Uniting to THRIVE

We can drive greater impact in our community when each of us uses our time, talents, voices and expertise toward a shared objective. Below you will find ways to get more involved in the work United Way of Marathon County is doing to reach our bold goal of lifting 10,000 community members to financial stability by 2033.

Contact the office today at 715-848-2927 or contact Carly Hanney, Director of Community Engagement at channey@unitedwaymc.org for questions about any of the upcoming opportunities listed below.


day of action 2024


There are two different ways to get involved this year:

1. Volunteer in the Community Closet - help us sort clothing donations, keep the shopping area clean and tidy, and make it easy for guests to find what they need!

2:00pm - 4:00pm - Register Here!

2. Volunteer in Our Garden - our Hunger Coalition's community garden needs a few volunteers to help paint its fence and shed!

1:00pm - 5:00pm - Register Here!

Community and Mobile Closet Volunteering

First and Third Thursdays at the Community Closet

We offer one-time volunteer opportunities on the First and Third Thursdays of each month from 2-4pm. You will spend an afternoon with a small team helping sort clothing donations, arrange the shopping floor, do some light cleaning, and help with special projects that make the Community Closet a better resource for Marathon County families!

Select an available date to the right to register.

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Mobile Closet Distribution Events

Check our Calendar of Events for upcoming opportunities to help us at one of our Mobile Closet events! Volunteers will help us set up and take down a shopping floor, work with guests to complete intake paperwork, and help them through the shopping process.


Long Term Community Closet Volunteering

There are two regular, ongoing volunteer opportunities (we ask for a commitment to volunteer a minimum of 2 shifts per month).

Guest Experience Volunteer: Ensure that guests receive friendly, generous service and can shop without judgment.

Donation Processing Volunteer: Work behind the scenes, ensuring that the items coming into the Community Closet are high quality and in keeping with our inventory management practices.

For more information, please contact Director of Community Engagement Carly Hanney at (715) 298-5719 or send her an email at channey@unitedwaymc.org.

Farm to Family Produce Program Box Packing

Each week of the growing season, the Hunger Coalition purchases produce from Red Door Family Farm and Cattail Organics, both based out of Athens, WI. This produce gets boxed and distributed to agencies in Marathon County. Your team will help pack the fresh, organic produce into 200 boxes that can more easily be distributed.

This opportunity occurs on Tuesday mornings from 10am -noon and is a good fit for groups of 3-5.

Select an available date below to register.

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Farmers Market Gleaning

United Way staff will help set up your team with a table at the Wausau Farmers Market. You will help collect food donations from market shoppers, as well as farmers who may have leftover produce that they did not sell. The food collected is then taken to The Neighbors' Place to be sorted and offered to their Market guests. This opportunity takes place on Saturdays and is ideal for teams of 3-5. Click the available date to register.

June 8, 2024 | June 15, 2024 | June 22, 2024 | June 29, 2024 | July 6, 2024 | July 13, 2024 | July 20, 2024 | July 27, 2024 | August 3, 2024 | August 10, 2024 | August 17, 2024 | August 24, 2024 | September 7, 2024 | September 14, 2024


Farmers Market Produce Staging

During the peak season, the Hunger Coalition can collect upwards of 500 pounds of produce from the Farmers Market each week. You can help sort this produce and get it ready for Market shoppers at The Neighbors’ Place. This opportunity takes place on Monday mornings from 7am - 9am and is ideal for teams of 3-5.
Click the links below to register for your preferred date!

 June 17, 2024 | June 24, 2024 | July 1, 2024 | July 8, 2024 | July 15, 2024 | July 22, 2024 | July 29, 2024 | August 5, 2024 | August 12, 2024 | August 19, 2024 | August 26, 2024 | September 9, 2024 | September 16, 2024

Volunteering at Your Workplace 

mcw closet volunteer

Clothing Drives: Help us collect the clothing we need to fill the Community Closet! We will provide you with a list of the most needed clothing items, you will set up a collection bin at your workplace and then sort the items by size before bringing them to the Community Closet where guests can get exactly what they need! Contact Director of Community Engagement Carly Hanney for specific needs before getting started. Call (715) 298-5719 or email channey@unitedwaymc.org.


Kit Building: We can help relieve a financial burden from households across Marathon County by providing for people’s basic needs – including adult and children’s hygiene items, snack packs, winter care kits, welcome home kits, and calm kits. We offer different levels of support based on your needs and make it easy for you to make a big impact. Click HERE to learn more. 


women united

Women United provides members with the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, philanthropic, and fun organization of women leaders that care about our community. They increase the self-sufficiency of women to improve their lives, the lives of their family, and the community as a whole. As a member, you participate at a level that works for you. You can attend events, volunteer for projects, join a committee or graciously make a financial contribution to support projects. Contact Emily at echampine@unitedwaymc.org for more information.

emerging leaders

United Way Emerging Leaders is the next generation of professionals who want to make a difference in our community. Through deeper involvement, members gain insight and take action to improve the quality of life today and build the foundation for the work of tomorrow. Our members enjoy exclusive opportunities to network with business leaders, volunteer for projects, and improve the community we serve. More than 450 members enrich their lives and the lives of others through Connect, Serve, and Lead opportunities. Contact Emily at echampine@unitedwaymc.org for more information.

retire united

United Way Retire United program is designed for individuals who are retired or nearing retirement and recognize the importance that philanthropy and volunteerism play in building a stronger community.
Your lifetime of skills and experiences can benefit future generations. And we can help you find a meaningful way to stay engaged in the community. For more information call Director of Community Engagement Carly Hanney (715) 298-5719 or email channey@unitedwaymc.org