Healthy Community Network, Inc. 

News and Events

We want to keep you informed of present initiatives and future events that directly pertain to the Healthy 

Community Network.  Please check back often to view information regarding Healthy Community Network  

assistance, volunteerism, and fundraisers.

“We enjoy volunteering for HCN because it gives us a sense of community involvement and purpose. We’d rather contribute our time to an organization that directly helps OUR community, knowing that we can make a positive 

impact in our own area.” – Anonymous Couple

Current News and Events 


Community Wide Rummage Sale

Please join us at 1100 Maple St, Palmyra at our rummage sale from 8:00am – 4:00pm.  All proceeds will be used to off-set the cost of weekly healthy snack delivery to Palmyra Elementary School.  Available: New and gently used infant bottles, pacifiers, bibs, clothing, toys, strollers, and personal hygiene products.  New and gently used toddler and preschool books, videos, games, toys, stuffed animals, clothing, scooters, and bikes.  If you would like to make a donation of the above items, please contact us for pick-up/drop-off dates and times.


Healthy Community Network (HCN) is offering a FREE boxed Easter dinner to low-income families within the Palmyra community. You do not need to show income verification to participate. Let us shop for you! Please complete the Easter distribution form and return it by mail or email to HCN (see document library below). We hope you will take this opportunity to accept our small token of assistance with your family dinner. All forms must be received by April 15 to participate.  Each boxed dinner contains: ham, green beans, yams, potatoes, fruit mix, rolls, salad, and a special dessert item.

Document Library

DocumentPregnant 2 Preschool 2019 Flyer for the P2P 2019 Event.
Document2019 Easter Dinner FLyer Form 2019 Easter Dinner Flyer Form
Document2019 Easter Dinner Flyer2019 Easter Dinner Color Flyer 4.18.19
Past News and Events

March 2019 ____________________________________________

MARCH 2019

Healthy Shelves Debuts at Powers Memorial Library

Healthy Community Network has extended its partnership with Powers Memorial Library. In addition to our snack basket at the library, HCN will also be a supporter of Healthy Shelves.

Healthy Shelves was created to provide support, to those in need, six days a week, during library hours listed below. Food donations can also be made during the hours listed below. It can be utilized without showing proof of income or verifying government assistance. Healthy Shelves is located down the stairs (directly in front of you) as you enter the library.


FREE Nutrition Class

From 11:30am – 12:30pm, the Healthy Community Network is teaming up with Bryn MacGillivray, Certified Food Safety Specialist and Standard Process Chef/Food Services Manager, to offer a healthy chili recipe demonstration with tasting.  All ingredients needed, with detailed recipe, will be your gift to take home with you after the event.  This class is FREE and is for anyone who would like to learn how to cook and eat healthier foods.  Add a little more warmth to your winter and join us! 

The event is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot NOW by email: angelav@healthycommunitynetwork.net or call/text to (262) 215-1198

Please invite friends to come with you.  Location: 1100 Maple Street, Palmyra


2nd Annual P2P Event

The 2nd Annual HCN Pregnant 2 Preschool event is for pregnant women and mothers/fathers with children under 4 years old. Collections will begin on March 11 – March 25, with the distribution of items on March 30 at 1100 Maple St., Palmyra. We are hoping to not only collect “baby” foods but clothes, toys, etc. All items/proceeds will go directly to expectant mothers and children under 4 years old within the Palmyra community.  See flyer in document library below.

February 2019__________________________________________  

February 2019

The Healthy Community Network is proud to announce that we have partnered with Palmyra Park Apartment Homes to offer residents a complimentary snack.  Nutritious, healthy, snack-sized items will be available free of charge at the main entrances of both Building I and Building II. Enjoy!


Paint and Sip Fundraiser

Please join us for a night of creativity and fun.  A master artist will provide step by step instructions for creating a masterpiece while you socialize and enjoy the evening. Paint, Wine, Snacks, Raffles and a Whole Lot of FUN.
Red and White wine provided or BYOB. $40 per person - Price includes Canvas, Paints, Brushes, and WINE.
Space is limited. Reserve NOW by email: angelav@healthycommunitynetwork.net

Please invite friends:   the event flyer is attached below. 

January 2019 ___________________________________________

January 2019

Happy New Year everyone. The 2018 HCN Annual Report is available and it will give a clear picture of our year-in-review.  Please click on the link for specifics regarding the workings of the Healthy Community Network in 2018. We had many generous supporters who graciously kept our expenditures down, due to item donations throughout the year.  https://issuu.com/avillela/docs/2018_hcn_annual_report.pptx We are looking forward to an amazing year in 2019.  Thank you for your continued support.

December 2018__________________________________________ 

December 2018

Please take a moment to fill out the HCN Year-End Survey (Both English and Spanish copies are available in the document library below).  Your feedback and suggestions are greatly appreciated and gives us the knowledge to better serve the Palmyra community in the future.  Surveys may be returned by email to angelav@healthycommunitynetwork.net or mail to PO Box 419 Palmyra, WI 53156

An on-line survey has also been created if you prefer:

Spanish web link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9L22X75

English web link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9V8J52H

November 2018 ___________________________________________


The Healthy Community Network will be distributing items collected during our Pregnant 2 Preschool event.  There are no income restrictions for participants. The event is FREE.  (Please see the flyer in the document library below for more information).


12 children (4 - 9 years old) from Vita Kids Learning Center in Palmyra supported HCN by labeling healthy snacks. They also sorted clothes by size, folded them, and organized them on the display tables in preparation for our P2P Second Chances Event on November 30th.  Their volunteerism ended with coloring a Thanksgiving turkey. 


If you missed our Pregnant 2 Preschool event on November 19, here’s a second chance to “shop” for those much needed infant – 4 year old items.  We have new and gently used clothing, toys, supplies, books, etc.  There are also five incredible raffle items, with each participant receiving one free raffle ticket for attendance (more can be purchased on-site). There are no income restrictions for participants, but you must be pregnant or a mother/father of a child 4 years old or younger to shop.  Your friends and family are welcome to attend with you and are able to purchase raffle tickets during the event.  This is a FREE event and children of all ages are welcome.  We look forward to seeing you from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at 1100 Maple Street, Palmyra.

October 2018_______________________________________________

October 2018

Pregnant 2 Preschool

Healthy Community Network will be hosting an event for pregnant women and mothers/fathers with children under 4 years old.  Our goal is to set up collection sites throughout Palmyra beginning sometime in October, with distribution in November. We are hoping to not only collect “baby” foods and items, but clothes, toys, etc. as Christmas is right around the corner and many might benefit from the “other items” collected.  All items / proceeds will go directly to expectant mothers and children under 4 years old within the Palmyra community.   Please contact us if you are interested in making a donation, volunteering, or hosting a collection site at your place of business.  (A copy of the flyer is available in the document library below.)


The Palmyra Community Foundation presented the Healthy Community Network with a $500 check. Pictured (L-R) Lee Cushman, Foundation Asst. Secretary, Gary Kincaid, Foundation Board Member, and Angela Villela, HCN Director. Thank you for your continued support of the Palmyra community.


This year’s Palmyra Halloween parade will begin at 3:30pm, starting location at the Palmyra Police / Fire Department (126 N. First Street). Trick or Treat to follow until 6 pm within the Village. The HCN will be distributing  healthy Halloween treats and look forward to seeing all the great costumes.

September 2018 ____________________________________________


The Healthy Community Network is hosting our 1st Annual Open House from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm.  Please join us for a End-Of-Summer/Back-To-School Picnic at 1100 Maple Street, Palmyra.  The event is FREE to all and includes: Food, Beverages, Yard Games, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Take-Away Items, and Raffle Prizes. All ages are welcome. (A copy of the flyer is available in the document library below.)

August 2018_______________________________________________ 

HCN is officially on AmazonSmile!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Healthy Community Network.  Please add us as your favorite charity by simply clicking this link. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/82-4804234


The Palmyra-Eagle Area School District Open House will be held at all three Palmyra schools from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  The Healthy Community Network will have representation on-site at Palmyra Elementary School to answer questions and provide information on upcoming news and events.  Please stop by and say hello.

July 2018 _______________________________________________
July 2018

HCN was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Bronze Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!  GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.  In order to get the 2018 Bronze Seal, HCN shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find out more about our mission and programs. Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/82-4804234

June 2018_________________________________________________ 

June 2018

The Healthy Community Network has partnered with Powers Memorial Library to offer patrons a complimentary snack while visiting the library.  Beginning June 7, nutritious, healthy, snack-sized items will be available free of charge. Enjoy!

June 11- July 31st 2018  

The Healthy Community Network is proud to announce the “Summer Lunch Program for School  Aged Children” which will be available every Monday, from June 11 – July 31st

(Excluding holidays).    Healthy Community Network will provide FREE bag lunches to

 school  aged children in need of a healthy meal during the summer months. We understand that  providing healthy meals to children, when school is not in session, can be a struggle.  Weekly sign-up sheets (beginning June 7), as well as Monday lunch pick-up, is located at  Powers Memorial Library. (Please download the flyer located in the document library)


The Healthy Community Network attended the 69th Annual Father’s Day Fly-In in Palmyra hosted by Palmyra Flying Club, Inc.  We had booth from 7am – 12pm with information about the organization, volunteer sign-up sheets and even the Palmyra Public Safety officers stopped by to say hello.


The Healthy Community Network has spent the last several months collecting data from Palmyra community members in order to better understand their needs.  We want to thank everyone who took time to participate in the assessment.  You can view the announcement, with details, in this week’s Palmyra Enterprise. (Please see the announcement in the document library below.)

May 2018 _________________________________________________


We hope you saw our advertisement, regarding the Community Health Needs Assessment, in this week’s Palmyra Enterprise.  (Please see the advertisement in the document library.)

April 2018 ________________________________________________ 

April 2018-

Questionnaires will be distributed throughout the Palmyra community during the month of April.  By completing this 

questionnaire, you will help the Healthy Community Network understand your family’s resources and needs.  There is no 

risk to completing the questionnaire and it is anonymous.  (Download available in the document library) 

Speaking Engagement:   Wisconsin Hunger and Health Summit   
Title:   Think Outside the Box - Develop Business and Community Partnerships to Decrease Hunger and Increase Access to  Healthy Food
Learn how to engage businesses, organizations and the community to decrease hunger and increase access to healthy food. You will walk away with: A clear understanding of the importance of mutually-beneficial partnerships.

Tips for establishing and developing new partnerships. Examples of creative and successful partnerships from the Marathon County Hunger Coalition (Wausau area), the Healthy Community Network (Palmyra area), and the Willy Street Coop (Madison area). You will also be challenged to think outside the box to develop a list of potential new businesses and organizations in your  local community to partner with in efforts to reduce hunger and increase access to healthy foods when you get home!

March 2018 _______________________________________________ 

March Family Dinners:

introductory letter from the Healthy Community Network during the week of March 12.  A grocery list, with select common items, was included.  Families in need of a little assistance this time of year returned their grocery lists (filled out) to the designated box in the school’s main office.   The Healthy Community Network compiled the grocery items and volunteers packed boxes of perishables and non-perishables for families to pick-up at two  designated times.   Totals for March Family Dinners: 37 people (including 20 children under the age of 18 years old) were provided 297 food items.  A total of 580 LBS of food was distributed by the HCN.  


HCN made the news!   (Please see the article from The Enterprise in the document library.)

Document Library

DocumentSurvey-Spanish Version December 2018
DocumentSurvey-English Version December 2018

Document Library

DocumentSeptember 2018: 1st Annual HCN Open House The Healthy Community Network is hosting our 1st Annual Open House from 11:30 a.m. 1:30 pm.
DocumentApril 2018: Health QuestionaireHCN Health Questionaire
DocumentJune 2018: Summer Lunch Program Summer Lunch Program for Palmyra
DocumentPregnant 2 Preschool Flyer for the Pregnant 2 Preschool Event

Document Library

DocumentMarch 2018: News Article: March 30 2018 The EnterpriseVillage trustees given update on Healthy Community Network
DocumentMay 2018: HCN Advertisement: 5.18.18 HCN Advertisement on the Cover of the Palmyra Enterprise
DocumentJune 2018: June 22 2018 News ReleaseResults of the Palmyra Community Needs Assessment
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