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Volunteer Center Seeks Nominations for Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin is seeking nominations for its 25th Volunteer Recognition Breakfast.
  • If you know a volunteer – or volunteer group – who has gone above and beyond the call of duty; or who deserves recognition, you are invited to make a nomination for the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast.  Anyone can make a nomination:  non-profit organizations, government agencies, companies or organizations that have volunteer programs, churches, schools, friends or relatives, etc.  We even accept self-nominations.  You do not need to be affiliated with United Way or the Volunteer Center.  Nominations can be from south Wood and Adams Counties.
  • Nominations are due February 25, 2016 and are available here.  You can download a nomination form, fill it out and return it to the United Way office; or fill out an online form.  Please provide a brief paragraph about your nominee, which will be used in promotional pieces (no more than 100 words please).  You can also submit a photo to be used during the program.
  • The Volunteer Recognition Breakfast will be held March 31, 2016 at Bull’s Eye Country Club.  Registration begins at 7:45am; breakfast buffet as guests arrive; program begins at 8:00am. 
  • Thank you to Daily Tribune Media for sponsoring this year’s Volunteer Breakfast; and Bull’s Eye Country Club for hosting!


United Way Distributes Awards at Thank You Celebration Jan. 12


Caption:  Some of Tuesday’s award recipients included:  (from left) a Bronze Participation Award for Childcaring, Inc., presented to Kelly Borchardt; a Gold Per Capita Award for Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority, presented to Jo Ann Grode; and a First-Time Campaign Award for Hilltop Affiliates, presented to Mystique Macomber.  (Photo by Angela Loucks)
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  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin thanked its many supporters for a successful 2015 Campaign during its Thank You and Recognition Celebration Tuesday night at The Eatery at Great Expectations.  This year some of our successes include:
    • Reaching our goal and raising over $619,000 for community programs.
    • A record-number of Leadership Givers, with a total of 219 for 2015.  Leadership Givers are donors – or combined household gifts – of $500 or more.
  • During the Thank You Celebration, a number of awards were distributed including: The Per Capita Award – These companies have at least ten or more employees and have high per-capita giving.
    • Gold (Per Capita Gifts of $150+):  Enbridge Energy, ERCO Worldwide, and Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority.
    • Silver (Per Capita Gifts of $100-$149):  Alliant Energy, Incourage Community Foundation, Paper City Savings Association and Solarus.
    • Bronze (Per Capita Gifts of $70 - $99):  Bull’s Eye Credit Union, Fey Printing Co., McMillan Memorial Library, Rapids Ford – Lincoln, River Cities Bank, WestRock, Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department, Wisconsin Valley Concrete, Wood County Health Department and WoodTrust Bank.
  • The Participation Award – These companies experience high participation rates during their employee campaigns. 
    • Gold (95 - 100% employees participate in the campaign):  Adams County Child Support – 100%; Adams County Corporation Counsel – 100%; Adams County MIS – 100%; Adams County Personnel – 100%; Enbridge Energy – 100%; Fey Printing Co. – 100%; Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce – 100%; KeySavings Bank – 100%; Mead Witter Foundation – 100%; River Cities Bank – 100%; United Way of Inner Wisconsin – 100%; US Bank – 100%; Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department – 97%; Wood County Clerk of Courts – 100%; Wood County Corporation Counsel – 100%; Wood County Finance Department – 100%; Wood County Health Department – 100%; and Wood County Purchasing – 100%.
    • Bronze (85 - 89% employees participate in the campaign):  Childcaring, Inc. – 89%; Family Center, Inc. – 85%; and Paul Gross Jewelers – 88%.
  • The Community Service Award – These companies have 25 or more employees, increased giving by 10% (employee and corporate contribution combined) and saw 75% participation. 
    • Rapids Ford-Lincoln
    • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    • Wood County Health Department
  • We also gave special recognition to a number of other organizations, including:
    • Our Sweepstakes Sponsors:  Aspirus Riverview Hospital, River Cities Bank, Heartland Farms, Inc. and Timber Shores.
    • First Time Campaigns:  Hilltop Affiliates, Ocean Spray and Tweet-Garot Mechanical, Inc.
    • Our media partners who provided in-kind advertising:  Adams-Friendship Times-Reporter, Daily Tribune Media and WFHR/WLJY
    • McDonald’s for its “United Way Day at McDonalds.”
    • River Cities Bank, for holding a Community Shred Day and donating space for meetings.
    • The Print Shop for donating the printing of our quarterly newsletter “The Community Focus.”
    • WFHR for holding its annual “Radio-Thon” for United Way, a live remote during United Way Day at McDonald’s, and for inviting us to “Morning Magazine” and “The Morning Show.”
  • Finally, we recognized our Leadership Givers, Loyal Contributors (individuals who have donated to United Way for over 10 years), our Board of Directors and Campaign Team (Loaned Executives and Division Chairs). 
  • Thanks to our Board Member Sponsors the event was at no cost to United Way.  Sponsors included:  Dale Bikowski, Elizabeth Constable, John and Toni Culhane, Kris and Pam Mallek, Doug and Anne Wenzlaff and two anonymous donors.  We also thank Great Expectations for hosting our event.


United Way of Inner Wisconsin Coalition Releases "Dementia Help Guide"

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  • Click here to learn more about the Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable
  • The Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable, a coalition of United Way of Inner Wisconsin, has released the Dementia Help Guide, a resource for people with dementia and their caregivers.
  • The guide has questions a caregiver might have – such as “Where can I find memory screenings?” “Where can I connect with other caregivers?” and “Are respite services available?”  The Dementia Help Guide answers these questions, and more, and provides phone numbers and/or web addresses to resources that can help. 
  • The Dementia Help Guide also features a card that says “The person I am with has memory issues.  Please be patient.  Thank you.”  This card can be clipped out and used by caregivers who are in public with their loved one with dementia (restaurants, stores, etc.)
  • According to Erin Johnson from the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin (ADRC-CW), there are about 100,000 people living with dementia in Wisconsin; in 2030 that number will double; and in 2050 that number could triple or more as the baby boomer generation ages.
  • A diagnosis of memory loss can be very stressful for a caregiver, who has to deal with issues such as:  how to run errands with a loved one with dementia; wandering; respite care; or whether a family member with dementia should remain at home or be moved into a care facility. 
  • Fortunately, in South Wood County, there are resources to help.  The Dementia Help Guide puts all the information into one handy brochure.  To get your copy of the Dementia Help Guide, you can download it HERE.  Copies are also available at local services that help people with memory loss, such as the ADRC-CW and local care facilities such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes.