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FEBRUARY 2014

FEBRUARY 11TH BRINGS AWARENESS TO UNITED WAY'S 2-1-1  

February 11th 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 has assisted Marshfield Area United Way with bringing awareness to the community by officially proclaiming February 11, 2014, as "United Way's 2-1-1 Day" in Marshfield.

 

2-1-1 is a free, confidential, 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 2013, United Way's 2-1-1 received over 5000 calls for information and referrals. Referral specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with information and resources, such as:

 

*Housing matters              

*Food

*Child care services

*Family services

*Health care

*Substance abuse treatment

*Veteran's services

*Suicide prevention

*Energy assistance

*Suicide prevention

*Job training

*Senior services

*Literacy classes

*And more

 

For more information, contact United Way's 2-1-1 by dialing the three digit number 2-1-1 or by calling 715-384-5565. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is also available, simply dial 1-877-384-5565. Individuals can also find resources online at United Way's 2-1-1 Get Connected. Get Answers. website at 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, etc.

   
 

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."  

~Helen Keller 

 FREE TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE
 APPOINTMENTS STILL AVAILABLE     
Are you in need of assistance with preparing your homestead credit and/or your state and federal income taxes? Are you a senior citizen and/or have annual gross income under $58,000? Free tax preparation assistance is available to these qualifying individuals, with special attention to those sixty and older. The 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. Appointments for the tax preparation assistance must be made by calling Marshfield Area United Way at 715-384-9992.    

NOW PROGRAM MAKING AN IMPACT 

A few weeks ago I was at the grocery store purchasing food items  for the Nutrition On Weekends program. Now that we are serving more than fifty children in Marshfield, alone, I had a cart full of numerous fruits, vegetables and several loaves of bread. As I emptied the contents of the cart onto the conveyor belt, the woman in front of me commented on the oddity of having so many of the same items for purchase.

I explained to the woman that I was shopping for perishable food items for the week's food packs going to the children in the Nutrition On Weekends program. She said it sounded like a wonderful program. The woman finished her purchase and was exiting the grocery line when I was tapped on the shoulder from behind.

When I turned around the woman behind me said, "My children have been receiving the food packs since October and I have to tell you what a difference it has made for our family. Thank you for everything you do." Immediately, I (we) began to cry. The woman would have never had to say anything to me about her children receiving the food packs. I thanked for sharing, with me, the impact the program has had on her family.

Since the Nutrition On Weekends program started last October, Marshfield Area United Way has witnessed the program be embraced by the community. Numerous individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses have reached out wanting to help ensure children in our area aren't facing food insecurities.

As the program expands to help students at additional schools in the area, Marshfield Area United Way is hoping the community continues to respond to the needs of the program. United Way is looking for donations of non-perishable food items and/or cash donations to help offset the costs of providing the weekly food packs for the remainder of the school year.

Please direct any questions about the Nutrition On Weekends program to 715-384-9992. More information is also available here.
WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

Volunteer Reception Centers (VRC) are a critical component to managing spontaneous volunteer workforce in emergency response and recovery. When disaster strikes spontaneous volunteers show up - sometimes thousands of them. Turning that crowd of spontaneous volunteers into an asset and a workforce, and avoiding the horror of it becoming a disaster within a disaster is the purpose of a Volunteer Reception Center.

 

Being prepared for a disaster is the best thing we can do for our community. Marshfield Area United Way will be having a training program for individuals interested in becoming part of the response team for the Wood County Volunteer Reception Center team.

 

Training Sessions

Day #1 - Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Day #2 - Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:00 -7:30 pm

 

Both of the training sessions will be held at the Marshfield Area United Way office. To register for VRC training, email unitedway@tznet.com or call United Way at 715-384-9992.

 

NEED AN OIL CHANGE??
Associated Sales and Leasing will be donating $5 to Marshfield Area United Way for every oil change purchased on the last Friday of each month in 2014. So, if you are in need of getting the oil changed in your vehicle, please visit Associated Sales and Leasing on Friday, February 28, 2014, and support your community at the same time!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES  
February - April 9, 2014
@ Marshfield Area United Way office  
Please see article below
for more information.


UPCOMING
PARTNER PROGRAM EVENTS

SHELTERING HEARTS MARDI GRAS   
February 13, 2014
5:30 - 9:30 pm    
@ Riveredge Golf Course   
For tickets: Call 715-384-2971 
    
MAKING AN IMPACT... 

Supervised visitation has been a valuable asset to many families in need of services, including those with a history of mental instability and substance abuse.  This story includes a family where the father has struggled with alcoholism and mental instability.  This family participating in supervised visitation services started the program after a public incident, which ended in a restraining order against the father.  Once the restraining order was in effect, the father had to participate in the supervised visitation program with his two children. 

 

 

Through the visitation program, the father and his two children have been able to visit in a safe environment.  Visitation staff has been able to closely observe the scheduled visitation, and intervene when inappropriate behavior is evident.  Even in a supervised setting, staff has observed behavior that is inappropriate, making it apparent that there is a need for visits to remain supervised.  The children have expressed how they feel safe in the supervised visitation setting.  The children experienced instances of abandonment by their father previous to supervised visitation, where their father left them in a public place by themselves.  The children fear that if they were to have unsupervised visitation with their father, they would be in danger of abandonment once again.  If resources such as the supervised visitation program did not exist, families as such would be without a safe place for visitation, thus the lack of a bond between parent and child (ren).

 

Personal Development Center's Supervised Visitation and Exchange program is part of a collaborative community effort to provide victims of family violence and their children with safety and support to develop and sustain positive family interaction that reduces the negative impact of violence within families and our community.

   

 

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