opened my eyes to how many beneficial programs and non-profit organizations are available to the residents of Sheboygan County. I am a full supporter of many of the missions of the programs United Way supports.

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August 25, 2014

Assessing the County’s Health: Another Community Conversation

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Robin Williams’ untimely and tragic suicide is drawing long overdue attention to the ever growing crisis of mental health in communities across the country. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. In Wisconsin, it is second.

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August 11, 2014

Children Don’t Come with Owner’s Manuals

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This past week has been quite interesting in my house. While my sister and brother-in-law were in the process of selling their former house and transitioning to a new house, they stayed at Hotel Rendall-Araujo for a few days. With them, of course, came my two nieces who are ages seven and three.

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August 4, 2014

Prevention, Intervention and Crisis Management - What does this all mean?

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All too often within organizations we develop an internal language. This internal language allows us to communicate with one another and with like organizations. This internal language also can make it difficult, if not impossible, for others to understand the message we are attempting to communicate.

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July 28, 2014

Living in a Desert

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Unloading my groceries from my car a few weeks ago, looking out at the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, I was struck by the realization that I dreaded carrying my purchases all the way to the house. It just seemed to be so much work. But then I reminded myself of the blessings of living in Sheboygan County - the beaches, the wonderful people and the myriad of experiences available. That thought was quickly tempered by the realization that if I didn't own a car, I would be living in a near-desert - a food desert, that is.

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