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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Walworth County Update for November 23, 2022

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What’s happening in #WalCo this week? Happy Thanksgiving! Plus: grants for local nonprofits, National Family Caregiver Month, Rent Smart training & more.






Thanksgiving Holiday Observance

Thanksgiving offices closed

Walworth County business offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal business operations will resume on Monday, November 28. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Walworth County and the United Way of Walworth County Announce Grant Recipients 

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Walworth County, in partnership with the United Way of Walworth County (UWWC), has awarded approximately $75,000 to 22 area nonprofits through the second round of funding through the American Rescue Act (ARPA) grant-funding program. Announced in December 2021, the grant-funding program is intended to offset the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic incurred by local 501(c)(3) agencies.

“The services provided by these nonprofits are critical to the well-being of our communities,” said United Way of Walworth County CEO Tammy Dunn. “They have faced tremendous financial and operational challenges as a result of the pandemic, and we are ecstatic to partner with Walworth County to provide funds at a time when they are most needed.”

The grant recipients are Agape House, Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County, Community Action Twin Oaks Shelter, Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Fontana Parent Teacher Student Organization, Geneva Lakes Conservancy, Geneva Lakes Family YMCA, GLAS Geneva Lake Astrophysics and STEAM, Habitat for Humanity in Walworth County, Inspiration Ministries, Join the Movement, Lake Geneva United Methodist Church, New Beginnings APFV, New Day Women’s Clinic, Open Arms Free Clinic, Safe Families for Children Southeastern Wisconsin, Seeds of Hope, Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills (SMILES), Tree House Child and Family Center, VIP Services, Walworth County Drug and Alcohol Coalition, Walworth County Literacy Council. Additionally, the United Way of Walworth County received approximately $1,000 in ARPA funds to cover administrative costs.

The agencies received between $1,000 and $7,500 and may utilize the grants for assistance in 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 outreach efforts for qualifying populations impacted by COVID-19. 

The third round of grant funding will become available in 2023. Details regarding the application process will be made available on the United Way of Walworth County’s website.   

View the full press release.

Santa's Helpers Needed for Holiday Care

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Volunteers are needed for the annual Walworth County Health and Human Services (HHS) Holiday Care program. Holiday Care serves over 400 families in need during the holidays and numerous volunteers are needed during the second week of December. Volunteers or, as we like to call them, "Santa's Helpers",  assist with organizing the donations and setting up the large auditorium at HHS, filling the wish list of families with the donated toys, and assisting with the "drive thru" as families pick up their items at the end of the week. Various shifts and days are available. Please use the link to view the electronic sign-up sheet or contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Colleen Lesniak at (262) 741-4223 or clesniak@co.walworth.wi.us.

Connect with Individuals Living with Dementia

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Make a difference in the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory loss by volunteering for the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource’s Connecting Minds program.

In a group setting, volunteers will assist in providing social stimulation and enjoyable activities for individuals with mild cognitive impairment, early-stage memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementias. Volunteers bring extra energy, ideas, and motivation to the program and offer warmth and support to Connecting Minds participants. 

To volunteer, contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Colleen Lesniak at (262) 741-4223 or clesniak@co.walworth.wi.us. To learn about this and other volunteer opportunities with Walworth County, visit https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/575/Volunteer-Opportunities 

Thank You, Caregivers

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The month of November is National Family Caregiver Month. It is a chance to recognize the estimated 580,000 Wisconsin caregivers and appreciate the 490 million hours of unpaid care provided annually in our state. In an effort to recognize those caring for older adults and adults with disabilities living in Walworth County, the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) sent personalized cards to identified caregivers. The ADRC staff took a couple of minutes during their recent Unit Meeting to sign thank-you cards. 

“This is a time to show support and honor our nation’s vital caregivers,” says Randy Kohl, Manager of the ADRC. “It is a time to acknowledge that caregiving is ‘around the clock,’ and takes dedication, organization, responsibility, and hands-on care. Caregivers work tirelessly to keep their loved ones in their homes for as long as possible. We hope you’ll spread the love and show your support for someone that is a family caregiver.”

Rent Smart Train-the-Trainer

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UW-Extension of Walworth County is hosting a two-day training session designed to teach community organizations how to effectively implement and facilitate Rent Smart programs in their organizations and communities. 

Rent Smart focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience. It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants, and the rights and responsibilities of landlords. The emphasis is on forming a strong partnership between the tenant and landlord.  

This virtual workshop will take place on December 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, complete an online form. Zoom links will be sent upon registration. For more information, contact Amanda Kostman at (262) 741-4961. 

Community Events

Kick off the holiday season with caroling hot drinks, and a visit from Santa himself at Delavan’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Friday, November 25, at 5 p.m., in Phoenix Park. Help raise money for Elkhorn’s Project Graduation at the First Annual Cocoa Crawl on Saturday, November 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., in downtown Elkhorn. Stroll, shop, and sip your way around Elkhorn as you enjoy some delicious hot cocoa and sweet treats while taking downtown’s holiday finery. 

Follow us! Walworth County is on Facebook

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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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