West Central Initiative to host two Nov. 7 events

Residents are encouraged to come by and ask questions about WCI and the programs offered.

West Central Initiative (WCI) is hosting two events in Breckenridge, Minnesota, on Wednesday, Nov. 7. They want to get to know the City of Breckenridge better and give residents a chance to better understand the foundation. 

The first will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Breckenridge Public Library. The WCI staff will hold “pop-up” office hours. Residents are encouraged to come by and ask questions about WCI and the programs offered.

The second will be that evening from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Wilkin Drink & Eatery in Breckenridge. WCI staff along with board member Steve Kent of Breckenridge will hold a “Get to Know Us” gathering, with appetizers, a cash bar, music and a short program about WCI. The event is free with a cash bar available. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at wcif.org/Breckenridge-gathering.html.

President Anna Wasesche will share highlights of the impact WCI has in the region and for the community along with videos from their Live Wide Open website, www.livewideopen.com.

WCI was formed during the 1980’s during the farming crisis in west central Minnesota to take a look at help could be given. They did not want to just provide short-term fixes, but rather to determine where they could do the most good. The idea is not only to aid for survival but to provide resources for a thriving future.

Never wavering from that initiative, WCI is still investing in new businesses, workforce development, the Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) and helping communities become vibrant and healthy places to live and work in.

WCI is a regional community foundation serving the nine west central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.  

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