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.

Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services: Fidget Blankets.  A remote volunteer opportunity to sew or knit fidget blankets, which can soothe people in hospice. Helpful for agitation and restless fingers, these blankets/muffs (with buttons, ribbons, and beads sewn into the pattern) are greatly appreciated! Contact Samantha Giese at or call 715-847-2424.

The Salvation Army: Bell Ringers and Toy Shop Help.  Ringing bells can be a safe, solo or small group activity that helps raise money to help families in need right in our area! Also, helpers to count/sort holiday gifts for families is needed if you are comfortable with safe in-person options. Contact Colleen at 715-370-3431 or

Wausau Area Boys and Girls Club: Provide a Virtual Tour! Keep youth members engaged and connected to the community by providing a short virtual tour of your agency or business on Fridays from 2-3 pm. Contact Alexis Radloff at 715-845-2582, ext. 201, 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: Various Office Supplies. Gallon zip-top bags, postage stamps, copier paper and industrial clear tape is so helpful when managing the medical equipment lending service and recycling effort.  Contact Toni at or 715-843-5985.

The Women’s Community: Kid’s Underwear, Socks and PJs. Give a child that cozy, comfy feeling this winter that comes from new underwear, socks and pajamas (sizes up to age 16). Contact Allie at (for quickest response) or 715-842-5663.

United Way’s Give and Get Help Guide. Find ways to help this holiday season by viewing United Way 211’s guide at or by calling 211.

Source: United Way of Marathon County