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October 22, 2016

Every year, elderly and disabled residents in our community struggle to rake their yards in preparation for winter. Each Make A Difference Day, United Way Volunteer Connection coordinates the largest raking project in the area, helping give these residents peace of mind and increasing their independence. Plan now to join us with family, friends or coworkers on October 22, 2016.

Community volunteers come out in force to help with raking, but they don’t stop there. Several donation collections also take place to help our neediest neighbors:

  • Fill A Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items donated to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition.
  • Toiletries Drive. Personal care items for men, women and children donated to Workplace Volunteer Council's Back to Basics project.
  • Coats for Kids. New or gently used outerwear for kids to adults collected by the Kiwanis.

Collections are from 8am-12noon at the Wausau National Guard Armory on Make A Difference Day, October 22, 2016.

2015 Rake-A-Thon Results

MADD 2013Last year, 795 volunteers came together with rakes and trailers to clean up 174 yards of residents in the greater Wausau area. Volunteers included school groups (from elementary to college), Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout troops, corporate groups, families, churches, service organizations and more. Several bags of food and toiletries and many boxes of winter coats were also collected on Make A Difference Day.

These words from residents, after volunteers raked their yards, express the gratitude felt by many:

"We are writing to say "thank you" for the great job of raking they did for us on Sat. Oct. 24th. On such an inclement day, weather wise, they came anyway and did a super job of raking and bagging our leaves and we are so grateful for their hard work. We are both in our 80's and not able to do it ourselves. Thanks again, for everything!"
"This was the first time I have asked for any help...I've been able to do it myself since becoming a widow 27 years ago, but unfortunately I can't do it anymore, this service helped me out and I'd like to say thank you to all."
"There really aren't words to thank these people who out of the goodness of their hearts do this for other people. I call these rewards of the heart...people do this to help other people and we are so grateful."

Volunteer rakers at Make A Difference Day 2015. More volunteer rakers at Make A Difference Day 2015.

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