Thanks to donors from across Buffalo County, Community Partners reached its 2014 Annual Fund Campaign goal, raising just over its $125,000 target.

Community Partners’ campaign committee and staff members show off the total amount raised in the 2014 annual fund campaign.

Community Partners’ campaign committee and staff members show off the total amount raised in the 2014 annual fund campaign.

“The support we’ve received from the community is simply amazing,” said Executive Director Denise Zwiener. “We have ambitious goals for improving the health of Buffalo County and its residents, and knowing that community members stand behind us as we work towards those goals is inspiring.”

2014 was a big year for the non-profit. It marked the final stages in the planning process of the HelpCare Clinic, set to open in April. For the first time, Positive Pressure’s “Be Safe, Be Smart” task force mobilized to tackle issues related to Cruise Nite. Activate Buffalo County launched Safe Routes to School programs in three area communities with parent surveys, special events, and educational pieces. The United Against Violence coalition officially launched and started providing violence prevention resources to local schools. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Coalition, with a grant from UNK, hosted a series of educational sessions that saw large turnouts.

“Over the last year, Community Partners successfully tackled some big projects, and residents clearly recognized that through their generous support. Buffalo County will be a better, stronger, healthier place thanks to this continuing support. I’m excited about how Community Partners can put these resources to use in 2015.”          

– Jonathan Nikkila, campaign co-chair

In 2015, Community Partners and the coalitions it powers will continue their work towards the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. They will be focusing added energy towards two of the five strategic directions of the 2020 Vision. To promote active living and healthy eating, Activate Buffalo County will be working to develop community and worksite wellness policies, expanding on events like Healthy Kids Weekend and Walk Out On Your Job, and securing funds for a community-wide health assessment as part of the BeWell initiative. To help build healthy homes and sustainable communities, Community Partners will be expanding its Bridges Out of Poverty coalition as well as looking into issues regarding housing and jobs.

“We raised the critical dollars necessary to ensure that Community Partners continues to make a positive difference in our community. We want to thank the community for investing in a healthier Buffalo County.”          

– Jon Watts, campaign co-chair

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