Safe volunteering. The safety and well-being of staff, volunteers and community members that each agency in our area serves is United Way of Marathon County’s biggest concern at this time. We are closely watching the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and assessing the situation daily, following all recommendations from the federal government, Center for Disease Control and Marathon County Health Department. In conjunction with local health officials, we are working to slow the spread of the person-to-person transmission, particularly those who are most vulnerable to infection and severe disease. Small groups (two people), Solo and Safe volunteering is crucial if allowed. Guidelines below will help you access which needs you may be able to help meet as you visit the volunteer site at

Blood Donations – Save Lives. During the donation process, only one pint of blood is drawn. In average adults, there can be between eight to twelve pints of blood. People in need may not live without it. HEALTHY donors only – those without ANY cold or flu symptoms. Call the Blood Center of Northcentral Wisconsin if you have questions about eligibility. Call 715-842-0761 first to make an appointment!

Catholic Charities Warming Center Meal Services. Help with meal prep, serving meals and packing pre-made lunch packs for guests. Contact Tracy for more information at 715-849-3311 or

Write Encouraging Notes to Hospital Staff. Various medical facilities accepting cards and notes. See United Way Volunteer website or contact Krista at 715-298-5719 or for details.

In-Kind Donated Items Needed

Business Donations of Personal Protective Equipment. The Marshfield Clinic Health System is accepting donations of the following items from businesses, schools and other organizations that may have the needed supplies and won’t be using them. Masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and goggles are desired. Contact Ciara Schultz, or 715-343-7753. Please call first.

The Women’s Community Needs. Items wanted are Similac or Enfamil formula, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food (easy to make things are best), new linens and towels. Please do not buy items at the store, but if you have these new items, feel free to contact Allie at (for quickest response) or 715-842-5663. Please call first.

Source: United Way of Marathon County