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For the tenth year in a row, United Way of Inner Wisconsin has distributed the “Help Guide for South Wood County, with over 12,000 of the 2018 guide distributed so far this year.  “We began distributing the guides in 2009 to ensure community members know what resources are available,” said Tari Jahns, CEO.  “The following year, in 2010, we also launched our Adams County Help Guide.  To this day, the Help Guide continues to be a popular and...

United Way of Inner Wisconsin recently announced it will distribute $491,252 in south Wood County and $30,500 in Adams County, for a total of $521,752, pending a successful fall campaign.  United Way of Inner Wisconsin is currently in its second year after converting to a two-year grant process.  Earlier this year, United Way accepted funding applications for programs that address “Financial Stability” and “Safety Net Services.”  These...

Tax season is over and the statistics are in!  In south Wood and Adams Counties, our local MyFreeTaxes program experienced a total of 66 tax filers (with an average age of 39) who received an average refund amount of $1,669.48. MyFreeTaxes is a safe, easy and completely free way for individuals or families earning $66,000 or less to file their state and federal taxes.  For the past nine years, United Way Worldwide has partnered with H&R...

Pre-Registration for the 2018 Stuff the School Bus begins today and will continue until August 3, 2018.  Families who wish to receive FREE school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year can now apply online or by phone. School supplies will be distributed during “Stuff the Desk” on August 18, 2108 at Lincoln High School (1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids).   Items that are distributed will come from a community-wide collection on August 2,...

The South Wood County Hunger Coalition is hosting its sixth annual United We Can food sculpture contest.  Teams from around the community will create sculptures made entirely out of canned food (and other basic need items) donated by businesses and friends.  After the event, the Hunger Coalition will distribute the collected items to area food programs.  The South Wood County Hunger Coalition is currently recruiting volunteer teams to build...

AmeriCorps is a program started in 1994 that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  AmeriCorps members receive benefits such as a small living allowance, and an education award (that can be used to pay for educational costs), etc.  But for the Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps members who work at the Boys & Girls Club...

This year the Volunteer Center received 46 nominations for volunteer recognition for the 2018 Volunteer Breakfast that will be held April 17, 2018 at the Hotel Mead.  Each volunteer - and volunteer group – that was nominated will receive a certificate and special recognition during the event.  Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink will give a proclamation for National Volunteer Week, which will be April 15 – 22, 2018.  We thank our event...

Looking for a civic organization to become a part of?  With a name like “The Optimists Club” you know this will be a positive and fun group!  This hidden gem has been helping local youth for over 30 years with fundraising events that support programs such as the Wisconsin Rapids Safety Patrols, the Caring Closet, Samoset Council Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes and Optimist’s own Dictionary Project, which distributes...

On Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday March 8 our community came one step closer to being prepared in the event of a disaster.  United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center held a Disaster Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) training to educate the community and recruit new members.  The training was held at the Rudolph Town Hall.

During a disaster, volunteers come from all over to help – we call these “spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers...

Every January, we run numerous end-of-year reports to chart the progress of the Volunteer Center.  Among these is the “Top Volunteer” of the year.  In this report, we are looking for the volunteer who responded to the most volunteer opportunities through our website www.volunteerinnerwisc.org.  Jo Ann Beaudette came in first with seven responses!  She dedicates several days each week to...

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