February 11 is the day that United Way's all across the country recognize and bring awareness to United Way's 2-1-1 program. Mayor Chris Meyer is assisting Marshfield Area United Way again this year with bringing awareness about the program to the community by officially proclaiming February 11, 2016, as "United Way's 2-1-1 Day" in Marshfield.
2-1-1 is a free, confidential, and easy to remember phone number that connects people to essential community resources. In addition to connecting callers to local resources, United Way's 2-1-1 also tracks caller needs and uses that information to analyze trends, such as, identifying gaps in services. In 2015, United Way's 2-1-1 received approximately 4000 calls for information and referrals in United Way's 2-1-1 service area which includes: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Iron, Juneau, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn and Wood Counties. In addition to the thousands of calls received, United Way's 2-1-1 online database received more than 34,000 hits throughout the year.
Referral specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with information and resources. The following are the ten most common resources sought in 2015 from callers from the Marshfield area: Rent Payment Assistance, Food Pantries, Electric Service Payment Assistance, Housing Authorities, Homeless Motel Vouchers, Rental Deposit Assistance, Inpatient Drug/Alcohol Treatment, AARP Tax Aide, Aging and Disability Resource Center, and Inpatient Drug/Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities.
United Way's 2-1-1 is a partnership of Marshfield Area United Way and United Way of Inner Wisconsin. For more information, contact United Way's 2-1-1 by dialing the three digit number 2-1-1 or by calling 1-877-947-2211. Individuals can also find resources online at United Way's 2-1-1 Get Connected. Get Answers. website at www.getconnected211.org.
Free informational posters and rack cards are available at the Marshfield Area United Way office. Please contact United Way
at 715-384-9992 if you would like a supply of posters and/or rack cards for your business, office, church, school, or organization.
FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 13
A hygiene drive benefiting Mary's Place, St. Vincent de Paul and the Hannah Center will be happening February 21, 2016 until March 13, 2016. Donations can be brought to any of the following locations during the drive:
- Festival Foods
- Pick n' Save
- Century 21
- Associated Bank
- Good Shepherd Church
- Faith Lutheran Church
- First Presbyterian Church
- St. Joseph's Hospital
- Forward Financial Bank
- Wesley Methodist Church
- North Ridge Church
list of donation locations and items requested for donation.
APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE
United Way is now scheduling appointments for free tax preparation assistance for low- to moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those sixty and older. Trained volunteers will help those needing assistance with electronically filing Homestead Credit and/or State and Federal Income Taxes. This free tax preparation assistance program is aimed to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing.
Tax preparation assistance is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call Marshfield Area United Way at 715-384-9992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Appointments will, again, be held in the back of the United Way office (106 W 1st Street). For directions to the office and a list of items to bring with you to your appointment, please visit marshfieldareaunitedway.org/tax.html
Tax preparation services are offered by AARP and Marshfield Area United Way. This free service is unable to prepare farm or rental income, property income, complicated business income or schedule D (capital gains & losses), etc.
PACKER FOOTBALL RAFFLE WINNER!
Congratulations to Holli! She was the winner of the Packer football raffle. Thanks to everyone who participated. We were able to raise $793!