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This Wednesday is the 2nd Annual Waunakee Area Kids’ Expo at the Intermediate School from 4pm-7pm! This is a chance to learn, have fun and explore the many opportunities our community offers in and outside the classroom. Stop by WNC’s table and learn about how you can make a difference in our community as a member of WNC’s Student Team! Click here to view the event page on Facebook.

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From August 17 – 23, Fortifi Bank will be donating $25 for every $100 in school supplies received for Fill the Bus!  These school supplies help kids as they prepare for a successful year in school. Over 200 families are helped in the Waunakee Area through this program. Make your dollars count at Fortifi Bank by “Filling the Bus”!

You can find the Lamers “Little Yellow Bus” at Fortifi Bank, 1330 Montondon Ave. Top needed supplies are: Large backpacks, dry erase markers, black sharpies, composition notebooks, 1” binders, red pens, 24 count colored pencils, 48 count crayons, post it notes and solid color folders.

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We’re less than one month away from WNC’s Community Resource Fair! This week we want to highlight a few organizations that support and empower families and individuals affected by mental illness. NAMI Dane County, The Rainbow Project, Building Bridges, and SOAR Case Management, along with dozens of other resources, will be at the Community Resource Fair to meet with you and your loved ones about available programs and services!

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Wow! We were blown away by the dedication and spirit the Summer Campers brought to WNC! They learned different ways to give back to their community with their main project being a community car wash, where they chose a fund, made signs, and ended up making over $300 in two hours! This money will be used to purchase supplies for kids – from new toys to diapers to school supplies!

They also helped sorting donations, weeding, watering, and harvesting fresh veggies at the Garden of Dreams, getting ready for National Night Out, and more! Thank you to all our campers for joining us in serving our neighbors, and we look forward to seeing how you will continue to give back!

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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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Not only is WNC’s Community Resource Fair a great way to meet with dozens of area organizations, like Familia Dental who provides dental care for those without insurance, or Access to Independence who empowers people with disabilities through advocacy, education, and support, but it’s also where you and your loved ones can register for WNC’s programs and services!

As a registered client, you’ll have access to our free store, special programs and services, and year-round support to connect and empower you with the resources you need!

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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

(Please note: Limit 1 per household, must live in Waunakee School District or Town of Dane)

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Deloitte’s 2018 Back-to-School survey found that shoppers will spend an average of $510 per student for back to school expenses! Help Waunakee students and families get ready for school without breaking the bank with WNC’s Fill the Bus campaign!

When you’re doing your back-to-school shopping, stock up on these top-needed supplies and support almost 200 students in the Waunakee School District as they go back to school prepared to learn.  Look for the Lamers Little Yellow Bus to drop your donations at WNC August 1st-16th, Fortifi Bank August 17th-23rd, and Peace Lutheran Church August 24th-31st.

Not able to donate? Help transport supplies to and from distribution on August 17th and 27th – Sign up by clicking here!

Currently, some of the Top Needed Supplies are:
Solid colored folders
Regular washable markers, 8ct
Thin washable markers, 10ct
Colored pencils, 12ct
Large Backpacks
Also needed: Paper bags with handles, plain on one side.

Thank you for your support!

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This week’s Community Resource Fair spotlight is Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS). Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, income, race, sexual orientation, education, or religion. DAIS works to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education, and outreach. Their wide array of crisis intervention and community education and prevention programs include a 24-hour Help Line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, and the only domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County. Educating yourself about resources like DAIS is not just a way to empower yourself, but it allows you to best support any friends and loved ones affected by these issues. Learn more on our website or by attending the Community Resource Fair on September 11th!

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Our Community Resource Fair Spotlight continues with Covering Wisconsin!

Covering Wisconsin is dedicated to connecting Wisconsin residents with appropriate insurance coverage and other programs that support health, and to promote effective use of these programs. Their platform of Health Insurance Education, Health Insurance Enrollment, and School Meals Direct Certification serves families all across Wisconsin, and we are excited to welcome them back at WNC’s Community Resource Fair on September 11th to connect with our community about available programs and services!

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