Marshfield Area
United Way

 MAY 2018

Marshfield Area United Way is pleased to announce the hiring of Krystal Bowman as Resource and Office Manager. The responsibilities of this position include, providing administrative support for staff and volunteers at Marshfield Area United Way, including programmatic support for the Volunteer Center and its projects, and development and implementation of United Way's data and financial practices.

Bowman and her husband, Eric, moved to Marshfield in 2013 to be closer to family.  They have two children; a son, Eli (3), and a daughter Emery (15 months).  Since joining the Marshfield community, Bowman and her family have enjoyed becoming active community members and look forward to raising their children in such a generous and caring community.

Before joining Marshfield Area United Way, Bowman worked for the Marshfield School District as a Communication Specialist. Her passion for community involvement and growth began with her previous experience working as a Buy Local Specialist to help local farmers and producers bring farm to table. Bowman received her degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Communications and Marketing.

"I am very excited to begin this new chapter and contribute to and serve the community. I look forward to working with the great staff, Board of Directors and volunteers at United Way." Bowman said.

Go to on or after May 15 to apply. It is a $100 rebate for sales and use tax paid on purchases made for raising a dependent child in 2017.

Filing start date: May 15, 2018; Filing deadline: July 2

Claimant Eligibility:  Must have a qualified child, A child may only be claimed by one individual

Qualified Child Eligibility:  Child must be: Under age 18 on December 31, 2017, A dependent* of the claimant for tax year 2017, A Wisconsin resident on December 31, 2017, A United States citizen

What You Need to File Your Claim:  Your Social Security number and Wisconsin residency for tax year 2017, Your qualified child's Social Security number and date of birth, Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit

For questions and more information visit:     
Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger® Food Driv e  
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
"Leadership Marshfield" Group Extends Donation Deadline
There is still time to help a "Leadership Marshfield" group that is partnering with Soup or Socks to support families needing assistance in dressing their children as they begin a new school year. The group's project is entitled "Best First Day". An initial clothing drive in March went very well and the community has been very generous, but several partnering agencies have agreed to keep donation boxes for clothing items at their locations until June 15. Qualifying families will be registering for the August 8th event by June 1st, so this extended drive may help with additional needs that were not initially anticipated. Collections for new clothing will continue through June 15th at MACCI, SOS, and United Way.

Clothing collections will be for the following most needed items for boys and girls grades K-12:    
-    New Tennis /Athletic Shoes
-    New Leggings or Athletic Pants
-    New Hoodies
-    New Socks
Donated Funds (funds will be used to supplement needs; e.g., jeans, tees, boots, etc.)


Wednesday, May 9  

Gary is a 16 year old that presented with "anxiety, depression, and hearing voices".  He entered therapy after having a breakdown, leading to missed school and a near inpatient hospitalization.  He was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (NOS).

Upon engaging in therapy, Gary shared that he had "no energy" and it had been this way for about a year.  He also brought up anxiety issues, mainly saying he had "worried thoughts", which also began about a year ago.  He specified depression as a problem, and relayed that he does not sleep well, getting about "3-4 hours per night".  He said this has been this way for the past two years, but mainly "this past summer".  He introduced that he has been "hearing negative voices" over the last 6 months.  When asked what the voices said he replied, "You're not good enough."  Gary admitted to suicidal ideation.

Over the last few years, Gary had not seen his father much, nor regularly. His mother shared that he might see father about once every 2 months. Gary shared that father wasn't involved in his life unless he was doing something/achieving something.  This was an issue for Gary and it was possible that quitting sports and grades dropping were Gary's response to his father's absence.  Ultimately, the stress on Gary from not feeling good enough caused anxiety, which then eroded his energy to the point of depression.

Through therapy, Gary was able to understand his relationship with his father and determine he is not able to control his father's actions, thereby letting go of the negative messages he felt from father's lack of involvement in his life.  Gary began to improve his grades and his mood and anxieties are much better.

Your gift to United Way, provides access to supportive health services, like Child and Family Counseling, and greatly impacts children and families in our community. Your generosity is making a difference.
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