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FamilyWize Continues to Benefit South Wood and Adams Counties

  • To date, the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card has saved south Wood and Adams County residents $228,067 on their prescription costs.  That is $215,293 in south Wood County and $12,774 in Adams County.  The current number is up $50,000 over last year, so the program is steadily growing and making a difference in the lives of residents.
  • The FamilyWize Prescription Drug Card is a free card that helps people who do not have prescription drug insurance (or may be underinsured) save up to 30% on their prescription drug costs.
  • Anyone can use the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Card.  You don’t have to apply, qualify or wait for the card to come in the mail.  United Way of Inner Wisconsin distributes FamilyWize cards at no cost thanks to national sponsorships.  Simply download the card from our website here or send an email to to have one emailed to you.  You can also call 715-421-0390 or 2-1-1 to have one mailed to you. 
  • According to a FamilyWize statement, FamilyWize will continue to be a valuable asset after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is implemented.   They estimate that the card will still be needed by millions of people across the country because:  some people do not understand that they can sign up for insurance because of the ACA; some people will not be eligible for healthcare under ACA; some people cannot afford health care even with ACA subsidies; some classes of medications will be limited with Medicaid; some formularies will be limited; and some plan deductibles will still put medications out of reach of many.
  • According to FamilyWize and the 2010 US Census, there are 7,800 uninsured in the United Way of Inner Wisconsin service area; and not all of them will get coverage through the ACA.  Every person may benefit from FamilyWize and should carry a card as a backup and always ask the pharmacy to compare prices in order to get the most affordable medications.
  • If you are an organization who regularly distributes information to at-risk populations, you can request a display of FamilyWize cards.  We will deliver a display holder with 300 cards to your organization.  Churches, non-profit organizations and human service organizations are encouraged to participate.


Power of the Purse is March 27th

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin will be holding its third annual “Power of the Purse” event on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Hotel Mead.
  • The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, a purse silent auction, and an opportunity to network and learn more about United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Women’s Leadership Council and its initiative “Learning for Life.”
  • There will be a variety of different purses to bid on from Coach to Kate Spade.  We encourage women to attend and bring along a friend for an enjoyable evening and help the community at the same time!
  • Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door.  Advance tickets are available at River Cities Bank, the Riverview Hospital Lobby Desk and at United Way of Inner Wisconsin. 
  • Proceeds from the event will support issues that affect women and children, including the “Learning for Life” initiative which ensures that all third graders are reading at a proficient level.  The program matches children with reading mentors once a week. 
  • Please help us thank our sponsors for the Power of the Purse event.  Diamond Sponsors are:  Paul Gross Jewelers, Riverview Family Clinic and Walker Cranberry Company.  Platinum Sponsors are Element Mobile, River Cities Bank and Gottschalk Cranberry Inc.  Gold Sponsors are:  Bull’s Eye Credit Union, Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Laure A. Johnson - CPA, Leer, Nekoosa Port Edwards State Bank, Heidi Slinkman - Mary Kay Consultant, Solarus, WoodTrust Bank, and Tammi Zellmer - Independent CAbi Consultant.
  • For more information about the WLC, “Learning for Life” or the “Power of the Purse,” please click here or contact Tari Jahns at 715-421-0390 or   


2-1-1 Day is February 11th

  • Download the Governor's Proclamation
  • Download the Mayor's Proclamation
  • Mayor Zachary Vruwink has officially proclaimed February 11th, 2014 as “2-1-1 Day” in Wisconsin Rapids; and Governor Scott Walker has declared it “2-1-1 Day” for the State of Wisconsin.  United Way’s 2-1-1 is a valuable community program that has helped thousands of callers find the resources or referrals they need in just one phone call.   
  • Every day, someone somewhere in south Wood County needs to find essential community services, such as: an after-school program, a food pantry, or a place to secure care for an aging parent. Many people face these challenges but don't always know where to turn for help.
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 is an information and referral program that maintains a database of community resources and connects callers with questions to the proper services or organizations to meet their human, social and information needs.  This service is free, confidential and available 24/7. 
  • “In 2013 we answered over 5,200 calls,” said Amy Fluno, 2-1-1 Program Director.  “Helping people get connected to community resources is what 2-1-1 is all about.  Many callers were not aware of the services offered in their communities and are grateful for the resources we offer to them.
  • February 11th is the perfect day to get to know this useful tool and celebrate all the good that it does. You can participate in celebrating United Way’s 2-1-1 several different ways:
    • Advocate on behalf of a family member or friend who is having a difficult time, dial 2-1-1 to see what resources are available.
    • If you are part of a non-profit organization, religious entity or government agency providing health or human service programs to the public, contact 2-1-1 to be added to our database.
    • Call and request free 2-1-1 materials (posters, fact cards, magnets, etc.) and put them on display where you work or at your church. 
    • Sign up for the “Get Connected Get Answers” Blog at  to stay informed about local events, support groups, conferences, classes and updates in your community.
    • Visit our website at  and download helpful guides such as the “Help for Hard Times” Guides.
    • Volunteer for United Way’s 2-1-1, and help with data entry and answering phone calls.
  • In addition to connecting callers to local resources, United Way’s 2-1-1 also tracks caller needs and uses that information to analyze trends, such as identifying gaps in services.  This information can be used to help make program funding decisions.
  • For more information, contact United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing the three digit number 2-1-1; or visit our website at
  • About United Way’s 2-1-1
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 is a FREE and confidential three digit number you can dial to receive information and referral to local community resources.  It is available 24/7.  Commonly asked questions range from “I cannot pay my utility bill – who can help?” to “I need help caring for my loved one with dementia.”
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 is a non-profit organization based in south Wood County and is governed collaboratively between United Way of Inner Wisconsin and Marshfield Area United Way.  The 2-1-1 call center serves Wood, Adams, Juneau, Clark, Taylor, Rusk, Price, Barron, Sawyer, Washburn, Burnett, Ashland, Bayfield and Iron Counties.