Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, in collaboration with Waunakee Intermediate School, Piggly Wiggly, and the Waunakee community, is proud to offer our annual Christmas grocery delivery FREE to individuals and families who are in need and would appreciate some extra help this Christmas. The meal includes a ham, ingredients for side dishes, and a pie to serve 4-6 people.

Register to receive a meal 

We offer our annual Christmas dinner grocery delivery FREE to individuals, families, and seniors who live in the Waunakee School District or Town of Dane, are in financial need, and would appreciate some extra help this Christmas. To register to receive a meal, please call Waunakee Neighborhood Connection at (608)849-5740 or Register online here by Friday, December 13th.

Volunteer to deliver meals

Join us on the morning of Saturday, December 21st, from 10:30 am-noon as we deliver the meals to families. Volunteer shifts fill quickly, so please sign up soon! Register to deliver meals here!

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Grab your family, friends, and favorite ugly holiday sweater and join us for the 6th annual Horrible Holiday Sweater Shuffle fun run/walk!

About this Event

The 6th annual Horrible Holiday Sweater Shuffle kicks off at The Lone Girl Brewing Company and takes you through the streets of Waunakee on a fun-filled Christmas excursion. Festivities include a pre-shuffle warm up, candy stations along the route, and a post-shuffle holiday party including awards for the best Horrible Holiday Sweaters. This family friendly event has something for ALL!

NEW for 2019! – We’ll have both the 5K fun/run walk AND a 1-mile family fun walk

Event Schedule

7:30-8:45 AM – Check in at The Lone Girl Brewing Company — have your photo taken on the Jingle Carpet; cash bar will be open

8:45 AM – Warm-up

9:00 AM – 5K Run & Walk Start

9:10 AM – 1 mile walk start

10:00 AM – Post-Shuffle Party at The Landing (upstairs at The Lone Girl)! We’ll present awards for individual, family, and team “most horrible” sweaters. The Lone Girl will have a Bloody Mary bar, hot cocoa, beer, wine, and cocktails, along with their NEW brunch menu available for purchase. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to Waunakee Neighborhood Connection.

Registration – Includes event t-shirt this year!

$35.00 Adults

$30.00 Youth (up to age 12)

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Packet and Apparel Pick-up

Pick up race numbers, sponsor coupons, and apparel on Friday, November 29th, from 4:30-7:30 PM at The Landing (upstairs at The Lone Girl). We’ll also have some horrible holiday sweaters available for purchase in case you don’t have one.

Race Route

The Horrible Holiday Sweater Shuffle takes place on city sidewalks and the paved paths in Waunakee. There is one moderate hill about 2 miles into the Shuffle with holiday candy stations along the way to keep you going! The event starts and finishes at The Lone Girl.

About Waunakee Neighborhood Connection

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is a nonprofit social service agency that provides comprehensive programs, services, and case management to families in the Waunakee area who are experiencing financial hardships. It also provides numerous opportunities to Waunakee residents of all ages to get involved in volunteer service that makes a positive difference right here in our community! Visit our website to learn more.

Event Sponsors
Clark Griswold Sponsors

                   
Super Selfless Shuffler

Waiver and Release of Liability

A waiver will be required for each participant and will be available to sign at the Packet & Apparel Pick-up on November 29 or at event registration on November 30. You can also print the waiver and bring the signed copy(ies) with you to turn in.

Other questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information.

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As we approach winter and the holidays, it can be especially difficult for families financially – heating bills are starting to kick in, kids have extra projects at school, an unexpected medical need arises, or the general cost of living rises. Your generosity will be a huge blessing to a family, relieving much of the burden by providing gifts they would not otherwise be able to afford. It will make a tremendous difference in the life of a grateful family right here in our community!

We invite individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to adopt a family this holiday season.

Here’s how the program works:

  1. Complete the online registration by Friday, Nov. 8th with your contact information and preferred family size. We recommend that you choose a family size (1,2,3, 4, 5+) based upon your desired financial commitment (the guideline* is to spend up to $100 per family member).
  2. Once we receive your confirmed family size, we will match you with a family and send their wish list to you. This will be completed by November 22nd so that you can take advantage of Thanksgiving week and Black Friday sales. Wishes generally include items such as the following: Coats, winter apparel, clothing, pajamas, undergarments, pillows, bedding, towels, boots, kitchen items, personal toiletries, DVDs, books, movie rentals, video game, gift card, toy, and 1-2 wishes for the family as a whole: board games, gas card, laundry soap, toiletries, cleaning supplies, kitchen item NOTE: We ask families to provide specific sizes, gender, and color to help you in selecting items 
  3. Purchase your gifts for the individual/family.
  4. Wrap all packages, labeling each package per the family list you received (i.e., 12-year old girl, mom, 4-year old boy, etc.).
  5. NEW this year – Deliver your gifts to the Adopt-a-Family distribution at the Waunakee Village Center, 333 S Madison Street, on Saturday, December 14th, between 9:00 am and noon at the Village Center. If you are not able to deliver the gifts during this time, please contact our office at (608)849-5740.

* We have the guideline to spend up to $100 per family member to keep the program as equitable among families as possible. Many of the children go to school together and adults know each other through work, church, and as neighbors,  so when one individual or family gets more than another, it can cause hurt feelings. If you, or your family/group, are wanting to be more generous, we recommend purchasing and donating gift cards to Waunakee Neighborhood Connection that can be given to families throughout the year as needs arise. Gift cards of $25 for stores such as Piggly Wiggly, Target, Wal-Mart, Fleet Farm, and gas stations are especially helpful. The cards can be dropped off along with your gifts on December 14th

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If giving back and raising compassionate children are priorities for your family, we have a new way for you to do so right here in your community. Starting this summer, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection will be offering monthly volunteer opportunities that are appropriate for parents and their children to do together.
Each month’s activities will have a different theme that will correspond with events happening at Neighborhood Connection, National Days of Service, and holidays that have a service component.
Sign up now to receive the monthly e-newsletter that will highlight not only the family volunteer activities happening at Neighborhood Connection, but also other opportunities happening in the community and things you can do at home to make a positive difference as a family.

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Our Vision : We envision a thriving community where all are valued

Our Mission: Waunakee Neighborhood Connection provides programs and resources that engage neighbors to support and empower one another

Our Values:

  • Trust
  • Empowerment
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Community engagement
  • Equity

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The Electric Cord Drive that we hold with Waunakee Community Schools from November through January continues year-round on a more limited basis. Cords can be dropped off at the WNC building, 208 South Century Avenue, or at the Waunakee Police Department. Check out this video to learn more about how to prep the cords and the positive impact your donation will have!

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The WNC Board of Directors is pleased to announce and introduce our new executive director, Lisa Humenik. Lisa started at the beginning of August and is busy learning about our programs, services, processes, partnerships, volunteers, and donors.
Lisa comes to us with 25+ years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. She jokes that while her husband got the career ladder, which took their family to a number of cities around the country, she got the career jungle gym. This interesting and varied path has allowed her to acclimate quickly to new communities and settings, create connections and partnerships, and gain a wealth of skills and knowledge that she applies to making organizations sustainable and impactful. She is excited about working collaboratively with the board, staff, volunteers, and Waunakee community to build upon WNC’s already strong foundation of success.
Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and leadership. She has served as the CEO of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona; as executive director of a K-12 public school foundation, community gardening organization, and a school-based mentoring program; and as director of volunteer services for hospitals and hospice programs. Most recently, she has been consulting for nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the areas of strategic planning, board development, and volunteer engagement. In her free time, she volunteers for a variety of organizations including the United Way of Dane County, Sigma Kappa Foundation, and the Nakoma League.
Lisa’s husband, John, is the publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal and vice president of news for its parent company, Lee Enterprises. They have two adult children, Brian and Lauren, who live and work in Cincinnati.

If you’ve not yet met Lisa, please be sure to stop in and say hello! Watch for information about an open house in September that will be a more formal welcome to Lisa and recognition for all of our amazing volunteers.

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Have you received your free LockMed Lock Box yet?

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection and Waunakee Community Cares Coalition want to give you the tools you need to lock up your medications! Accessibility is the number one contributing factor to the misuse and abuse of medications.

Stop by WNC during our open ours to pick up your lock box, or find out more information at https://tinyurl.com/WNCLockbox

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