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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...

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...

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...

One of the goals at United Way of Inner Wisconsin is “Financial Stability” by helping community members learn skills to become financially independent.  We accomplish this is by providing programs such as the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card.  We are proud to announce that we have been providing this useful resource to south Wood and Adams Counties for 10 years!

How FamilyWize Works:  FamilyWize helps uninsured – or...

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