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Marshfield Area United Way History

1946    Founded as a Community Chest, community raised $15,161 
1970    Changed name to the Marshfield Area United Fund, community raised $45,489 
1972    Transitioned to a United Way
1986    JC Pfeiffer hired as the first paid Executive Director
1987   First office was rented at Central Plaza
1989   Mission Statement was adopted
           Ann Boson hired as first full-time Executive Director
1991   First Call begins as a collection of community information phone numbers in United 
           Way office
           Michelle Boernke hired as the first paid Communications Director
1992   Jeanne Denk hired as Administrative Assistant
1994   Pacesetter campaign established
1995   Marshfield Clinic first company to give more than $100,000 
1996   United Way's 50th year of service, community raised $531,473
           First leadership giving campaign and The Marsh Society is developed to recognize 
           individual gifts of $500 or more
1997   Marshfield Area Volunteer of the Year Awards Celebration held, a partnership with 
           Marshfield News-Herald
1998   Restaurant Week established, where local eateries donate a portion of proceeds to
           United Way
2002   First Call for Information becomes county-wide program
           Mary Friesen hired as first Volunteer Center Coordinator
           Make a Difference Day held in Marshfield for first time 
           Transition to “Impact Funding” begins: Allocation Committee becomes Community
           Impact Committee funding decided based on a focus on program results
           Initiated Vision Councils—for community human service programs network and problem
           solve together throughout the year
2005   First Call for Information evolves into United Way’s 2-1-1—one toll free number, 
           operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
2006   60th Anniversary: Drive Chairs Bill & Darlene Berry lead campaign that raises 
           $1,001,250
           Make a Difference Day has 348 volunteers and 69 people served
           National Youth Service Day has 120 volunteers
2007   Marshfield Clinic first campaign to raise more than $300,000
2008   First year with no public goal, instead community focuses on people in need in the 
           Marshfield area, a message made more poignant as the country fell into a 
           recession. 
           Paula Jero hired as Executive Director.
2009   Marshfield Area United Way launches first Dare to Dream House Raffle
           FamilyWize prescription discount cards made available: a free option to allow residents 
           to save on prescription medication.
           Loyal Contributors, donors who have given to any United Way for 10 years or longer, 
           tracking begins
           First Day of Action held
           Money Smart week launched
2010   Moved to new location at 156 S Central Avenue
           video added to website
           Partnered with City for free tax preparation
           Record number of backpacks collected (over 500)
           Over $100,000 in prescription drug savings with Family Wize
2011   Ashley Winch hired as Campaign/Marketing Coordinator, 2-1-1 coordinator
           Marshfield Clinic issues $25,000 challenge
           Backpack extended to include Loyal, Neillsville, Granton & Greenwood area
           Keep Warm project launched with Mfld. Community Foundation
2012   Schwans Truckload Sale for United Way
           Reach Out Read launched
           House raffle expanded to include a car (2013 Mustang from V&H Auto)
           Give Back Marshfield launched as Volunteer Day with Leadership Mfld. group
           First Wipe-Out challenge
2013   Nutrition on Weekends Started
           Job Center, NCCAP, AARP tax prep, W2 all moved into United Way offices
           First 5K for United Way
           Children’s Book Swap
2014   SNAP Challenge Held
           Circle of Care Women's Group started 
2015   Mary Wolff hired as Community Impact and Volunteer Center coordinator
           First Sweepstakes held for 4 ($1,000) cash prizes 
           NOW program serving 300 children weekly
2016   First Wine Walk held
           Lang Furniture donation for fundraiser
           Implemented a new mobile response website
          Greenwood and Loyal added to NOW program
          Green Bay Packer Foundation grant received for R2P4A