Tom and Lidia were helping our families shop last Monday, and we had a blast! Their enthusiasm and caring spirits bring out the smiles at shopping for everybody involced– they even let Genna help!

Lidia just celebrated her TENTH YEAR volunteering with us in March, and Tom has been serving with WNC while in Seminary to become a Pastor through our friends and neighbors Peace Lutheran!

If you would like to get involved with personal shopping and share a smile with your neighbors, sign up today.

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In 2017, our Build a Bed program raised enough money to gift 25 new beds to families in need!

A new bed makes an incredible difference in the lives of these families, whether it is replacing a worn-down mattress or providing an alternative to sleeping on a couch or even the floor.

A grateful recipient of one bed wrote how much her life has improved, saying, “Now I wake up NOT in so much scoliosis pain in my back and neck. Having a bed really makes my home feel complete.”

Thank you to our generous Build a Bed donors for giving the gift of a good night’s sleep – Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, Heritage Elementary PTO, and Neighbors (NH&RH, ET, WH, RC&RR) – and to Waunakee Furniture for partnering with us to provide and deliver these beds!

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Longtime WNC friends Phil and Betty Willems recently participated in and won a chili cookoff. Although Phil is keeping the recipe a secret, he and Betty did want give back to the community in other ways, and donated their winnings to WNC!

Thank you, Phil and Betty, for your continuous generosity and commitment to our neighbors in need!

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On their day off from school, high school Spanish students led by Sra. Anderson spent their time making Birthday Cards for our Spanish-speaking families! These birthday cards are a great way to spread some cheer and celebrate our neighbors!

If your group or organization is interested in creating cards for our families, sign up for a month online. (Plus, it makes a great project over spring break).

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Earlier in the month, Boy Scout Scott Jezik hosted a drive for WNC as his Eagle Scout Project!

Not only did Scott collect much-needed items like toilet paper and winter boots for families, but he also shared our mission with the community and proved that one person with an idea can make a big difference in the lives of many!

Thank you to Scott and all who donated to support our neighbors in need!

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WNC had a powerhouse group of students volunteering on Tuesday morning!

These hard-working Middle Schoolers got through several projects – from organizing supplies to testing and assembling donations to clearing the driveway of snow!

Thank you to Mr. Farnsworth and these awesome student volunteers!

If your class or organization would like to set up a group volunteering session, contact us at wncteam@waunakeenc.com!

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What a great way to start the year with a great group of volunteers!

In honor of MLK Day earlier this month, CUNA Mutual employees volunteered around WNC in January. With tasks ranging from year-end inventory to cleaning light fixtures to sorting donations, these enthusiastic volunteers crossed many tasks off our list that were desperately needed.

Thank you to all our volunteers from yesterday, and thank you to CUNA for coordinating these annual days of service!

If your business or organization is also looking for group volunteer opportunities, please reach out to WNC at wncteam@waunakeenc.com.

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In December, we received generous donations from American Legion Post 360 and American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 360 to support our programs and services!

Post 360 Commander Sandy Johnson and ALA Unit 360 President Bonnie Phaneuf came by WNC to present the donations and learn more about how WNC serves our community.

We are so grateful and proud to have such an active Post in our community – thank you all for joining us in Building a Stronger Community!

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“Just a Fixn'” is WNC’s Vehicle Program.

Many of us take for granted the importance of a reliable and safe vehicle. Each year WNC gives away several cars , which gives the ability to go to work, find a place to live, go to school and doctors appointments among many other things.

However…

Think about driving around in a car with a hole in the muffler. There is a simple fix, but it can be an expense that is far down on the list of bills to pay.

What about a tire that has the cords showing? Not safe, but that extra $100 for a tire plus the extra service fee can mean less groceries, gas or rent money.

Not having heat or air conditioning can make health problems worse. Sometimes just a $10 part can fix this major problem.

That all-important oil change can keep a car running just a little bit longer.

This year, WNC is expanding it’s vehicle program to include repairs!

How can you help…

#1 – Donate a vehicle
It doesn’t have to be able to take a trip around the world and it doesn’t have to be brand new, the vehicle needs to be reliable and safe.

#2 – Donate Repair Services or Parts
Do you own a repair shop or parts store? Donate parts or services, or gift cards to perform the repair services.

#3 – Donate to the Vehicle Program Fund
Donate money to the fund. This gift could cover the registration/title cost of donated vehicles, or be applied towards the cost of a repair.

Neighbors need good working vehicles. By donating to this valuable program, you will help a neighbor stay connected to the community and move forward to a more sustainable life by maintaining their existing car in a safe and reliable running order.  If donating online through our PayPal option, please indicate “vehicle repair program” with your donation.

Thank you for your support of this important program!

 

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A huge shout out to the Wolves of Pack 46!

The scouts reached out to family, friends, neighbors and schools to collect new/gently used sporting equipment to donate to WNC. In addition to this drive, they had a cake bake contest to raise money for WNC! Participants baked cakes ranging from best “outdoor themed” cake to “grossest” cake. They got to either buy back the cakes made or put them up for auction – and made over $400!

Thank you for making a difference in our community!

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