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Diane Pearsall is Making A Difference

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 9:00am

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized HealthFinders volunteer Diane Pearsall with the “Making A Difference” award for investment of her time and her heart into our community. The award is given to community members or organizations that help make Northfield an even better place for young people.

HealthFinders Collaborative — with offices in Northfield and Faribault — offers medical and dental care, along with wellness education, to community members with limited access to such services. Because HealthFinders meets the needs of a diverse population of clients, it relies on volunteers for services such as language interpretation.

A recently retired Carleton Spanish professor, Diane volunteers her time as a HealthFinders volunteer interpreter twice weekly. Diane received numerous nominations for this award. Natalie Marfleet, project lead at HealthFinders, noted, “Diane is our longest-serving, most dependable Spanish interpreter. She stays calm even during stressful patient visits and does her best to ensure patients fully understand what the doctor or nurse has said to them.”

Emily Carroll, nurse practitioner at HealthFinders, added that “Diane’s consideration and care for our patients – young and old – is outstanding and her generous spirit and good nature lifts everyone’s mood even during the busiest clinics.”

Diane’s dedication to HealthFinders patients and to our community is obvious. “Our patients love how she interacts with them; she is truly a blessing,” summed up another nominator.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit www.northfieldhci.org for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application, or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

By Cheryl Strike

Categories: Organizations

Rice County Family Services Collaborative Accepting Grant Applications

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:23am

The Governing Board of the Rice County Family Services Collaborative is announcing possible funding opportunities for fiscal year 2018, beginning July 1, 2018. The mission of the Rice County Family Services Collaborative is to support the availability of comprehensive services designed to enhance and strengthen functioning for families with children ages 0 to 18. The Collaborative Board is accepting proposals to fund projects congruent with its mission and will entertain proposals in the following five areas:

  • Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Support to Families with Young Children
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents/Justice-Involved Parents/Families

Applicants are required to submit a proposal that details a plan to address the identified issue within the mission of the Collaborative. Successful applications will: be based on collaboration with identified partners; detail how the work will change systems serving Rice County children and their families; and include a plan for sustainability. Grant awards have historically ranged from $5,000 – $25,000. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

For more information or to obtain an application, please contact the Rice County Family Services Collaborative at rcfsc@northfieldhci.org.

The vision of the Rice County Family Services Collaborative are safe, healthy families with children ages 0 to 18. Governing Board members include representatives from Rice County Social Services, Rice County Public Health, Rice County Community Corrections, Faribault Public Schools, Northfield Public Schools, Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative, and Three Rivers Community Action, in addition to community members.

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Shari Setchell is Making A Difference

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:52pm

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized local choreographer and director Shari Setchell with the “Making A Difference” award for nearly two decades of sharing and inspiring the art of dance in our community. The award is given to community members or organizations that help make Northfield an even better place for young people.

Shari’s influence has touched countless Northfield youth through her work with Northfield Arts Guild classes and productions; Northfield High School musicals (including the last eight Rock and Roll Revival performances); Arcadia Charter School; the A+ Art Club; Minnesota State Academy for the Blind; and St. Olaf College.

In nominating Shari for the award, Ray Coudret and Bob Gregory-Bjorklund noted, “Shari has opened members of our entire community to their potential as movers, dancers, artists, people due to her ability to inspire novice performers to look like they’ve trained their whole lives, and to push experienced performers to heights they never thought possible.”

“‘Genius’ is the word that we keep coming back to when we think of Shari Setchell,” they continued. “This word is not chosen lightly. Shari is a genius when it comes to helping people visualize and achieve beyond their wildest imagined capabilities… Each person with whom she interacts is left with a confidence and belief in themselves that can carry them for a lifetime of success in other areas.”

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, visit www.northfieldhci.org for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application, or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

By Cheryl Strike
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

Categories: Organizations