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United Way Seeks Denim Day Participants

  • Click here to download our flier!
  • On Friday, October 7, 2016 United Way of Inner Wisconsin will be asking local businesses and organizations to allow their employees to wear denim for the day, in exchange for a $5 donation to United Way of Inner Wisconsin.
  • “Community-Wide Denim Day is a way for any organization to participate in the United Way campaign,” said Tari Jahns, CEO.  “If you have a workplace campaign, you can incorporate Denim Day in your activities.  If you do not have a workplace campaign, here is a way to still share the United Way experience with your staff.”  Community-Wide Denim Day started as a way for businesses and organizations with dress codes to offer a dress-down day for a good cause. 
  • United Way makes it easy to spread the word that employees are dressed down for a reason.  Businesses and organizations can order FREE casual day stickers for each participant to wear.  United Way also makes Denim Day FUN!  Give the office a call and a photographer will come and take a photo of each participating organization and post it on social media!
  • For more information, call Angela Loucks at United Way of Inner Wisconsin at 715-421-0390 or email at


Stuff the Bus Serves 340 Adams County Students

  • The 2016 Stuff the Bus collection in Adams County was able to give backpacks filled with school supplies to 340 local students, thanks to the generosity of the entire community! 
  • The Stuff the Bus Committee would like to thank all the local businesses and organizations who held school supply drives, the volunteers who helped with the collection and distribution events, everyone who donated school supplies and/or cash, and Kobussen Buses, Ltd. for donating the bus to pick up supplies.
  • Students can still receive school supplies by checking with their school guidance counselors, or by contacting the Adams County Community Services Program at 608-339-4544. 
  • The need exists every day due to children moving to the area during the school year, children running out of supplies mid-year, or if a family disaster should occur (like a house fire).  The program is for any child who lives in Adams County, and whose family needs financial assistance. 


Stuff the School Bus Helps 653 Students in 2016

  • On August 13, 2016, Stuff the Desk volunteers distributed school supplies to 653 students, so they would be able to start their school year off on the right foot!  Earlier this summer, a total of 18 local organizations held school supply drives and dropped off their donations during Lunch by the River on August 4, 2016. 
  • 2016 statistics:
    • Donations included: 396 backpacks, 1,004 folders, 240 glue sticks, 342 reams of loose leaf paper, 202 markers and 1,190 notebooks, to name a few.
    • Of the 653 students who participated, 97% qualify for free and reduced meals at their schools.  Also 6% of these students qualify for EHCY (Educating Homeless Children and Youth) services.
    • Because each family was asked to (voluntarily) bring a canned food item to donate, 12 boxes of food were collected and donated to members of the South Wood County Hunger Coalition.
    • Approximately 70 volunteers helped overall with the collection, sorting, and distribution of the school supplies.  We saw 20 volunteers participate in the collection event and 50 assist with distribution.
    All the leftover school supplies were distributed to each elementary school in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa and Port Edwards.  If you missed Stuff the Desk and your student needs school supplies, talk to your school’s secretary or call Caring Closet at 715-424-6730 extension 3174.
  • The Stuff the School Bus Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this possible:  the volunteers, the organizations who held school supply drives, and the individuals and organizations who donated school supplies and cash donations.  We’d also like to thank our local media who helped to promote our event.  Thanks to everyone working together, we made an impact on the lives of local students in need.  Thank you! 


Learning for Life Reading Mentor Volunteers Needed for 2016-2017 School Year

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Women’s Leadership Council is currently looking for volunteers for its Learning for Life Reading Mentor program for the 2016-17 school year.  The initiative currently has four locations:  Humke Elementary School in Nekoosa, Port Edwards Elementary School, Mead Elementary Charter School, and Washington Elementary School.  United Way is looking for 100+ adults who are willing to volunteer one day per week for 45-60 minutes throughout the school year.
  • There are a variety of times available to fit your schedule.  To sign up, click below and fill out an online application form and pass a background check.  If you have questions, call Tari Jahns at the United Way office at 715-421-0390.  The program officially begins in October, 2016; training sessions will be held at each location in September.
  • “Our goal is to ensure that all children are able to read at the proficient level by the end of third grade,” said Jahns.  “You may have heard the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ It is true – now more than ever children need the support of their community.  Our teachers and schools are working really hard to ensure that kids have what they need and they are succeeding.  The Learning for Life Initiative will layer in added support by providing Reading Mentors, another trusted adult, for students to work with.  This is a wrap around approach to help Kindergarten through third graders to become great readers… and help them succeed at life!  Can you find 40-60 minutes per week to help?  We need you, sign up today!”