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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 1:30pm Communications Committee First Congregational UCC Church, Appleton/West Conference Room
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 6:30pm ESTHER Transit Task Force First Congregational UCC Church, Appleton/West Conference Room
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 4:00pm ESTHER Executive Meeting ESTHER Office / Neenah
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 4:00pm Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, Oshkosh
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:00am - 6:00pm 2018 Latino Fest Celebration Pierce Park, Appleton

Walk in our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

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Walk in our shoes

A workshop to experience challenges faced in the daily life of Latino/a immigrants of the Fox Cities,
with community conversation & information
to increase cultural sensitivity & awareness of immigration issues.

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - Dignity & Respect - World Relief - Menasha Pub Libr - Volunteer Fox Cities - Stronger Together Fox Valley

Wisconsin Child Poverty Rates Surged in 2016

A definitive new report by one of the top poverty research centers in the country reveals that in 2016, Wisconsin poverty increased by over 10% and child poverty increased by a shocking 20%.

You can read more about the report and what it means for our campaign to end child poverty in Wisconsin on a new section of the End Child Poverty Wisconsin website. On that page, you’ll find current information about poverty in Wisconsin and the U.S. that you can use to show others in your community why this effort is so important.

Letters to your local newspaper about the campaign – like this one by ESTHER member Lou Blasczyk – can help build awareness of the urgency and opportunity for ending child poverty in Wisconsin. We’ve passed the 3,000 endorsement mark – almost a third of the way to our goal – but it will take twice as many new endorsements to get us the rest of the way. If you’ve already endorsed the campaign, why not send a short letter to your newspaper highlighting the findings of this report and encouraging readers to endorse the vision?

If you haven't signed on yet, your support is definitely needed. Visit to show you want to see a united effort in our state to cut childhood poverty in half. Then write to your newspaper!

Thank you!

And don’t forget to watch – the inspiring video!

ESTHER 2018 Banquet

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Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

ESTHER invites you to save the date.

ESTHER’s 15th Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 4, from 4:30-7:30 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

Keynote speaker: Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Pitts is a journalist, commentator, lecturer, and best-selling author who was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and has received numerous other professional awards, before and since. He is a nationally syndacated columnist at the Miami Herald and is in hight demand as a speaker. Pitts has published five books and has been a visiting professor at Princeton and George Washington.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and recognition of ESTHER’s 2018 individual and community awards.

Co-sponsored by the William J. and Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation