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West CAP celebrates community action month by recognizing success

May is National Community Action Month, and West CAP, which is an abbreviation of West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc., once again celebrated that fact by recognizing success at our annual meeting in Menomonie last week.  As has been our tradition, West CAP presents three awards each May; a Client Achievement Award, a Volunteer Award, and an Outstanding Partner award.

On behalf of West CAP Board Chair, Paul Streif, and Executive Director, Peter Kilde, our Client Achievement Award was presented to Tanya Beyer of Spring Valley.  Tanya and her family hit hard times financially when Tanya’s husband was injured and lost his job.  With some assistance from West CAP’s Low Income Weatherization Program, the family cut their heating costs.  But more importantly, Tanya, with a little help from West CAP’s Skills Enhancement Program and a lot of determination, was able to go back to school at Chippewa Valley Technical School and earn an associate degree in Nursing.  She has since has gone on to get a good job as a Registered Nurse and is supporting her family financially.  We congratulate her success!

West CAP’s Volunteer Award went to Donna Beskar, a retiree of Polaris in Osceola.  Donna has been doing a great job as a volunteer tutor in West CAP’s Literacy Program for almost five years.  Recently, she has been particularly instrumental in helping a couple of adult learners from other lands, one woman from Korea and another from India, to improve their literacy skills and employability.  We gratefully acknowledge the volunteer work of Donna Beskar, and all the volunteers who give freely and generously of their time to help our low income neighbors improve their lives.

The 2015 Outstanding Partner Award went to the L. E. Phillips Career Development Center headquartered in Eau Claire.  It was accepted by the agency’s Executive Director, Gregg Mizerk.  Gregg and the CDC staff really stepped up to the plate when West CAP was asked to take over homeless services in Chippewa County.  Together with West CAP and Catholic Charities, a Chippewa Outreach Office was set up so Chippewa County residents could find much needed assistance in times of often desperate need.  Gregg and his staff were always looking to be as helpful and innovative as possible, and have been a great partner in our shared mission of helping folks get their lives back on track in Chippewa County.  They fully embody the spirit of the West CAP’s Outstanding Partner Award.

West CAP is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. To learn more about West CAP and ways to help visit or call 1-715-265-4271.