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Help During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is an exciting time of the year but it can be a challenging time for those struggling financially to provide an enjoyable Thanksgiving for their families. United Way’s 2-1-1 can help connect those in need to local Thanksgiving resources that can help. 

For Thanksgiving Meals (some resources may offer meal delivery):

  • The Salvation Army Lunch Program, 202 Callon St., Wausau, 715-845-4272
    • Dine in hours: November 21, 2018 at 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant St., Wausau, 715-302-2832
    • Dine in hours: November 22, 2018 at 1pm
  • Saint Mary School, 716 Market S., Marathon City, 715-443-3124
  • Dine in hours: November 22, 2018 at 11am – 1pm

Meal delivery available in Marathon City only. Call November 8 – 22 for reservations. Calls accepted until 12:30pm on November 22.

For additional holiday resources or individuals interested in volunteering their time during the Thanksgiving holiday, pick up the latest copy of the Holiday Give and Get Help Guide at United Way of Marathon County, or dial 2-1-1 to speak with an Information Specialist, 24/7. You can now also reach an Information Specialist by texting your zip code to 898211 Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm, by chat Monday – Friday 8am – noon at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help or by email at askus@unitedwaymc.org. To search the online database or view publications, go to www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help.

Early Learning Opportunities

Most of a child’s brain development happens between birth and age 3. As a parent or caregiver there are ways to help your child grow and learn. United Way’s 2-1-1 would like to share a few free resources that can help.

The LENA Start Marathon County is a 13-week free program focusing on helping families and caregivers improve early language interaction with their children (ages birth to 32 months) using a LENA “talk pedometer” device. Children wear the LENA device in a vest pocket designed to track language and word exposure. Trained professionals are able to analyze the language data, share results with families and suggest ways to improve verbal interaction with their children.

  • Location Sites:

Marathon County Public Library Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. 1st St., Wausau, WI. Thursdays, starting September 13th at 5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner served at 5pm.  Children are welcome.  Childcare available.

Barrington Head Start Center, 616 Grant St., Wausau, WI. Tuesdays, starting September 11th at 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Dinner served at 5pm.  Children are welcome.  Childcare available.

Northcentral Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Dr., Wausau, WI. Thursdays, September 13th at 12 noon – 1pm. Lunch served during session.  Children are welcome.  Childcare available.

North Central Health Care, 1100 Lake View Dr., Wausau, WI. Wednesdays, September 12th 12 noon – 1pm. Lunch served during session.  Parents only.  Childcare is not available.

  • Eligibility: Open to all families and caregivers with children ages birth to 32 months.
  • Intake Process: Registration is required. To register, call Nicole Tank at 715-848-1457, or email ntank@chw.org, or text 715-660-0397
  • Cost: Sessions, childcare, material books/supplies/devices, and snacks/meals are free for all LENA Start families.

RaiseGreatKids.org offers information for parents and caregivers to help in the growth and learning of their child during the early years.  Visit other pages while you’re here, for local events, safety videos and more.

For additional information on early childhood resources, or other health and human service resources, simply dial 2-1-1 to speak with an Information Specialist, 24/7. You can also reach United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 715-848-2255 or 1-800-922-5590. Language interpreter service is available if needed. Uncomfortable speaking by phone? Email an Information Specialist at askus@unitedwaymc.org, or search the online resource database or view publications at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help.

Find the Right Child Care Program for Your Family

Finding the right child care program may seem like an overwhelming process for many families. United Way’s 2-1-1 understands how challenging this process may be and would like to share a few resources to serve as a starting point. 

Childcaring is a local resource and referral service that can help parents/guardians find information about child care programs that best fit their lifestyle and needs. Childcaring participates in Youngstar, a quality rating and improvement system designed to recognize good, quality child care programs. The benefit of a Youngstar rating is to rate child care programs and to provide thorough information on each child care program based on accreditation, hours, location, assessment history, and other factors.

Childcaring also offers Good Start Grants for eligible families to make child care more affordable or to reduce child care cost. Eligible families must have a gross monthly income below 300% of the current Federal Poverty Level. Eligible families are also required to participate in an approved activity, school, and/or work. Families that qualify for Wisconsin Food Shares are not eligible. For more information, contact Rachele Johnson at 715-301-1800.

Marathon County Social Services can help pay for part of child care cost for parents/guardians who work or are in work related activities. For more information, to apply for services, report changes or ask questions about a current case or benefits, contact the Income Maintenance Center at 888-445-1621.

For additional information on child care programs or other health and human service resources, simply dial 2-1-1 to speak with an Information Specialist, 24/7. You can also reach United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 715-848-2255 or 1-800-922-5590. Language interpreter service is available if needed. Uncomfortable speaking by phone? Email an Information Specialist at askus@unitedwaymc.org, or search the online resource database or view publications at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help.

Free Summer Meal Programs

With the end of the school year and kids home for the summer, families may face an increase in their grocery bills, adding on additional costs. United Way’s 2-1-1 wants to help by reminding families of summer meal programs that will be available to children in Marathon County.

For children age 18 and under, regardless of school district:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area:

Monday – Friday, June 8 – August 22, 2018

No meals will be served on July 4

  • Boys & Girls Club, 1710 N 2nd, Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:30am and lunch at 12pm

  • D.C. Everest Area School District: Monday – Friday
    • Weston Elementary School, 5200 Camp Phillips Rd., Weston
      • June 18 – July 20, 2018

Breakfast begins at 7:45am and lunch at 10:50am

  • July 23 – August 3, 2018

Breakfast begins at 8:30am and lunch at 12:30

  • D.C. Everest Senior High School, 6500 Alderson St., Schofield
    • June 11 – August 30th

Breakfast begins at 7:30am and lunch at 10:30am

No meals served week of July 2 – July 6

For children age 18 and under in the Wausau School District:

Wausau School District:

Monday-Thursday, June 11-July 19, 2018

No meals will be served on July 4 or 5

  • G.D. Jones Elementary School, 1018 S. 12th Ave., Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:45am and lunch at 12:15pm

  • Hawthorn Hills Elementary School, 1600 Kickbusch St., Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:45am and lunch at 12:15pm

  • Lincoln Elementary School, 720 S 6th, Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:45am and lunch at 12:15pm

  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 500 West Randolph St., Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:45am and lunch at 12:15pm

  • Riverview Elementary School, 4303 Troy St., Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:45am and lunch at 12:15pm

  • John Muir Middle School, 1400 Stewart Ave., Wausau

Monday and Tuesday ONLY

Breakfast begins at 7:30am and lunch at 11:30am

  • Horace Mann Middle School, 3101 N13th St., Wausau

Breakfast begins at 7:30am and lunch at 10:30am

  • Wausau West High School, 1200 W. Wausau Ave., Wausau

Available until July 26

Breakfast begins at 7:30am and lunch at 11am

For additional information on meal programs or other health and human service resources, simply dial 2-1-1 to speak with an Information Specialist, 24/7. You can also reach United Way’s 2-1-1 by dialing 715-848-2255 or 1-800-922-5590. Language interpreter service is available if needed. Uncomfortable speaking by phone? Email an Information Specialist at askus@unitedwaymc.org, or search the online resource database or view publications at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help.