Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council

Contact Information

PO Box 125
23122 Whitehall Road
Independence, WI 54747 - 0125
(715) 985-2391 203
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2013

Executive Summary

Western Dairyland's Fresh Start Program engages 20 at-risk members annually, ages 16-24, in the construction and rehabilitation of homes for income-eligible families in Eau Claire and Marathon Counties. During the program year, members obtain high school diplomas/HSEDs, job-training skills, serve the community, and prepare for post-secondary education. At the end of the three year grant cycle members will have constructed 3 new homes and rehabbed 5. For the 2013-2014 year, 15 members will build one new home in Eau Claire County, while 5 members will rehab 1-2 homes/year for income-eligible families in Wausau, Wisconsin. Western Dairyland will subcontract with Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Assistance to serve 5 Hmong members. The program runs September 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014. CNCS investment is $122,550 and the match amount is $147,360 (55%). Economic Opportunity is the CNCS focus area the program addresses. Each year members will recruit 40 volunteers serving 500 hours, at a minimum.

At the completion of a 3 year grant cycle, 3 new homes will be constructed and 5 homes will be rehabbed.

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