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 working remotely.

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!

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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Winnebago County 4-H


A Message to Our Community

We are heartbroken by the senseless loss of yet another Black life, a reflection of the ongoing systemic racism and the broader social and economic injustices in our country. As members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Winnebago County community, we concur with the words of Karl Martin, Dean of Extension.

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

Look for yellow boxes in our program areas below for additional information and resources:

Parenting: Talking to Your Kids About Race
Community Development: A Call to Action


Newsletters

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Extension Winnebago County
Winnebago County 4-H


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:

Weekly Resource Round-Up (COVID-19)

Daily Updates: We are posting resources DAILY on Facebook to help individuals and families during these challenging times.


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

We are heartbroken by the senseless loss of yet another Black life, a reflection of the ongoing systemic racism and the broader social and economic injustices in our country. As members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Winnebago County community, we concur with the words of Karl Martin, Dean of Extension.

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

 


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


Finances & Employment:

Consumers

  • Resources to help you avoid scams (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
    Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to con people into giving up their money. During this time of uncertainty, knowing about possible scams is a good first step toward preventing them.

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. In general, eligible applicants must be an adult Wisconsin resident with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of, or prior to, the application date. Up to $3000 in funds per household are available to cover rent and security deposits. At least one member of the household must have a social security number. Households currently receiving other public rental assistance benefits or public housing are not eligible. ADVOCAP is distributing WRAP funds in Winnebago County. Please contact them by phone at 920-922-7760.
  • Wisconsin Emergency Order #15, Temporary Ban on Evictions and Foreclosures, which temporarily prevented landlords from starting eviction proceedings, expired May 26, 2020. The Wisconsin 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 is still in place until August 8, 2020. With the 60-day freeze on evictions now ended, each landlord or rental management company will determine how to handle any delayed rent payments. If you know you will not be able to pay all or some of your rent at any point, it’s best to contact your landlord before you miss a payment so they know you are keeping track and aware of the situation. Check out the Extension publication on Dealing with a Drop In Income for steps to take in prioritizing bills and contacting your landlord about a payment plan.​

Transportation


Health & Well-Being
Examples of Health & Well-Being programming in Winnebago County: FoodWIse Nutrition Education 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)

Daily Updates: We are posting resources DAILY on Facebook to help individuals and families during these challenging times.

The Health and Well-Being Institute Presents “Highlights of Taking Care of You”

Explore ways to take better care of yourself and manage stress in weekly 45-minute Zoom sessions beginning Tuesday July 14. Please Register in Advance (limited to 25 participants).

 

Mental Health

Need to Talk? The power of human connection is just a call away.

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)


FoodWIse Logo. Healthy choices, healthy lives. UW-Madison Extension
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

USDA Logo

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.

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.

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:

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/.

Winnebago County Community Garden plots are open!

There are still some plots available!
**There are garden plots available to rent this growing season. If you are interested in renting a plot, please call our office at 920-232-1970 and we can help you get registered!**
20 x 80 ft plots are $30 (limited availability), and 20 x 40 plots available for $15

More information can be found on our Community Gardens of Oshkosh page!

 


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!

Check out the 4-H Calendar for Winnebago County Events:

Join us on ZOOM for Weekly “Workshops” on a variety of Topics

County-wide project meetings & support (Horse, Dog, etc)

Check out the May/June Newsletter for these Fun Activities to do at home:

Connect 4 – Win a 4-H Bandanna!

Flat 4-H Fred and Frieda

Cooking Challenge – Win a 4-H Cookie Cutter!

Follow our Facebook page for the most up to date information on Winnebago County 4-H Events & Activities.

4-H Record Books
4-H Members – Don’t forget to work on your 4-H Record Book! We will still be having Record Book Reading this fall. Record books help you track your learning and progress in your projects – no matter if that learning was a project meetings, the county fair, at home or online!

Check out some of the great DIGITAL options for record books that were introduced in 2019.

Resource for 4-H Volunteers & Leaders:

Read more about WI 4-H Statewide COVID-19 response here, including procedures for local programming.

For Volunteer Leaders  – Delivering 4-H Through Technology

For Volunteer Leaders – Tips for SAFELY Engaging 4-H Youth in Online Learning


Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Opportunities

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!

In celebration of this beautiful planet, today and every day after, we are inviting you to the- Earth Stories Exchange!

To respond to the challenges COVID-19 poses, we have launched the Earth Stories Exchange to keep us all connected and sharing science through stories. Tell us about your adventures and explorations through prose, poem, song, comic strip, however you want! We’ll send you a story back sharing what’s happening in our neck of the (Upham) Woods.

.Our goal: Promote observation of the natural world by exploring outside and sharing your observations and discoveries through story (poem, song, video, comic strip, any way you want!).

You can view stories here.

You can find instructions here.

You can snail mail, e-mail, share your story on our social media pages, or submit online here.

Visit the Upham Woods Website

From the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program:

~ NEW! 6/16/2020 Marketing Your Livestock Project: A Guide for Youth and Families

~ UW-Virtual Farm Tours – Beef, Sheep & Swine. Recordings and Activity Materials available here.
~ See our COVID-19 pages for more Remote Learning Opportunities for Livestock.


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

We are heartbroken by the senseless loss of yet another Black life, a reflection of the ongoing systemic racism and the broader social and economic injustices in our country. As members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Winnebago County community, we concur with the words of Karl Martin, Dean of Extension.

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



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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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