By Krista Mischo, United Way Volunteer Connection

Have you ever asked, “Why doesn’t someone do something about that?” Maybe you have become aware of the need for students to improve their reading ability, or you were made aware of the struggle it is for many elderly residents to get to medical appointments. You may have read an article about those who sleep outside and utilize shelters. The question of someone “doing something” becomes a personal one when you recognize that you are “someone”. Your influence may not solve a community issue or seem to influence the need as greatly as you would wish, but as John Wooden said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”!

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Krista Mischo, United Way Volunteer Connection (Contributed photo)

United Way of Marathon County is grateful to have many volunteers who often ask, “What can I do?”  The answers are as varied as the individuals themselves. Some people come regularly to help in the office, groups help with special projects, and others donate money or In-Kind goods. We engage readers, packers, organizers and Volunteer Connection refers people with specific interests to partner agencies in our community that serve various needs.

The 2015-2017 LIFE Report indicates that in Marathon County, 68 percent of our residents are actively helping others outside their household. Fred tutors children, Deb schedules tax appointments, Chris delivers meals, and Gary stocks the food pantry shelves. Their efforts result in learning, peace of mind, companionship and sustenance. You cannot put a price tag on that work, but the estimated value-added in monetary terms is $22.48 per hour, according to the Independent Sector report. Truly, many in our area understand that they are “someone” and they can do “something”!

During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, thank the volunteers with whom you interact. United Way of Marathon County extends gratitude to the individuals, groups and corporate volunteers who have packed meals, wrapped gifts or served in a myriad of ways!

On a personal level, think of something that makes you question why nothing is being done, and determine what you CAN do.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ? Edward Everett Hale

Go to or call United Way Volunteer Connection at 715-848-2927 to begin today!