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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services Child and Family Counseling is a Marshfield Area United Way funded program that provides sliding scale fee counseling services to children and adolescents and their families.  Recently, the program shared about a girl who was able to receive treatment with the support of United Way funding.

Jill entered services when she was a junior in high school. At that time she had a high level of depressive symptoms, was easily tearful, and struggling with self-harm and had numerous marks on her body from past incidents.   She had a high...

Personal Development Center is a Marshfield Area United Way Partner Program.  Recently, one of their advocates shared a sexual assault victim’s story and her experience with their program. PDC has been working with her since 2014…   After our first appointment, it was clear that this woman was full of pain, anger, and suffering from the trauma she had experienced. Because this individual came from a strict military background, her biggest challenge was herself.  She was dealing with conflicting ideas of whether or not the assault had even occurred.  Her ability to pay attention to details was...

Do you ever have a moment when you are right in the middle of something where you just pause and realize that you are taking part in something special?  In the beginning of August I found myself doing just that – pausing and realizing that in a world that is so often filled with bad news, there are people who still cared. 

A week prior a staff member from one of our United Way funded programs, Youth Net, came to me to ask us if we could support a family that lived right across the street from us at United Way.  There are three boys living with their mom and there are some...

This year’s campaign video is titled, “What is your hope?” and we hope that you have had an opportunity to take a few minutes to view the video. The video highlights individuals from the communities that United Way serves and shares their hopes.

Fifteen seconds into the video there is a little boy who shares his hope to have someone to play sports with or just hang out. At the time of the video recording, this young boy was on the waiting list for a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters, a partner program of United Way. He had been waiting to be matched with a ‘Big’ for four years...

The Nutrition On Weekends program is a collaborative, community effort to target childhood hunger. The program provides healthy, ready-to-eat nutritional foods for children during the weekend. The program was created in response to data collected from Marshfield students as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. In 2012, 20% of students surveyed indicated he/she had gone to bed hungry at least once in the past thirty days because there was not enough food in the home. In 2015, this percentage increased to 23%.    A pilot of the program began serving twenty-nine children in the Marshfield...
The annual backpack and school supply drive always leaves a smile on your face and a tear in your eye. It was a hot summer afternoon in August when a young (teenage) girl entered the school to pick up backpacks and school supplies for herself and her two siblings. Her cheeks bright red, her face fatigued.  She had just practiced volleyball for the past two hours at the high school and then hopped on her bike and rode to the opposite side of town to get needed school supplies for herself and siblings.    She had entered with a backpack and water bottle and there wasn’t any way she was...