Client Newsletter | August-September 2022

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In this issue:

  • Senior shopping is back!
  • Stock up now - Winter clothes special starts August 1st
  • Oral health supplies in September
  • NEW Women's Empowerment Group
  • Join our Client Advisory Council!
  • School supply resources
  • Free legal assistance - immigration, legal aid, tenant issues
  • and more!

This beautiful Summer is passing quickly and Fall will soon be upon us. In this issue, we have lots of updates about what is happening at the store, programs, and the community. There are some changes in the shopping procedures, we are restarting Senior Shopping hours, and are adding a Women’s Empowerment Group. Keep reading for more information.

We have also updated the Client Guidelines document that you received when you registered with additional information about programs. If you would like an updated copy, you can find it online or ask for a copy the next time you come in. 

Community Store News


So that the store does not get too crowded, and we can ensure that everyone has a good shopping experience, appointments are now required for shopping. Please be sure to make an appointment before you come. To do so, use the Client Shopping Appointments link on our website or call us at (608)849-5740.


We are open for 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 (August 27th and September 24th).  

Senior Shopping is Back!


We are once again offering designated shopping hours for seniors 60 and over on the first Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30 AM. Please be sure to make an appointment before you come. To make an appointment, go to, use the Client Shopping Appointments link on our website or call us at (608)849-5740. The Senior Center bus can pick you up here to take you there for lunch if you make arrangements with them ahead of time.

This Month in the Corner Store

The special for August is “Winter in August.” Get ahead of the cold weather by coming in and stocking up on winter clothing for you and your family. Shopping will begin the first week of August and will continue until there are no more clothes. So that we have enough clothes for everyone, we ask that you limit your selections to 5-7 items of winter clothing per family member.

The special for September is oral health. There will be dental hygiene items including toothbrushes and toothpaste to keep your smile bright and healthy.

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. In the meantime, if there is something you really need and do not find it on the Corner Store shelves, please let us know.

Programs and Resources at Neighborhood Connection


Women’s Empowerment Group

Join us and expand your circle of friends by coming to our new Women’s Empowerment Group. The group is an opportunity for women who are involved with Waunakee Neighborhood Connection to connect with others in similar situations and build a network of support. The group will meet the fourth Saturday of the month (August 27th and September 24th) from 12:00-1:30 PM. Feel free to drop in – no registration is necessary! If you have any questions, you can contact Helyn via email, at (608) 849-5740, or text/WhatsApp to (608)536-9357.

English Group

English Group is back up and running. If you are a learner or would like to be a tutor, the group meets at the Waunakee Public Library 201 N. Madison St. Mondays 6:30 – 8:00 pm and Tuesdays 10:00–11:30 AM. If you have not previously attended English Group, please register online so that we know of your interest in participating and can keep you updated about the program.

Join Our Client Advisory Council!

Are you interested learning more and giving feedback about the programs at Waunakee Neighborhood Connection? We are reorganizing a client advisory council to get your input into how we can improve what we do. One example of the type of conversations this group will have is our potential move to the former Library building. We’d love to hear from clients about whether you like this idea, what you’d like to see in the new space, etc. Serving on the advisory council will give you the opportunity to have input on this and other decisions. If you’re interested in being a part of this group, please contact Helyn via email, at (608) 849-5740, or text/WhatsApp to (608)536-9357 by Friday, August 12th. 

Diapers and Pull-Ups Available Every Month

Do you need diapers? Every month we provide 100 diapers and a package of wipes for every child that needs them. This is through our partnership with the Village Diaper Bank in Madison. Please provide us with the size(s) that you need. Please let us know if the size diaper that you need changes. If you need diapers but have not yet registered to receive them, please contact us at, text/WhatsApp to (608)536-9357, or phone at (608)849-5740 to get on the list and start receiving them.

Resources for Eye Exams and Eyeglasses

We have access to Waunakee resources if you need an eye exam and/or eyeglasses. If you need glasses and an eye exam, we know of programs that may be able to help at a reduced cost. Please contact Helyn for more information. 

Diabetes Resources

If you need insulin supplies, we may be able to provide assistance through a community partner. If you are in need of supplies, please contact Helyn via email, at (608) 849-5740, or text/WhatsApp to (608)536-9357.

Community Resources


Waunakee Food Pantry


If you need food assistance, please contact the 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) at 806B S Division Street in Waunakee or complete an online formPlease 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.


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 the food pantry. If you are looking for program assistance, please email


Pantry Dates:

August 3, 13th, 17th, 31st | 10 AM - 12 PM; August 24th | 4 – 6 PM

September 7th, 17th, 21st | 10 AM – 12 PM; September 28th | 4 – 6 PM

Back to School Celebration

Saturday, August 13 | 8:00-11:00 AM

Goodman South Campus of Madison College

2429 S. Perry Street, Madison


The 100 Black Men organization in Madison is hosting its 27th annual Back to School Celebration. All Dane County elementary and middle school students of limited income families and their parents are invited to participate in this drive-thru event. Students accompanied by their parents will receive a new backpack full of school supplies until the supplies run out. All students and parents are asked to remain in their car for this event and to please wear a mask when interacting with volunteers and staff.



Immigration Legal Clinic

Community Immigration Law Center strives to ensure dignity and access to justice for people. For a free consultation there are walk-in hours on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1:30 until 5:00 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham St. Madison. See for more information.


Legal Aid 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 at or by calling Joe at (608)255-5337.


Free Housing Law Support

Do you need support communicating with your landlord about unfair housing decisions? Call the Tenant Resource Center at (608)257-0006 or visit the website at

Community Events


Waunakee Farmers’ Market:

Wednesdays 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 301 S. Century Ave. at the Waun-A-Bowl parking lot.


Live from the Park: Tuesday, August 2 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Village Park Gazebo

Food carts | Free concert by Universal Sound (yesterday and today’s hits cover band)

School Supplies DistributionWaunakee Schools


Start the school year off loaded up with all that your children need! The supplies that we collect through our Fill the Bus supply drive will be distributed by the school district at registration on August 15th. You must pre-register with the social worker at your child’s school if you need to receive supplies on that day



(rescheduled from July 4th due to the bad weather)

Saturday, August 20th | 4:30-9:00 PM |Ripp Park

Food carts, a movie in the park, and fireworks

For more information, visit

Rain date: Sunday, August 21



First Day of School: Thursday September 1st