State Representative Don Vruwink

December 22, 2021

Wishing a Happy Holiday to You and Yours


Christmas Carols at the Capitol

The New Glarus Madrigal Singers performed at the Capitol on Wednesday, December 17th. They brought Christmas spirit to the Capitol through their wonderful caroling. To watch their performance, click here.

Thank You to My Interns

I want to thank the talented interns in my office: Destinee Anderson, Kate Van Dyke, and Margo Poelstra. My office would not function as well as it does without the help of these savvy and skilled young people who volunteer their time.

Equity in Vaccines

Organizations across the state will receive grants totaling $8.1 million to promote health equity in COVID-19 vaccinations. The funds help communities reduce barriers that hinder vaccine access for marginalized and underserved populations. Read more here.

Food Insecurity

The state’s two largest hunger-relief organizations will receive $30 million to purchase food, storage, distribution and transportation, prioritizing Wisconsin-grown food and businesses. The Hunger Task Force and Feeding Wisconsin will direct these resources to residents in rural communities, urban centers, and tribal nations. Read more here.

Summer Internship at the DNR

College students who wants to explore a career in natural resources can apply for a paid internship with the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR has 53 internships in the department's six divisions at locations across the state. Students who identify as female, disabled, military veteran, or a person of color are encouraged to apply. View the open positions on the DNR's website.

Milton Public Library Receives Grants

Congratulations to the Milton Public Library for being awarded a $5,000 grant from the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation. The grant will help fund Story Gardens, an open air branch of the library that will promote literacy and life-long learning through literature-based themes.  The library also received a $600 grant from Wisconsin Humanities that will go toward the creation of travel kits featuring travel guides, cookbooks, DVDs, games, local music and CDs.

Workforce Challenges

A dozen projects across the state will receive up to $59.5 million to address long-term workforce issues as employers continue to bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. A second round of grants will be awarded in 2022. Among the projects funded in the first round of grants are public-private partnerships to train and attract healthcare workers throughout rural Wisconsin; develop next-generation advanced manufacturing employees in west-central and southeast Wisconsin; expand affordable, high-quality childcare in Door County, Green County, and south-central Wisconsin; create pipelines of young, educated workers in Milwaukee; train construction and skilled craft workers throughout the state; foster a culture of entrepreneurship in Kenosha; and enable incarcerated individuals to earn undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Read more here.

Office of Representative Don Vruwink

State Capitol, Room 5 North  •   PO Box 8953   •   Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-3790   •   Toll-free: (888) 534-0043