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The Board of Directors of the United Way of Bemidji Area recently awarded $10,140 to five organizations seeking funding through the Venture Grant program.

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The programs and projects selected represent a broad spectrum of community needs with in United Way's focus areas of education, income and health.

The purpose of Venture Grants is to stimulate creative, collaborative solutions to new and emerging needs in order to effect change. Venture Grants are intended to provide short-term support for start up or development of new or untried programs and/or to enhance the capacity of existing agencies or delivery systems. Venture Grant applications are accepted and reviewed once a year.

The following programs and projects will receive United Way Venture Grant funding in 2011:

E North Star Chapter American Red Cross was awarded a Venture Grant of $1,375 for Citizen CPR Day. The purpose of the new America Red Cross "Citizen CPR" course is to teach untrained bystanders to perform hands-only CPR. Having more citizen bystanders trained in this simple skill will save lives by putting more cardiac arrest victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance. In October 2010, the America Red Cross announced a campaign to train 5 million people nationwide in hands-only CPR. The North Star Chapter proposes to train 100 area residents during the Beltrami Country Fair, Aug. 10-14.

E Beltrami Area Service Collaborative was awarded a Venture Grant of $2,390 for the Family Toybox project at Sanford Health Clinic. BASC, along with Sanford Health, the Thrive Initiative and Prime West Health, have partnered to create a model that focuses on integrating mental health within the primary care setting. The mission of the Share Care program is to provide a continuum of care in regards to the social-emotional health of young children/adolescents and their families and to bridge the gap between primary care doctors and mental health providers. This is being accomplished through: early intervention using screening tools, providing care coordination, and consultation between primary care providers at the Sanford Health Clinic and area psychiatric providers. In addition to these services, a parenting component will be added in 2011 through collaboration with Stellher Human Services by adding a Family Toybox and parent empowerment group at Sanford Clinic. Children and their parents who are identified through the screening process or who are referred through their pediatrician will be able to participate in these groups. Parents will learn how to structure a play session, reflective listening, limit-setting and child-centered imaginary play.

E The Bemidji Community Food Shelf was awarded a Venture Grant of $2,500 for their Proxy Assistance program. The program will provide emergency food boxes for seniors 65 and older who are not able to come to the food shelf because of some physical limitation. During the course of a year, the Venture Grant will provide 550 emergency food boxes to seniors in need. The food boxes can be requested "by proxy" and delivered through pastors or another church member to area churches or taken to the Senior Center for seniors to pick up.

E Northern Dental Access Center was awarded a Venture Grant of $2,500 for non-enrolled patient access. The Venture Grant will provide funding for Community Resource Connections to offer intake services on behalf of Northern Dental Access. The intake services will be used to determine if clients who are currently not enrolled in Minnesota Health Care would be eligible to receive care under Northern Dental's new Non-Enrolled Patient Schedule. The Non-Enrolled Patient Schedule offers discounted rates for basic dental services, available to eligible people on a cash basis.

With Community Resource Connection's expertise in a wide variety of social service programs and their current location of a satellite office at the dental clinic, it makes them the perfect partner in managing the eligibility process. In addition, CRC can offer additional help in identifying fuel assistance, food stamps, child care subsidies and insurance counseling. In the end of the first four months, more than 60 people will have received help in accessing dental care, who could not before; this will improve their health and life outcomes; and, policies and procedures will be refined to allow for successful expansion of the program.

E Northwoods Habitat for Humanity was awarded a Venture Grant of $1,375 for their A Brush with Kindness program. A Brush with Kindness is a Habitat for Humanity International program that focuses on exterior home maintenance for low income home owners earnings below 30 percent of county median income. Material for the projects is charged to the homeowner and repaid with a zero percent interest loan over a 2-5-year term. Labor for the projects is not charged to the homeowner since Habitat engages volunteers for the projects.

United Way of Bemidji Area's Venture Grant applications are available throughout the year and are due Dec. 31 of each year, with funding available the following March.

For more information about the Venture Grant process or for an application, call the United Way office at 444-8929 or visit www.liveunitedbemidji.org.

The Board of Directors of the United Way of Bemidji Area recently awarded $10,140 to five organizations seeking funding through the Venture Grant program.

The programs and projects selected represent a broad spectrum of community needs with in United Way's focus areas of education, income and health.

The purpose of Venture Grants is to stimulate creative, collaborative solutions to new and emerging needs in order to effect change. Venture Grants are intended to provide short-term support for start up or development of new or untried programs and/or to enhance the capacity of existing agencies or delivery systems. Venture Grant applications are accepted and reviewed once a year.

The following programs and projects will receive United Way Venture Grant funding in 2011:

- North Star Chapter American Red Cross was awarded a Venture Grant of $1,375 for Citizen CPR Day. The purpose of the new America Red Cross "Citizen CPR" course is to teach untrained bystanders to perform hands-only CPR. Having more citizen bystanders trained in this simple skill will save lives by putting more cardiac arrest victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance. In October 2010, the America Red Cross announced a campaign to train 5 million people nationwide in hands-only CPR. The North Star Chapter proposes to train 100 area residents during the Beltrami Country Fair, Aug. 10-14.

- Beltrami Area Service Collaborative was awarded a Venture Grant of $2,390 for the Family Toybox project at Sanford Health Clinic. BASC, along with Sanford Health, the Thrive Initiative and Prime West Health, have partnered to create a model that focuses on integrating mental health within the primary care setting. The mission of the Share Care program is to provide a continuum of care in regards to the social-emotional health of young children/adolescents and their families and to bridge the gap between primary care doctors and mental health providers. This is being accomplished through: early intervention using screening tools, providing care coordination, and consultation between primary care providers at the Sanford Health Clinic and area psychiatric providers. In addition to these services, a parenting component will be added in 2011 through collaboration with Stellher Human Services by adding a Family Toybox and parent empowerment group at Sanford Clinic. Children and their parents who are identified through the screening process or who are referred through their pediatrician will be able to participate in these groups. Parents will learn how to structure a play session, reflective listening, limit-setting and child-centered imaginary play.

- The Bemidji Community Food Shelf was awarded a Venture Grant of $2,500 for their Proxy Assistance program. The program will provide emergency food boxes for seniors 65 and older who are not able to come to the food shelf because of some physical limitation. During the course of a year, the Venture Grant will provide 550 emergency food boxes to seniors in need. The food boxes can be requested "by proxy" and delivered through pastors or another church member to area churches or taken to the Senior Center for seniors to pick up.

- Northern Dental Access Center was awarded a Venture Grant of $2,500 for non-enrolled patient access. The Venture Grant will provide funding for Community Resource Connections to offer intake services on behalf of Northern Dental Access. The intake services will be used to determine if clients who are currently not enrolled in Minnesota Health Care would be eligible to receive care under Northern Dental's new Non-Enrolled Patient Schedule. The Non-Enrolled Patient Schedule offers discounted rates for basic dental services, available to eligible people on a cash basis.

With Community Resource Connection's expertise in a wide variety of social service programs and their current location of a satellite office at the dental clinic, it makes them the perfect partner in managing the eligibility process. In addition, CRC can offer additional help in identifying fuel assistance, food stamps, child care subsidies and insurance counseling. In the end of the first four months, more than 60 people will have received help in accessing dental care, who could not before; this will improve their health and life outcomes; and, policies and procedures will be refined to allow for successful expansion of the program.

- Northwoods Habitat for Humanity was awarded a Venture Grant of $1,375 for their A Brush with Kindness program. A Brush with Kindness is a Habitat for Humanity International program that focuses on exterior home maintenance for low income home owners earnings below 30 percent of county median income. Material for the projects is charged to the homeowner and repaid with a zero percent interest loan over a 2-5-year term. Labor for the projects is not charged to the homeowner since Habitat engages volunteers for the projects.

United Way of Bemidji Area's Venture Grant applications are available throughout the year and are due Dec. 31 of each year, with funding available the following March.

For more information about the Venture Grant process or for an application, call the United Way office at 444-8929 or visit www.liveunitedbemidji.org.

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