Client Newsletter | June-July 2022

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In this issue:

  • June and July specials in the Community Store
  • Diapers and pull-ups available every month
  • N95 masks and COVID-19 home test kits available here
  • Assistance for eye exams & glasses and diabetes care supplies
  • Hourly jobs at WaunaFest
  • Community resources: Waunakee Food Pantry, free legal clinic, rental assistance, and free computer class
  • Summer community events
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Happy Summer! After a long Winter and a short Spring, we are excited to dive into the hot weather.

Over 15 years ago, a Waunakee mom pulled together clothing and household items from her friends and neighbors to help two other moms from her children's school get settled in apartments as they were restarting their lives. What began as a small act of neighborly support is now Waunakee Neighborhood Connection and we are now serving more than 300 households through our Community Store and other programs. 

Community Store News for June & July

We are open for client shopping Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, Wednesdays from 9:30 AM-7:00 PM, and the fourth Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM (June 25th and July 23rd). Please be sure to make an appointment before you come. Please make an appointment online, use the “Client Shopping Appointments” link on our website, or call us at (608)849-5740.

This Month in the Corner Store

The special this month for the Corner Store is Summer fun items such as sunscreen as well as cleaning supplies. Based on quantities available, items will be distributed on a limited basis. There will also be some fun gifts for Dad to celebrate Father’s Day.

Due to the increase in families we are serving, monthly supply items in the Corner Store such as paper products, cleaning supplies, and toiletries sometimes are unavailable. We will let you know when we are out of these items by placing a sign on the shelf in the Corner Store. Please know that we are working hard with our donation drive team to replenish these items and hope to do so as soon as possible. In the meantime, if there is something you really need and do not find it on the Corner Store shelves, please let us know.Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

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Diapers and Pull-Ups Available Every Month


Through our partnership with the Village Diaper Bank in Madison, we provide 100 diapers and a package of wipes for every child that needs them. If you have already provided us with the size(s) that you need, please be sure to stop in and pick them up every month. If you need diapers but have not yet registered to receive them, please contact Helyn via email, text, or phone at (608)849-5740 to get on the list and start receiving them. 

N95 Masks and COVID-19 Test Kits Available

Thanks to donations from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Waunakee Remodeling, we have N95 face masks and COVID-19 home test kits available. If you need either or both of these, simply ask at the Welcome Desk the next time you come in. 
Resources for Eye Exams
and Eyeglasses
If you need an eye exam and/or eyeglasses, we have information from programs that may be able to provide these for you at a reduced cost. Please contact Helyn for more information. 

Assistance with Diabetes Care Supplies


Do you need insulin or other supplies to treat diabetes? We may be able to provide assistance through a community partner. If you are in need of supplies, please contact Helyn via email, via text/cell/WhatsApp at (608)535-9357, or at the office at (608)849-5740. 

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Hourly Jobs at WaunaFest

The WaunaFest planning committee is looking for individuals interested in working at parking lot attendants during WaunaFest weekend, July 28-31. The pay will be $15 per hour. If you would be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Helyn. 

Community Resources

Waunakee Food Pantry


A food pre-order form is suggested in advance if you’d prefer a customized food order. To complete a pre-order, fill out a hard copy form located outside the Pantry (black mailbox) or complete an online form. Please bring an ID when you arrive for food pickup. Pre-registration is NOT required to obtain food. You may also receive food boxes along with meats and dairy choices if you do not complete a pre-order form.

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For emergency food needs outside of Food Distribution days, please call the Pantry at 608-850-4346 or dial 211 and your needs will be directed to us. If you are looking for program assistance, please email

Pantry Dates: June 1, 11, and 15, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM; June 22, 4:00-6:00 PM; July 6, 16, and 20, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; July 27, 4:00-6:00 PM

Free Legal Clinic


Neighborhood House and Community Justice offer a free legal aid clinic from 12-3 pm the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free legal advice and consulting is available for low-income individuals with attorneys practicing in family law, landlord/tenant, small claims, discrimination issues, and more. The clinic is held at 29 South Mills Street in Madison. Appointments are required and can be made online or by calling Joe at (608)255-5337. 

Energy Resources from MG&E


  • MGE's personalized payment plans: This is for families who have fallen behind on their MGE bills and can't pay in full by the due date. Signing up for a personalized payment arrangement now may prevent collection action, late payment fees or potential disconnection of service. Residential customers can call MGE weekdays at (608) 252-7144 (English), (608) 252-7120 (Spanish) or (608) 252-7033 (Hmong) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to set up a personalized payment arrangement. For more information regarding personalized payment arrangements and resources for help, please visit Information is available in English, Spanish and Hmong.  


  • Financial assistance through Energy Services, Inc.: Dane County residents who meet the income requirements can get help paying their energy bills. To review the income requirements, visit the Energy Services website and then apply online or call (800) 506-5596. 


  • Wisconsin Help for Homeowners: This is a new statewide program that can help with overdue bills like utilities, mortgage payments, property taxes and more.



CORE 2.0 Rental Assistance Program


The CORE 2.0 emergency rental assistance program - which can also cover utilities, internet, security deposits, and future rent - has received additional funding. The processing time on applications is down to 3-4 weeks.

Apply for Dane 2.0

YWCA Basic Computer Skills Course


YWCA Madison is currently accepting applications for the Basic Computer Skills course for individuals who have had involvement with the Criminal Justice System. 


This 8 week course beginning June 20th will go over Computer Basics, Microsoft Office Suite, Employability Skills, Networking, and Job Interviewing. Classes will be held in person at the YWCA Empowerment Center at 2040 S. Park St. Madison, WI 53713 Monday- Thursday 9am-4pm and Friday 9am-12pm. 

Participants will participate in weekly restorative circles, receive supportive case management, and a $400/week stipend.

Community Events

Waunakee Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

301 S. Century Ave.Waun-A-Bowl parking lot.

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July 4th Family Celebration

2:00-10:30 PM at Ripp Park, 213 Dorn Drive

For information, visit



July 28-31 at Centennial Park, 901 Holiday Drive

For information, visit

New Client Registration

Anyone interested in registering to receive Waunakee Neighborhood Connection's services can contact us at or (608) 849-5740 to set up an appointment.