COVID-19 Resources & Current Extension Programming


Recommended Resources for COVID-19 Information & Updates

Extension is committed to sharing information that is timely, accurate, and supported by research.  Visit the links below for trusted information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:


Extension Workshops & Events

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies, our Extension Winnebago County office will have limited availability and access. To limit the contagion risk to our staff, volunteers, program participants, and the community at large, Extension staff are continuing to work remotely throughout the summer.

Many of our programming events have been transitioned to alternate formats, postponed, or cancelled. We understand any disappointment or frustration this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding and support in this decision to prioritize the health and safety of our program participants, volunteers, and staff.  We value your time and interest in our programming!


We’re Still Here to Serve You!

It may look a little different, but our Winnebago County educators have been busy providing programming & services, working with volunteers and gathering resources to assist our community with the COVID-19 pandemic. Scroll down to see all of our current services or click here to browse by program area.

How we’ve been serving our communities throughout the pandemic:

For current information about Extension services across the state:

In-Person Programming Updates

We know that our stakeholders are eager to gather together to learn and share. We at Extension share those feelings, and we want to share some information on how we’re handling in-person events this summer. We are excited to be planning the return of our in-person events and the opportunities for educational programming that they provide. Keeping the health of everyone in our community in mind, we’re approaching our programming with intentional steps. These steps follow CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and UW-Madison guidance. These requirements are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In Wisconsin, we take care of each other. We take health and safety very seriously, for everyone in our communities. Our staff, our participants, and our communities all need to practice safe behavior to make sure the COVID-19 virus doesn’t spread further or make the situation worse.

We know the COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for our communities, and we know we’re still feeling the effects. The truth is, the virus is still out there and still poses a risk to everyone. Extension has been delivering programming throughout the “safer at home” restrictions and we continue to do so now. Extension is here for you and our community.

 


We’re Still Here to Serve You!

Click any button below for information on specific services and programs, how to access them, and how find our staff during social (physical) distancing! Or continue scrolling down to browse through all programs and services.

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A Message to Our Community

The UW-Madison Division of Extension is deeply saddened about the senseless violence directed toward Jacob Blake and his family in Kenosha. This is another display of unnecessary police force that makes our communities less safe. This is yet another preventable action that undermines the connectedness and cohesiveness of our communities. Extension strongly condemns all forms of bigotry and racism. We are embarking on intentional steps to make ours a more equitable, anti-racist, non-biased, and inclusive organization. We stand behind actions to ensure each and every person is treated equitably and does not live in fear of those entrusted with their safety.

We are in this together; and we are committed to engaging in the conversations and difficult work necessary to bring about a more just and equitable society.

Sincerely,
The Winnebago County Extension team

News Releases from UW-Madison’s Division of Extension: 

See the Winnebago County COVID-19 Current Programming Page for Resources on Talking About Race in Your Family or Community.


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Human Development & Relationships
Examples of Human Development & Relationships programming in Winnebago County: Parenting & Family Relationships, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group (GRG), Home & Community Education (HCE) and Financial Education (including Rent Smart & Money Matters).

Our educators are currently working remotely.  Voicemail is checked periodically, but email is the preferred method of contact.  For additional support or more information, please contact:

Human Development & Relationships COVID-19 Response Report

Extension faculty, researchers, staff, and educators with a Human Development & Relationships focus responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways to meet the needs of families and address issues associated with mental health, financial stress, positive parenting, and community connectedness.  View the report here.

Weekly Resource Round-Up (COVID-19)

How to Avoid Getting Tangled in Online Arguments (NEW! 9/10/2020)

Many of us are using social media more than ever during these times of physical distancing, that combined with the current distress many people are feeling and the complex world we are navigating can create a lot of negative (and regretful) experiences online. Check out these tips for bringing your best self to your social media interactions.

Seguimos adelante durante COVID-19: decidir quién, cuándo y cómo (NEW! 9/11/2020)

La pandemia de COVID-19 condujo a meses de órdenes de “quédese en casa” por todo el país. Se exhortó a la gente a quedarse en casa para evitar la propagación del virus. Se cerraron negocios y lugares de trabajo, lugares de culto, escuelas y guarderías. Ahora que estos lugares abren de nuevo poco a poco, puede ser tiempo de decidir cómo o cuándo regresar a estos lugares o con quién comenzar a involucrarse en persona. Esta guía le ayudará a recorrer el proceso de toma de decisiones. Le ayudará a ponderar sus propios riesgos y beneficios de interactuar con otros en lugares públicos o en su casa de nuevo.

Moving Forward During COVID-19: Deciding Who, How and When (NEW! 8/7/2020)

Everything feels like a major decision and right now, the reality is that in some cases there are no right, good and perfect answers. To support you in making your own best decisions, we have created a decision making worksheet, flowchart and interactive tool to help you navigate the decision making process.

We are back with our “Let’s Talk” series. Each Wednesday from 10:00-10:30 we will discuss a topic on stress, resilience and well-being.

Let's Talk: A digital conversation for everyone. We will talk about isolation, ways to connect, ideas for wellness and building community. Wednesdays 10am-1030am.

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Give Help • Get Help Hub

United Way Fox Cities

The new website is designed to be a convenient, easy-to-use, “one-stop-shop” to connect emerging health, safety, and socio-economic needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic with current and emerging resources in the Fox Cities. Whether you want to lend a helping hand, or you need a helping hand, GiveHelpGetHelpFoxCities.org is where needs and help connect.

Give Help

The Give Help • Get Help Hub is your one-stop resource to find ways you can give help.

  • Donate needed items, such as food, toilet paper, etc.
  • Volunteer to pack food, sew masks, etc.
  • Call people who are isolated
  • Deliver food to homebound
  • And more!

Get Help

If you have been affected by COVID-19 and you’re in need of assistance, please know that you’re not alone.

  • See childcare options for essential workers
  • Access food and personal care items
  • Find someone to talk to or mental health care
  • Get transportation to medical and other appointments
  • Learn about prescription delivery options
  • And more!

Have a family member or friend without internet access? Direct them to call 211 instead.


Parenting & Family Relationships


Parenting

Many parents are asking how they can talk to their children about race. Please check out the following resources. The most important advice is to realize that parents can influence their children and provide the reassurance and information that is appropriate for their development.

A Message to Our Community

The UW-Madison Division of Extension is deeply saddened about the senseless violence directed toward Jacob Blake and his family in Kenosha. This is another display of unnecessary police force that makes our communities less safe. This is yet another preventable action that undermines the connectedness and cohesiveness of our communities. Extension strongly condemns all forms of bigotry and racism. We are embarking on intentional steps to make ours a more equitable, anti-racist, non-biased, and inclusive organization. We stand behind actions to ensure each and every person is treated equitably and does not live in fear of those entrusted with their safety.

We are in this together; and we are committed to engaging in the conversations and difficult work necessary to bring about a more just and equitable society.

Sincerely,
The Winnebago County Extension team

 


Caregiver Chats (NEW! 8/31/2020)

4th Wednesday of the month via Zoom, Time: 4-5 p.m.

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but it is also full of challenges. It’s critical that caregivers take care of themselves so they can better care for their loved ones. All caregivers are invited to join Extension Outagamie County and the Outagamie County Caregiver Coalition for a Caregiver Chat.

Caregiver Chats are designed to provide a place to openly share and discuss what’s happening in your life as a caregiver. These chats are designed to provide a place to openly share and discuss what’s happening in your life as a caregiver. Join us each month for insightful conversations around caregiving challenges, discover helpful resources, and gain encouragement from professionals and your peers.

Register now! https://bit.ly/CaregiverChats. For more information contact Karen Dickrell, Human Development and Relationships Educator at 920-841-0272 or karen.dickrell@wisc.edu.

Coping & Decision Making for Parents & Families

  • Moving Forward During COVID-19: Deciding Who, How and When
    The COVID-19 pandemic led to months of “Stay at Home” orders across the country. People were encouraged to stay at home to avoid the spread of the virus. Businesses and workplaces, places of worship, schools, and daycares were closed. Now that these locations are slowly opening back up, it may be time to decide how or when to return to these places or who to start engaging with in-person. This guide will walk you through the decision-making process. It will help you weigh out your own risks and benefits of interacting with others in public spaces or in your homes again.
  • 12 Tips for Helping Your Kid through a Pandemic
    Provided by: Wisconsin Alumni Association
    “We are in the midst of chronic stress,” says Marcia Slattery ’83, MD’88, who is a pediatric psychiatrist, UW professor, and director of the UW Anxiety Disorders program…Adults are feeling the impacts of this chronic stress, certainly, but so are children.

Family Activities

Educational Resources

 

Childcare During COVID-19

Co-Parenting During COVID-19

Parenting 24/7 During COVID-19

Provided by “Parenting for Lifelong Health” who is providing open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19 in partnership with the World Health OrganizationUNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good ThingsUSAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Financial Education


Financial Resources for COVID-19 (NEW! 9/14/2020)

UW-Madison Division of Extension has compiled resources to help you with financial needs related to COVID-19. Check out these tools to help you find the resources you need by topic.

New Video Series Available:

  • UW Mindful Money Moments (NEW in 2020!)
    A series of videos (released weekly) exploring financial resources and learning opportunities, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.
  • Money As You Grow (NEW in 2020!)
    A series of book read-alongs with UW-Madison Extension educators designed to build early financial literacy skills in children.

Rent Smart Virtual Workshops Available: 2020 VIRTUAL Rent Smart Flyer

Extension now has virtual Rent Smart workshops available!  Workshops are one hour per session, two sessions per week, for three weeks.  Participants must complete all six sessions of the course to earn the Rent Smart Certificate.  To see dates & times available and to register for the class, please click here.  Please fill out the registration form completely and accurately.  Online registration is required.

Housing

  • The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) assists eligible renters who have had a significant reduction in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent. 
    The Wisconsin Department of Administration announced a new program using federal CARES Act funds to provide financial assistance for owed rent and security deposits for eligible households. Eligibility is determined by a documented income loss due to the pandemic. These WRAP (Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program) funds will be available to adult Wisconsin residents with household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of, or prior to, the application date. Any payments received, up to $3,000, will be paid directly to landlords or rental management companies.
    ADVOCAP is the administrator of this program in Winnebago County. Applications are being accepted by phone ONLY at 920-922-7760.

 

  • Below are a few deadlines and resources for renters and landlords/property managers. The following provisions apply to evictions related to nonpayment of rent. Landlords may still evict tenants for breaking other lease agreements. The WI Department of Ag, Trade, and Consumer Protection emergency rule that prevents landlords from charging late fees or penalties for missed or late rent payments during the public health emergency ends on August 8, 2020. The federal moratorium that covers certain tenants living in Section 8 housing and in properties that have federally insured mortgages expired July 24, 2020. In some situations (generally single-family homes), the FHA, VA, and USDA have extended eviction protections until August 31, 2020. A tenant may not know if their landlord is getting this relief unless they talk with them. HUD does require certain multifamily borrowers/owners in forbearance to inform all residents of the ban on evictions solely for nonpayment of rent. Renters with concerns about later or nonpayment fees and penalties occurring before the deadline may find more information at: https://www.legalaction.org/additional-resources/housing or file a complaint with the WI Department of Justice at: https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dls/consumer-protection

 

  • The Public Service Commission voted to extend the moratorium that bars utilities from disconnecting residential customers behind on their bills to September 1.
    • An estimated 70,000 households throughout the state were at risk of losing their electric, gas or water service if the moratorium had not been extended. The extension of the moratorium on disconnecting service applies only to residential customers and doesn’t include small business or commercial customers.
    • The Wisconsin Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources provides services to Wisconsin qualified residential households with energy assistance and weatherization needs. For more information call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) or visit their website for information on who is eligible for assistance and where to apply in your area. Low income individuals who have at least one child in the house and are facing an emergency can apply for Emergency Assistance to pay a utility bill.

Managing Personal Finances:

  • Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 (UW-Madison Division of Extension)

    The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. As of mid-July, half of American adults reported they had lost employment income because of the pandemic. About one-in-four adults reported that they either missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment, or had slight to no confidence that their household could make the next payment on time. The frequently asked questions below highlight some common financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer to each question has links to government websites and the types of assistance that might be available. We will keep updating this information as new policies and resources are put into place.

  • Dealing with a Drop in Income (UW-Madison Division of Extension)
    Sometimes a household’s income drops suddenly and drastically because of a job layoff, an illness or death, or a divorce. This document walks you through everything you need to know when times are tough and the bills keep coming after your income drops. Dealing with a Drop in Income in Espanol: Cómo Manejar una Reducción de los Ingresos
  • Are you wondering how COVID-19 Response Programs impact INCOME ELIGIBILITY for various programs?  Check out these resources:

Employment:

  • Microsoft, New North, American Family Insurance, and gener8tor Partner to Help Job Seekers
    gener8tor Upskilling- Accelerator Program (A Free Job Training Program)

Consumers

 

Transportation


Health & Well-Being
Examples of Health & Well-Being programming in Winnebago County: FoodWIse Nutrition Education, Food Preservation and Behavioral Health (mental health first aid, mindfulness & stress management, resilient communities, Taking Care of You, Sources of Strength)

Our educators are currently working remotely.  Voicemail is checked periodically, but email is the preferred method of contact.  For additional support or more information, please contact:

Weekly Resource Round-Up (COVID-19)

Seguimos adelante durante COVID-19: decidir quién, cuándo y cómo (NEW! 9/11/2020)

La pandemia de COVID-19 condujo a meses de órdenes de “quédese en casa” por todo el país. Se exhortó a la gente a quedarse en casa para evitar la propagación del virus. Se cerraron negocios y lugares de trabajo, lugares de culto, escuelas y guarderías. Ahora que estos lugares abren de nuevo poco a poco, puede ser tiempo de decidir cómo o cuándo regresar a estos lugares o con quién comenzar a involucrarse en persona. Esta guía le ayudará a recorrer el proceso de toma de decisiones. Le ayudará a ponderar sus propios riesgos y beneficios de interactuar con otros en lugares públicos o en su casa de nuevo.

Moving Forward During COVID-19: Deciding Who, How and When (NEW! 8/7/2020)

Everything feels like a major decision and right now, the reality is that in some cases there are no right, good and perfect answers. To support you in making your own best decisions, we have created a decision making worksheet, flowchart and interactive tool to help you navigate the decision making process.

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

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A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times

We are experiencing a period of history that we could not have predicted or prepared for, this toolkit, has a lot of excellent information, resources and tools that will support you in creating a plan for your own wellness. Download the workbook here. Provided by The Wellness Society

 

We are back with our “Let’s Talk” series.

Each Wednesday from 10:00-10:30 we will discuss a topic on stress, resilience and well-being.

Let's Talk: A digital conversation for everyone. We will talk about isolation, ways to connect, ideas for wellness and building community. Wednesdays 10am-1030am.

Meeting ID: 912 5567 3388
Password: 1234

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Give Help • Get Help Hub

United Way Fox Cities

The new website is designed to be a convenient, easy-to-use, “one-stop-shop” to connect emerging health, safety, and socio-economic needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic with current and emerging resources in the Fox Cities. Whether you want to lend a helping hand, or you need a helping hand, GiveHelpGetHelpFoxCities.org is where needs and help connect.

Give Help

The Give Help • Get Help Hub is your one-stop resource to find ways you can give help.

  • Donate needed items, such as food, toilet paper, etc.
  • Volunteer to pack food, sew masks, etc.
  • Call people who are isolated
  • Deliver food to homebound
  • And more!

Get Help

If you have been affected by COVID-19 and you’re in need of assistance, please know that you’re not alone.

  • See childcare options for essential workers
  • Access food and personal care items
  • Find someone to talk to or mental health care
  • Get transportation to medical and other appointments
  • Learn about prescription delivery options
  • And more!

Have a family member or friend without internet access? Direct them to call 211 instead.

UW-Madison COVID-19 Research & Resources

Learn how UW–Madison is supporting public health and the people of Wisconsin and get weekly tips & updates on COVID-19. See their website for more info and to receive weekly updates in your email.

  • Badger Talks: Wearing masks to reduce COVID-19 transmission
    In this week’s Badger Talks episode, UW–Madison associate professor of population health sciences Ajay Sethi shares the best practices for mask use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing a cloth mask anytime you are indoors or will be within six feet of others is crucial for keeping both you and your community healthy by blocking the transmission of virus-containing droplets.
    Watch the full Badger Talks episode with Ajay Sethi.
  • Can Your Mask Stop a Cough?
    UW–Madison Professor Scott Sanders discusses the benefits of wearing a good mask. His team created a video that demonstrates how droplets from a cough escape from or remain inside masks of varying styles and materials. According to Sanders, the ideal mask would work whether wearers are talking, yelling, coughing or sneezing.
    Watch the video to see how a mask stops a cough.
  • Badger Talks: Cultivating a Healthy Mind in Challenging Times, Presented by Pelin Kesebir
    In challenging times, it’s comforting to know that our happiness is dictated more by our state of mind than our circumstances. This starts by cultivating healthy habits of the mind such as optimism, resilience and mindfulness. In this talk, Pelin will give practical tips to learn to better manage our thoughts and emotions to aid in living a happier life. Pelin Kesebir has received her degree in Social Psychology and Personality from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently works as a scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. She studies happiness and virtues, and the different ways in which we can cultivate our well-being skills.

To view the Badger Talks live streams and upcoming events on Facebook, visit the UW Connects Facebook page.

Mental Health

Mindfulness continues to be so important during times of distress.

Are you looking to add mindfulness to your daily life but don’t know how to start? This infographic presents mindfulness in an accessible format, providing an overview of what mindfulness is (and is not), useful anchors, ways in which mindfulness can help you, and selected mindfulness practices. Provided by Policy Research Associates: Creating Positive Social Change.

 

Volunteer Fox Cities- Phone Pals

The Phone Pals program provides friendly phone calls to individuals who are home bound and isolated.  Callers will connect with individuals, provide companionship through phone conversations, and be able to provide information so the individuals can connect to resources in the community if needed. Calls will take place at a frequency that is agreed upon by the volunteer and the isolated individual. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive a call from a Phone Pal volunteer, please visit https://www.volunteerfoxcities.org/phonepals-call/

 

Emotional CPR Listener Warmline

LEAVEN Fox Cites has been training volunteers to provide Emotional CPR over the past few years. In light of the current state, they are mobilizing their network to provide emotional support. If you are feeling alone or afraid or just want to connect with another human being, our Emotional CPR Warmline is now LIVE!

We are not clinicians but every day people who want to listen to what you are going through. Please give us a call at 920-931-2572.

Until we connect, take good care of you!

Emotional CPR Virtual Training

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a community education program that teaches people how to support another person experiencing emotional crisis. As a community, we are experiencing collective trauma resulting from COVID-19. The trauma is best described as feelings of isolation, uncertainty, fear, anxiety and grief to name but a few.

Join us for a FREE 2-hour Introductory Workshop on Emotional CPR – the community education program that teaches people how to support another person experiencing emotional distress.

  • Registration is required to attend. Please email Lynn McLaughlin at dandalliance@gmail.com to reserve your spot. This opportunity is presented by LEAVEN, with support from area funders.
  • More information (including dates) in attached flyer.

Peer Support Warm Line-Iris Place (920-815-3217)

Struggling? Please remember that the Iris Place peer-support warm line is operating 24/7 at this time. Our warm line is a form of social support for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to mental health and/or substance abuse. The warm line offers a judgement-free conversation with an experienced peer support specialist.

When you call, please leave a message and you will receive a call from a peer support specialist within 4 hours.

NAMI Fox Valley and Iris Place

ESTHER’s Mental Health Task Force Presents: Addiction Recovery Coach Training

Through a grant from Forward Community Investments and some additional support from First Congregational United Church of Christ of Appleton, ESTHER is able to offer a training to people to become recovery coaches.These funds are supporting the training of people as recovery coaches (at a greatly reduced cost) to assist those who are recovering from substance abuse and other addictions. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the need for recovery coaches, and this project is designed to assist in meeting this need in our area.

  • The five-day training will be conducted by Helios Recovery
  • September 14-18, 2020 from 11am to 3pm
  • Via Adobe Connect (digital platform)
  • Please see the attached flyer for more details and registration

Partnership Community Health Center

At Partnership Community Health Center Inc. (PCHC), our mission is to improve the health status of the medically under served by providing comprehensive primary care services. Founded as a free clinic in 1997 as Fox Cities Community Health Center, the PCHC has grown into a full service medical provider for patients living in Outagamie, Winnebago, and Calumet counties in central Wisconsin. PCHC opened its dental clinic in January 2009 with one full-time dentist and hygenist. Today, the health center has grown to provide three dentists and a full staff of hygienists, assistants, and support members. In 2009, the dental team at PCHC saw over 4,000 patients from the tri-county area and will continue to grow as the need for affordable care continues to soar.

Health Insurance – Covering Wisconsin

  • Covering Wisconsin COVID-19 Flyer – Did you lose your job and need health insurance?
  • Covering Wisconsin’s Mission (in partnership with UW-Madison Division of Extension) is to connect Wisconsin residents with appropriate insurance coverage and other programs that support health, and to promote effective use of these programs. See the our website  for:
  • Health Insurance Help
  • How-To Sheets
    • Where do I go for care?
    • What if I can’t pay my bill?
    • Health insurance terms
  • Assister Materials (County specific info, options for immigrants, trainings)
  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) –  FAQ on COVID and your Health Insurance

Transportation for Essential needs (work, medical appointments, food, etc)

Division of Extension: Safe & Healthy Food for Your Family

  • Food Safety & Food Preservation Blog
    Check out our website blog for current food safety tips: safe purchasing/recalls, COVID-19 safety and other seasonal tips & safety information.
  • Starting A Food Business
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will host a two-part webinar to kick off a series on the topics of food safety during COVID19 and processing/manufacturing and licensing requirements for small scale food entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. For more information see the Division of Extension’s Safe & Healthy Food for Your Family Website.
    • Webinar 1: July 13, 9:00 a.m. Food safety document development for small food processors, killing two birds with one stone: FSMA compliance and COVID-19 preparedness
      Registration Link
    • Webinar 2: August 10, 9:00 a.m. – Starting a food business in Wisconsin: keep food safety in mind (What are the licensing requirements for starting a food business in Wisconsin?)
      Registration Link
  • Safe and Healthy Food: Did you know that we are here to help you to safely preserve your food? Our recipes are tested to keep your family safe and healthy. Contact Mandi Dornfeld (amanda.dornfeld@wisc.edu or 920-232-1973) with questions or concerns about safe food preservation.
  • Canner Lid Testing We are ready for you to safely drop your canner lid off with a NO contact option. Your safety is our priority.

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Our educators are currently working remotely.  Voicemail is checked periodically, but email is the preferred method of contact.  For additional support or more information, please contact:

Struggling to afford food? Many programs that provide food or money for food have changed to allow more people to participate, and to allow people to get more benefits than usual. Food Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19..

  • COVID-19 Food Access Resource Guide for Winnebago County 6/15/2020
    People around Wisconsin face challenges in getting the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety concerns make it challenging to shop for food, and limited income makes it harder to afford food. Children are no longer getting meals at school, and many food assistance programs are operating differently during the pandemic. This Food Resource Guide for Winnebago County provides information about public programs, community resources, and food shopping options in Winnebago County to help meet food needs during this crisis. Also check out this short list of Food Pantries & Summer School Meals in Winnebago County.

Oshkosh Area Community Pantry

The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry is NOW open! You can find out information and hours of service at their Facebook page.

 

Feeding America Food Drives

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Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute healthy food directly to high-need areas, free of charge. Use the Food Pantry Locator to find pantries and meal programs in your area, or check out our special programs below.

Drive-thru Mobile Food Pantry/Farm to Family Food Distribution: Fox Valley Region SCHEDULE

  • Quantities are limited and will be given away on a first come, first served basis.
  • Limit ONE box per vehicle unless picking up on behalf of a homebound individual.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • Do not exit your vehicle at any time.
  • Follow directions of posted signs.
  • Have room in your vehicle’s trunk or backseat to accommodate box of food.
  • Please wait patiently while others are served.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY DATES EXTENDED.
Locations include Appleton, Menasha, Oshkosh, Ripon, Berlin, Green Lake, Wautoma, Waupaca, Shawano, Green Bay. See the  Fox Valley Region SCHEDULE for details.

 

Making homemade food from scratch just simply tastes better! 

It can also help cut costs on grocery budgets and is much more nutritious.Cooking from scratch may start off taking a bit more of your time, but the more you do it, the easier and faster it gets. Try these recipes from USDA’s MyPlate Kitchen:

Build Your Own Cookbook

Create a cookbook with your favorite recipes from MyPlate Kitchen. Get started here.

Fruits and Vegetables in your Meals

Wisconsin is not a year round growing state, so in our area fruits and vegetables should be purchased when in season. This means as soon as farmers harvest it. This is best for freshness, flavor, nutritional content as well as price.  It is also easier to find at your local grocery stores and farmers markets.

Children Helping in the Kitchen

Including children in the kitchen can be very rewarding!  It’s a great way for them to learn and to spend quality time together.  This is also a wonderful way for them to be introduced to new foods, allowing them to make healthy choices and be open and willing to try new foods. You can start introducing them into the kitchen to help as early as 2 years old.  At this age, children can throw things away and help set the table.  This video can give you great ideas for children of all ages.



Examples of Agriculture/Horticulture programming in Winnebago County: Crops & Soils, Livestock, Horticulture (including plant health advice), Community Garden and Master Gardener program.

Our educators are currently working remotely.  Voicemail is checked periodically, but email is the preferred method of contact.  For additional support or more information, please contact:

Urban Forestry Workshop

This year’s Urban Forestry Workshop will be hosted online as a workshop series and will be free to participants. The workshops will take place on Friday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 beginning September 25 and running through October 16. This series will provide training for urban forestry clientele on current trends and research based information regarding – tree selectionquality treescommunity tree management and using gravel beds for nursery stock. CEUs for ISA & NALP will be available.

This virtual training is being offered statewide and registration is being handled online through the UW-Madison Extension office in Kenosha County. For registration and workshop/speaker details, visit their website at go.wisc.edu/urbanforestry

Crops, Soils & Livestock

A Message from John Thompson, Agriculture Educator

Winnebago producers,

While we at Extension Winnebago County are coping with this situation and are avoiding face to face contact, I am available through e-mail or office phone for any issues or just to talk. You as Winnebago Ag Producers are not alone in this, so please reach out if you need.

Thanks,
John Thompson

Soil Testing

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are unable to take soil samples in our office, but you can still get your soil tested at the UW Soil & Forage lab! Please visit the their website for information on how to submit a sample.

Do you need help taking a soil sample? You can find instructions on how to take an accurate soil sample here!

 

Plant Health Advice

Plant Health Staff will be working remotely to comply with organizational guidelines in regards to COVID-19 precautions. The Extension Winnebago County office cannot accept samples, walk-in clients, or phone calls in regards to plant health or identification of plants or insects.

You may submit questions and photos via email to plantadvice@co.winnebago.wi.us, and our Plant Health Staff will respond as they are able. 

For all your gardening needs, see https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/.

Horticulture Tips on Facebook!

The Wisconsin Horticulture-Extension Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinGarden/, provides timely topics and information for all things horticulture!  Check us out for updates on different presentations provided throughout the year to increase your knowledge on gardening.

 


Positive Youth Development
Examples of Positive Youth Development programming in Winnebago County: 4-H Youth Development program and youth/science outreach activities.

Our educators are currently working remotely.  Voicemail is checked periodically, but email is the preferred method of contact.  For additional support or more information, please contact:

A message from Dana Berger, 4-H Program Coordinator

Even though our youth and volunteers are unable to work together in person, 4-H is still active!  Thank you so much to our club leaders and project volunteers for making the effort to keep youth engaged during this time by hosting virtual meetings and events!

Here’s How to Find Our Current Events & Activities:

Drive Thru 4-H Awards BanquetYou’re Invited!

Drive-Thru 4-H Awards Banquet

Saturday, October 10th  •  3pm-5pm
James P Coughlin Center
625 E County Road Y, Oshkosh
 
Winnebago County 4-H Raffle

Check out our 4-H youth & adult talents in the Winnebago County Fair Showcase!
Departments will be released weekly on the Winnebago County Fair Facebook.

Winnebago County Fair Showcase - Check out our amazingly talented exhibitors on Facebook!

Resources for 4-H Volunteers & Leaders:

UPDATES (8/1/2020)
Let’s keep our clubs active during COVID as much as possible! Unfortunately, COVID will be around for a while and we need to plan for a “new normal” as we move into the new 4-H year.  Consider trying small group project meetings, outdoor park meetings with multiple pods of 10 or less, demo days, trail or highway clean up, porch pick up kits, and supplement with zooms or other online conference options.  

 

Record Books – Don’t write-off this year, write about it!

Club Leaders will have until November 1 to submit record books advancing to the county level to the Extension office.  Even though we went through half of a year with Covid, we encourage youth to work on a record book and reflect on any projects worked on and how the pandemic may have affected project work and participation.  It will be an interesting year to document!

NEW! All youth have the option to do a “4-H EZ Record Form” this year in lieu of a record book. We encourage ALL members, to at minimum, complete a 4-H EZ Record Form. 
 
Electronic version of the new EZ Form is available on the Record Book website – along with traditional record book forms and information about digital and video record books and the Outstanding Record Book Competition.
Outstanding Record Book Award levels are:
  • Participation Sticker: All members who submit a record book to their club (traditional, digital, video or the new 4-H EZ Record Form) and that are not forwarded to the county level will receive this award. Note: The new 4-H EZ Record Forms are not eligible for advancement to the county-level.
  • Gold Achievement 4-H Club Work Sticker:  all record books that club leaders nominate for a County Outstanding Award.
  • Gold 4-H Clover Sticker:  County Outstanding Award
  • Merit Sticker:  Exemplary!
  • Cloverbud Sticker:  Received at the county-level to recognize their participation.

State & National 4-H & Youth At-Home Learning Resources


Fun Hands-on Learning To Do At Home

Welcome to a Hands-On Learning Adventure!

In Wisconsin 4-H, we believe in educational opportunities that involve youth in their own learning. We encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. We want youth to DO a hands-on activity, REFLECT on their experience, and APPLY what they learned in the current activity and beyond.

We also know that world events could prevent some of those things from happening. Let’s not let them!

Educators from around the state chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information. We only listed the ones we think are the best, in the current situation. Happy Learning!

 

4-H AT HOME

Explore fun, educational activities and learning experiences for kids and teens to do at home.
Brought to you by the National 4-H Council.

4-H At Home Website



Community Development

Examples of Community Development programming in Winnebago County: Community & Economic Development and Community Food Systems

Our educators are currently working remotely.  Voicemail is checked periodically, but email is the preferred method of contact.  For additional support or more information, please contact:

  • Mia Ljung (Community Development Educator): mia.ljung@wisc.edu or leave a message at 920-944-3628.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.

Reopen Guidelines and Relief/Recovery Resources 

Grants and Loans for Small Businesses and Nonprofits during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving many Wisconsin businesses struggling and scrambling to find a way to manage through this public health crisis. Feberal and State leaders moved quickly to provide resources to small businesses. UW-Madison Division of Extension’s goal is to provide clear, concise information and to provide access to valuable resources for Wisconsin’s small businesses and supporting partners: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covid19/2020/05/19/financial-assistance-for-small-businesses-during-covid-19/

The Winnebago County COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program (RRL)

aims to assist businesses in Winnebago County that are negatively affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.  The low-interest loan helps keep businesses financially solvent while complying with the enforced restrictions.  Visit the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation Website for more information.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund Grants – Fox Cities

United Way Fox Cities and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region partnered to establish the COVID-19 Community Response Fund. The fund within the Community Foundation supports local nonprofit and other community organizations engaging in immediate basic needs relief, short-term response, and longer-term recovery in Outagamie, Calumet, Shawano, Waupaca and the Neenah-Menasha area of Winnebago counties impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.Currently the fund is in “Phase One” of granting, addressing immediate basic needs for people who are disproportionately affected by the crisis. This phase includes proactively identifying potential grant recipients and using input, guidance, and research from organizations and others in the community to make grant decisions.As the crisis and long-term impacts continue to unfold, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities will continue to assess and consider evolving the granting approach into subsequent phases for many types of nonprofit organizations. The grants committee meets on a weekly basis to understand needs and make decisions.For information on how to apply or to donate, as well a list of grant recipients visit https://www.unitedwayfoxcities.org/covid-19/community-response-fund/.

Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund

Oshkosh Area United Way and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation have launched a collaborative emergency financial response, the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund has been established to provide flexible financial resources to 501(c)(3) organizations working in the Oshkosh community who are disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The Community Foundation and United Way, in consultation and partnership with other community entities, will administer grants from the Fund in phases to help address immediate needs and short-term and longer-term impacts of the outbreak and recovery.During Phase One, priority will be given to nonprofits that are providing direct assistance to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Such assistance may include the provision of food and hygiene supplies, housing, childcare, and/or health services. All grants in Phase One will be related to the increased demand due to COVID-19 and the Safer-at-Home Order. The immediate priority is emergency relief and support. We will consider additional requests as the weeks unfold and as funds are available.For more information: https://www.oshkoshunitedway.org/COVID19/


A Call to Action

As you know, the murder of George Floyd, and too many other Black men and women before him, has spurred anger and despair into action in many communities here in Wisconsin and beyond. Extension is by virtue of its values, inherently committed to racial equity by highlighting INCLUSIVENESS: “We recognize, appreciate and honor the differences, similarities and contributions of all people and communities. We are intentional in our efforts to ensure equity, justice and fairness. We  embrace new ideas and approaches in our work.”

Extension as well as many other organizations and institutions still have work to do in this space, such as raising self-awareness on racial bias (in particular if we are white) and to become more skillful in co-creating programs WITH and not FOR people of color.

Resources

A Message to Our Community

The UW-Madison Division of Extension is deeply saddened about the senseless violence directed toward Jacob Blake and his family in Kenosha. This is another display of unnecessary police force that makes our communities less safe. This is yet another preventable action that undermines the connectedness and cohesiveness of our communities. Extension strongly condemns all forms of bigotry and racism. We are embarking on intentional steps to make ours a more equitable, anti-racist, non-biased, and inclusive organization. We stand behind actions to ensure each and every person is treated equitably and does not live in fear of those entrusted with their safety.

We are in this together; and we are committed to engaging in the conversations and difficult work necessary to bring about a more just and equitable society.

Sincerely,
The Winnebago County Extension team



Didn’t Find What You Were Looking For?

Give us a call!  920-232-1970
Please leave a message, as our staff are working remotely. Phone messages are being checked regularly and we will return your call as soon as we are able.


Contactless Drop-off Available for Paperwork/Payments:

While we continue to practice physical distancing and limited building accessibility to the public, we have several options for submitting paperwork and/or payments to the office:

  • Dropbox: We do have a dropbox available outside of our building, located next to the Employee Entrance on the northeast side of the building (closest to County Road Y).  Click here for instructions and photos.
  • Mail: If you would like to mail our office, please use this address and format (note: do not send cash payments via mail, check payments only):
    Extension Winnebago County
    Attn: (Name of Staff Member)
    625 E. County Rd. Y, Suite 600
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
  • Email: You can send paperwork directly to an Extension Winnebago County staff member.  See our directory for staff contact information.

 

 

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