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United Way of Inner Wisconsin Accepting Registration for Individuals Who Need Their Yard Raked

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center is currently accepting registration for local elderly/disabled individuals who wish to have their yards raked by volunteers during Day of Caring, Saturday, October 24, 2015. 
  • To register to have your yard raked, call 2-1-1 and speak to an information specialist between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.  This program is designed for low- or fixed-income elderly and/or disabled residents who have no other means of completing the raking service (ie: no family nearby, unable to pay a landscaping company, etc.). 
  • When calling to register, residents should be prepared to provide directions (or the nearest cross street) to their homes; and be able to describe their yard size:
    • Small – 3 or less trees
    • Medium – 4-6 trees
    • Large – 7-10 trees
    • Jumbo – more than 10 trees
  • The deadline to register is October 9, 2015.  Residents who participate will be expected to provide their own leaf bags (if needed) and instructions to the volunteers.  Instructions should include information about leaf disposal, depending on the municipality they live in.  Volunteers will only be raking leaves.  Participants are also expected to clean up any pet waste and trash before volunteers arrive.
  • The Volunteer Center is also looking for volunteers to help rake on October 24th.  Volunteers and team leaders can register online here.  All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and lunch!


United Way Months Proclaimed

  • Click here to download a copy of the Governor's Proclamation
  • Governor Scott Walker has designated the months of September and October 2015 as United Way Months in Wisconsin, in recognition of the launch of United Way annual campaigns throughout the state.
  • The 43 United Ways across Wisconsin each work within their local communities to meet local needs, using funds raised locally. Together, United Ways work to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks of a good quality of life. We all win when a child succeeds in school, families are financially stable, and people have good health. Every year, Wisconsin community members and businesses really step up to supply the passion, expertise, and resources to create lasting change.
  • In 2014, Wisconsin's United Ways, serving as the primary source of private funds, collectively raised over $122.5 million to support human service programs. Wisconsinites have many ways to give, advocate and volunteer with United Way to be a part of the change and help build a brighter future for all.
  • Last year, United Way of Inner Wisconsin raised $619,688 and provided funds to programs that support Education, Income, Health and Safety Net Services.  This year, United Way of Inner Wisconsin is raising funds to support 35 partner programs. 
  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin changes lives in our community by investing in the Building Blocks of a Better Life; leveraging resources to get things done; engaging volunteers; and convening/participating in community partnerships such as the South Wood County Hunger Coalition, Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable, The Great Book Giveaway, Learning for Life Reading Mentor Program, South Wood County Homelessness Coalition, The Help Guide, FamilyWize, enTouch Wireless and Stuff the School Bus.


Learning for Life Reading Mentor Volunteers Needed

  • 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 2015-16 school year.  The initiative currently has three locations:  Humke Elementary School in Nekoosa, Mead Elementary Charter School, and Washington Elementary School.  United Way is looking for 75-100 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, visit 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, 2015; 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 Tari Jahns, United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s CEO.  “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,” said Jahns.  “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 45-60 minutes per week to help?  We need you to make a significant impact in the life of a child by helping them improve their reading skills!”
  • Click here to register to volunteer online.