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National Volunteer Week is April 23-29. This is a week where we showcase all the ways volunteering is so good for you and the community! At the Volunteer Center we work with 30 agencies who utilize and depend on volunteers to help their organization run on a daily basis. They are always on the lookout for people who are willing and able to give of their time and talents to help others.

Volunteering isn’t always just about helping...

United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center is proud to announce the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Breakfast Honorees that will receive certificates – and special recognition – on April 20, 2017 at Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids.  Registration begins at 7:45am; breakfast buffet upon arrival; and program at 8:00am. This year 27 volunteers/groups were nominated for recognition during this annual event, which is now in its 26th year...

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Breakout:

  • Names:  Karen Compton and Barb Peeters
  • Nominating Agency:  Aspirus Riverview Hospital
  • Residence:  both are from Wisconsin Rapids

Patients who have had chemotherapy – and their friends and family members too – know all about the side effects:  the dry skin...

The FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card continues to make an impact on south Wood County by helping individuals and families save money on prescription drug costs.  To date residents have saved $446,056 since 2008.  This number has grown significantly over the years with almost $60,000 in growth in 2016 alone.  FamilyWize helps the uninsured, or underinsured, save up to 70% on prescription drug costs.  Anyone can use it - there are no...

In partnership with Wood County Emergency Management, United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center will be conducting a Disaster Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Training on March 13 and 14, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm both nights.  The event will be held at the Wisconsin Rapids VFW, 2711 Reddin Rd., Wisconsin Rapids.  Dinner will be sponsored by Domino’s.  

In the event of a disaster, any spontaneous volunteers who arrive at a disaster...

United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Breakfast which will be held April 20, 2017 at Hotel Mead.

The deadline to nominate a volunteer (or group) is March 17, 2017.  No late nominations will be accepted.

Any organization or individual can nominate a volunteer.  Even self-nominations are accepted.  Nominations are accepted for individuals; couples (...

United Way of Inner Wisconsin welcomed new directors and elected a new slate of officers during its 2016 Annual Meeting Wednesday at River Cities Bank.

The 2017 slate of officers will be:  
•    President Nicole Pemble, Solarus
•    Vice President Lynn Knight, Nekoosa Public Schools
•    Secretary Terry Whitmore, Nekoosa Public Schools
•    Treasurer Mark Scheunemann, Legacy Accounting and Financial Services, LLC...

By Amy Fluno, 2-1-1 Director

2016 was a good year for us here at United Way’s 2-1-1 as we saw a slight increase in calls in 2016. We answered 3,866 calls this past year, up over 200 from 2015. We enjoy talking with and helping our callers find resources that fit their particular situation. We also enjoy hearing them say how helpful we have been even when we haven’t been able to fully help them solve their situation. Here are the top...

By Emily Stieve, Community Impact Director

The Early Years Coalition was formed in February 2016 and its goal is, “children are ready to learn by the start of school.” The coalition consists of professionals from childcare, education, county health and human services departments, and non-profits. The group is focusing its work around quality childcare, community awareness and collaboration, caregiver education, and early year events to...

By Janet Giese, 2016 Campaign Chair

Wow!  Now that the 2016 United Way campaign is over, I want to take this opportunity to say “Thank You!”  So many community members and area businesses participated in this year’s campaign to make it a success.  The mission of United Way is, “United we change and strengthen lives by investing in our community.”  I was fortunate to witness this first hand during our campaign.

Thank you to the...

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