Calumet funding promotes good health
By Mike Mathes
Stephen Groessel photo
Chilton Lions Club member Derek McDermott (left) demonstrates use of the magnified reader to Calumet Area Community Health Foundation (CACHF) President Paul Hugo. Through a CACHF grant, the foundation made possible the purchase and distribution of these magnified readers to people in the community whose eyesight requires enlargement of the printed word.

Promoting sound community health is the mission of the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation.

Through education, community awareness programs, scholarships and supportive contributions to area health care entities, CACHF continues to support that mission.

Founded in 1997, the foundation has awarded more than $2.75 million in grants and scholarships to promote community health.

The not-for-profit charity provides support for Calumet Medical Center and agencies in Calumet County which serve citizens residing in the communities of Chilton, New Holstein, Kiel, Hilbert, Potter, Stockbridge, Brillion and surrounding areas.

Annual scholarships

To date, CACHF has awarded close to 267 scholarships, totalling more than $367,000 for students from the Calumet County school districts.

Successful applicants must have a declared major in a health care-related field. Students are also eligible to apply in successive years. Many who apply for this grant are in their junior or senior years of study.

Scholarship applications are due annually by February 1.

Each year, the CACHF board reviews the amount of funding available to assist successful grant recipients throughout Calumet County.

Health grant applications are encouraged from entities that provide a significant benefit to the community in the areas of health care or health education.

To ensure the best use of funds, CACHF traditionally awards grants to programs that target populations and communities within them, giving particular emphasis to those which enhance access to primary health care, along with those that address health issues and diseases through prevention, education and early detection.

Health care grant guidelines are based on community impact, innovation, leverage, management, non-duplication and participation.

Grants are specifically designated for eligible charitable organizations, including educational institutions.

Grants awarded

In its 16th year, CACHF has awarded significant grants to many institutional projects, the most recent of which was the donation of two new ambulances to Calumet Medical Center.

Another example showing how CACHF grants benefit specific needs of the community is found in the Chilton Lions Club magnified reader program. Lions Club member Derek McDermott said the Club is thankful for the financial support it has received from the Calumet Area Health Foundation. “Our club has used grants from the Foundation to expand and grow our magnified reader program and to assist in purchasing eye glasses for needy school children. For those who read, losing that ability can be very frustrating. The magnified reader allows that person to again enjoy the pleasure of reading.”

The Lions Club has eight readers placed with individuals in the community. When the reader is no longer needed, it is returned to the Club to be re-assigned to another person in need of it. We also have readers placed at Stanton Place, Uptown Commons and Libby’s House.

Other grants funded throughout the years have gone to support some of the following programs—

n healthy heart screening;

n the annual Night for Women held at the Engler Center in Chilton;

n rural outreach programs through Harbor House;

n support for the CMC sleep lab; n hospital crash carts;

n defibrillation for key public locations;

n oversized hospital beds; n OB-GYN stretchers;

n Library resource materials for health education; and

n arterial Doppler equipment; and a host of others.

Community support welcome

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation is able to award grants and scholarships based on its “nest egg” fund. Interest generated from the fund determines the level of grants and scholarships that can be offered each year.

Although CACHF was initiated with a significant base fund, the foundation also welcomes the ability to grow the fund through ongoing contributions from individuals, organizations and estates.

Those contributions help CACHF keep pace with the growing needs and changing economic times.

Those who would like more information about supporting or contributing to the efforts of CACHF are welcome to contact the foundation via the website at

Paul Hugo, the current president of the organization, can be reached at 849-8700 or via email @ mailing address for contributions is CACHF, Suite 6, 451 E. Brooklyn St., Chilton, WI 53014.

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