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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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Coming back to Waunakee for the Summer and looking for something to do that makes a difference for your neighbors and looks great on your resume? Volunteer with WNC!

We have countless positions that allow you to utilize your skills or develop new ones, from coordinating web content with WordPress’ CMS to researching donation information for auditing processes to leading students at WNC’s Summer Camp!

Fill out a volunteer application and send it to wncteam@waunakeenc.com to get plugged in!

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Have you seen all that this year’s World’s Largest Brat Fest has to offer?

Featuring headliners the Gin Blossoms, Aaron Lewis, Blackstone Cherry and others, events like the Bun Run 5k & 10k and the carnival, activities like human foosball and laser tag, and of course, delicious brats!

Brat Fest is made possible by thousands of volunteers that support area organizations while they serve- like WNC! Sign up here and for each hour you work, WNC will earn $8! Volunteer for a few hours, get a free brat/drink and t shirt, and then stick around for the Brat Fest fun – it’s a win-win! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aa4af2aaafd0-201813

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Our mission at WNC is all about connecting our neighbors to available resources that serve and empower, which is why we’re excited to partner with Where Is Care!

Their easy-to-use online search HealthConnect.Link includes a broad array of free and subsidized health services; from primary care, mental health and dentistry, to emergency housing, food pantries, childcare, transportation and more.

Check out this video to learn more about the Where is Care team and how they collaborate with  Waunakee area businesses to make a direct impact upon community members!

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The Great Scrub Up is underway, and we’ve got more ways to make a difference!

Through April 20th, you can donate directly to WNC when you shop at Piggly Wiggly! When you’re stocking up on cleaning supplies, pick up an extra bottle or two and drop them off in the purple bins.  A clean home has many benefits for both physical and mental health, and your gift lifts a burden from families knowing they won’t have to sacrifice money budgeted for food or rent on essential cleaning supplies!

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During the month of April, we’re teaming up with the Waunakee Library to have some Fun with Fines!

From April 1st-30th, bring one of the designated cleaning supply products to the library and receive $1 off your fines.  These items are used for The Great Scrub-Up, where we make Spring Cleaning Kits for our neighbors to freshen their homes for Spring!

Plus, on April 11th we’ll be hosting the Library’s DIY Make & Take program with a Spring Cleaning Craft! Register for the program online, at the library, or by calling (608) 850-2533.

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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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Looking for a way to help WNC?

Consider donating items on our wishlist or for upcoming projects!

Our current top needs are plastic containers (ex. Folger’s coffee containers), used greeting cards, and postage stamps.

Do you have a pile of used greeting cards that you aren’t sure what to do with? WNC can re-use the art and give the cards new life!

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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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We’re missing our Transitional Student Volunteers this week while they’re enjoying Spring Break! This group of dedicated students serve at WNC twice a week – their willingness to take on any task makes a huge impact for our neighbors! Thank you Jesse, Brandon, Bailey, Alex, Garet, Kyle, Christian, and Carissa for all you do at WNC!

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