By Tim Kowols
A look into the community’s working poor will be the focus of a presentation being given by the League of Women Voters Door County on Saturday. In the first event of the League’s Eileen Bohn Speaker Series, speakers from the United Way, Lakeshore CAP, the Door County Economic Development Corporation, and officials from the county’s human services and health departments will discuss the 21 percent of residents considered to be asset-limited and income constrained, but employed. LWVDC President Nancy Fisher says the ALICE population in Door County is largely unknown and hopes the event shines a light on the issue.
The “ALICE in Door County” presentation will take place at 9 a.m. at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. You can learn more about the speakers appearing online with this story.
Speaker Bios Courtesy Of League of Women Voters- Door County
Caleb Frostman, Executive Director of Door County Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the County through a myriad of programs and initiatives. He will focus on the employment picture, the types of jobs available as well as the range of wages and benefits.
Carol Wautlet, Economic Support Manager for the Door County Department of Human Services, will describe the situation of citizens who are eligible for the county’s various public assistance programs.
Public Health Nurse Mary Ellen Smith will explain the types of programs offered by the Door County Public Health Department and the people who need them.
Sandy Soik from Lakeshore CAP, a program committed to increasing economic self-sufficiency, will describe the housing and food situation in the county.
Amy Kohnle, Director of United Way of Door County, will complete the local picture by providing details on the availability of child care, alcohol and other drug abuse issues, and other challenges affecting this population.