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Community Kids Learning Center to host free event for families

Janesville, WI (August 2014) - Preschool-age children attending the open house may participate in a cupcake walk, face painting, decorate-your-own ice cream and make-your-own play dough. The Edgerton Lions Club is also providing free vision screening at the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here for the full story.


Twin Oaks Manager brings passion to position

Darien, WI (August, 2014) - There are times when the difficulty of some people’s situations and the long waiting list of homeless people can be discouraging, but almost daily someone’s kindness and generous spirit changes the mood all over again. A little girl collects food and clothing from her school, a woman brings in a check every month because she just feels “it’s the right thing to do”. Shelter Manager Renae Mitchell says she’s amazed and grateful every day for everyone who contributes to making Twin Oaks a special pathway out of poverty for hundreds of people.
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Community Action of Rock & Walworth Counties Receives $2,000 Stateline Community Foundations Grant

BELOIT, WI (April 2014) – Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties announces that it has received a $2,000 grant from the Stateline Community Foundation, to support the Fatherhood Initiative.

The Fatherhood Initiative provides employment skills training, coaching and mentoring with regard to employment access, employment placement and ongoing coaching to support employment retention. The program also provides education regarding parenting skills, healthy life choices and maintaining positive relationships. Other training activities focus on financial management including establishing or improving credit, developing relationships with traditional lenders, and budgeting. Click here for full story.


Local Youth Travel to D.C. to Build Support for Education and Job Training

Students from Community Action’s Beloit YouthBuild Fresh Start Program in Nation’s Capital to Advocate for Increased Support


BELOIT, WI (March 2014) – On April 3rd, Candelaria Diaz and Ike Lee from Community Action’s Beloit YouthBuild Fresh Start program will be in Washington, D.C. meeting with our elected officials. They are being joined by over 100 fellow students from YouthBuild programs across the country to advocate for increased federal dollars to support YouthBuild USA. For 35 years, YouthBuild programs have proven to be truly effective in reconnecting low-income young people ages 16 to 24, all without a high school diploma, to education and employment. Click here for full story.


Director of Community Programs awarded the 2014 UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Service Award


BELOIT, WI (February 2014) – Community Action, Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties Director of Community Programs, Marc Perry received the 2014 UAW Local 95 Civil Rights Service Award for his work on social justice and civil rights issues. On January 11, 2014, a Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration was held at Blackhawk Technical College where youth was the main focus. Young people entertained those gathered at the event with dramatic readings, music and a video presentation. Young people were honored as well for their essays prepared for the event. Click here for full story.


Community Action, Inc. Welcomes Deputy Director and Development Manager


BELOIT, WI (January 2014) – Community Action, Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties is pleased to announce Cecilia Dever as Deputy Director. Mrs. Dever brings a demonstrated passion for working with families in poverty and has a long-term commitment to serving our local communities. She has worked for the past 11 years overseeing operations and human resources at Rock Walworth Comprehensive Family Services (otherwise known as Head Start & Early Head Start). Prior to Head Start, Mrs. Dever worked for the Stateline Boys and Girls Club as Center Director for 3 years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a certificate in Nonprofit Management. Click here for full story.


Emergency Food Assistance Available in Rock and Walworth County


BELOIT, WI (January 2014) – Community Action, Inc. announces food assistance services available in both Rock and Walworth counties.


The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food assistance to low-income households through the distribution of food commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).  TEFAP is a supplemental food assistance program that is designed to work in combination with other assistance programs in efforts to maximize and target limited food and funding resources.  Community Action, Inc. is one of 16 Emergency Feeding Organizations (EFOs) administering the distribution of TEFAP commodities to food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.  The program is supported by funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS). Click here for full story.


Skills Enhancement Program Awarded Funds by Stateline Community Foundation


JANESVILLE, WI (November 2013) – The Stateline Community Foundation awarded Community Action a Community Needs Grant to support its Skills Enhancement Program in Beloit. Skills Enhancement is a program for participants in both Rock and Walworth Counties. Skills Enhancement is designed to increase the income and economic self-sufficiency of low-wage working households by helping adult members acquire the skills they need to obtain higher paying jobs with health insurance benefits in demand occupations. Participants receive assistance in developing individualized training plans, problem-solving, career assessment, accessing community resources and job search. Click here for the full story.


Community Action, Inc. Announces the Move of its Administrative Office


JANESVILLE, WI (November 2013) – Community Action, Inc. (CAI) announces the move of its administrative office to its Pathways Center located at 20 Eclipse Center in Beloit, WI. The move will take place on December 3, 2013. “Combining the administrative and program staff in one place allows for increased staff collaboration and reduced overhead costs,” said Executive Director, Lisa Furseth. Click here for the full story.


Community Kids Learning Centers Awarded USDA Funding


JANESVILLE, WI (October 2013) – Community Kids Learning Centers, the educational child care program of Community Action, Inc., announces the sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (Child Care Component) at the following sites:

• Janesville Learning Center - 2230 Center Avenue, Janesville
• Beloit Wrap Around Center - 1221 Henry Ave, Beloit
• Before and After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.) Program – Delavan and Whitewater Elementary Schools

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New Marketing and Event Manager, Tracy Bliss

JANESVILLE, WI (October 2013) – As of September 30, Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties is proud to announce and welcome Tracy Bliss to fill the newly created position of Marketing and Event Manager. Starting immediately, Ms. Bliss will assume responsibilities of the media spokesperson role previously held by Marc Perry. Mr. Perry is transitioning into the Director of Community Programs. Click here for the full story.

Twin Oaks Expands Housing Services in Walworth County

DARIEN, WI (October 2013) – Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless is expanding its housing stability services to provide longer term housing options for families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Walworth County. “For some individuals and families, 90 days is just not enough time to successfully work the transition to independent housing,” said John Ramstad, Director of Housing and Energy for Community Action Inc. Community Action has operated Twin Oaks Shelter since 1992. Click here for the full story.




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