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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER and related events!

  • To learn more about a particular event, click on its title
  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on More at the bottom left of the listing
Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Pizza and Postcards Event in Oshkosh Trinity Episcopal Church, 203 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
EXPO/FREE Meeting Most Blessed Sacrament Church 448 High Avenue Oshkosh
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
ESTHER Transportation Task Force Meeting Zoom Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Equity Network Member Meeting Zoom Meeting

Video: Fall Gathering 2022

Our Fall Gathering was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, and all who participated. 

Anyone who would like to watch the video can find it online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jfM40AFFFY

Please enjoy and share your feedback. 

 

Help Send Postcards to Voters

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Let’s get out the vote.

3 Events to complete postcards to voters: Oct 4, 11, 13th

…because democracy needs all our voices.

You are invited to join us in non-partisan voter outreach as we write postcards to encourage Wisconsin citizens to vote in the upcoming election. We know how important it is for voters in this election to take the time to get informed about candidates and vote for officials who will protect both democracy and the issues which are at the heart of ESTHER’s work. We want to remind Wisconsin citizens that their voice and vote are vital to the future of Wisconsin, and this is a proven method of increasing turnout.

Here are the details. Please register and share the invite!

  • Tuesday, October 4, 5-6:15, Trinity Episcopal Church, 203 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, Free parking and childcare available at this Oct. 4 event. Includes pizza and beverage. RSVP at esther-foxvalley.org/postcardsoct4
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11th:  Appleton North High School:  6-7:30, 5000 N. Ballard Road, Appleton, WI  54913, 6-7:30 pm. Includes light snacks and beverage. RSVP at esther-foxvalley.org/postcardsoct11
  • Thursday, Oct. 13th:  First Congregational UCC, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton WI  54915, 6-7:30, Includes pizza and beverage. RSVP at esther-foxvalley.org/postcardsoct13

Lawrence University 7th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Date: 
Monday, October 10, 2022 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Main Hall Green, 501 E College Ave, Appleton

Join the Lawrence and Appleton Communities in Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Many cities and states across the United States have replaced the Columbus Day holiday with the official recognition of Indigenous People’s Day. Lawrence University welcomes the entire Fox Cities community to join in celebrating and learning about the many contributions of Indigenous people globally through song, dance, food, and local Native American guest speakers/leaders.

Main Hall Green (outside), 501 E College Avenue Appleton, WI.
Somerset (Warch Campus Center)

All ages welcome. Free and Open to the public.

Additional information on the Lawrence University Calendar.

This collaborative event is sponsored by LUNA (Lawrence University Native American Organization), AASD (Appleton Area School District), and the D&IC (Lawrence University Diversity and Intercultural Center).

Introducing ESTHER’s new organizer, Katie Olson

Katie OlsonESTHER’s Leadership Board is proud to announce that Katie Olson has been named our new Lead Organizer. Katie brings energy, vision and experience to her work with ESTHER. And, in the words of Gary Crevier, president of ESTHER, her “passion and commitment to doing justice for the poor promises to make a huge impact in the Fox Valley.”

We invite you to read Katie’s own words explaining why this new work excites her and how she plans to approach being ESTHER’s lead organizer:

… To me, the most important part of my new role is to empower the members of ESTHER to be change-makers in our community. Knowing that ESTHER is already a force to be reckoned with, I plan to come in and really listen with my heart to everyone involved with the organization. I will take the time to learn why people are engaged with social justice and use that knowledge to connect with other community members….

Help ESTHER Get Out the Vote!

ESTHER has received funding to help with voter engagement and is looking to hire 10 canvassers. Each canvasser will be hired to work five hours a week for the months of September and October plus the first week of November. Our goal is to begin to establish relationships with residents of some specified neighborhoods and increase participation in voting. Canvassers will be paid $20 per hour (make door-to-door visits in evenings after 5 and/or weekend hours of your choice). The conversations will involve listening to voters’ concerns, answering voting questions, and helping people realize how important their vote is!

Training and helpful links to share with voters will be provided. Use of a smart phone will help assist voters. Canvassers can help voters become acquainted with myvote.wi.gov

Qualifications: Anyone age 16 or over with an interest in getting people out to vote in a non-partisan manner. We are looking for applicants who have enthusiasm for talking with people about how voting can strengthen democracy and how informed voters who show up to vote can select candidates to help shape a better future for us all.

Here’s how to apply:  Anyone interested in applying should send an email to davidhaas70@yahoo.com by September 15. Please include your name, best way to communicate with you (phone, text, email), a brief statement of why you would like to be one of ESTHER's canvassers, and any questions you may have.

ESTHER Fall Gathering: September 15

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FALL GATHERING

ESTHER is celebrating 18 Years
Building Community, Sharing Hope, Standing for Justice

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Social 4:30-5:00 Dinner 5:00-6:00 Program Following
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

“Bridging Our Differences”

Keynote speaker Pardeep Kaleka
Author and CEO of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee 

***NOTE THIS CHANGE IN OUR PROGRAM:  Our guest speaker Pardeep Paleka will not be able to attend our event in person due to an exciting and unexpected invitation from President Biden to speak at the White House on September 15 at a summit to help counter the effects of hate-fueled violence. But good news: Pardeep helped us come up with another plan. Fox City Flix will be showing the video of the address Pardeep had planned to share with us at our event on a giant inflatable outdoor screen. We will miss this opportunity to meet him in person, but are grateful for this plan.

$50 per person in person; $25 if attending via zoom. Registration deadline is September 10, 2022.

Register and optionally pay online: esther-foxvalley.org/fallgathering2022

Menominee Way Day

Date: 
Friday, September 16, 2022 - 10:00am - 3:30pm
Location: 
Menominee Sustainability Institute, N172 HWY 47/55, Keshena, WI

Learn Menominee Sustainable Ways that can be applied across ecosystems and cultures. Visit Sustainable Development Institute, Logging Museum, and Heritage Museum on the Menominee Reservation in Keshena, WI.

Lunch will be available for individual purchase at Farmers Market

Advance registration requested: https://esther-foxvalley.org/menomineeway

Lights of Hope: 4th Annual WI Recovery, Celebration, and Memorial Walk

September 11, 2022: LIGHTS OF HOPE

The 4th Annual WI Recovery Celebration and Memorial Walk
Raise Awareness about Addiction, Celebrate Recovery and Help Those Impacted by Loss

City Park, 500 E. Franklin St, Appleton, WI.
Walk starting at 4:00pm.
$18 for adults and $10 for children under age 17. 

Local and National Speakers, Silent Auction, Recovery Resource Tables, Narcan Training
Subs and Water will be proved after the event
The fee includes a t-shirt, memorial sign and water. 

Please arrive no later than 3:30pm for registration and T-shirt pick up. 
Get signed up today Here


September 10: FREE Documentary Screening of Tipping the Pain Scale

Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 Bluemound Drive, Appleton
Room 170 ABC Parking Lot, North Entrance 16
3:00 Viewing the Film
5:00 PM Panel with Joseph Green, Travis Sacket, Bev Kelley-Miller, Patrick Danforth

 

Online Organizer Training hosted by WISDOM

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Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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WISDOM is hosting a 5-Week Online Organizer Training starting on August 25 and continuing for five Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm.

The course covers the basics of the kind of community organizing WISDOM affiliates (including ESTHER) do. We'll talk about the “Attitudes and Disciplines” of Organizing, One-on-Ones, Issues and Actions, Effective Meetings and Team-building. Past attendees have found these sessions to be very helpful and energizing. They are good for anyone, including “veterans,” who may be looking for a refresher. (During breakout groups, they have a lot to share.)

Register Here

This training is especially helpful for people who are getting involved with a WISDOM affiliate but have not yet had a chance to go to Weeklong Training and would appreciate seeing the “big picture” of what we're trying to do. People from other justice-seeking organizations are also welcome to join in.

The training series is free of charge. We do ask that people register only if they are reasonably confident that they will be able to attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions.

Register Here