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With 72 yards raked and over 430 volunteers participating, the 2017 Day of Caring was truly a success!  We were also able to collect personal essential items for Acorn Apartments, a low income apartment building for individuals with special needs.  Day of Caring, which was held November 4th this year, is an annual day of volunteering, organized by United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center.

“This year’s Day of Caring...

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 the Volunteer Center will be asking families in south Wood County to get out and volunteer together as a family!  According to the Points of Light Foundation “Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.”

In south Wood County, families can view our website at www....

On November 15, 2017, WFHR AM 1320 will be lending its air waves to United Way of Inner Wisconsin for its 13th Annual Radiothon.  United Way staff and volunteers will be promoting the 2017 Campaign, taking donations and promoting the $1,000 Sweepstakes.  During the Radiothon listeners will have the opportunity to call in and make a pledge; they can also have it announced LIVE on the air!

The Radiothon will take place between the hours...

Janet Winn is living proof that volunteers truly come from all walks of life:  Janet, 91, doesn’t let a little thing like age stop her from giving back to the community!  Janet has volunteered at Career Closet for over 13 years.  It all started when she visited the Volunteer Center because she was looking for something to do in her retirement.  She selected Career Closet because “it appealed to me,” said Janet.  “I like clothes and helping...

When Jim and his wife moved to south Wood County in 2007 – to be closer to her family – they knew right away they wanted to fill their time with volunteer work.  They started out volunteering at the Lowell Center for the AARP Tax Preparation Program as client facilitators.  They welcomed taxpayers and organized their paperwork. But Jim saw people going in and out of the Centralia Center with big blue bags and inquired about what they were...

By Emily Stieve, Community Impact Director

The term “homeless” has evolved over time and how one may perceive someone as being homeless has also changed. South Wood County looks different than large cities. Our local homeless are living in shelter, temporary foster care, transitional housing, or maybe with another family member or friend, also referred to as couch surfing. During 2016, approximately 500...

By Tari Jahns, CEO

Our United Way is celebrating a milestone this year, 75 years of service.  Here’s a little bit about our journey:  In 1942 we started as a Community War Chest with the prime objective being: “to weld the organizational strength of the community for unified support of the nation’s war effort.”  The first campaign had a goal of $30,000 – actually raising $37,182!

In 1958 we changed our...

Abby Wogahn’s love for horses is evident as she brushes her 12 year old horse, Pisco, at Palo Verde Training Stable in Wisconsin Rapids, just down Washington Street past MSTC.  Her love for horses grew from there and also when she started volunteering at Jeremiah’s Crossing in Babcock.

Jeremiah’s Crossing, a United Way partner program, is a non-profit organization that offers equine assisted horseback riding lessons for children and...

When you make a donation to United Way of Inner Wisconsin you could be a winner!  Any donor who gives a new or increased $26 (or more) gift to the 2017 Campaign will be automatically entered to win one of five $1,000 cash prizes.  Four of the prizes will be awarded in south Wood County and one will be awarded in Adams County.  The deadline to make your undesignated donation – and be entered to win – is November 17, 2017.

The cash...

Thanks to our sponsors River Cities Bank and Bank-a-Count Corporation, United Way of Inner Wisconsin was able to raise $2,000 during Community Shred Day, held September 13th.  1,538 pounds of sensitive documents were shredded, keeping personal information safe and saving it from landfills.  The documents were shredded by Shred Safe, located out of Marshfield.  For each pound of paper shredded, River Cities Bank and Bank-a-Count...

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