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WisconSibs Receives Award for Rebranding

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WisconSibs Rebranding Team pick up award

Left to right: Amanda Betts, Chris Linn, Greg Waters, Jeff Amstutz, Rich Redman, Harriet Redman, Ed Ruffolo

WisconSibs Rebranding Saluted by PRSA 

Recently, WisconSibs, Inc. received an Award of Merit from the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. It recognized our work of renaming and rebranding our organization from the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network to WisconSibs, which was introduced in November 2014.

One of the judges commented: “Very creative program . . . Its implementation was fantastic and I loved seeing how all of the pieces and parts fit together to create a strong program.”

This is a great opportunity to again say thanks to the key players in the project:

  • The Dialogue Partnershop (Rich Redman) – wrote creative brief and wrote/edited copy for brochures and website
  • A2Z Design (Jeff Amstutz, Michael Miller) – led renaming process and created new logo and display graphics
  • Angela Fulcer Design (Angela Fulcer) – designed introductory postcard and flagship brochure
  • Stellar Blue Technologies (Greg Waters) – designed and constructed new website
  • Red Shoes PR (Karen Schlieve Smith) – created video testimonials and initial news release
  • Eric Cates – T-shirt design
  • Chris Linn – former board chair, member of Marketing Committee, and strategic advisor

And thanks to all of you who have embraced the new name, and helped us spread the word about our organization to sisters and brother of people with disabilities across the state of Wisconsin!


This is BIG for siblings! Department of Labor Clarifies Leave Protections

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From the National Alliance for Caregiving and the Sibling Leadership Network:

Department of Labor Clarifies Leave Protections for Some Siblings Under FMLA

There are over one million aging caregivers caring for adult relatives with disabilities. When aging parents are no longer able to provide care, siblings frequently take over the primary caregiving role. However, there has been a great deal of confusion about their eligibility for leave protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) during this transition. In general, FMLA does not currently cover siblings. Over the past year the National Council on Aging, Sibling Leadership Network, and other disability partners worked with the Department of Labor to issue new guidance clarifying eligibility for this population of caregivers. Learn more about the new guidance, and check out the fact sheet on FMLA.


Calling all WisconSibs and Fans!

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Thumbs upThere’s exciting news to share about an immediate fundraising opportunity for our organization. Local marketing agencies Coalesce Marketing and BConnected are collaborating on a four-day online “crowdfunding” experiment as part of their 2GETHER•4GOOD initiative.  They have invited nine local non-profit organizations to be part of it – including WisconSibs.

Here’s what Lisa Piikkila of Coalesce had to say: “Once again, we were amazed and humbled by all of the good work happening in the Fox Cities…to further extend the impact of 2GETHER•4GOOD, we are providing every applicant the opportunity to participate in an online fundraising effort to help raise funds for their organization.”

The campaign starts today (May 21st) and runs through Sunday (the 24th), which means that over the next four days, we have the opportunity to raise funds that will support upcoming Sibshops and the SibCamp Scholarship Program.

Donating is easy, since the campaign is based on the CrowdRise platform.  Just go to https://www.crowdrise.com/2g4gsibs  and give what you can. And feel free to pass this link on to your friends so they can contribute as well!

Thank you for your support. Together, we can make this campaign a success!

 

Please note: CrowdRise pulls in organizational information from an independent non-profit database, which still has WisconSibs listed as the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network. While you’ll see the correct logo on our fundraising page, our name is still listed as FVSSN. This does not affect where your donations go:  all the money we receive will be put toward the WisconSibs programs and services you know and love.