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By Brian Hanson, 2018 Campaign Chair

Because of You… United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties improves the lives of thousands of people in our area every day of the year. As this year’s Campaign Chair, I have experienced the benefits of the programs United Way supports from many individuals and organizations. Serving in this role has allowed me to better understand the needs of people in our community,...

  • Early Years Coalition is collecting and researching information around access to affordable and quality childcare.
  • Financial Stability Coalition is collecting local resources and organizing them in a way to share with community members.
  • Supportive Community Health Services Roundtable is collecting caregiver stories to be part of a community awareness project for later this year.
  • Hunger Coalition partners...

By Amy Fluno, 2-1-1 Program Director

United Way’s 2-1-1 has been busy this past year with some new services and ways to contact us. We are also always proud to celebrate our services and share them with others who may not know about us. Here are a few of the new things going on at United Way’s 2-1-1.

2-1-1 DAY

February 11th is 2-1-1 day so let’s celebrate and spread the...

Carl & Pamela Hilke Wisconsin Rapids

Donor Type:  

x Leadership Givers ($500+)
x Loyal Contributors (10+ Years)
x Volunteers (Time)

Why do you support United Way of  South Wood & Adams Counties?  

It’s a way to...

United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties thanked its many supporters Wednesday night during the Thank You and Recognition Celebration at Great Expectations.  “We have many things to be thankful for,” said Tari Jahns, CEO.  “Our donors, our volunteers, and for the caring communities that we live in.”

During the Thank You Celebration we thanked ours donors - in particular, those in one of our “Giving Communities”

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A brief history of the volunteer group:  This group started in 2009, after a Study Circle group showed the need for recycling at local public events. The group Recycling Rangers was created to collect recyclables at public events in the Wisconsin Rapids area. 

Please describe the type of work, kinds of tasks, and/or events the volunteer(s) typically assist(s) with:  Our on-the-ground efforts at...

Every so often you meet a volunteer whose passion is inspiring; and when that volunteer is gone, his or her absence is felt all across the community.  Through our work with the Disaster Volunteer Reception Center and Homeless Point-In-Time Count, I have crossed paths with Mike Hoier several times.  When he passed away this past June, we lost a terrific volunteer and community member.

Mike had been involved in our Disaster Volunteer...

This year, during the $1,000 Sweepstakes, every donor who gave $1.00 per week (equal to $52 per year) during the United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties campaign received 50 chances to win.  Donors who increased their prior gift of $52.00 or more by $26.00 or more doubled their chances to 100 chances to win!  From December 6th thru December 13th, 2018, United Way’s “Prize Patrol” was busy dropping in on unsuspecting donors and adding...

When we first learned about the Wisconsin Rapids Ice Fishing Team - during the 2018 Volunteer Breakfast - we were instantly hooked!  A group that combines a sport and gives back to the community is a perfect match. This team of high school students meets regularly, goes fishing and participates in ice fishing competitions.  “We’ve been around since approximately 2011 when a couple of kids approached me about coaching the team,” said Scott...

Thanks to 481 volunteers, 77 yards were raked during United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties Day of Caring on Saturday, November 3rd!  This annual event matches teams of volunteers to local elderly and disabled residents who need help with their yards before winter.  “We couldn’t ask for better weather,” said Amy Fluno, Day of Caring Coordinator for United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties “We had a record number of volunteers and...

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