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JONAH - Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope, a grassroots organization, comprised primarily of diverse faith communities, seeks to bring people in the Chippewa Valley into relationship and empower one another to build a healthier and fairer community for us all.

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Commit to Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin!

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On December 14, over 50 people met at DeLong Middle School to kick off the statewide campaign to end child poverty in Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, 1 in 5 children live in poverty. It affects their mental and physical development as well as how successful they will be throughout their lives. WISDOM, Citizen Action, the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Kids Forward (nee Wisconsin Council on Children and Families) want to reduce child poverty by 50% in the next 10 years. Read More…

This We Believe: On the Transformative Power of Words

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Words hold weight, and when used effectively, have the power to heal, help, and inspire.  But how do we find the right words to address the most pressing moral issues of our day?  How can we “preach the gospel” of tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity without moralizing the message? Join representatives and religious scholars from a spectrum of faiths for a conversation and craft talk on how we can change our world for the better, Read More…

A Request For Photos

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If you happened to take any photos at the 10th Anniversary Celebration please send them to Donna Raleigh, at
Thank You! Read More…

Thank You To All Those Who Contribute To Our Celebration!!

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Thank you to all who organized, helped, and participated in the JONAH 10th Anniversary Celebration. You are most appreciated! A few special shout outs to Paul Savides who chaired the Yearbook Committee, to Julie Lepp, who chaired the 10th Anniversary Celebration, and to Betty Hurst, who chaired the Silent Auction Committee. Read More…

EXPO Organizer Report From Sarah Ferber

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Expo Organizer Report
Take a look at Sarah Ferber’s report on her experiences as the new organizer, as well as an update on what EXPO has been working on recently, and the great opportunities that their new location offers!
Sarah Ferber:
“It has been an exciting year of growth and learning as the Chippewa Valley EXPO Organizer.  Read More…

Message From The JONAH President

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President’s Report – JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
JONAH obtains new office space in downtown Eau Claire!
Effective September 1, 2017, JONAH has new digs at 307 S. Farwell, Suite 202, in Eau Claire. We are sharing a large office space (each having our own room) with Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Read More…

JONAH 10th Anniversary Celebration Is Coming Up!

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Interview with Julianne Lepp
In anticipation of JONAH’s 10th anniversary, JONAH intern Max Martinson conducted an email interview with Julianne Lepp, who is the leader of the JONAH planning team and a Unitarian Universalist minister. Find their conversation!
“What role do you play in JONAH, and how do your beliefs align with JONAH’s message?”
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Clean Water Forum

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Explore the issues surrounding protecting Wisconsin’s ground and surface water
The forum will feature a farmer/clean water activist, a UW-Extension educator, and a lake resident/activist.

Lynn Utesch, Kewaunee County farmer and clean water activist, is known statewide for his sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and his opposition to factory farms polluting surface waters and acquifers around the State – Read More…

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Join UWEC Associate Professor of Sociology and Communications Peter Hart-Brinson and journalist Julian Emerson as they lead a discussion on homelessness and its far reaching impact.

Hart-Brinson will kick off the evening with a discussion of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted by Matthew Desmond which follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Read More…

Save the Date – A Community Conversation: Reentry and Recovery

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A Community Conversation:
Reentry and Recovery Peer Support after Incarceration, Homelessness, or Inpatient Treatment
Come join fellow community members in a conversation about how it would look to have individuals returning to the community from jail, homelessness, or inpatient treatment be supported by peers who have been through those
very same obstacles. We are seeking input from stakeholders of all types; Read More…