Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart

The Chippewa Valley Bulletin Board

A FREE community communications blog for pandemic affected non-profits and businesses.

Volume One has turned our entire website over to stories and information in support of the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. To give local non profits and adversely affected businesses a direct line of communication with the broader public, we have created this bulletin board so these organizations or others looking to help may directly submit timely information for publication online. We will also send these updates weekly to our email list of more than 35,000 people, and post periodic updates to our 22,000 followers on Facebook to bring people here for updates.

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Helping Youth Cope

a local non-profit is responding to the needs tweens

BaredFeet, Co., a local arts and wellness nonprofit that provides free programming, is starting a new virtual platform for tweens looking for some normalcy. They are offering a free twice-weekly virtual group all summer for youth entering grades 5-9 on Wednesdays from 10am-11am starting June 8. 

Using their “Hands of Peace” model that has had great success over the last 7 years, and the free virtual platform “Microsoft Teams” to allow, kids will be able to connect with their peers, have a space to share their thoughts, do art projects together, do movement activities, make group poems, learn yoga, and experience self-care tools to generate more peace in their lives. BaredFeet is prepared to ensure that any tween who wants to be involved will have access to the group – although a computer and internet is required, they will walk through how to access the group and deliver art materials to participant homes. If your tween would like to join, email baredfeet@gmail.com


Lasker Jewelers’ Em(brace)let Project Results in $5,000 Donation

Lasker Jewelers donates to area relief organizations during the Corona virus crisis

Once again, the people throughout the Eau Claire area have come together to support those in need.

In the early stages of the coronavirus crisis, Lasker Jewelers got together with jewelry designer Dee Berkley to create the Em(Brace)let with a gold charm engraved with “Wear Jewelry, Be Happy.”

The community responded by going to Laskers.com and purchasing the unique Em(Brace)let while businesses were temporarily closed during sheltering in home order. This resulted in a $5,000 donation split between Together-Chippewa Valley and Quick Response - Eau Claire. 

"All of us at Lasker Jewelers want to share a heartfelt “Thank You’ to everyone who purchased these and helped support our community.” 




At Diamond School of Dance, the Show Must Go On!

creating a recital experience during a pandemic

With the coronavirus shuttering performance venues, Diamond School of Dance is stepping outside the box to provide a memorable recital experience for their students by producing nearly 500 individual performance experiences.

The recital experience is designed to give the students and family a memorable moment in time while maintaining social distancing guidelines. When students arrive they receive their celebrity moment on the red carpet, get to step up to have their picture taken, then proceed to the studio theater for a VIP performance.

DSD’s Red Carpet Recital Experience runs from June 1-7 individually celebrating nearly 500 students. The event is free to the students and families, a way to celebrate DSD’s 20th Anniversary and the students strong finish to their season.

Menomonie Public Library Plans June 1 Re-Opening

library outlines programs, restrictions

The Menomonie Public Library Board of Trustees has voted to reopen the library on a limited basis beginning Monday, June 1. Using guidelines from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. along with guidance from the Dunn County Health Department, the library will begin the process of safely reopening the building to the public. To best protect the health of everyone the library will begin a phased reopening with the following limitations:

  • Initial open hours will be Monday-Friday 10am to 6pm.
  • Building occupant capacity will be limited to 20 customers at one time.
  • No in-person programming will be provided at either library.
  • Public meeting rooms are closed in Menomonie.
  • Wearing of masks is strongly encouraged. Please bring a mask with you if you intend to visit.
  • Curbside pickup will be offered Monday-Friday 10am to 6pm in Menomonie. Please call (715) 232-2164 to schedule.
  • Library materials must be returned through the outside book return for quarantining.
  • Visitors will be expected to practice safe social distancing while in the building.
  • Library staff will be practicing safe social distancing. Please understand this will change how we normally provide assistance to patrons.

This plan will remain fluid and is subject to change as circumstances warrant. Learn more on the Menomonie Public Library website.

Tactical Escape Re-Opens

local escape room entertainment venue re-opens

Eight weeks after closing its doors, Tactical Escape 101- Escape Rooms plans to open to private small groups by reservation only in the coming weeks. All employees and guests will be asked to take the precaution of wearing a face covering and their usual standards of a clean environment will be beefed up by elongated "turn times" and staggered appointment times so that groups don't have the fear of exposure to others. 

Check out their website and social media sites for updates as things progress.

Local Energy Assistance Programs Modified in Response to COVID-19

several changes made to WHEAP (Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program)

Several changes have been made to the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. The previous deadline of May 15th has been extended. Energy Assistance applications for the 2019/2020 season will now be accepted through September 30, 2020.
  2. Eligibility for the program is now based on a household’s previous one month of income, rather than the former requirement of the previous three months of income. This move was made to ensure those who are recently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are able to receive assistance quickly.
  3. In Eau Claire and Trempealeau Counties, all Energy Assistance appointments will be conducted by phone until further notice.

The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance to low-income families and individuals for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. Operating with federal and state funding, the program provides assistance to more than 200,000 Wisconsin households annually. Whether a household uses wood, propane, natural gas, electricity, or fuel oil, energy assistance may be available.

For more information about the application process, please call Western Dairyland at 715-985-2391 or go to www.WesternDairyland.org. This agency is an equal opportunity provider.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library to Remain Closed Through June

While the state Supreme Court has ended Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire plans to remain closed through the end of June.

The library will continue to offer holds and pickup service for books and other materials. More here.

Other special library services include:

  • 24/7 connectivity to high speed internet through an expanded WiFi network available from the library’s outdoor seating area near its Eau Claire Street entrance.
  • Access to community resources to help families and individuals coping with isolation, unemployment, and more—especially during this global crisis—through a helpline staffed by the library’s Community Resource Specialist. More here.
  • Multiple weekly virtual story times and other family programing produced by Youth Services staff via the library’s website, social media, and YouTube channel.
  • For more information, customers may contact Information & Reference by calling 715-839-5004, emailing librarian@eauclaire.lib.wi.us, or chatting with library staff here.

To learn more about library programs, check the library website.

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million 'We're All In' Grant Program to Spur State Economic Recovery

program will help economic recovery and promote safe business practices

Gov. Tony Evers today announced $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe.

Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June.

Learn more about this program, and other assistance programs for businesses at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's website.

Prevea Health Is Offering Free COVID-19 Testing in EC, CF Until Further Notice

The ability to test more people for COVID-19 is critical in helping to curb the spread of the virus throughout our communities, and with COVID-19 testing kits supplied by the state of Wisconsin, Prevea Health is able to offer free COVID-19 testing in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls until further notice. Testing is available to anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Those experiencing any of these symptoms who wish to be tested should sign up on Prevea Health’s online patient portal, MyPrevea. It can be accessed by visiting www.myprevea.com or downloaded as an app on Apple or Google Play. It takes just minutes to set up an account, complete a short assessment, and register for a test.

Registration on MyPrevea is required for testing. Upon registration, patients will be directed to one of two drive-through testing sites: Prevea Health Family Medicine, 617 W. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire, and Prevea Chippewa Falls Health Center, 2509 County Hwy I in Chippewa Falls.

Those tested will be able to access results within 3 to 5 days at their own convenience, through their MyPrevea account which is safeguarded to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.

Anyone experiencing severe and life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms should call 911. If they prefer to travel to an emergency room on their own, they should call the hospital prior to arrival to explain their symptoms. This will provide the emergency department time to prepare for their arrival and be sure others will be protected from the potential spread of infectious disease.

 For further questions about free COVID-19 testing, please call (715) 717-4582.

Rock the Riverfront Has Gone Virtual

RCU announces changes for summer 10K fundraising event

The RCU Foundation is transitioning the 2020 Rock the Riverfront featuring the Charity Classic event to a virtual race. This decision has been made with the safety of attendees in mind.

Participants will receive a charity vote, T-shirt, and medal. Registration will be open through June 27 at 11:59pm. Participants will be mailed their T-shirt and medal at the end of July.

Each year, three charities receive Rock the Riverfront proceeds. Funds are distributed according to the number of votes each charity receives, with the first place winner receiving $15,000, the second place winner receiving $7,500, and the third place winner receiving $5,000. Each registration includes one charity vote.

Participants will be able to complete their race anytime and anywhere between June 27-July 12.

Check out more about this year’s event online here.

Online Summer School Classes

B’utiful Kids Learning center has 8 classes to choose from

B'utiful Kids hosts a 4 week summer school class. There are 8 classes to choose from ages ranging from 4 months old to 9yrs. Each class has a weekly zoom meeting and you will receive an at home kit with all of the supplies needed for crafts and group projects.

Find them on Facebook.

Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

free breastfeeding education for anyone experiencing financial hardship

Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not necessarily easy. Many variables come into play between a nursing parent and nursing child. Jennifer Hafele, IBCLC and owner of Mama Bear Lactation Care, is a firm believer in educating new parents on the basics of milk production and how breastfeeding works. It is helpful for parents to know what biologically normal infant behavior looks like and what is outside the norm and requires attention/intervention.

Jennifer, a former English teacher who also holds a Masters degree in Education, has developed an interactive Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class she delivers every few weeks. Jennifer is happy to waive the cost of this class for anyone experiencing financial hardship.  Upcoming classes May 16 and June 13: https://www.mamabearlactationcare.com/schedule-a-consult.

Jennifer Hafele, IBCLC, is passionate about supporting families with babies. As a private practice Lactation Consultant, she typically delivers care to expectant and breastfeeding families in their homes or at her free in-person Weight Check Wednesday events. Due to COVID-19, she has pivoted to HIPAA-compliant Telehealth delivery of lactation consults, as well as organizing free and low-cost options for online breastfeeding support and education.

Jennifer’s free Online Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Wednesday evening, with registration required once: https://intakeq.com/new/63kQvN.

Online Poetry Competition Celebrates Creative Economy Week

youth & adult poetry competition hosted by BaredFeet, Co.

In honor of EC's Creative Economy Week, BaredFeet, Co is hosting a youth art competition and an adult poetry competition. Prizes are gift cards donated by Shift, The Paint Shack, Tangled Up in Hue, Wonder's of Nature, and more! More information at BaredFeet.co.

Youth Art

The topic is "How I Express Myself." Any youth can participate, I any size or medium. Parents email a picture of the artwork, with name, age and school, to youthartbaredfeet@gmail.com by noon on Saturday May 16 with the subject "Art Competition.

Adult Poetry

The topic is "Inspired to Create." Adults 18+ can submit poetry entries, in any poetry form, to baredfeet@gmail.com with your name and the subject "Poetry Competition" by noon on Saturday May 16.




Let's Say GRACE (Give Relief to All Caring Employees)

a Mealtrain to help healthcare workers and restaurant employees

This Meal Train Plus is set up to give thanks to the healthcare workers of Marshfield Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Health System, and HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's Hospital, and to give thanks to local restaurants. 

To participate check out the weblink here: mealtrain.com/trains/rwwonl.

Family Support Center Presents Virtual Support Group for Survivors of Violence

Strength in Numbers offers group support Wednesdays in May

Are you a survivor of interpersonal violence and would like group support?

Join Advocates and other survivors in this closed zoom chat (ages 18 and over, please). Strength in Numbers will meet every Wednesday in May from 3:30-4:30.

To join, please e-mail familysupport@fsccf.org the day of the support group for your personal invitation or for more information.

The 2020 Parade of Homes is Going Virtual

annual Chippewa Valley event will be free this year

The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association has announced its first-ever VIRTUAL Parade of Homes, presented by Spin Vision Virtual Tours.

Due to COVID-19, adjustments have been made to this popular annual event so that it can continue. To protect homeowners and the public, the event will be virtually hosted by Spin Vision Virtual Tours. 

On June 24, the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association will be releasing video tours of each of the Parade Homes that were scheduled to be features in the June Parade of Homes. Then in July (exact date TBD) they will be releasing some additional home tours due to construction being delayed on a few of the homes. 

This event is FREE and will be hosted online here.

If you’re missing the live event, then stay tuned for the all-new Fall Parade of Homes, presented by Great American Fireplace this Oct. 1-4. 

Visit Eau Claire Announces Virtual Marathon

EC COVID Clues Marathon from May 14 - June 10

Visit Eau Claire has partnered with a passionate group of local residents, Volume One, Charter Bank, and Jamf to launch EC COVID Clues Marathon, a virtual marathon that will have participants exercising, taking selfies, and winning prizes.

This is an exercise and trivia challenge through historic Eau Claire from May 14 to June 10. New paths will be announced each Thursday. 

To find the paths, visit eauclairecovidclues.org.

In lieu of a registration fee, participants are asked, but not required, to give a suggested donation to Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Homeless Program, the UWEC Foundation Campus Harvest Food Pantry or Feed My People.

The first path will be released on Thursday, May 14.

As participants go through each challenge, they will turn in proof of participation through trivia questions and selfies taken along the route. After submitting proof, they will have the opportunity to win prizes that can be used to help support Eau Claire businesses.

Learn more at the EC COVID Clues Marathon Facebook and website. 

Volunteers Needed at The Community Table

volunteer and help out a local front line non-profit

The Community Table needs your help. 365 days a year TCT provides a meal for our neighbors who are struggling with food insecurity. 82% of the patrons at TCT self-identify as having extremely low to no income. Due to the pandemic, TCT has seen a decline in volunteers due to the Safer at Home order. If you are able, please consider signing up for a shift at TCT.

This is a great, safe way for individuals to get out of the house and give back. We ensure the safety of our volunteers and patrons. It's also great way to practice your cooking skills.

The Community Table's  mission is to serve balanced, nutritious meals in a safe, welcoming environment and to connect those in need with existing resources. 

Learn more about the Community Table.

Sign up to volunteer here.

Chippewa Valley Technical College Virtual Graduation Celebration

help celebrate the CVTC Class of 2020

Graduation is an important milestone that marks the closure of one chapter in our lives and the beginning of an exciting new future. 

While we are not currently able to celebrate the Class of 2020’s graduation in-person, Chippewa Valley Technical College understands the immense amount of work, dedication, and sacrifice that has brought each of our graduates to this moment. To recognize their accomplishments, the public is invited to a virtual graduation celebration on May 15.

Graduates, faculty, alumni, and community members are welcome and encouraged to join us to support these fantastic individuals. 

This virtual celebration will not replace CVTC's 2020 in-person graduation ceremony, as they are still making every effort to hold Spring & Summer graduation in July when they will be able to safely give them the graduation ceremony they have earned.

Congratulations to the CVTC Class of 2020!

Join the Facebook Premiere celebration at 7 p.m. May 15 to honor these incredible grads. Visit cvtc.edu/celebrate to learn more.

Stay Calm and Love Your Pets

ECCHA statement on COVID-19 and household pets

With the latest news announcement stating that a pet dog in North Carolina tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, (the virus that causes COVID-19), the Eau Claire County Humane Society wants to remind the public that ECCHA is committed to bringing you the facts about COVID-19 cases that affect animals.

The ECCHA can confirm that there is still no reason to fear your pet or pets in general. There is no evidence dogs and cats can spread the virus to humans.

The CDC recommendations for people and pets:

  • Wash your hands
  • Social distance with a 6-foot space between you and other people when out in public for essential errands or when walking your dogs on a leash
  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
  • Leave cats that are not your pets alone unless they are in an emergency. Keep owned, indoor cats inside with you.

It is important pet owners have a plan. Anyone with a pet should have a plan for backup caregivers with detailed care instructions in case the worst happens and you have to go to the hospital.

Visit www.eccha.org for helpful resources regarding COVID-19 and your pets. 

Workforce Resource Inc. Offers Remote Employment Services

non-profit agency provides remote services during COVID-19

During this COVID-19 crisis, Workforce Resource Inc. continues to serve customers through remote services.

The programs that Workforce Resource Inc. provide all support workers finding gainful employment in different ways. They can help with the job search process from resumes to mock interviews to building up or restoring confidence. 

Their programs also provide support in financial ways as well. For example, the FSET program provides gas cards, bus passes, cloths for interviews & employment, steel-toe boots for industrial workers, and safe shoes for healthcare workers. They can provide support for those who are going for a two year tech school degree regarding things like books, parking passes, and depending on individual situations, sometimes even tuition.

To contact a Workforce Resource staff member, call toll free 855-792-5439 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email us at inquire@workforceresource.org



"COVID-19 Running Club" Shirt Benefits Feed My People Food Bank

family partners with local designers to create and sell shirt for charity

Jeremy Harrison and his family were saddened and frustrated by the cancellation of sports and races due to the “Safer at Home” order. In an effort to combat boredom, keep up physical activity, and create some friendly competition amongst themselves, they formed the “COVID-19 Sucks Running Club.”

What began as hand-made tie-dyed shirts with Sharpie writing has transformed into an idea to take their running club to the greater community and use it to impact change. The Harrison family teamed up with a Jodi Stevens designs, Close Up Apparel, and Blue Ox Running to create a fundraiser to benefit Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire, WI.

This humorous shirt is something that beginner and experienced runners alike can get behind, with an added bonus of benefitting a great cause.

Red Letter Grant Launches Relief Fund

program will focus on female entrepreneurs in western Wisconsin

The Red Letter Grant launched a Relief Fund on Tuesday, May 5, aimed at supporting existing womxn-owned businesses throughout the 10-county region of western Wisconsin it currently serves. The Relief Fund will give preference to minority owned business owners: persons of color and the LGBTQA population. An estimated 90% of minority and women business owners were shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program – leaving gaps felt in a big way regionally and across the country. Community Development Financial Institutions are also sparse in western Wisconsin, giving our region less access to the support provided by WEDC’s SB 20/20 program. 

As a nonprofit that has primarily served women in the start-up phase, the Red Letter Grant board voted to pivot this application period to serve a more pressing issue: keeping doors open. 

They are launching a fundraising campaign as part of Giving Tuesday to raise funds to be dispersed to 15 business in the form of $1,000 grants. The application process will run similarly to the typical cycles with a diverse judging team overseeing the application process and conducting interviews. The Red Letter Grant will still award one start-up grant this period for women who had already been working on applications and because times like this often foster innovation. All grant applications – both start-up and relief applications – are due by May 18. This is a quicker turnaround period than normal as they are working to meet needs quickly. 

To apply for Relief Funds, follow this link.

To apply for Start-Up Funds, follow this link.

Meals for 18 Wheelers Program Help Truckers

IFD and Larson Companies partner to help truckers

Larson Companies, Indianhead Foodservice Distributor (IFD) and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse have partnered to provide meals for local semi-truck drivers. The program, Meals for 18 Wheelers delivered the first 400 meals on April 28. For many the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way business is done yet for the essential worker, like truck drivers, the work cannot stop.

IFD provides the food product and packaging for the Meals for 18 Wheelers program and Larson Companies and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse creates and prepares the innovative food menus. The beneficiaries are Marten Transport semi-drivers.

“During these challenging times we wanted to do something that would benefit those that are doing critical work. We saw an opportunity to recognize an unmet need of providing meals to truck drivers. We are honored to support our hauling heroes in a meaningful way,” shared Tom Larson, President of Larson Companies Inc.

About Indianhead Foodservice Distributor
Indianhead Foodservice Distributor (IFD), located in Eau Claire, WI, delivers to Customers throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. As a broadline foodservice distributor and service provider, IFD successfully handles 100,000 cases per week, services over 1,400 accounts per week, ships out 35 trucks daily, and delivers 10 million pounds of product per month. With 70+ years of service, IFD provides wholesale food to a variety of industries including schools, colleges/universities, healthcare institutions, day cares, full and quick service restaurants, bars, taverns and government facilities.

For more information about IFD visit www.callifd.com.

About Larson Companies, Inc.
Larson Companies is a commercial real estate development and property management company in the Midwest, focused on the industries of hospitality, lodging, food and beverage, office and retail. Larson Companies invests in raw land for commercial development and purchases existing commercial real estate assets. In addition, Larson Companies effectively and efficiently manages properties for other investors. In over 30 years, Larson Companies has worked on more than 100 projects, with 25 brands, and over a million square feet of office and retail space. Larson Companies is affiliated with beloved brands such as Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Johnny's Italian Steakhouse, and The Lakely and The Oxbow Hotel.

For more information about Larson Companies visit www.larsoncompanies.com. For more information about Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse visit johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com/eau-claire/

Donation to EC School District Foundation Will Help Provide Students Internet Access from Home

gift will fund connectivity for rural families during COVID-19

With the extension of the statewide Safer at Home order, school buildings will remain closed for the duration of the 2019-20 school year, leaving students and teachers to continue navigating online learning and teaching.

The shift to online education has been especially difficult for families in rural areas who may not have adequate internet access and for those who cannot afford the cost of connectivity.

A local retiree recently donated $10,000 to the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation with an eye on supporting internet access and connectivity costs for Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) students and teachers who are managing education from home.

Katie Dewitz, who is also a first-generation college graduate, saw the change in the educational model and wanted to help.

“I am motivated to help kids from lower-income families because I know that a good education is vital, not just in one's career but also in one's being an informed citizen,” Dewitz said. “Concerned that the distance learning required by the pandemic may not be available to students in have-not families, I decided to try to do something about it.”

Dewitz’s gift will support internet access and connectivity costs for ECASD students, families, and teachers.

To learn more, or to make a gift to the Districtwide Greatest Needs Fund, visit www.ecpsfound.org. For information about making a gift through an IRA rollover or gift of stock, please contact Executive Director Sarah French at 715-852-3015 or sfrench1@ecasd.us.

Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, independent organization that connects the community and the Eau Claire Area School District to inspire and enhance the educational experience of students. Through charitable donations from community members and businesses, ECPSF assists schools with their greatest needs, supports educator creativity, and raises endowment funds to enable future foundation giving. 

Vacation Rental in Durand Offers Place to Self-Isolate

Prospect Place in Durand offers a place of respite for frontline workers

Prospect Place in Durand is a unique vacation home rental that would like to help those who need a place to get away, self-isolate/quarantine, or respite from their work. They offer very low weekly or monthly rates through the end of May 2020 for those working in hospitals, police and fire, groceries, deliveries, or families in need of a break.

Prospect Place is a historic church renovated into a 2-bedroom apartment with very large open space that would give anyone ease of mind during this time. We have a full kitchen, laundry, and wi-fi.

Please email prospect.place.durand@gmail.com or call Jena at 608-658-3828 if you need further information or to reserve your time.

Aging and Disability Resource Center Makes Changes, Still Provides Services

ADRC adapts to necessities during COVID-19, still provides services to 60+

Due to the situation with COVID-19, the ADRC of Eau Claire County has made the following changes:

  • Even while our lobby is closed for the time being, staff continue to work
  • We continue to serve via phone, email or online. Call us at 715-839-4735; adrc@co.eau-claire.wi.us
  • Meals on Wheels continues to be delivered on a weekday basis and is accepting new participants ages 60 and older.  715-839-4735 or 715-839-4886
  • Senior Dining Sites are closed, some sites offer “grab and go” meals or you could consider Meals on Wheels instead
  • All Face to Face Health Promotions and Support groups have been postponed, however online options may be a possibility. 

ADRC Provides the following Services:

  • Information, Assistance and Long-Term Care Options Counseling- Information about housing, transportation, supportive home care and much more.
  • Nutrition Services- Meals on Wheels and senior dining site, Ensure Plus liquid supplement.
  • Family Caregiver Support- Respite, support groups, education, counseling, caregiver resources
  • Dementia Care Specialist- Support for people living with dementia and their care partners
  • Elder and Disability Benefit Counseling- Accurate information on private and public benefits and programs, Medicare, Medicare Part D, supplemental insurance
  • Health Promotion and Prevention- Evidence based Prevention Programs.
  • Transportation- Para transit program and rides to the grocery store and other planned events with ADRC van
  • Volunteer Opportunities- Meals on Wheels drivers, Meals on Wheels Kitchen and Senior Dining sites

Wine Order Drive Thru at Autumn Harvest Winery

local winery offers a drive-thru ordering service for newest wine release

Due to the extended Safer at Home order, Autumn Harvest Winery won't be hosting its annual Opening Day celebration on May 2nd.  Instead, they will have a wine drive-thru where you can pick up their new wine, Grateful Red, among other bottles.

Grateful Red is an earthy pomegranate Zinfandel blend. It reveals jammy and zestful flavors followed by a hint of tangy spice with just the right amount of sweet.

Grateful Red won't be available in stores yet, so this is your chance to be among the first to try it.

All wine varieties in stock ($10/bottle) plus Grampa Macs Hard Apple Cider ($5/bottle). Must purchase 6 bottles or more.

How it will work: Pull into the driveway around the tasting room in Chippewa Falls to the large brown bottling facility. Cash only - having money in an envelope with your 6 bottle or more order written on it works best - we’ll load the trunk!

Payment is cash only (ideally in an envelope.) You will stay in your car for the entire transaction, and they'll fill your trunk with your order. 

For a list of wines/descriptions please visit their website at www.autumnharvestwinery.com.

Mama Bear Lactation Care Delivers Online Breastfeeding Support During Pandemic

lactation consultant provides free online breastfeeding support group

Jennifer Hafele, IBCLC, is passionate about supporting families with babies. As a private practice Lactation Consultant, she typically delivers care to expectant and breastfeeding families in their homes or via her free in-person Weight Check Wednesday events. Due to COVID-19, she has pivoted to HIPAA-compliant Telehealth delivery of lactation consults, as well as organizing free and low-cost options for online breastfeeding support and education.

The Mama Bear Free Online Breastfeeding Support Group meets Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Registration is required once: https://intakeq.com/new/63kQvN. Topics change, but support is constant in this encouraging environment for mamas to find community amid the isolation.

Jennifer, who also holds a Masters degree in Education, teaches interactive Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes every 2-4 weeks, with new dates added regularly. Jennifer is happy to waive the cost of this class for anyone experiencing financial hardship.

Finally, Mama Bear Virtual Lactation Consults are available in a variety of options including Prenatal, Initial and Follow-Up, as well as Pumping/Back-to-Work. Superbills are provided for clients to submit to their insurance seeking reimbursement for lactation counseling services.

For the most up-to-date information on all of these opportunities, please visit the Mama Bear Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MamaBearLactationCare) or the Mama Bear website (www.MamaBearLactationCare.com).

On-Line Charity Auction to Benefit Mission of Helping Hands for Our Children

HHFOC is collecting donations for online to help support children affected by COVID-19

Due to the Covid-19 Crisis our families are struggling to make ends meet and our children need us more than ever. Proceeds from the auction will be used to further our mission; to ensure that every child has the basic necessities they need to thrive.
- Auction will be held May 15th,2020 and continues until May 20th, 2020
- All Items must be received by May 13th, 2020
- Auction will take place online at https://helphhfoc.org
- Your business name and logo will be added to the auction website once donations are received
- A "Support our Supporters" flyer will be created listing your contact details
- Additional promotional materials will be distributed online and at various locations in the area

All donations are greatly appreciated and are Tax Deductible.
To make your donation, please contact:
Mike Snow
(715) 303 - 2003
HHFOC Distribution Center
930 Galloway #25
Eau Claire, WI 54703

Feed My People Pop-Up Food Pantries Provide Hope and Groceries

free drive-thru Pop-Up food pantries available in Eau Claire and beyond

In need of extra groceries?

Feed My People Pop-Up Food Pantries are free grocery distribution events available to you and your family. Pick up groceries right from your vehicle at our next Pop-Up Pantry near you.

Receive non-perishable food, produce, dairy, meat, and some non-food items. No ID is required. You may pick up for another household if they are unable to attend on their own.

Augusta Senior Center Parking Lot

(616 W Washington St, Augusta)
Every fourth Tuesday from 1:45 – 2:30 PM.

The Brewing Projekt

(1807 N Oxford Ave, Eau Claire)
Every third Wednesday from 2 – 3 PM.

Eleva/Strum School

(W23597 Hwy 10, Strum)
Every second and fourth Tuesday from 12 – 12:45 PM.
(Note: Second Tuesday will only have non-perishable groceries.)

Fairchild Community Center

(121 Farmer Street, Fairchild)
Every fourth Tuesday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.

Lakeshore Elementary

(711 Lake Street, Eau Claire)
Every Friday from 2:30 – 3:30 PM

St. James Trinity

(305 S State St, Fall Creek)
Every first and third Wednesday from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.

Visit their website for a full list of hunger-relief pantry partners in 14 counties to find all food resources available near you year round.

Wellness Shack Offers Over-The-Phone Support During COVID-19

support specialists are available

Beginning April 20th, the Peer Specialists of The Wellness Shack will be available by phone to talk with anyone who needs someone to talk to.

They will be available Monday - Friday from 1-6pm. 

The Wellness Shack is a peer-run mental health recovery center. Their Certified Peer Specialists have been trained to support people who are struggling with mental health issues, and empower them to find ways to impact healthy positive psychology.  Having someone who can walk with you as you implement healthy changes can increase your success substantially.

Maybe you just need to hear someone's voice, or to talk about how your day went. The Peer Specialists of the Wellness Shack are here to help. Call (715) 855-7705.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op Offering Curbside Grocery Pickup

updated store hours, changes made at MMFC

Menomonie Market has made necessary changes to business operations in response to the changing COVID-19 situation including:


Their store hours have temporarily changed to 10:00am-7:00pm daily.


Their deli is no longer offering hot bar meals, hot $4 dinner, Signature Sandwiches, or hot soup until further notice. Until then, the deli serves chilled $4 dinners available for carry out only, rotisserie chickens, grab & go meal solutions such as casseroles and macaroni & cheese, breakfast burritos, and salads.


They have placed signage and markers on the floor at checkout to promote social distancing. They have installed plexiglass barriers to protect our cashiers from exposure and provided masks staff can choose to wear. They have packaged all of our bulk foods and produce items for safety.


Order your groceries online for Curbside Pickup at mmfc.coop/order

Market & Johnson Launches “Construction Cares” Program to Support Students

western Wisconsin based business supports students impacted by COVID-19

Market & Johnson has launched a "Construction Cares" program to provide support to several area communities and the students that are being impacted by COVID-19. Since 1948, Western Wisconsin has provided opportunities for Market & Johnson to grow and develop great projects that serve these communities. In these unprecedented times, the owners of Market & Johnson want to provide leadership and opportunities for the groups most in need.

Market & Johnson's Construction Cares program provides support to several key areas, including relief for the students being impacted by this pandemic, necessary food to area communities, and an emergency relief fund for their vital employees.

Highlights of the program are:

  1. Providing 150,000 meals to those in need throughout Western Wisconsin
  2. $15,000 donation to the Eau Claire Community Foundation COVID Response /Relief Program
  3. $15,000 donation to the La Crosse Community Foundation COVID Response /Relief Program
  4. $10,000 donation to the St. Croix Valley Foundation COVID Response /Relief Program
  5. $5,000 donation to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Student Emergency Fund
  6. $5,000 donation to the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation Student Emergency Fund
  7. Donation of over 1,700 N95 Masks and 200 homemade masks to area hospitals, nursing homes, and first responders

Lasker Jewelers Signature Em(brace)let Supports Local COVID-19 Relief

Eau Claire business backs Chippewa Valley-based fundraising efforts

In this time of need, we all need a reason to smile. That's why 100% of the profits from Lasker Jewelers’ “Em(brace)let” promotion are going to benefit local COVID-19 relief and support efforts. With your $40 purchase of a Dee Berkley-designed gemstone Em(brace)let, $20 goes directly to support the COVID-19 relief fund of your choice. The choices are Together Chippewa Valley or the Quick Response Community Fund COVID-19 Relief in Eau Claire. Simply indicate your choice in the drop-down menu on the online order form. The Em(brace)let is a gift for you AND our community. Lasker Jewelers is not making any profit from your purchase; the other $20 covers production and shipping costs. These bracelets are available for pre-order and will start shipping April 17 at the earliest. You will receive shipping confirmation once Lasker Jewelers has packaged your bracelet. A heartfelt “THANK YOU!” for your support in these unparalleled times.

Infinity Beverages is Transitioning to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Eau Claire winery, distillery producing sanitizer to distribute to the Chippewa Valley, beyond

Infinity Beverages Winery & Distillery of Eau Claire is prioritizing availability of its newly produced hand sanitizer to essential businesses, organizations, and groups that are in desperate need, but the business hopes to make it available to its Club Members and customers if any remains. Allocations and a waiting list are currently being created. If you’re an essential operation in need of hand sanitizer, please email sanitizer@infinitybeverages.com and state your entity’s name, city, contact name, contact phone and email, as well as the quantity of sanitizer you are seeking. Please do not call by phone.

Want to help? Consider sponsoring a case of sanitizer so as much sanitizer can be donated as possible. Sponsorships can be purchased on Infinity’s web store.

Want more information? Visit the web site and read Infinity's entire press release. 

Stretch Your Grocery Dollars with Ruby’s Pantry in Elk Mound

Does your grocery bill seem to be getting larger? Come and try Ruby’s Pantry!

Ruby’s Pantry of Elk Mound holds a monthly distribution on the second Saturday of the month. Shares are $20 each, and there are no income restrictions. If you eat you can come and purchase a share or shares. You’ll receive on average 80-95 pounds of groceries.

In Elk Mound, Ruby’s Pantry distributes at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church, 207 University St., on the second Saturday of the month (including this Saturday, April 11). Registration begins at 7:30am and food bundles are available from 8:30-10am.

Learn more online at rubyspantry.org.

Online Wine Sale at 200 Main Art & Wine

they will deliver wine to your car (gloved and masked)

They need support to keep their business going; you need wine! 200 Main Art & Wine in downtown Eau Claire has more than 14 types of wine to share at great prices – online. Plus, they’ll deliver to your car at drive-up times!

200 Main Art & Wine represents more than 40 local and regional artists (see videos of their work at 200main.org).This sale will allow the gallery to continue through these difficult times.

Volunteers Needed for Temporary Homeless Shelter

Sojourner House, Positive Avenues have relocated to the Hobbs Ice Arena

Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.
Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.

Sojourner House and Positive Avenues have temporarily relocated and are collaborating to provide 24-hour services at the Hobbs Ice Arena for community members experiencing homelessness. Community volunteers are needed to assist at this location.

Volunteers would be serving meals, assisting with activities, and providing general support. Volunteers can also reach out to provide meals that may be needed.

All guests, volunteers, and staff are screened prior to entry and the arena is set up for social distancing for the safety of all. Sojourner House and Positive Avenues staff are assigned to each shift so if someone has never volunteered with us before they will be there for support and explain any responsibilities you would be assisting with.

If you are interested in volunteering during the daytime (9:30am-6:30pm) contact Kim Campy at Lutheran Social Services (Positive Avenues) at (715) 836-5689 or kim.campy@lsswis.org.

If you are interested in volunteering in the morning, evening, or overnight contact Clare Nelson at Catholic Charities (Sojourner House) at (715) 450-1457 or cnelson@cclse.org.

Grace Lutheran Communities Launch Giving Campaign to Support Healthcare Staff

‘Supplying Grace’ effort will help staff safety, morale at senior care communities

Grace Lutheran Communities is launching a giving campaign fundraiser for their caregivers’ safety and morale.

Grace Lutheran Communities is doing its best as an organization to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for staff at its numerous senior care communities across the Chippewa Valley, but due to shortages and price increases, it is taxing the non-profit’s resources like never before. To keep staff and residents safe, healthy, and happy Grace Lutheran Communities appreciates any and all donation sizes.

Here are some ways your donations can make an impact:
$500: Can provide two tablets to provide additional video meetings to connect family and residents
$250: Can stock an employee break room refrigerator as vending machine refills are not happening at this time
$100: Can provide 100 face masks to help provide care safely for both residents and staff
$50: Can provide a $50 gift card that a staff member at one of our facilities will win through our weekly lottery
$25: Can provide five face shields to help provide care safely for both residents and staff

To donate, follow this link to the GoFundMe page.

Family Support Center Services Always Available by Phone

‘We are still here for you. It just looks a little different right now.’

Family Support Center remains dedicated to serving Chippewa Valley communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the statewide “Safer at Home” order. They have made the following changes to service delivery:

Telephone calls and scheduled telephone appointments are welcome and strongly encouraged. As always, Family Support Center continues to be available 24-7 for support and advocacy. They can provide extensive services over the phone:
· Counseling
· Individual and systems advocacy
· Restraining order assistance and preparation
· Safety planning
· Sheltering
· Support during sexual assault exams
· Developing coping strategies
· Information and referral

Tele-services are not just for emergencies, and are not limited to people they have worked with before. If you need someone to listen – call! Although their physical office is temporarily closed, telephone services are always open.

These changes will remain in effect until April 30. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the center will continue to post changes and updates on its website and Facebook page. (Please note that they do not use Facebook Messenger for advocacy services. It is not confidential and not constantly monitored by an advocate.)

Please call Family Support Center at (715) 723-1138 or (800)-400-7020.

Stepping Stones of Dunn County Offers Curbside Food Pick-Up

drive-through pantry open four days a week

Stepping Stones Food Pantry is open four days a week for curbside pick-up of prepacked boxes/bags of groceries at these days/times:
Mondays and Fridays 11am-2pm
Wednesdays 3-6pm
Saturdays 10am-noon

There is plenty of food, and anyone in need is welcome. For full details, visit steppingstonesdc.org. Stepping Stones is currently closed to all walk-ins. If you need assistance or know someone who does (shelter, emergency financial assistance, etc.), please call (715) 235-2920 or email info@steppingstonesdc.org.

Stepping Stones is currently requesting financial donations only. They have a skeleton volunteer crew and currently can’t keep up with handling food donations from individuals. To make a donation, go to steppingstonesdc.org, call (715) 235-2920, or mail one to Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751.

They also need volunteers! They provide gloves and masks and limit the number of volunteers at any given time to be able to maintain social distancing. Two- to three-hour shifts are available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am-3pm; Wednesday 1 am-6pm; Saturday: 9am-1pm. Contact Jill at communityconnect@steppingstonesdc.org, (715) 235.2920, x3.

You Can Still Enjoy Infinity Beverages Even Though the Tasting Lounge is Closed

maker of wine and spirits offers mail-order sales

Infinity Beverages knows your Easter may be a little different this year, but the wine can be the same. Infinity is bringing back our Easter Deal: two signature wine bottles for $19.99, but there is MORE!

Infinity wants to thank all our amazing Club and Loyalty Members for their support by extending the deal to $5.99 off ALL two bottle orders (case limit). This means if you order a case, which is 12 bottles of your choice, you will receive nearly $36 OFF plus FREE SHIPPING.

Send a bottle to your loved ones this Easter and say cheers together over video chat.

Find Infinity online at infinitybeverages.com.

Together Chippewa Valley, a New Nonprofit Coalition, Will Address Community Needs

organizations band together for fundraising effort

Together Chippewa Valley is a coalition of nonprofits forming to coordinate a response effort to address community needs during the COVID-19 crisis, to raise funds through a first-of-its-kind community-wide fundraising initiative, support each other’s missions, to survive, and to thrive.

Out of respect for individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are being severely impacted in various ways, and acknowledging many want to help, nonprofit organizations in Chippewa and Eau Claire counties have come together in solidarity to create one fundraising campaign that will provide essential financial support during this economic crisis.

All money raised will be equally divided among the nonprofits to be used for program and operating expenses as well as to offset losses incurred from COVID-19.

You can make a donation in two ways:

Online: Visit www.togetherchippewavalley.org
Mail: Make check payable to Visit Eau Claire Foundation (Fiscal Sponsor of Together Chippewa Valley), and mail to Visit Eau Claire Foundation c/o Together Chippewa Valley, 128 Graham Ave. #234, Eau Claire, WI 54701

Founding nonprofits of this coalition are: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Chippewa Valley Museum, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Eau Claire County Humane Association, Family Resource Center, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Pablo Center at the Confluence, and more nonprofits will be invited to join.

Hope Gospel Mission Asks For Emergency Donations Amid Closure of Retail Locations

you can help the homeless in the Chippewa Valley

These are desperate times. Homelessness doesn’t take a sick day. Even before COVID-19, 3,000+ people had no home in western Wisconsin. Hope Gospel Mission continues to provide support for the most vulnerable in the Chippewa Valley.

Due to Wisconsin’s Safer at Home measures, all three Hope Bargain Center locations and Building Hope have temporarily closed both for shopping and accepting item donations. These four retail locations fund 80% of the life-changing programs Hope Gospel provides, meaning Hope Gospel Mission needs your support now more than ever!

Please consider making an emergency gift donation, and Benevity will match donations 1:1 up to $300,000! Click HERE to make a donation.

Your support will ensure wraparound care continues for people facing homelessness and poverty every day of the year at the Hope Renewal Centers for Men, for Women, and for Women & Children.

Visit HopeGospelMission.org to learn more about Mission Programs.

The Bridge to Hope Adjusts Services in Light of Pandemic

nonprofit available 24-7 for support and advocacy

The Bridge to Hope is committed to protecting the health and well-being of clients as well as staff and the public, but the coronavirus epidemic is presenting new challenges that they are acting to confront and overcome. Things that are changing for the time being:

•Phone calls and texting services are welcome and encouraged. If it is safe for you to do so, please call, and they will provide services over the phone. As always, they continue to be available 24-7 for support and advocacy. They can provide extensive services over the phone: advocacy, support, safety planning, and restraining order preparation. The toll-free number is (800) 924-9918 or text to (715) 505-3640.

• In-person services will be limited to people who cannot safely talk over the phone. If possible, please call before coming to the office so they can explain the process for in-person appointments.

• They will not be able to provide in-person services to anyone who has symptoms of an illness.

• Safety precautions will be taken for in-person appointments at The Bridge to Hope.

• They are canceling all events, groups, classes, and educational presentations until further notice.

• They will not be accepting donations of ANY items, though they always appreciate your generosity.

‘Helping Hands For Our Children in the Chippewa Valley’ Provides Basic Needs to Families During Pandemic

nonprofit group helps families meet essential needs

Helping Hands for Our Children in the Chippewa Valley (HHFOC), a local nonprofit organization, has been working hard to provide the basic needs of children and their families during Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order. The closure of businesses during this difficult time is causing harm to families that are already economically disadvantaged. Very few working-class families have the savings to get through an interruption in their paychecks. The mission of HHFOC is to ensure that the children of these families do not suffer and have what they need to thrive during this time of uncertainty.

HHFOC is currently providing clothing in sizes 0-3X, blankets for children, and diapers on an emergency basis for as long as inventory allows. Families needing assistance can contact HHFOC at (608) 799-0178, or by email at HelpingHandsForOurChildren@gmail.com. They can also join a 6,000+ member Facebook group to post their needs and sign up for distributions.

To help provide for our families in need, HHFOC is currently running a Diaper Drive using an Amazon.com Wish List, allowing donors to supply one the most essential needs from the safety of their own homes. You can see the wish list here.

Catered Home Cooked Meals from Bye The Willow

Catering Bye Design is taking advance orders for meals now

Bye The Willow is a small business in Chippewa Falls, and in this uncertain time, they're offering pick up or delivered catered meals through their catering operation, Catering Bye Design.

Take a look at the menu below:

BBQ Shrimp • 1 lb., served over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with ranch cob corn and garlic toast • 2 for $30 or 4 for $55

Beef Tips in Gravy • served over Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with ranch cob corn, and garlic toast • 2 for $24 or 4 for $45

Herbed Chicken Breast • served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, with ranch cob corn, and garlic toast • 2 for $24 or 4 for $45

Honey Rubbed Pork Loin Steak • served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, ranch cob corn, fried apples, and garlic toast • 2 for $24 or 4 for $45

Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese • served with garlic toast • $10 or 4 for $35

Brat Bites • served with sautéed sweet peppers and onions, with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and garlic toast • $10 or 4 for $35

Cheesy Marinara Meatballs • served over noodles with loads of parmesan and served with garlic toast • $11

Pretzel Roll Sandwich • smoked and shredded BBQ pork or chicken on a pretzel roll with sweet chia kale slaw, served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes • $8

Rest assured the team will abide by all the sanitary requirements to keep everyone safe while providing your family with great meals. To learn more, go to www.cateringbyedesign.com and place your order by calling (715) 790-7530.

Facebook Page Set Up for Wedding Couples Impacted by the 2020 Pandemic

love CAN conquer a virus, with a little planning and creativity

A Facebook group called Wisconsin Wedding Couples–Pandemic Advice has been designed to help Wisconsin wedding couples whose wedding plans are disrupted by the coronavirus in 2020. The administrators are all seasoned Wisconsin wedding professionals who are there to help couples with wedding advice, connect them to vendors who may be available on their date, etc.

To join: Ask to join the group and answer the questions. When your membership to the group is accepted, you can post your wedding date, what city you wish to be married in, number of guests and what kind of help you need. There are files containing contact information for various venues and vendors as well.

America’s Best Value Inn – Campus View Remains Open for Business

hotels, motels exempt from state 'Safer at Home' order

America’s Best Value Inn – Campus View in Eau Claire is still booking rooms during these uncertain times. It is a very stressful time for everyone, especially essential workers. ABVI is offering lower rates for rooms per night to help during this time. While it is encouraged for individuals not to travel, ABVI is still offering rooms for individuals who need them, such as essential workers. They are taking extra sanitary precautions to still offer the best service to their customers. Be safe!

Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company Still Providing Daily Service

plumbing and heating are considered essential services

Wiersgalla Company is considered an essential business, with regards to COVID-19. As such we will remain operational throughout these trying times. (Some exceptions do apply.) Please call for service if you should need it. If you need or have question regarding sales, estimates, etc., feel free to contact Wiersgalla at (800) 307-9000 or service@wiersgalla.com. Stay safe!

LEGO Home Building Contest

Stuck-at-home kids age 3-17 can build their best LEGO house for a chance to win a $25 gift card

CALLING ALL LEGO BUILDERS! Looking for something fun for your kids to do? Want to add a little 'tech ed' into their home school education? The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association is having a Lego Home Building Contest and challenging all Lego builders age 3-17 to show off their master Lego skills! Winners will receive a $25 gift card to your choice of Amazon or Action City (so choose something you can use now or later). Submissions are due Monday, April 6th.


  1. Pull out that tub of Legos.
  2. Build the best house out of Legos that you can.
  3. Snap a photo of your Lego House.
  4. Send the photo to the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association by Facebook Direct Message or by email to christina@cvhomebuilders.com by Monday 4/6/20. Please include the 1st name and age of the child who built the house.
  5. A team of 'experts' will select the winners. Depending on entries, winners will be broken into age categories.
  6. Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association will post all of the homes and the winners on Facebook and Instagram.

Looking forward to seeing all of the fantastic creations you come up with!

Prevea Virtual Care Offers Free COVID-19 Screenings

virtual care is available to anyone in Wisconsin

Prevea Health is offering free online screening and evaluation for COVID-19 through Prevea Virtual Care at: prevea.com/virtualcare

Prevea Virtual Care visits for COVID-19 assess the patient’s symptoms and provide information about COVID-19. If additional care is needed, patients will be provided specific directions about where to go for lab testing and follow-up care to ensure they receive the care they need while maintaining a safe distance from others. If a patient needs additional lab tests or follow-up care, it will be billed to the patient’s insurance provider.

Prevea Virtual Care is available to anyone in the state of Wisconsin and you do not need to be an established Prevea patient to use it. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 – including fever, cough and shortness of breath – should stay home and use Prevea Virtual Care online or call (715) 717-4582 to receive a free assessment by phone. If symptoms are severe and life-threatening, they should call 911. If they prefer to travel to the emergency room on their own, they should call the hospital prior to their arrival to explain their symptoms. This will provide the emergency department time to prepare for their arrival.

Bon Iver Donates 10% of all merch sales to Feed My People Food Bank

Offer runs through April 30, additionally gives to the Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund

In partnership with Eau Claire-based merch printer Ambient Inks, Bon Iver is happy to announce a new initiative to raise funds for Feed My People Food Bank and the Chippewa Valley Artist Relief Fund. Running now through April 30, 10% of all merch sales will benefit our neighbors in the Chippewa Valley area who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

To coincide with this important initiative and the ‘Blood Bank’ reissue, we’re also launching a preorder for the brand-new Blood Bank crewneck sweatshirt. Order now to help us support our friends and neighbors: store.boniver.org

United Way of Dunn County Partners with FamilyWize to Offer Prescription Delivery

residents can get free delivery from participating pharmacies

United Way of Dunn County is committed to connecting residents to prescription savings resources during the coronavirus pandemic through its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Community residents can call FamilyWize for free customer support to help them coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies. Residents will also continue to receive savings on medications by using the free FamilyWize prescription program card.

The free FamilyWize prescription savings card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45% and can be used whether or not you have insurance. The FamilyWize card can be used at most major pharmacies. Registration is not required for the card and there is no eligibility criteria.

Here are 3 steps for how people can call to help coordinate home delivery of prescriptions:

  1. Call FamilyWize toll free: (800) 222-2818.

  2. A FamilyWize team member will work with you and your local participating pharmacy to arrange and schedule home delivery.

  3. Ask your pharmacist to apply your FamilyWize card number to receive a discount.

To learn more about the savings FamilyWize offers, please visit FamilyWize.org or simply download the free FamilyWize mobile app.

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.