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Eau Claire charities come together to help those in need


Eau Claire (WQOW) - We are lucky to live in a community where there are so many agencies devoted to helping those in need. Today, a lot them of them came together under one roof.

Eau Claire C.A.R.E.S brought 13 area non-profits together so shoppers at Oakwood Mall could see what they have to offer. It was a chance for people to connect with agencies that offer help and also an opportunity for those interested in volunteering, to ask questions.

"The Eau Claire C.A.R.E.S. event brings together several non-profit agencies who are interested in getting the word out about what it is we do in Eau Claire to prevent hunger and homelessness. It's about educating our community and being the link between our clients and the greater community," says Jen Kronenberg of Lutheran Social Services.

You could also enter a drawing for a prize donated by the packers.

This was the first year the event took place. Organizers hope to add more non-profits in future years.



Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire C.A.R.E. stands for Community Allies and Resources Expo.  It's a community effort going on this weekend to offer help and resources to those who need it.  It's also a way for others to give back to the community. 

Dani Claesges is the homeless director for the Eau Claire Area School District. She says, "This is a two-fold event.  It's not only serving to give that information out to people who need help, it's also giving out information to people who want to help."

The Eau Claire C.A.R.E.s Expo will host multiple organizations at Oakwood Mall on Sunday.  The mission: to lend a hand to those in need.  Community Table director Rachel Keniston says, "Once you lose your place of living, the hole becomes deeper.  It becomes harder and harder to get out of and it's harder to help and assist."

"Homelessness in the Eau Claire area is slowly rising," Claesges says. 

Those who want to take part in helping those in need can learn where and how to get involved.  Claesges says, "We do have a lot of community members who are finding themselves in a slump.  We're really trying to bring that to light that these people are your friends and neighbors and you're probably not going to know they're going through this situation, but if you did, you would want to help."

For some, learning how one can help their own community is just part of being a good neighbor.  Keniston says, "This is neighbors helping neighbors.  It's realizing that it's not 'we' and 'them', it's 'us.'  It's all of Eau Claire and the Eau Claire community and when we help each other, we all benefit."

A place where those who need help and those who want to give it can come together. Keniston says, "We're not seeing people come from far away to use the services we have.  This is Eau Claire doing for Eau Claire."

The event will be held this Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.  Booths will be set up in the Younkers wing of the Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire.  Visitors can donate food, socks or underwear to enter a drawing for a chance to win a prize donated by the Green Bay Packers.

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