Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • August 2015
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Community Benefit Tree — Helping Those in Medical Crises

Where do people in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas turn when they struggle with a medical crisis? Who is there to help with the financial cost and the emotional devastation? Is anyone available for spiritual advice?

Thankfully, we have Community Benefit Tree, Inc. (CBT), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by Christian values and set up specifically to help individuals or families get through a medical crisis. Eleven years old in June, Community Benefit Tree has already helped more than 500 families with funds for medical and living expenses.

The concept for the non-profit started when Heidi Frederickson, executive director, recognized the need for an organization to help friends and family raise funds for individuals in financial need as the result of a medical emergency. She started the business with her mother, Karla Wolfinger, to meet that need.

Community Benefit Tree helps teams plan and implement one-day Celebrations of Support to help individuals celebrate the financial and emotional support they receive from those close to them and from the community at large. Events are always open to the public.

In addition to Celebrations, CBT sets up funds for direct donations, often for those who are unable to participate in an event. Donations to the funds can be made on the organization’s website: For more information about donating or holding a celebration event, readers may call CBT at 920-422-1919.

Frederickson soon realized that people in medical crises need more than just financial support. Lengthy medical struggles may deplete them emotionally and cause spiritual struggles as well. She and her staff partner with area churches, helping people get connected if they’re looking for a place to call home. They receive prayer requests and pray for them, as well as providing resources, like a Bible or inspirational materials.

Practically, CBT can set individuals up with a financial advocate coach for help with budgeting or estate planning or a will, so they’re prepared for any outcome. They can connect them with resources to help them apply for Social Security Disability if necessary.

CBT also provides education to local businesses. They teach employers how to help employees during medical crises, providing helpful tools and information, and teach employees how to survive such a crisis. A big part of education is informing people about support resources of various types. Community Benefit Tree, Inc. is there to meet the needs of those experiencing a medical crisis.

Community Benefit Tree, Inc.


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