NWS Week of Service: Sep 28 - Oct 4

From September 28th through October 4th, the 122 National Weather Service (NWS) offices, 21 Central Weather Service Units, 13 River Forecast Centers, 6 regional headquarters, and its 18 national centers are holding their 4th Annual NWS Week of Service.  During this week, NWS staffs will make a concerted effort to reach out to help those who are in need in our communities.  All of these additional activities occur outside of our normal work hours.

Last year, 1,244 employees and 81 family members helped 123 different organizations during the week. Nearly 6 tons of food and 464 pounds of pet food were collected, 13 tons of food was sorted, nearly 24,000 meals were prepared, and about 1 ton of trash was collected.

Web site:  http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/?n=2014nwsweekofservice
Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/NWSWeekOfService

 
NWS employees helping sort food at the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, KY
NWS employees helping sort food
at the Dare to Care Food Bank in
Louisville, KY

Local Participation from the NWS La Crosse office:

  1. La Crosse Area Family YMCA Maple Leaf Half Marathon

    Our local participation in this NWS National Week of Community Service started a day early when Zack Taylor (forecaster) and a forecaster's wife ran in the La Crosse Area Family YMCA Maple Leaf Half Marathon.  The proceeds raised during this event help support the Y's Strong Kids Campaign, which gives everyone the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive by providing financial assistance for membership and programs at the Y.   
  2. WAFER

    On September 29th, our office will be volunteering at WAFER (our local community food bank).  
  3. Food Drive

    From September 21st through October 4th, the staff will be participating in a friendly food drive competition with 7 other NWS offices (Detroit, MI; Flagstaff, AZ; Green Bay, WI; Lincoln, IL; Marquette, MI; Milwaukee, MI; and Quad Cities, IA/IL).  There are 3 different categories to this competition (number of food items, weight of items, and number of other items).  Locally, this food will be delivered to WAFER.

  4. School Supply Drive

    From July 21st through September 13th, we conducted our 5th Annual school supply drive. Our staff brought in around $1,500 worth of school supplies during this drive. In addition, MichaelsEnergy in La Crosse donated 1,225 folders.  There were enough supplies donated that they were able to donate supplies to 7 different schools (5 elementary and 2 middle/high) in northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest Wisconsin.  These supplies will be delivered to the following school during this week:
    1. Bluff View Elementary - Prairie du Chien, WI (Crawford County)
    2. Boscobel Elementary - Boscobel, WI (Grant County)
    3. Brookwood High - Ontario, WI (Vernon County)
    4. Cora B. Darling Elementary/Middle School (Allamakee County)
    5. Jefferson Elementary - Winona, MN (Winona County)
    6. Logan High - La Crosse, WI (La Crosse County)
    7. Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary - Ontario, WI (Vernon County)

During the past 5 years, they have donated supplies to 25 different schools in their 28 county forecast area.


WFO Food Drive Competition 
2014 La Crosse Area Family YMCA Maple Leaf Half Marathon
2014 La Crosse Area Family YMCA Maple Leaf Half Marathon
Andrew Just getting ready to deliver some of school supplies which were donated by the NWS staff.
Andrew Just getting ready to deliver
some of school supplies which were
donated by the NWS La Crosse staff.

Like many of the NWS offices, our office has several community volunteer activities in which we participate throughout the year.  These include:

1)    WAFER:  This is the local community food bank.  NWS La Crosse staff members volunteer there two times a month from October through April.  While there, we do anything they need at the time.  This includes handing out food, filling the pantry shelves, sorting food, and sweeping and mopping their facility. 
David Schwemlein helping out at WAFER Food which was donated to the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse at the NWS La Crosse 2009 Open House
David Schwemlein helping
out at WAFER
Food which was donated to the Hunger Task Force of La Crosse at the NWS La Crosse 2009 Open House

 2)

Kane Street Garden:  NWS La Cross staff volunteer twice a month from May through September at the Kane Street Community Garden in La Crosse.  While there, we have planted and picked vegetables, weeded, and performed a variety of other tasks.

Going around the row beginning at top left: Todd Huffman (garden coordinator), Amanda Davis, Jeff Boyne, David Schwemlein, Mike Welvaert, Dan Baumgardt, and Matt Davis. Pictured above L to R: Todd Rieck, Jeff Boyne, Jessica Brooks, Hunter Baumgardt, Sawyer Baumgardt, and Dan Baumgardt.
Going around the row beginning at top left: Todd Huffman (garden coordinator), Amanda Davis, Jeff Boyne, David Schwemlein, Mike Welvaert, Dan Baumgardt, and Matt Davis. Pictured above L to R: Todd Rieck, Jeff Boyne, Jessica Brooks, Hunter Baumgardt, Sawyer Baumgardt, and Dan Baumgardt.

 3)

New Horizons Women's Shelter:  From mid-November through early December, our staff bring in donations for the New Horizons Shelter of La Crosse.  These donations have helped many women and children to have appropriate clothing to stay warm through the winter.

 4)

Big Brothers & Big Sisters Bowl for Kid's Sake:  NWS La Crosse has had either one or two teams at this event.  In the 12 years we have participated in this event we have raised over $17,000 for Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

 5) Adopt-A-Family Donations:  Since 2009, NWS La Crosse have adopted a family in need through the Family & Children’s Center of La Crosse.



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