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Community Action sets goals for 2006

Supporters of Community Action honored the work of youth volunteers and set their goals for 2006 at their annual meeting last week at the Hudson Golf Club.

President Curt Larson said the organization will focus on five areas this year including:

  • Expansion of the bullying and teasing, conflict resolution and decision-making trainings to include elementary as well as middle school-age students.
  • Development of a more comprehensive volunteer network to assist with CA programming and activities.
  • Raising the profile of the organization among area families.
  • Development of a long-range strategic funding plan.
  • Continuing to promote the 40 developmental assets of healthy communities.

    The meeting also included remarks by Pam Brokaw, CA vice president and parent of two Community Action youth volunteers. Brokaw told the group how she was referred to CA by several people when her family moved to Hudson. She explained the positive impact the organization has had on her daughters and their family through working in the middle school training workshops, the numerous youth service and leadership projects they've been involved in and through the healthy relationships they've formed with staff and other volunteers.

    Recognition for service to Community Action and Hudson was given to longtime youth volunteers who are graduating this spring. The volunteers were honored for their service at CA's Coffee House Live, the Helping Hands Connection and service projects in and outside of Hudson. The seniors honored were Kelsey Betts, Amanda Broughton, Jenna Cameron, Heather Jensen and Alli Ganong. Together they have logged more than 600 volunteer hours.

    Michel Tigan, executive director, ran through a long list of accomplishments from the past year and the number of youth that were reached through those efforts including:

  • SMART mentorship program.
  • St. Croix County Underage Drinking Coalition.
  • Middle school mentoring program.
  • Coffee House Live.
  • Youth Leadership Conference.
  • CCH bingo.
  • St. Croix County methamphetamine task force.
  • Middle school non-violence training.
  • Service projects in Hudson, Mississippi and Chicago.
  • Empty Bowl dinner to raise awareness of poverty in the community.

    Tigan also recognized her staff and their commitment to the youth of Hudson. Staff members are Jim Mitchell, Jan Standafer, Debbie Luedtke, Jenna Evenson and Jason Briggs.

    For more information about Community Action, to volunteer or to make a donation, call (715) 386-9803.

  • Meg Heaton

    Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

    (715) 808-8604