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United Way of Inner Wisconsin News

 

United Way Distributes 2016 Help Guides

  • Thanks to a Bridge Grant from Incourage, United Way of Inner Wisconsin was able to distribute over 10,000 Help Guides in the community in March and April.  This is the eighth year United Way of Inner Wisconsin has partnered with Incourage on the Help Guides.
  • The Help Guide is a listing of common questions asked by individuals who call United Way’s 2-1-1 call center.  These questions include “How do I apply for unemployment?” and “Where can I go for food?”
  • This year brochures went home with every student in the Nekoosa, Port Edwards and Wisconsin Rapids School Districts.  Help Guides were also dropped off at local non-profit organizations, government agencies, clinics, banks, gas stations and churches.
  • If your business or organization would like to receive Help Guides to display, please contact the United Way of Inner Wisconsin office at 715-421-0390.  United Way has additional materials to display including FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards, enTouch Wireless applications (free cell phones for individuals who qualify for certain government programs), and 2-1-1 materials (fact cards, posters, etc.).
  • The 2016 Help Guide for Adams County has also been completed.

 

United Way's 2-1-1 Achieves National Re-Accreditation

  • United Way’s 2-1-1 has earned national re-accreditation by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).    Accreditation was awarded the first time to United Way’s 2-1-1 in 2009. With this successful completion of the AIRS re-accreditation, United Way’s 2-1-1 joins a select group of organizations and programs that have demonstrated their competence in meeting the Standards for Professional Information and Referral. 
  • AIRS re-accreditation is used primarily as a quality assurance standard by using objective evidence to gauge achievement in service quality and effectiveness, community involvement and organizational stability. 
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 re-accreditation demonstrates its commitment to quality service delivery and community dedication. “Re-accreditation is a very lengthy process, said Amy Fluno, Program Director.  "AIRS looks at every aspect of our program and the process includes an onsite review. We are very proud to have earned re-accreditation at our very small call center.  It was worth all the time spent on this process.”
  • Participation in the re- accreditation process and successful completion is testament of commitment to delivering quality service. This distinguished re-accreditation award also demonstrates excellence as United Way’s 2-1-1 stands apart from its non-certified, non-accredited counterparts in the I&R and human service industry. Additionally, United Way’s 2-1-1 is currently one of only 150 organizations nationally accredited. 
  • United Way’s 2-1-1 is a program of United Way of Inner Wisconsin and Marshfield Area United Way, which serves Adams, Clark, Juneau and Wood Counties - as well as 10 additional counties in northwest Wisconsin.  2-1-1 provides community information and referral for inquiries such as food, shelter, counseling, and more via a three digit telephone number (2-1-1). 
  • 2-1-1 is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Calls are answered by information specialists trained in navigating the maze of human service agencies and programs to help individuals, families and professionals connect with the services they need.

 

Local Volunteers Train to Prepare for Disaster

  • 20 volunteers attended the Disaster Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Training last week on March 8 and 9.  A total of 10 new volunteers joined the VRC team with a total of 30 volunteers registered to assist in a VRC in the event of a disaster.
  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center facilitated the training, which took place at the Wisconsin Rapids VFW Post 2534.
  • During a disaster, there are two types of volunteers:  spontaneous and affiliated.  Affiliated volunteers have a relationship with a volunteer organization - such as American Red Cross - and have been trained and pre-assigned a task for during a disaster.  Spontaneous volunteers are unaffiliated, but still have skills, energy and compassion to share after a disaster. 
  • In the event of a disaster, any spontaneous volunteers who arrive at a disaster scene will be directed to the VRC, where they will fill out an application, be interviewed, screened and matched with a disaster volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are then trained and fitted with a wristband before being sent back out to the disaster scene.  The VRC is staffed by this very special group of volunteers.
  • The Volunteer Center thanks the Wisconsin Rapids VFW for hosting the training; and the two dinner sponsors, Tropical Smoothie Café and Domino’s. 
  • The Disaster VRC training is an annual event.  If you missed this year’s training, or would like more information, give the Volunteer Center a call at 715-421-0390.