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Super-Lube Holds Fundraiser for United Way

  • The Wisconsin Rapids Super-Lube store will be holding a customer appreciation day on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8:00am to 7:00pm.  During this time, customers can receive 50% off oil changes and a portion of every oil change will be donated to United Way of Inner Wisconsin. 
  • Also, staff will be grilling up hotdogs from 11am – 1:30pm; the cost for a hotdog is a donation to United Way of Inner Wisconsin.
  • The Wisconsin Rapids Super-Lube is located at 3020 8th Street South.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Click here to download our flier! acrobat

 

Day of Caring will be Saturday, October 25th

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Day of Caring will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014.  During this event volunteers will be raking yards for our local elderly and disabled neighbors.  We will also be holding a personal essentials drive (soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.) for Acorn Apartments.  A collection box will be set up at the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club during registration.
  • So grab your rake, items to donate and your friends and come out to help the community!  Also be sure to post your comments and photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages.  When tweeting, be sure to include #DOCWiRapids2014. 
  • We are looking for groups of volunteers of all ages.  You can volunteer together with a group from church, work, school or volunteer as a family.  Individuals who attend will be matched with another group.
  • Volunteers who wish to participate in the raking project can come to the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club at 9:00am to receive their raking assignments.  Volunteers need to provide their own rakes, gloves, and their own transportation.  Younger volunteers may need to be supervised by an adult.
  • All volunteers under the age of 18 need to bring a signed waiver from a parent or guardian.  The form can be downloaded from our website www.volunteerinnerwisc.org (click on “Volunteer at Events” and scroll down to “Day of Caring”).  Forms can be dropped off at the Day of Caring registration table on October 25th.   You can also sign up your group of volunteers on our website as well. 
  • Last year, 220 volunteers participated in Day of Caring and raked 55 yards.
  • All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.  Lunch sponsors include:  the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club, Kwik Trip and Pepsi Beverage Company.  Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club. 
  • This year’s t-shirt sponsors are the Wisconsin Rapids Noon Rotary Club and the Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Club.  We also thank Cellcom for donating a cell phone for the day; and the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club for the use of their facilities, providing volunteers and donating food, paper plates, napkins, utensils, etc.
  • For more information on how to get involved, please contact Amy Fluno, Day of Caring Coordinator, at 715-421-0390 or amy@uwiw.org.  There is no rain date; however, projects may be completed at a later date if there is inclement weather.

 

United Way Holds Third Annual Sweepstakes

  • United Way of Inner Wisconsin is holding its third annual $1,000 Sweepstakes now until November 21, 2014. 
  • Anyone who pledges a new undesignated donation of $26.00 or more to United Way of Inner Wisconsin, or increases their gift over last year’s donation by at least $26.00 is automatically entered to win one of five $1,000 cash prizes!  Please click here to read the complete rules and regulations.
  • This year the sweepstakes is sponsored by Riverview Family Clinic, River Cities Bank, Heartland Farms, Inc., and Timber Shores.  There will be three cash prizes in south Wood County and two in Adams County.
  • Donations must be turned into the United Way of Inner Wisconsin office by 4:00pm, November 21, 2014.  The winners will be announced on or around January 7, 2015.
  • Last year, the winners of the $1,000 cash prizes were:  Sara Kolo, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools; Nick Veverka, Alliant Energy; Diane Cable, Adams County Health and Human Services; John Frantz, Town of Rome; and Chris Woodard, Domtar.  Over all, the sweepstakes brought in an additional $63,525 of new undesignated gifts to the United Way of Inner Wisconsin 2013 campaign.
  • If you have any questions about the sweepstakes, contact the United Way office at 715-421-0390 or click here.  If do not have a United Way campaign at your business or organization and would like to offer this opportunity to your employees, call the United Way office and we will help you get started.
  • You can also make a donation individually by making an online donation using your credit card (click here); or download a pledge card, fill it out and return it to the United Way office.  You can also call the United Way office and ask to be billed.  United Way of Inner Wisconsin is located at 351 Oak Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494.

 

Governor Scott Walker Declares United Way Months

  • Click here to download the Governor's Proclamation acrobat
  • Governor Scott Walker has designated the months of September and October 2014 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 communities to meet local needs, using funds raised locally. Together, United Ways work to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: education, income, and health. We all win when a child succeeds in school, families are financially stable, and people have good health. Every year Wisconsin steps up -- individuals, businesses, and organizations – to supply the passion, expertise, and resources to create lasting change.
  • In 2013, Wisconsin's United Ways collectively raised over $122 million to support human services. 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 $633,390 and provided funds to over 40 local programs; and worked on several community initiatives including the Learning for Life Reading Mentor Program, the South Wood County Hunger Coalition, the Help Guide for South Wood County, the Great Book Giveaway, the South Wood County Homelessness Initiative, FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card and Stuff the School Bus.
  • This year, the United Way of Inner Wisconsin Campaign Chair Doug Wenzlaff, CEO and General Manager for Solarus, urges everyone to become involved.  “Central Wisconsin has such a great quality of life,” said Doug.  “While this is a great place to live, there are those who struggle every day.  If you haven’t contributed in the past, now is a great time to start.  Even a small gift can make a positive difference in many lives.”
  • If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the United Way of Inner Wisconsin office at 715-421-0390 or send an email to Angie Loucks at angie@uwiw.org.  You can give (through your workplace campaign or donate online), advocate (stand up for a cause you believe in) and volunteer (by visiting www.volunteerinnerwisc.org). Working together we can improve lives in our communities!