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Gary and Patricia Fischer
Wisconsin Rapids

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Q:  Why do you support United Way of  South Wood & Adams Counties? 
A:  It’s a wonderful way to ensure our dollars stay in our local community and that they benefit those...

As accordion music fills the “streets” of Hilltop Grand Village, you might think a polka band is in town!  When “The Honeybees” visit, they share their love of music so people can enjoy old-time favorite songs and reminisce.  “The Honeybees” are LeAnn Gotz and Clara Elsen – both on accordions.  Other musicians have volunteered in past years; but Clara – a long-time member of “The Jolly Eight Band” – has been volunteering as a “Honeybee” for...

United Way of Inner Wisconsin has changed its name to United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties.  With the increase in electronic giving from around our region, the state and even nationally, it was decided we needed to change our name to something that better describes our geographical coverage area.  Our new name paints a better picture of where we are.  “The only thing changing is our name.” said Tari Jahns, CEO.  “We will continue to...

It may seem inconceivable that hunger exists in south Wood County, but it does.  One of the places it is most evident is every Thursday (and the last two Tuesdays of the month) at United Methodist Church when The Neighborhood Table (TNT) conducts its free community meal.  It’s a place where residents can socialize, enjoy a hot meal and not worry about where food will come from for one evening.  As you can imagine, six community meals per...

With 7,095 pounds of food collected - as well as over $1,200 in financial donations – the sixth annual United We Can event was a tremendous success!  United Way of Inner Wisconsin and the South Wood County Hunger Coalition are proud to announce the 2018 winners of the United We Can food sculpture awards:

•    Most Nutritious:  Daly Drug with their “Prescription Bottle” sculpture
•    Most Creative: Aspirus with their “Sponge Bob...

United Way of Inner Wisconsin is the fiscal agent for an award of Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP).  Wood County has been chosen to receive $9,139 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Wood County.  Applications are being accepted for EFSP funds from agencies that provide shelter,...

By Emily Stieve, Community Impact Director

The South Wood County Homelessness Coalition created an infographic called “State of the Homeless: A Snapshot of Homelessness in South Wood County” to educate community members about the barriers that can be associated when trying to obtain housing. The document also provides information about community partners at the table for this work and resources available for...

Thinking about volunteering?  The Arts Council of South Wood County is a great opportunity to meet new people and make friends!  Just ask Audrey Bonney, who has been volunteering for the organization for seven years.  Audrey inadvertently began volunteering for the Arts Council 10 years ago when the organization shared a building with the Cultural Center (she was actually volunteering for the Cultural Center).  “We would sell tickets for both...

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...

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