A grant awarded last summer for life and employment literacy skills by the Incourage Community Foundation continues returning dividends throughout south Wood County communities. In addition to helping purchase several new reading and math workbooks for LCWC’s adult learners, the grant helps provide multi-session programs in budgeting, computer and health literacy, and English Language Learning & Civics (ELL).
The grant provided for 8-week-long computer literacy sessions, the second of which began last month in Nekoosa. An earlier session ran last fall in Vesper.
An ELL program began last fall at Grove Elementary School, and will resume at The Family Center later this month.
The 6-week Health Literacy series ran in Nekoosa last fall, and will run again in Wisconsin Rapids this winter and spring.
“Our Health Literacy series is really evolving, ” said Stephen Carlton, LCWC’s executive director. The program is also supported with a grant from the Riverview Healthcare Foundation, and includes collaborations with UW-Stevens Point (UWSP), The Neighborhood Table (TNT), the YMCA of South Wood County, and River City Cab.
“We’re pursuing more funding to be able to expand it through a wider area of central Wisconsin,” Carlton said.
UWSP Health Science majors develop materials and make presentations at TNT meals. The Riverview Healthcare grant provides transportation with the cab mini-buses to shuttle interested participants to the YMCA to use the facility for free for a couple of hours each night. Participants who participate at the YMCA at least five times will also receive a complimentary program pass for future use or a campership for a child to attend Camp Alexander.