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E-NEWSLETTER
 FEBRUARY 2016

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.

     
"Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing."
~ William A. Ward

HYGIENE DRIVE 
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
  • Walgreens
  • Shopko
  • Pick n' Save
  • MACCI
  • 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
Printable 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 unitedway@tznet.com. 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!

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
PARTNER EVENTS
MAKING AN IMPACT... 
We had a young woman come to the clothes closet right before Christmas in need of a winter coat. She was in the last couple months of her pregnancy and realized she had no coat large enough to get her through to the end. The weather had cooperated up until that point she had been able to get through with a lighter coat. We were able to find one that not only would work for the winter, but looked good on her. She was very pleased since she had been concerned that all she would be able to find was something that was way too big. She was assured that being comfortable at the end of the pregnancy is extremely important and we were happy to be able to find something for her. At the same time she came in, there was a person at SOS dropping off some donations. She sent me an email when she got back to work that said she was so touched by the way the situation was handled, she and her husband were going to clean their closets to donate. I have thought of this young woman more than once as the temperatures started to drop and am also grateful we were able to meet her need.

Soup or Socks is dedicated to providing food and/or clothing at no charge to those in need in the Marshfield area.Your gift to United Way helps provide services, goods and income supports that augment household budgets through programs like the Soup or Socks. Your generosity is making an impact in our community.  
 

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