In September 2019, the Heckel House located at 612 W. Blodgett was officially gifted to Marshfield Area United Way. The home was owned by the (Nancy) Heckel family. Nancy’s family fulfilled her wish in leaving a legacy by donating the family home to a community organization where it could benefit the Marshfield community and its residents for years to come.
Marshfield Area United Way will utilize the Heckel House for all office and programming space. For the past six years, United Way has been operating the NOW (Nutrition on Weekends) program, providing weekly supplemental food packs to hundreds of children facing food insecurities in their home. With the acquisition of the Heckel House, Marshfield Area United Way will be able to save thousands of dollars each year on overhead expenses, while still being able to fully operate all programs. Money saved will be able to be invested back into the community.
Before United Way can move into the new space, renovations are needed to be compliant with commercial building regulations. Additional renovations are needed to make the space functional for our business operations for years to come.
Many have asked us, what about taxes and deferred maintenance? As a non-profit, we are applying for tax exempt status. Any additional funds raised during this initial house redevelopment fundraising will be put into a separate fund specifically used for deferred maintenance.