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COVID-19 Community Support Fund: $400,000 Awarded to Wisconsin Organizations

​​April 30, 2020

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan have announced recipients of the COVID-19 Community Support Fund.

The fund was made available to help communities address a sharp increase in a wide range of needs arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions in employment, education, food, housing, and more. Funds were awarded to 45 communities in 17 counties to reduce the burden of these disruptions. In partnership with the awarded organizations, this funding ensures individuals and families have food and can make rent, that schools can teach, and that extra measures are taken to keep everyone safe.

 "The COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our communities and the organizations working to improve health within them," said Jay Shrader, the Health System's vice president of Community Health and Wellness. "There is virtually no part of life that has not been touched by this. These funds were made available to help organizations quickly respond to new needs and a new way of operating."

The Health System and Security Health Plan supported the following organizations in addressing new challenges unique to the COVID-19 outbreak:

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Marshfield

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, Odanah

Birchwood Area Food Pantry, Birchwood

Blessings in a Backpack, DC Everest-Wausau-Mosinee, Schofield

Bruce School District, Bruce

Catholic Charities, Eau Claire

Chequamegon School District/North Campus, Glidden

Children's Service Society of Wisconsin, Black River Falls

Chippewa County Criminal Justice Services, Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, Chippewa Falls

Columbus Catholic Schools, Marshfield

Community Center of Hope Inc., Mosinee

Cornell School District, Cornell

CREATE Portage County, Stevens Point

Curtie Cares, Inc., Bloomer

Dodge County Food Pantry, Beaver Dam

Dodgeland School District, Juneau

Durand-Arkansaw School District, Durand

Embrace Services, Inc., Ladysmith

Family Health La Clinica, Wautoma

Family Worship Center, Park Falls

Feed My People, Inc., Eau Claire

Feed Our Rural Kids Inc, Eagle River

Feeding Our Communities with United Services (FOCUS), Wisconsin Rapids

Forest County Potawatomi Community, Crandon

Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services , Black River Falls

L.E. Phillips CDC Outreach Office, Chippewa Falls

Lake Holcombe School, Holcombe

Lakeland Family Resource Center (LFRC), Spooner

Lakeland Pantry / Howard Young Foundation, Arbor Vitae

Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua

Marathon County Hunger Coalition (an ini​tiative of United Way), Wausau

Marshfield Area United Way, Marshfield

Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA, Marshfield

Marshfield Community Hopeline, Marshfield

Menominee Tribal Family Services, Shawano

Mental Health Task Force of Washburn County, Spooner

Nekoosa Public Schools, Nekoosa

North Central Community Action Program, Inc., Wisconsin Rapids

Osseo Weekend Food, Osseo

Owen Withee School District, Owen

Parkside School, Wautoma

Pepin Area Schools, Pepin

Peyton's Promise, Schofield

Phillips School District, Phillips

Pittsville Police Department, Pittsville

Prentice School District, Prentice

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - ELCA, Eagle River

Project Reach Out, HDC, Superior

Reach, Inc., Eau Claire

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Rhinelander

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield, Marshfield

School District of Flambeau, Tony

School District of Horicon, Horicon

School District of Ladysmith, Ladysmith

School District of Marshfield, Marshfield

Shell Lake School District, Shell Lake

Siren School District, Siren

Society St Vincent DePaul St. Francis Xavier Conference, Inc., Merrill

Sokaogon Chippewa Community Health Clinic, Crandon

Soup or Socks Inc., Marshfield

Spooner Area School District, Spooner

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Webster

St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, Marshfield

Stevens Point Area YMCA, Stevens Point

The Family House on Heart Island, Rice Lake

The Salvation Army of Barron County, Rice Lake

Three Bridges Recovery Wisconsin Inc., Wisconsin Rapids

Vilas Food Pantry, Eagle River

Winter School District, Winter

Wood County Health Department, Wisconsin Rapids

YMCA of Dodge County, Beaver Dam


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