Response to COVID-19. For safe volunteer opportunities and safety guidelines, see United Way of Marathon County’s website and the Volunteer Connection section at Please adhere to all recommendations from the Federal Government, Center for Disease Control and Marathon County Health Department.

The Neighbors’ Place: Food Pantry Assistance.  Volunteers are needed to assist in the outdoor food distribution for three-hour shifts. Some volunteers work outdoors and collect basic household information from food pantry guests. Some volunteers also work inside preparing grocery carts for guests to load into their own vehicles.Volunteers are provided with basic safety gear while there. Contact Mallory at 715- 845-1966 or

GiGi’s Playhouse Wausau: Committee Members, Program Leads, and More! Gigi’s At Home is happening virtually now. Now and when the physical doors open again, there are volunteer needs. Contact Erica at 715-370-6652 or

Homemade Mask Distribution. If you have homemade masks to donate to individuals or groups, or if you are an individual or group that needs masks, see our website,, or contact Krista, to be connected, at 715-298-5719 or 

In-Kind Donated Items Needed

Response to COVID-19. Please call the agency first and consider ordering online and having in-kind donations shipped to the specific agency. Please call ahead and arrange with the agency coordinator.

Good News Project: Tennis Balls!  Donations of tennis balls for the Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP Closet) are needed. They are used on the legs of walkers. Contact Toni at 715-843-5985. Tennis balls do not need to be precut. All donations are tax deductible.

Boys and Girls Club: 18″ x 24″ Foam Boards and Magazines. The Boys and Girls Club is expecting many students to participate in empowerment sessions and will be making visions boards. They need 18″ x 24″ foam boards and magazines to cut photos and words out of. Magazines should be appropriate for young girls. To donate, please contact Mao Thao at 715-845-2582, ext. 203, or

More Donation Opportunities!  Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at and click on “In-Kind Needs.”     

Source: United Way of Marathon County