Good evening and thanks for joining us at ten
I'm Martha Koloski.
And I'm Mike Thompson.
Four times each year.
the La Crosse Community Foundation awards grants to
help various non-profits throughout the community.
News eight's Eric Jacobson takes a look at one organization
which uses the grant money to help get homeless teens
off the streets.
of Youth and Family Services, Family and Childrens
Having a stable home is so important because it's
one of our basic needs.
But for an estimated 250 teens in La Crosse County.
finding that stable home.
is not always easy.
When one our core basic needs is not met, it's harder
for us to do all of those other things that we typically
look for youth to be doing to succeed.
That's why the Family and Children's Center created
a program last fall.
designed to help connect homeless teens to more stable
What our program aims to do is to support not only
those youth, but those adults who might be helping
them with a place to stay.
Now in it's second year.
the program is making some changes.
What we're trying to do is really connect where those
youth are at, so that we're connecting with the resources
where they're seeking the services, and where they
tend to be seeking
services, is where prexisting relationships
Through a grant last year.
the La Crosse Community Foundation..along with other
funds...helped create the program.
In its latest round of grants.
the Foundation once again
provided more than 60-thousand-dollars
to help continue the program.
I think the key for us is that we are looking for
an identification of an important need for the community,
and then a project that solves that need, or helps
address that need.
And the Family and Children's Center is thrilled to
be able to continue helping teens in the community.
There are no other funds to support it, we don't bill
anyone for services, so if we weren't able to receive
those funds, we could not offer this service.
In LAX, EJ, N8.
The Family and Children's Center wasn't the only local
organization to get a grant.
The Mississippi Valley Conservacy received over 40-thousand
dollars from the Myrick Hixon Ecopark Fund.
Acorns to Oaks
It's the third year the organization has received
They say the goal is to help teach kids the value
of the protecting the enviroment.
There are a number of issues in the community with
the school children with both the problems with getting
them out in nature and having a good land ethic and
understanding the naturak communities around them
- the habitats - why they're important , why we must
preserve them and take care of them.
Other organizations that received funding include
a hockey program for children with disabilities.
as well an internet protection task force.
Organizations that are interested in applying for
grant money are encouraged to contact the community
for more information.