Volunteer Opportunity Column for March 20

One of the goals of United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center is to recruit and match volunteers for non-profit organizations needing your help in south Wood and Adams Counties.  The following are this week’s volunteer opportunities.

LEADER CENTRAL:  We are launching our online clothing store this coming summer in Mosinee.  The C.F.A.C Store (Clothing For A Cause) will be available to underprivileged individuals and families to either purchase clothes at or near yard sale prices or receive clothes for free, depending on the individual or families need. We will also ship the clothes to these individuals and families for FREE! All profits and donations for The C.F.A.C Store will be used to keep the store running and to cover shipping costs. We need volunteers to help with our clothing inventory and building the storage for it. We need people to help us separate, fold, scan, photograph, and upload clothing onto our online clothing store.  We are also looking for volunteers with carpentry skills.  We prefer volunteers with carpentry experience, but if you know how to use a power drill, circular saw, and know how to hammer a nail, then we can use you.

LITERACY COUNCIL OF WOOD COUNTY:  Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including working on mailings, updating brochures, recycling paperwork, accounting/bookkeeping, publicity and social media.  Tutors are also needed in the areas of reading, computers, math, ESL and budgeting.  If you are interested in tutoring but would like to start small, consider becoming a testing volunteer.  Testing volunteers distribute Adult Basic Education Tests to clients, times them and grades the tests.  These tests help clients work towards receiving a GED.  Additionally, the Literacy Council is looking for an attorney to serve on the Board of Directors.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (WISCONSIN RAPIDS POLICE DEPARTMENT):  18 volunteers are needed to participate in a “Walking School Bus” to Mead Elementary School.  Volunteers escort groups of children to school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The program starts April 9, 2013 and lasts until the end of the school year (possibly continuing for summer school) and starting back up during the 2013-2014 school year (until winter).  Mead Elementary School is the first location selected for this program with hopes of extending it to other schools in the district.  There are three routes and two volunteers are needed per route per day.  Volunteers can select the days they participate or take all three days.  Hours are 7:30am to 8:25am (mornings only).  Volunteers must agree to a background check, need to be able to walk up to one mile and be available for a 1-2 hour training session.

The Volunteer Center is looking for nominees to be honored at the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Breakfast!  Deadline April 9, 2013.  The Volunteer Recognition Breakfast will be April 23, 2013, 8am at the Hotel Mead.  For more information, visit www.uwiw.org.

For more information contact United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center at 715-421-0390 or visit our website atwww.volunteerinnerwisc.org

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Why Remodel Your Home

remodel-kitchenThere are many reasons and different purposes for remodeling the various areas of your home. It can be that you want more out of the house you live in, or to make an area of your home much more usable. The good thing about home improvement, is that the money you spend on improvements is generally directly reflected in the value of your home. Most of the areas of your home will increase the value of your home, by almost as much as you spend on it when you choose to do remodeling work. People can choose to remodel small areas of the house such as a bathroom, or they can choose to make major changes to their home, such as the construction of a veranda, or setting up a garage on their property.




Some small areas of the house that are very cost effective to improve are the bathrooms and bedrooms. Many improvements can be made to any room of the house. You can install all new faucets, new shower or bathtub, repaint the walls of the bathroom, and have custom tile or stone floors installed in the bathroom, in ways really different from the bathrooms that other people have seen. Also, a bathroom makes the best return on your investment when it comes to interior remodeling of your house. In a room, cabinets can be custom built in shelves and desks can be installed, and you can have the carpet replaced in the room. Painting the walls of bedrooms in the specific colors that children like is also a very popular way to make the room very personable.

A remodeled kitchen is among the most popular improvements people like to do on their homes. The reason why people like to remodel their kitchen, and the usual increase in the size of it, is because they have installed efficient energy appliances, and can have many of the features installed in the kitchen that can change the appearance of the main part of the house. One of the most popular areas of a house is the kitchen, so why not make it the focal point of the interior of your house? Another good reason to renovate your kitchen is that the return on your investment is readily reflected in the value of the house.

Let us point out some benefits of remodeling your home:

  • Increase Space… As a family or business grows, so does the demand for increased living or working area.  It is often more feasible to add more space.  The many alternatives can be explored with our experienced professionals who can suggest possibilities that might go unnoticed.
  • Lifestyle… Today’s lifestyles are often incompatible with older designs.  The closed-in kitchen of the past can be opened up and expanded.   Out-of-date bathrooms can be converted into luxury baths.  A bedroom can be remodeled into a master suite.
  • Increase Value… Careful planning and thoughtful design adds value as well as pleasure in ownership.  A quality remodel that is well-conceived and well-constructed can maximize your return on investment.
  • Personal Expression… If your home or office does not reflect your personal taste or style of expression, remodeling offers the opportunity to create an environment in which you can feel comfortable living, entertaining, or working.   Achieving an atmosphere that invigorates you is possible with sensitive attention to details.
  • Energy Savings… Double- and triple-pane windows provide maximum protection against heat loss, thereby allowing expansive glazing to be utilized in a cost-efficient and comfortable manner.
  • More Light – Better Views… Skylights, garden windows and skywalls offer beautiful possibilities for capturing views, solar heat, and light in dramatic fashion.


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