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 Salvation Army: Holiday Intake Help Needed.  October 8, 9 13, 15, 19 and 21 a few assistants are needed to work with staff to do holiday intake. Contact Colleen to learn more. Call 715-845-4272, ext. 110, or email

The Neighbors’ Place: Empty Bowls Support. A new virtual format for Empty Bowls (in October/November) will require some volunteer involvement. Call Bettina to find out what the tasks are and how you can help. Contact 715-845-1966 or 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin: Write a Note. Many children are on the waiting list to have a Big Brother or Big Sister. Send a note, a coloring page, or printed fun crossword to the office to be forwarded to a child while they wait. Contact Beth at or 715-848-7207.

Faith in Action: Volunteer Drivers.  Faith in Action provides rides to medical appointments, food delivery and grocery shopping for seniors. Safe protocols are in place to serve older people. Contact Jamie at 715-848-8783 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.

Boys and Girls Club of Wausau Area: Donations for Unmet Needs Closet.  Items below are in demand now: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, pads, tampons, razors, colored pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers and pens. Contact Mao Thao at or 715-573-2349.

The Open Door: Toiletries Needed. Small sized shampoos, soap, deodorant and more is always welcome for those transitioning from incarceration. Contact Anne at 715-848-4044 or

Linens: The Women’s Community. Pillows, sheets and towels make things clean and comfortable for guests at the shelter. Contact Allie at or 715-842-5663.

Source: United Way of Marathon County