Ozaukee Family Services Receives Grant

April 11, 2011

Greater Cedarburg Foundation Helps Fund Internet Safety Presentations


The Greater Cedarburg Foundation has awarded Ozaukee Family Services with a $2,000 grant to continue its prevention education programs in area schools. Prevention education is just one of the many services provided by the nonprofit agency and covers topics such as internet safety, eating disorders and abuse prevention.


Keeping children safe on the Internet has, and continues to be, a major concern for parents and educators. Technology plays an important role in the life of students – the majority of kids and teens use the internet and cell phones daily. Unfortunately the increasing use of technology has also led to an increase in cyber-bullying (bullying that uses any form of technology). Presenters teach students how to stay safe while using current technology and what to do if they are a victim of cyber-bullying. “Although the majority of teens use the internet and cell phones, many of them don’t realize the dangers or the extent of cyber-bullying,” according to Ricky Spenner, internet and technology safety educator at Ozaukee Family Services.


“We are grateful to the Greater Cedarburg Foundation for their support and interest in keeping kids safe,” said Cheri Farnsworth, executive director of Ozaukee Family Services. In addition to grants, the nonprofit agency relies on donations from the public and is currently hosting its 4th Annual Family Fun Raffle. Raffle prizes include a $3500 vacation certificate, a 42” plasma TV and a $250 Marcus Theatre gift card. Only 1000 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at any Harris Bank location. “Even if you don’t win a prize, our community wins through your support,” stated Farnsworth. Winners will be drawn at the agency’s Spring Brunch at Shully’s Garden Tent in Thiensville on April 27. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds from the raffle contribute to the agency’s mission: improving lives to help families succeed.


Ozaukee Family Services assists families of all shapes and sizes through a myriad of programs. In addition to its prevention education programs, the agency also offers parent education and support; Rainbows support for children who have experienced death or divorce in their family; affordable counseling for individuals, couples and families; and services that help senior citizens continue to live independently. All services are free or on a sliding fee scale – no one is ever turned away because of the inability to pay. To learn more contact Ozaukee Family Services at 262.376.7774 or visit www.OzaukeeFamilyServices.org


Photo: Ricky Spenner, internet & technology safety educator at Ozaukee Family Services, recently gave a presentation to 6th graders at Webster Transitional School.

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