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.

Red Cross: Shelter Workers: Open to Deployment. Due to predictions for an active hurricane and wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, training is occurring now to help support emergency shelters. Roles to be filled are reception, registration, food prep, information collection and other vital tasks. Contact Lee at lee.borofka@redcross.

The Open Door: Remote Opportunity: Write Encouragement to Inmates. Connection with community members who offer optimism and hope is a real boost to those in jail. Call Anne at 715-848-4044 for more information about how to get started.

Community Blood Center: Merrill: Blood Drive Registration. Welcome and assist donors at blood drives throughout the county and at the donor center in Merrill. Orientation and training is provided. A variety of days, times, and locations are available. Call Heather at 920-560-6632 to find out more. Or email her at

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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.

McLit Marathon County: Wish List. Carpeting, printer ink and paper, bus tokens and play money are needed for the new office and visitors who are becoming literate in various ways. Call Connie at the Marathon County Literacy Council (515 Third St., Wausau, Wisconsin) at 715-218-5324.

NCHC: Furniture and Linens Donation Opportunity. North Central Health Care is currently in need of a small kitchen table and chairs, small bookshelf, nightstand along with a blanket & pillow. Please contact Beth directly at 715-370-0168 to arrange pickup.

Source: United Way of Marathon County