Marshfield Area
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E-NEWSLETTER
 SEPTEMBER 2018


RSVP FOR OUR CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
Please join us in kicking off the 2018 Marshfield Area United Way Campaign. The celebration is a family event with lots of fun activities for the kids! There will be a bounce house, face painting, selfie station, fun games with prizes and more! Hub City Jazz will perform and
you will also get the opportunity to hear from this year's Campaign Drive Chairs, The Anderson Family. Hot dogs and brats will be served and an ice cream truck will also be available. Please RSVP before September 11, 2018, by calling our office at 715-384-9992 or by email at unitedway@tznet.com. Individuals who RSVP will
receive a voucher for a brat or hot dog plate.
UNITED WAY WELCOMES LUEDTKE AS NOW PROGRAM COORDINATOR


We are thrilled to announce that Alisa Luedtke has join our team to help coordinate the Nutrition On Weekends program for the school year. She started her new position with us this week.

For the past seven years, she has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, and serving and volunteering in multiple community groups. When asked about starting her new role with the NOW program, Luedtke said, "I look forward to starting a new chapter of my professional life with United Way. The NOW program is one of the many great programs United Way provides for our community and I'm proud to be a part of it. I have always loved connecting with people in our community and look forward to meeting and working beside many more with the NOW program."


NOW PROGRAM STARTS ANOTHER YEAR OF SERVING AREA CHILDREN

 
Since its creation in the fall of 2013, the Nutrition On Weekends program has grown to help more than 450 local children whom are facing food insecurities in their home. The program provides supplemental food packs for children to take home on the weekend throughout the school year. Last year, the NOW program served children in the Marshfield, Auburndale, Granton, Greenwood, Loyal, Pittsville, Spencer and Stratford School Districts. The program also served children at the Marshfield location of the Wood County Head Start program. All schools will be served in the 2018-19 school year.

The communities' support of this program has been wonderful and has made it possible for the program to grow into what it is today. To continue the success of the program, United Way has created a sponsorship form as another way to support the program. There are 34 weeks during the school year that a child receives a food pack to take home for the weekend. To sponsor a child for the entire school year costs $78. Each food pack contains:  2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 2 cups of cereal, 2 pieces of fresh fruit, baby carrots, and 2 snack items.

Please use this link to fill out an electronic sponsorship form. If would like a paper copy mailed to you, please click here.
 
NON-PERISHABLE DONATIONS
 
If you are not interested in sponsoring a child, but would still like to help, we are in great need of donations of non-perishable food items for the upcoming school year. Items needed include:
  • granola bars
  • goldfish crackers
  • animal crackers
  • pretzels
  • cheerios
  • raisin bran
  • life cereal
  • fruit snacks
  • raisins/craisins
  • fruit cups
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • ziploc
Donations can be dropped off at the United Way office, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. They can also be dropped in the large yellow box near the exit at Festival Foods. 
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Cards are available in our office!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
MAKING AN IMPACT...
The Youth Advocate at PDC Orenda Center created informational materials for the Safety After High School prevention education program presented to High School Seniors at Marshfield High School. It is a half day program that focuses on Sexual Assault Awareness, consent, bystander intervention, safety planning, and ways to report information. The program also has a section for self-defense techniques and mindfulness or self-care skills, as well as, a section for small group activities and scenarios that allows students a chance to apply the information, practice ways to say no and to participate in small group discussions and to go over questions and reporting. During the presentation, a male student approached a PDC staff member and asked if they could talk and that he would be contacting them soon. The following week the male and his girlfriend (an underclass mate) came to our office and talked with advocates.

The male stated that after the presentation he approached his girlfriend and told her about the information he learned and apologized to her about "Victim Blaming", and that he was thankful to learn what to do and how to report. His girlfriend had been a victim of a sexual assault by a friend and neither of them knew what to do or how to react. He was so grateful to have found a resource for her to turn to, as well as, learn how to be a supportive person for her. Our PDC Advocate talked with the girl about options, she made the decision to make a report to law enforcement, file a restraining order and asked the advocate to help her as she talked and told her mother.  Law enforcement came to PDC offices to meet with the girl to get her statement and start an investigation, as that was happening, another PDC Advocate met with mom and the boyfriend to answer questions and to give tips on how to support the daughter, girlfriend. After law enforcement completed their paper work, PDC Advocates met with all of them and discussed what the process going forward might look like.

If it was not for the presentation and sharing information with students on sexual assault, reporting and victim blaming, this message may not have reached the boyfriend and he may not have given that information to his girlfriend. We may not have been able to ever help this victim of a sexual assault.

Personal Development Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to creating a community free from the threat of violence. Your gift to United way helps provide services and supports that help keep people safe. Your generosity is making a difference.


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