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What’s on the Horizon for Wello

An April snowstorm is unfortunately becoming all too common for us, but warmer days are ahead. That will also mean a number of Wello’s initiatives will be underway. Here's what's in store from our organization during the upcoming spring and summer months.   

But before we look ahead, just want to share an update from our measurement work. 

2023 Wello Well-Being Survey Report

The 2023 Wello Community Health and Well-Being Report of Brown County residents was published earlier this month. The report assesses thriving, struggling, and suffering, subjective data (how people feel about their lives) in four areas: physical health, psychological (mental) health, social relationships, and environments as well as a set of community condition data. The 2023 report includes data from new questions on current and future thriving status, discrimination, food insecurity, and trust in government. You can read the report here.

Now let’s look ahead.

Expansion of Cultivating Community

Wello is one of nine recipients chosen by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to receive a WI Local Food Purchase Assistance Program Community Partners Grant to support the expansion of the Cultivating Community Healthy Food Access Program. These funds will allow for produce deliveries from Seasonal Harvest LLC to continue with our existing partners Casa ALBA Melanie, We All Rise African American Resource Center, COMSA, and Vivent Health.

These funds will also allow for the expansion to new partners and agencies. This year Wello will welcome Innovative Services, Inc., Oneida Nation, St Vincent de Paul, and a group of school pantries.

Last year through this initiative, Wello provided 1,440 bags of produce serving over 5,760 people. We are excited to grow these numbers this upcoming year and create a more equitable food system for more residents!

Yield to Your Neighbor 

The Yield to Your Neighbor campaign which aims to improve bike and pedestrian safety will pick up steam as the warmer weather approaches and more people will be out walking and biking. The Crosswalk Education and Enforcement or “Frogger” events will be returning this year. Once those dates are finalized, we’ll be sure to share the location and times like in previous years. 

In 2023 across three “Frogger’ events, there were 254 warnings issued to drivers for failing to yield to the pedestrian and 1,930 vehicles that did correctly yield to the pedestrian for a compliance rate of 88%. 

Wello is excited to once again be able to offer bike and pedestrian safety and “Frogger” training to our participating law enforcement partners. New this year, there will be a community session where residents can receive this same training as the officers. The training is provided by We Bike etc., a bike and pedestrian safety consulting firm based in Ashwaubenon. 

And remember, regardless if it’s a “Frogger” operation, always yield to your neighbor because it’s safer, it’s courteous, and it’s the law. 

Always Ready for a New Opportunity

These are just a couple of the efforts Wello will be working on in the coming months, but we know that we must always remain nimble to act on community needs as they come up. We’ll also be sharing some exciting news regarding a grant to address heart health as well as a new partnership with the City of Green Bay that builds on our food systems work as we work through the early stages of those two projects. If you think of a project that may be a fit for Wello’s mission, reach out to us and we can explore what is possible!

This story ran as our April 2024 Green Bay Press-Gazette column.

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