Having a Scoop with Ramone's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor
ECHR, in cooperation with Ramone's in downtown Eau Claire, are highlighting area agencies that are bettering our community. Each month, we'll sit down at Ramone's and learn more about these outstanding individuals and organizations all while relaxing with some great ice cream from a family-run operation.
Becca from Red's Mercantile and the Red Letter Grant joins the program talking about local female entreprenuership.
How her business “Red’s Mercantile” got started
The start of the Red Letter Grant to support local female entreprenuers
Balancing her time with both
How can people volunteer/support Red Letter Grant
Keys for success for entrepreneurs (hiring employees and avoiding your own burnout)
Why going to the “opening” of a new shop is exciting for her
The best way to “win” one of the Red Letter Grants
We learn all about the great local organization TANDEM MENTORSHIP and what makes this a unique and special operation in the area.
- Tandem's goal of spreading hope within area youth
- How each mentor/mentee pairing has different goals
- The spiritual and faith-based foundation that differentiates Tandem
- Explaining their "Tandem Tuesday" events
- What is the make-up of the children that are mentored?
- Where they get their referrals and various partnerships
- Do they face, and to what extent is there, backlash to being rooted in faith and religion?
- Challenges of being a smaller non-profit operation.
This episode features a look at the operation of Big Brothers Big Sisters with the local agency's CEO Wes Escondo. Among the topics covered:
- The work that goes into coordinating and maintaining matches
- The need for volunteers
- Who makes a good "Big"
- Other ways to volunteer
- What motivates people associated with BBBS
- Their "Battle Golf" fundraiser
- Re-thinking fundraising during 2020.
What is the outlook for the Children's Museum after the building had to abort it's re-opening after only a few weeks. Scott & Blayne sit down with executive director Mike McHorney to learn me. He discusses having to close down the building again but what the organization is doing to guarantee a stronger future. This includes the continued momentum towards a new building.
This week, Kayla and Scott are joined by Ramone's assistant manager Sarah. They discuss the impact the "Cash for a Cause" has on the young workforce Ramone's employs. How it educates and creates deeper meaning for community to these teenagers and young adults. They also touch on what it means to assist these charitable causes and what they have learned about certain non-profits in the area.
This week, Blayne and Scott are joined by Kerri who is with The Pen Project and one of the owners of the Eau Claire Design Company. Kerri details how this non-profit outs together magazines featuring work created by incarcerated individuals. She explains how they get the art and the impact having the work published has on those currently serving sentences. Kerri also talks about how you can see physical exhibits that the Pen Project helps to curate.
This week, Kayla and Scott sit down with Sara French from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation. We learn why the foundation exists and where the money they help raise goes. Anyone who has even the slightest interest or reason to know what is going on in terms of the school district needs to tune in. Find out who benefits from the efforts of the foundation. Kayla also suggests ways to cool down with ice cream this summer and Sara gives us her favorites.
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This week, Blayne and Scott sit down with Dennis Beale of Power of Perception to learn about this great local organization he has started. The focus is on empowering the local youth of color by introducing them to various leaders (business, arts, law enforcement, etc.) and instilling a leadership framework.
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On the debut episode, Blayne & Kayla from Ramone's describe their "Cash for a Cause" program. We also preview what the podcast will be about and get their backstory on why they started an ice cream shop and the mission behind it.
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