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United WaySponsors Lunch by the River Aug. 6

  • Join United Way of Inner Wisconsin as it sponsors Lunch by the River, August 6, 2015.  The event takes place at Veteran’s Memorial Park from 11:30am to 1:00pm. 
  • During the event, United Way will:
    • hand out children’s books.
    • distribute information about United Way and the 2015 fall campaign.
    • launch its text-to-give program by challenging the community to raise $2,000 for Stuff the Bus by texting SCHOOL to 71777
  • Additionally, United Way will be hosting Stuff the Bus as they collect school supply donations for its 2015 drive; and Wisconsin Rapids Safe Kids Coalition will have an interactive display promoting the hazards of heat strokes in cars.
  • The United Way of Inner Wisconsin encourages local businesses to hold their United Way campaigns between September 1 and October 31, 2015. If your business or organization would like to have a workplace campaign – or just learn more about it – contact Angie Loucks at 715-421-0390 or angie@uwiw.org

 

Stuff the Bus of Adams County Announces Details for 2015

  • The Seventh Annual “Stuff the Bus” in Adams County will be held on August 14, 2015.  A school bus donated by Kobussen Buses, Ltd. will drive to local organizations that are holding school supply drives, where volunteers will “stuff the bus” with donations.
  • On August 18, backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to local students in need.  All students who live in Adams County, whose families are in need of financial assistance, qualify for the program. To receive an application, stop into the Adams County Health and Human Services office between July 27 - August 14, 2015.
  • We are looking for local organizations in Adams County to become “Stuff the Bus” drop off locations.  This may include: local businesses, churches, schools, service organizations, etc.  Drop off locations will collect school supplies from July 20 to August 14, 2015. 
  • To become a drop off site, please contact the Adams County Community Services Program at 608-339-4544.  If you or your organization would like to collect school supplies, but do not wish to become a drop off site, you can bring supplies to one of the drop off sites before August 14, 2015. 
  • The following organizations are currently signed up to be drop off locations: 
    • Adams Assembly of God Church
    • Adams Columbia Electric Cooperative
    • Adams County Courthouse-Community Service Program Office
    • Adams County Health & Human Services
    • Adams Friendship School District Administration Office
    • AF County Market
    • BMO Harris Bank
    • City of Adams
    • Friendship Connection
    • Grand Marsh Insurance
    • Grand Marsh State Bank
    • Lakes Area Christian Fellowship
    • Liberty Manor
    • Practical Cents
    • Royal Bank
    • Villa Pines Living Center
  • Two school supply drives that are open to employees only include:  Grande Custom Ingredients and RockTenn.
  • Items that are especially needed include:  24 count crayons, pencils, pencil pouches, pens (red, blue or black), colored pencils, washable markers, watercolor paints, pointed scissors, wide ruled paper (spiral bound), glue sticks, supply boxes, pocket folders, filler paper (wide ruled), 3 ring binders (1inch size), rulers, scientific calculators, and backpacks.
  • Monetary donations and gift certificates are also accepted.  Please write checks to “Stuff the Bus” and mail/deliver to the Adams-Friendship Schools Administrative Building, 201 W. 6th St., Friendship, WI 53934. 
  • Volunteers are needed to help collect school supplies at each location, sort donations and help distribute to local students.  To volunteer, please contact the Adams County Community Services Program at 608-339-4544.
  • For more information about the Adams County Stuff the Bus Event, please dial 2-1-1 to speak to an information specialist, or find us on Facebook. 

Stuff the Bus Committee Looks for Drop Off Locations

  • The Stuff the School Bus Committee for south Wood County is looking for businesses, churches, service organizations and clubs to become drop off locations for the eighth annual school supply drive, July 13 to August 6, 2015. 
  • Organizations who are “official” drop off locations will be listed on our web page at www.uwiw.org/stuff_the_bus.html and can also download materials such as signs and flyers. 
  • The Stuff the School Bus event will be held on August 6, 2015 during Lunch by the River at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 11:30am – 1:00pm.  There will be two buses parked during Lunch by the River and we’ll be “stuffing” them with donations of school supplies.
  • If you can’t participate in a school supply drive, but wish to contribute, you can purchase school supplies and bring them to one of the drop-off locations; or bring them to Veteran’s Memorial Park on August 6th.  Monetary donations are also accepted.  Checks can be written to “Stuff the Bus/Stuff the Desk” and mailed to “Stuff the Bus/Stuff the Desk,” c/o United Way of Inner Wisconsin, 351 Oak Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494.
  • Stuff the Bus is held rain or shine; there will be an alternate location in the event of rain at the Rafters tented area at Witter Field.
  • We are also looking for volunteers.  To learn more, visit www.uwiw.org/stuff_the_bus.html or call the Volunteer Center at 715-421-0390.
  • School supplies will be distributed at the Stuff the Desk event, which will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 8 – 11:30am at Lincoln High School, 1801 16th Street S., Wisconsin Rapids.  Stuff the Desk is open to students in grades 4k through 12th grade enrolled in Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, the Port Edwards School District, the Nekoosa School District and surrounding south Wood County public and parochial schools.  Any family who is in financial need qualifies.
  • To receive school supplies, families need to pre-register by August 1, 2015.  Applications can be picked up at:  Boys and Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area (as well as the Mead, Nekoosa and Port Edwards locations), United Way of Inner Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Central Office.  An application can also be downloaded from www.uwiw.org.  Applications will NOT be mailed out to anyone.
  • Applications must be returned to United Way of Inner Wisconsin (351 Oak Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494) by August 1, 2015.  Later in August, families will receive a postcard informing them of their time slot for pick up during Stuff the Desk on August 15, 2015.
  • Participating families are asked to bring a canned food item (optional - to be donated to local food pantries).  Students need not be present.  Spanish and Hmong translators will be present.  For more information, call United Way’s 2-1-1 and speak with an information specialist.
  • Click here to download the Stuff the School Bus 2015 Application Formicon