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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Walworth County Update for September 21, 2022

Walworth County Update What's Happening?

What’s happening in #WalCo this week? 

Hey, #WalCo! What’s going on this week? QPR Training, National Child Passenger Safety Week, and the application deadline is coming up for the Walworth County/United Way of Walworth County nonprofit grant-funding program. 





Do you Know the Signs of a Suicide Crisis?

Flyer promoting QPR suicide prevention training on Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will host Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Training on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

QPR is a nationally recognized, emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. Its goal is to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care. During the QPR Training program, participants will learn the three simple steps to help save a life from suicide—Question, Persuade, and Refer. Just as people trained in CPR save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis, how to offer hope, and how to refer someone to help.

The free educational program is open to anyone over the age of 15. The event will be held at the Walworth County DHHS building at 1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn.

Pre-registration is required at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/399034130827 or (262) 741-3200. Learn more about QPR at www.co.walworth.wi.us/1002/QPR-Question-Persuade-Refer

Is Your Child in #TheRightSeat? Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18 to 24

National Child Passenger Safety Week graphic

September 18 to 24 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, which promotes car seat safety, education, and the importance of car seat inspections. 

Did you know that both the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services and the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office have Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) available to meet with families year-round?

A CPST appointment will include: 

  • Education and information on the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.
  • Safety recommendations for your child’s age and size.
  • Inspecting that the car seat is installed correctly and the child is secure in his or her seat.
  • Ensuring that the parent or caregiver will be able to install the seat correctly and use it correctly every time.

To schedule an appointment with a CPST at Health and Human Services call (262) 741-3200. Or call the Sheriff’s Office at (262) 741-4400, where a dispatcher will provide you with the contact information of a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Deputy.

What else can caregivers do?

  • Access resources to make sure children are in the right car seat for their ages and size. Free parent and caregiver resources are available online at https://bit.ly/3d4Oa7l.
  • Never use an expired car seat, a seat that was involved in a crash, or a seat that has been recalled.
  • Register the car seat with the manufacturer to be notified of safety recalls. 

Volunteers Wanted for Park Work Day on Sept. 30

Volunteers planting wildflower seeds at a park on a cloudy day.

Does your idea of the perfect work day involve fresh air, pulling weeds, and getting dirty? Do you love our County parks? If so, join us! We’re looking for volunteers to help with an upcoming park work day on Friday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon, at White River County Park. Volunteers with be assisting Walworth County and Geneva Lake Conservancy in the removal of invasive plant species. Click the link to register: https://bit.ly/WRCPVolunteer

Applications Now Available: Walworth County and the United Way Team Up to Support Local Non-Profits

Members of local non-profits accept a check from United Way and Walworth County

Attention local non-profit agencies: This could be you receiving a check from Walworth County and the United Way of Walworth County! 

Starting today, local non-profit agencies may apply for grants between $1,000 and $7,500 through the Walworth County/United Way of Walworth County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant-funding programs.

Grants may be utilized for assistance implementing COVID-19 prevention or mitigation tactics; technical assistance, consulting, or other services for business planning; assistance with payroll support, costs to retain employees or other operating costs; or assistance to those impacted by COVID-19.

Only 501(c)(3) organizations may apply. To be eligible, organizations must maintain their principal place of business in Walworth County, conduct their business in Walworth County, and serve people within Walworth County. 

Agencies interested in applying should contact United Way of Walworth County CEO Tammy Dunn at (262) 374-4474, or access the application at https://unitedwaywalworth.org.

Hurry! The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022, at noon. The goal is to issue the awards by the end of October.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number FAIN #SLFRP 2146 awarded to Walworth County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Aging & Disability Resource Center's Stepping On Program

ADRC Stepping On Fall Prevention workshop flyer

Stepping On is a program designed specifically for individuals ages 60 or older who have fallen and have a fear of falling. The program provides participants with strategies for avoiding falls including balance and strength exercises, home safety check suggestions, medication review, and more. Stepping On will be held on Thursdays, September 22 to November 3, 2022, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Auditorium at the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center building located at W4051 County Road NN, Elkhorn. The workshop has a suggested donation of $10. For questions or to register for the program, contact Chetney Blaszczyk RDN, CD at (262) 741-3309.

Job of the Week: Communications Officer 

Communications Officers, also known as 911 Dispatchers, are the first of the first responders, providing 24 hour 911 communications services to Walworth County police, fire, and EMS agencies. Candidates should be cool under pressure, skilled multitaskers, comfortable working in fast-paced environments, strong communicators, and customer-service oriented. Pay range is $22.99 to $30.65 an hour. Click to learn more and apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/walworthco

Community Events: What's Going on Around the County

The final Elkhorn Flea Market of the season is this Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. The second year of the Whitewater Storytelling Festival, Sept. 23 and 24 at various locations in downtown Whitewater, will feature local and regionally known storytellers, art galleries, and creativity-inspiring activities.  The Delavan-Darien Rotary Artisan Festival features artisans, authors, crafters, face painting, a bounce castle, and performances by the Delavan Darien High School String Choir and the RC Juggles Variety Show. It's also a celebration of the Rotary's 100th anniversary. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Congdon Gardens, 1424 Hobbs Drive, Delavan.

*We do our best to ensure the accuracy of event information. However, please confirm all details with event hosts either directly or online. Changes to locations, dates, and times are beyond our control. Thank you!

Follow us! Walworth County is on Facebook

A collage of photos showing Walworth County buildings, parks, and staff

Walworth County has launched an official Facebook pageHere’s what you can expect to see on the page: News alerts, information about upcoming County Board meetings and public hearings, details about programs and services, park events and highlights, construction updates, community updates, career and volunteer opportunities, answers to FAQs, behind-the-scenes snapshots, and more.  We hope you’ll give us a follow and share this page with your friends, family, and neighbors. Also, check out these County departments on Facebook: 

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