The 2017 Give & Get Help Guide is now available! The Guide is a mini-directory of community services and volunteer opportunities, curated and maintained by United Way’s 2-1-1 and Volunteer Connection.
Consulting a publication like the Give & Get Help Guide can help prioritize your and your family’s needs. Sometimes, seeing the types of assistance and opportunities listed can make it easier to identify your most important concerns and begin taking action.
The Give & Get Help guide includes information on:
• Financial counseling
• Food assistance
• Child & youth services
• Counseling, and much more
The Give & Get Help Guide is offered free of charge and can always be picked up at United Way of Marathon County, 705 S 24th Ave, Suite 400B, Wausau. Marathon County Public Library branches also keep copies at each location, and some copies can be found on various Buyer’s Guide racks while supplies last.
An electronic copy of the Guide is also available at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help/.
For more information on community resources, dial 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 1-800-922-5590 toll free) to speak with an Information Specialist, 24/7. A language interpreter service is available if needed. Uncomfortable speaking by phone? Email an Information Specialist at email@example.com, or visit their website at http://www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help/ to search their online database.
With the brand new year comes another season of filing taxes. Wausau’s American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are again hosting free volunteer tax preparation assistance for federal, state, and Homestead tax returns.
AARP is hosting its yearly volunteer tax-aid program for those age 60+ or with low to moderate income at their 212 River Drive location in Wausau. Assistance can be provided to taxpayers who do not own any business or rental property. Starting January 11, those interested in scheduling an appointment can call 715-298-5734 weekdays from 9am – 1pm. Appointments are available at this location on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:45am – 12:15pm, January 31 – April 12.
Northcentral Technical College is also hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for taxpayers with incomes under $54,000 who do not own a business or rental property. Starting February 6, interested individuals can call 715-348-7888 and leave a message with their name and phone number to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available on Thursdays from 3 – 7pm, February 9 – April 12.
To file your taxes online for free, visit www.MyFreeTaxes.com, a United Way-sponsored tool partnered with H&R Block created to help community members find help with filing their tax returns. Individuals and families with yearly incomes below $64,000 are eligible to use this tool; those with higher income are assessed for a small fee.
Tax-specific questions can also be directed toward the Internal Revenue Service or Wisconsin Department of Revenue for federal and state taxes, respectively.
Those with any questions about other tax filing assistance programs or other community resources can call 2-1-1 (by dialing 2-1-1, or 715-298-2255) or visit http://www.unitedwaymc.org to access listings for health and human services programs. United Way’s 2-1-1 Information and Resource Specialists are available to answer calls 24/7; interpretation services also available.
With more snow falling in the coming days, proper winter wear is a must! If you or a family you know is still in need of some winter clothing, consider reaching out to United Way’s Rebecca’s Closet by contacting Tara Glodowski at (715) 298-5707 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. And in the case of growing children, consider donating old coats and other gear to Rebecca’s Closet for other children in need this season. Call 2-1-1 for other donation sites and organizations in your area.
Many families also approach United Way’s 2-1-1 Information Specialists for help finding programs to help with or reduce household winter heating costs, too. If your family is having difficulties handling higher heating costs, call Energy Services by calling (715) 842-3111 to find out more information about winter heating assistance for Marathon County residents.
For a place to eat a warm meal among neighbors and friends, The Salvation Army serves free hot lunches year-round, Monday-Saturday (except holidays) for all on a walk-in basis. Call (715) 845-4272 for details.
If you or someone you know is struggling to provide for their children or family, click on the LOCAL RESOURCES tab above to see listings for food pantries, child care needs, and other means of assistance not mentioned above in the Marathon County area.
For other needs or questions about assistance in your area, visit http://www.unitedwaymc.org to access the 2-1-1 database of listings for health and human services programs, or call 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or, toll-free at 800-922-5590). Our I&R specialists are available to answer calls 24/7, with interpretation assistance available.
Since 2011, the United States has recognized November 16 as “Information and Referral Services Day,” or “I&R” Day for short. United Way’s 2-1-1 is our I&R service, which links people with health and human services in their area each and every day. Parents can use United Way’s 2-1-1 to locate emergency diaper providers, child care assistance, holiday events, places to donate, and much more.
“Jenny,” for example, called United Way’s 2-1-1 this past February when she didn’t know where else to turn; her family’s refrigerator had died and they lost their food supplies. With growing kids to feed, she didn’t know how she would provide for her family. An I&R Specialist helped Jenny connect with a small neighborhood pantry that worked with people with emergency needs. In a follow-up call, Jenny said that she had managed to get enough food from the neighborhood pantry to tide her family over until regular distributions at some larger programs. She was very grateful for the help.
If you or someone you know is struggling to provide for their children or family, click on the LOCAL RESOURCES tab above to see listings for food pantries, child care needs, and other means of assistance in the Marathon County area.
Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). You may also email email@example.com or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/211.htm. We’re here to help.
It may feel like autumn is just beginning, but many organizations in our community are already thinking about the holiday season!
Many families in our community struggle to make the holidays happy for their children. If your family struggles – or if you know a family in need – take a look at the Holiday Give & Get Help Guide. It has information on holiday gifts and meals to ease the financial burden of the holiday season.
Families in need of assistance with Christmas gifts should take special notice. Registration for some of the main gift assistance programs is in October!
The Holiday Give & Get Help Guide isn’t just for people in need. Use it to find opportunities to volunteer and donate this holiday season.
The Holiday Give & Get Help Guide is available online at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help/. Just click on “Download Publications” to find it. You can also find information on Thanksgiving and Christmas meals by clicking on “Local Resources” on the toolbar near the top of this page. Meal information is in the “Material Resources” category.
To learn more about holiday assistance and other resources in Marathon County, call United Way’s 2-1-1 any time, day or night. Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). Interpreter services are available. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help. We’re here to help.
Did you know that the LIFE report showed that covering food expenses was difficult for over 27% of Marathon County households? September is Hunger Action Month, so we wanted to share resources that might help make feeding your family a little easier.
Marathon County residents have a number of opportunities to get help with food. Here are just a few types of food assistance in our community:
• Food Pantries – Attend food pantry distributions to get extra groceries at no cost. Usually non-perishable food, but some pantries may occasionally stock fresh food donations.
• Community Meals – On specific days of the week, gather with others in your community for a hot meal. These meals are open to anyone, not just those who are struggling. Get to know your neighbors, and make new friends!
• Formula/Baby Food – Some programs specialize in helping parents of infants in need of formula and baby food.
• FoodShare – Sometimes known as “food stamps”, this program helps low income families by providing a monthly allowance to put toward grocery bills.
• Free or Reduced School Lunch – Low income households may qualify for free or reduced price school meals at all grade levels.
How do families find and access these resources? For free or reduced school lunch, contact your child’s school for an application. For any of the other services listed above, click on “Local Resources” on the toolbar near the top of the page. Food pantries, community meals, formula/baby food, and the FoodShare program are all listed under “Food” in the Material Assistance category.
To learn more about food assistance and other resources in Marathon County, call United Way’s 2-1-1 any time, day or night. Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). Interpreter services are available. You may also email email@example.com or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help. We’re here to help.
Believe it or not, back-to-school season is upon us already! While this time of year can be exciting, it can also be very costly for families. The extra expense of school supplies can put extra stress on budgets already stretched to their limits. The sticker shock can be especially jarring if you are sending your first student off to school. Luckily, there are programs to help.
Students entering grades 4K-8 may be eligible for free school supplies through the Fill a Backpack Fill a Need Project. (If you also have high school age students in your household, call 2-1-1 for information about their supplies.)
If your household qualifies for free/reduced lunch or FoodShare, the event on Saturday, August 20 may be for you.
Simply come to the Wausau National Guard Armory between 8:00am and 2:00pm with a ticket from your child’s school. Don’t have a ticket? No problem! You’ll need two (2) forms of documentation.
1. Parent or guardian ID proving county residency
2. Either a letter from the child’s school showing eligibility for free/reduced lunch OR a printout of verification of FoodShare eligibility from www.access.wi.gov.
To learn more about school supply programs and other resources in Marathon County, call United Way’s 2-1-1 any time, day or night. Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). Interpreter services are available. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help. We’re here to help.
Throughout the school year many children receive healthy meals once or twice a day at their school or child care center. When summer comes, it can sometimes be difficult for parents to provide those extra meals for their children.
There are programs in Marathon County that offer free summer meals to children to alleviate some stress on families. Click on “Local Resources” above and select “Summer food service programs” to find summer meal programs.
If you are struggling to find healthy meal options for your family, you may also want to check out your local farmers market. Take the kids along for a special field trip and teach them about healthy eating. Your farmers market may even accept EBT/FoodShare!
To learn about these and other food resources in Marathon County, call United Way’s 2-1-1 any time, day or night. Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). Interpreter services are available. You may also email email@example.com or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help. We’re here to help.
Summer vacation is here, and that means family road trips! Everyone travels somewhere over the summer, even if it is just around town. Whether you are driving 3 miles or 300, you should always be sure to keep kids safe on the road.
Regulations on proper car seats and booster seats can be confusing for many parents. The good news is that there are resources in our community to help you understand the best way for your child to travel. There are even programs that will ensure that your child safety seat is properly installed.
Summer also offers an opportunity for kids to spend time with friends and family that they don’t often get to see. If the kids are going to spend time with people who don’t have the proper child safety seats, there may be programs in your community that offer short-term rentals of the appropriate equipment.
To learn about child passenger safety resources and other community resources in Marathon County, call United Way’s 2-1-1 any time, day or night. Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/211.htm. We’re here to help.
Parenting is not easy, and it is important to remember that you’re not alone. Whether nerves set in before or after the birth of your child, there may be resources available to help you network with other parents and boost your confidence in your parenting skills.
There are programs available in Marathon County that offer parent support groups and parenting skills classes. Whether you are a new or experienced parent, classes and support groups can offer valuable information and a sense of community. If your child has a disability, there may even be special groups to help you network with parents facing similar situations.
To learn more about parenting resources and other community resources in Marathon County, call United Way’s 2-1-1. Reach us by dialing 2-1-1 (or 715-848-2255 or 800-922-5590). You may also email email@example.com or visit www.unitedwaymc.org/211.htm. We’re here to help.