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United Way Releases the 2014 Holiday Give and Get Help Guide

  • The holidays will soon be upon us! Many people prefer to celebrate and give thanks by helping others, sometimes in lieu of exchanging gifts or dining with family - many people give gifts to the needy and volunteer as a family instead.  Others like to make donations at the end of the year for a tax deduction.  Whatever the reason, United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center is here to help you decide how to give back, with the help of its 2014 Holiday Give and Get Help Guide for South Wood and Adams Counties.
  • The Holiday Give and Get Help Guide is a comprehensive listing of holiday-related volunteer opportunities; and of the different types of donations you can make, including children’s toys, food and winter clothing, etc.  The guide also gives information on how individuals who need help can access each program.
  • To view or receive your copy, click here or call 715-421-0390.  You can also pick up a copy at McMillan Memorial Public Library in Wisconsin Rapids.

 

United Way of Inner Wisconsin Creates Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable

  • In an effort to build coalitions around its seven strategy areas, United Way of Inner Wisconsin has created the “Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable,” which will meet quarterly.  The first meeting will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:00pm at River Cities Bank (lower level conference room). 
  • The roundtable is an opportunity for agencies and local businesses/organizations that provide supportive health services to an identified population with a need come together:  to talk about their programs and educate the group about the resources they provide; discuss issues that are impacting their abilities to help people; and talk about systemic changes that can help improve the clients’ quality of life.
  • “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and build understanding between the different supportive community health programs in south Wood County,” said Angie Loucks, the roundtable facilitator and Campaign/Communications Coordinator at United Way of Inner Wisconsin.  “Working together we can move the needle on local issues and create lasting change in our communities.”
  • If your agency, business or organization provides supportive community health services to a specific population with an identified need, please feel free to join our roundtable discussion.  To reserve your seat at the table, please RSVP to Angie Loucks at 715-421-0390 or angie@uwiw.org

 

United Way of Inner Wisconsin's Day of Caring Event Helps 70 Households

  • The 2014 Day of Caring event was truly a success, with a total of 295 volunteers raking a total of 70 yards.  Additionally, six grocery bags of personal essentials were collected and donated to Acorn Apartments, a low income apartment building for individuals with special needs.  Day of Caring is an annual day of volunteering, organized by United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center.
  • “Day of Caring was great this year,” said Amy Fluno, Day of Caring Coordinator.  “We had wonderful volunteers who gave up a beautiful Saturday morning to rake yards for the elderly and disabled in the community. It makes me so happy to get positive feedback from the homeowners who are always so thankful for this event and the volunteers who help them do something they are unable to do for themselves.”
  • The residents who had their yards raked also appreciated the volunteers.  Some comments from their follow up survey include: 
    • “Thank you so much for this program - and to the volunteers a special thank you.”
    • “I can’t thank these caring and wonderful people enough for doing what they do. God bless them.”
    • “These volunteers need to be commended for raking the lawns for the elderly and people with disabilities. Their parents raised them right-to respect the elderly and those with disabilities. People need to give the younger generation more respect.”
    However, the volunteers also appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community.  One volunteer stated, “It is great when the people whose homes we rake say thank you!”   Another volunteer said, “I enjoy doing this with my family!” At United Way of Inner Wisconsin, we’d also like to thank the following sponsors who helped to make our event possible: 
    • Grand Rapids Lion’s Club for hosting the event, providing volunteers, and donating food, napkins, paper plates and utensils.
    • Kwik Trip for donating potatoes for the baked potato bar.
    • Quality Foods IGA – West Grand Ave. for donating the toppings for the baked potato bar.
    • Pepsi Beverage Company for donating the soda and bottled water.
    • Subway East for donating cookies.
    • Cellcom for donating a cell phone for the event.
    • Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary and Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis for sponsoring the t-shirts.
    • The Youth Advisory Committee, who volunteered their time to help coordinate many aspects of Day of Caring.