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United Way of Inner Wisconsin Partners with enTouch Wireless to Provide Free Cell Phones

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin is proud to connect community members with enTouch Wireless, which provides free cell phones to individuals who qualify for other governmental programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, etc.
  • enTouch Wireless provides a free cell phone and up to 250 free minutes per month for one year.  The service is made possible by a state and federal government assistance program called Lifeline that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income individuals.  It is important because everyone needs the opportunity and security of a telephone that helps them connect to jobs, family and 9-1-1 services. 
  • Individuals who wish to apply for a free enTouch phone can pick up an application at local agencies such as Hope’s Door, North Central Community Action Program, the Job Center, Childcaring, and McMillan Memorial Library.  If you are a church, agency or organization who would like to have enTouch applications available for the individuals you serve please call the United Way of Inner Wisconsin office at 715-421-0390.
  • Individuals who qualify for the program can fill out an application and submit it to enTouch Wireless.  If approved, the customer will receive a phone within eight business days of receipt of application.  The phone comes loaded with the minutes requested; every thirty days the balance automatically reloads as long as there is an active account.  The plan includes voicemail, call forwarding, three way calling and is data enabled.  Customers can purchase additional minutes, texts and data from an airfair wireless retailer such as Baltus Bread and Butter Shop, BP and Schierl Oil.  The program is available for only one person per household and is non-transferrable.  Customers must reapply annually.
  • Lifeline is funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF).  Telecommunications companies contribute to the USF.  No funding is received through taxpayer dollars or through the Lifeline program.  Eligible telecommunications companies – including enTouch Wireless - are certified by the FCC to manage the Lifeline program.  For more information please call the United Way of Inner Wisconsin office at 715-421-0390.

 

Stuff the School Bus of South Wood County Announces Details for 2014

  • Stuff the School Bus will be held on August 7, 2014 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” it with donations of school supplies!
  • We are looking for businesses, churches, service organizations and clubs who are interested in being official drop off locations from July14 – August 7, 2014.  Organizations who are official drop off locations will be listed on our web page here and can also download materials such as signs and fliers.  You can also “like” our Facebook Page.
  • If you can’t participate in a school supply drive, but wish to contribute, you can purchase school supplies and drop them off at one of the official drop off locations prior to August 7th. 
  • 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.
  • Since Stuff the Bus is held rain or shine, this year there will be an alternate location in the event of rain:  the Rafters tented area at Witter Field.
  • We are also looking for volunteers.  To learn more, click here or call the Volunteer Center at 715-421-0390.
  • School supplies will be distributed at our Stuff the Desk event, which will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8am – 12pm at Lincoln High School, 1801 16th Street S., Wisconsin Rapids.  Stuff the Desk is open to children and youth 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.
  • Families simply need to attend Stuff the Desk, bring a canned food item (optional - to be donated to local food pantries) and fill out an application.  An application can also be downloaded from our web page.  Students need not be present.  Spanish and Hmong translators will be present. 
  • Additionally, there will be a “Fast Lane.”  Students who bring their own backpacks will be allowed to bypass the line and go straight to the “Fast Lane.” 
  • For more information on Stuff the Bus and Stuff the Desk, call United Way’s 2-1-1.

 

Stuff the Bus in Adams County Announces Dates

  • The Sixth Annual “Stuff the Bus” in Adams County will be held on August 15, 2014.  A school bus donated by Kobussen Buses, Ltd. will drive to local organizations that are holding school supply drives, where volunteers will actually “stuff the bus” with donations.\
  • On August 19, backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to local Adams County children in need.  All children who live in Adams County, whose families are in need of financial assistance, qualify for the program. To receive an application, please stop into the Adams County Health and Human Services office between July 28 - August 15, 2014.
  • We are looking for local organizations in Adams County to become official “Stuff the Bus” drop off locations.  We are looking for local businesses, churches, schools, service organizations, etc. Official drop off locations will collect school supplies from July 21 to August 15, 2014 when the school bus picks up the supplies. 
  • To become an official drop off site, please contact the Community Services Program at the Adams County Courthouse at 608-339-4544.  If your organization would like to collect school supplies, but do not wish to become an official drop off site, you can bring supplies to one of the drop off sites before August 15, 2014. 
  • The following organizations are currently signed up to be drop off locations:  Adams Assembly of God Church (during services only), Adams Columbia Electric Cooperative, Adams County Chamber of Commerce , Adams-Friendship Area School District Administration Office, AF County Market , BMO Harris Bank, City of Adams, Community Service Program Office, Curves, Grand Marsh Insurance Agency, Grand Marsh State Bank, Grande Custom Ingredients (employees only), Health & Human Services, Lakes Area Christian Fellowship, Liberty Manor, Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics (employees only), Practical Cents, Royal Bank, The Friendship Connection and Villa Pines Living Center
  • 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 Back packs.
  • Monetary donations and gift certificates are also accepted.  Please write checks to “Stuff the Bus” and mail (or 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, needy children.  To volunteer, please contact the Adams County Community Services Program at 608-339-4544.
  • For more information about the Adams County Stuff the School Bus Event, please dial 2-1-1 to speak to an information specialist, or find us on Facebook. 

 

United Way Announces Program Funding for 2015

  • The United Way of Inner Wisconsin Board of Directors approved a plan to distribute $514,703 for 2015 local programming in south Wood and Adams Counties during its May 14, 2014 meeting.
  • In April 2014, volunteer Review Panels spent a significant amount of time visiting the partner programs and reviewing the program funding requests.  They also listened to presentations from local programs who applied for United Way funding.  The Panels made recommendations to the Community Impact Committee, who made a final recommendation to the United Way of Inner Wisconsin Board of Directors.
  • Funding was focused around the top community priorities identified by United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Agenda for Change.  Focusing on the Building Blocks of a Better Life:  Education, Income and Health as well as Safety Net Services of Emergency Shelter and Food.
  • Education
    Initiative – Early Years
    Goal – Children are ready to learn by start of school.
    Initiative – Mentors, Role Models and Enrichments Outside of the School Day
    Goal – Children have access to a safe environment which enhances:  personal growth, character development and academic achievement.
  • Income
    Initiative – Financial Literacy
    Goal – Community members learn how to budget and save.
  • Health
    Initiative –Dental Care
    Goal – Increased access to dental care.
    Initiative – Supportive Community Services
    Goal – Improving quality of life for a specific population with an identified need.
  • Safety Net Services
    Initiative – Emergency Shelter
    Goal – Community members have access to shelter.
    Initiative – Food
    Goal – Community members have access to food.
  • The 2014 United Way campaign will begin September 1, 2014 and run until October 31, 2014.  Funds raised in this year’s campaign will be used to fund the 2015 programs. 2015 allocations are contingent on enough funds being raised this fall. 
  • To read the 2015 Program Funding, click here.