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Couleecap, Inc. e-newsletter                                                                             March 2014
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SNAP and TEFAP Food Programs at a Glance

The SNAP provides a modest but important boost to many Wisconsin families. In July 2013, 860,000 people in Wisconsin received help from SNAP - about one out of every seven Wisconsinites. Click here for the complete paper.  Click here for our video.


The Increasing Problem of Homelessness in our Schools
The number of homeless students in Couleecap's service area is increasing. Recent data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows that 33 more students were homeless in the 2012-2013 school year than in the 2011-2012 school year.

Never doubt the difference your gift makes... 
Your actions offer hope, help, and support - never doubt the difference your gift makes in the lives of people in our community. Check out our 2013 year in review video!


Thank you! Your Support Makes Our Work Possible

Couleecap has been fortunate to be the recipient of wonderful community support and generosity recently. Special thanks to the Otto Bremer Foundation for support of Couleecap's Basic Needs and Self-Sufficiency Initiative, the Robert and Eleanor Franke Foundation for ongoing support of Couleecap's homeless programs, and the Great Rivers United Way for providing funds to help 10 Couleecap programs in 2014.


Great Rivers United Way

To assist the Great Rivers United Way with its future planning, Couleecap staff are serving on various committees. Grace Jones, Executive Director, is serving on the GRUW Community Impact Vision Team, Shelly Teadt, Director of Planning, is serving on the 2015 COMPASS NOW Steering Committee and Todd Mandel, Community Development Director, is serving on the COMPASS NOW Income/Economic Council.


Counting the Homeless - the Point in Time Homeless Count

Twice a year staff and volunteers from area agencies conduct a Point in Time Homeless Count. The purpose of the Point in Time Count is to provide State and Federal agencies with a "snap shot" of what homelessness looks like across the country on those designated dates. 


Todd Mandel appointed to Federal Reserve advisory committee

Todd Mandel, Couleecap's Community Development Director, was recently appointed to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve's Great Lakes Advisory Council.


Program Spotlight: Home Energy Plus Furnace Program

The Home Energy Plus Furnace Program is a year-round program that provides assistance to eligible low-income Wisconsin households when their furnace is no longer providing heat, is inoperable, or becomes unsafe.

Upcoming events!
Sparta Quarter Auction for Couleecap Food Pantry on Saturday, April 12th
Doggie Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 19th from 12:00-3:00 PM, Justin Trails Resort, Sparta
Lung Bustin' Justin: 5K Trail Race on Saturday, April 26th at Justin Trails Resort, Sparta

Affordable Housing: Coulee Community Land Trust

Click here to learn more about how we bring affordable homes to our area.


Spotlight on Couleecap staff: Derek Schroeder

Derek Schroeder, Energy Auditor is proud to be involved with Couleecap's Weatherization Plus Health initiative which has won national awards and is viewed as the national model for other agencies. Click here for a picture and more information.


Spotlight on Couleecap Board: Karen Dahl

Karen Dahl, Board member from Vernon County loves Couleecap because it touches the lives of real people, our neighbors, families, friends, and colleagues who are struggling to make ends meet and provide a certain standard of living for their families.Click here for a picture and more information.


Feeling compassion is not enough to end poverty...we must act on it.

Please GIVE:
Your TIME to volunteer against poverty in your community.

Your MONEY to programs and organizations that speak to your heart.

Your VOTE to elected officials with strong track records voting for anti-poverty legislation.
Your VOICE as an advocate for affordable housing, a higher minimum wage, and improved child care assistance so working families can rise out of poverty.
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