Northwoods United Way Sets Ambitious Goal

Oct 3, 2017

Cutting the cake to begin the drive.
Credit Ken Krall WXPR

The Northwoods United Way has set an ambitious goal as it begins it's fall fundraising campaign, and leaders think the goal is within reach.

Rhinelander Mayor Dick Johns read a proclamation...

"...whereas, the Northwoods United Way, with the assistance of community partners is committed to raising $165,000 for 2018. That's quite a goal to shoot for....."

Northwoods United Way Board President Brian Fritz stood in front of the thermometer at the corner of Stevens and Davenport Street with the goal behind him...

"....I can't thank the Northwoods Community enough for all their efforts in the last three years in the tri-county area over $400,000 to local agencies over the last three years. It's a tremendous effort and it's done by people in these three counties...."

Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the $165,000 goal is $5,000 more than last year. She says Northwoods United Way has been here 27 years, supporting 27 human service agencies in Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties....

"...I think people would like to know that when they give to the Northwoods United Way that it's staying within our counties and helping our neighbors, people we see everyday. The money that is raised here stays in our community...."

Sattler says the money goes to support basic needs like food pantries, homeless shelters and agencies that support growth in children, and strengthening families among other needs. It also supports United Way's 2-1-1 call center, providing information. Sattler says more than 1,200 calls came into the center from the three Northwoods counties last year.

Sattler says donations are accepted through the Northwoods United Way.org website or call the office in Rhinelander. She says if businesses want to begin a pledge campaign, she can help set it up.