The U.S. Venture Open to end poverty is Wednesday, August 10, 2022
The U.S. Venture Open to end poverty is Wednesday, August 10, 2022(WBAY)

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Join the U.S. Venture Open on Wednesday, August 10, and help its a mission to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.

Action 2 News will have special reports highlighting grant recipients during Action 2 News at 10 starting Friday, August 5, until the night before the U.S. Venture Open.

This year’s guests of honor are Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

Funds raised through the U.S. Venture Open support non-profits working together to help people in need throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Across three-and-a-half decades, U.S. Venture has raised over $51 million and distributed $40 million in grants, with more than $8 million in new grant commitments, to organizations working to end poverty.

Even if you’re not participating in the U.S. Venture Open in-person, there are still ways to donate!

Donate online today and browse auction items at GiveSmart.com or text USVO to 76278

U.S. Venture Open guests of honor at the reception Wednesday, August 10, 2022
U.S. Venture Open guests of honor at the reception Wednesday, August 10, 2022(U.S. Venture Open)

The focus is on organizations that embrace continuous improvement, social innovation, shared measurement, sustainability, scalability and equity. Look at some of the recent grants and see how your donations have made a difference for local non-profits in the short videos below. More recent grants are listed below the video.

  • Create elementary school programs for children with emotional and mental health issues to keep them in the classroom and reduce stigma (video)
  • Welcome Baby Initiative to increase pre-natal and post-natal visits and support new families with the greatest needs
  • Open a licensed facility for pregnant and parenting youth to find shelter and supportive services (video)
  • Chromebooks and transportation to vocational education for high school students with special needs
  • Eviction prevention planning (video)
  • Be Great Graduate helping and inspiring kids to stay in school (video)
  • Reduce food insecurities among NWTC’s neediest students while increasing the number of Paul’s Pantry clients attending college
  • Developing partnerships for farm-to-school food programs benefiting local farmers and school children (video)
  • Providing Chromebooks and wi-fi hotspots to Winnebago Area Literacy Council learners and tutors to continue lessons virtually during the pandemic
  • Programs providing inmates and people who served their time get education, training and support to find stable jobs (video)
  • Address mental health needs in Head Start Early Childhood
  • Making modifications to the St. Joseph Food Program building to better serve people during the pandemic
  • Mental health services centered on people of color and under-served communities
  • Help domestic abuse services retain experienced staff working in a field with high burnout and secondary trauma
  • Provide opportunities for people using food pantries to enjoy fresh produce (video)
  • Make home improvements for people to stay in their homes as they get older and keep the home in their family (video)

The money comes from generous corporations, family foundations and individuals and administered by grant teams at three local community foundations.

Make a difference today to help end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.

Donate online today and browse auction items at GiveSmart.com or text USVO to 76278

The U.S. Venture Open to end poverty is Wednesday, August 10, 2022
The U.S. Venture Open to end poverty is Wednesday, August 10, 2022(WBAY)

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