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Workplace Volunteer Council Receives United Way's "Partners in Caring Award"

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Posted on January 29, 2016
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The Workplace Volunteer Council was recently honored at the United Way’s Recognition luncheon on January 19, 2016, with the Partners in Caring Award. Several Ruder Ware employees have played a key role in the organization:

Rhonda Karau, library manager at Ruder Ware: President (2012-2015); Secretary (2006 – 2011)
Karla Halverson, legal assistant at Ruder Ware: President (2004 – 2011)
Vickie Vander Pol, legal assistant at Ruder Ware: Member Volunteer (2008 – present)

The Partners in Caring Award recognizes local nonprofit groups, volunteer groups, and associations who are investing time and resources in the priority areas that align with United Way’s focus on education, income, and health. The award is not necessarily presented every year.

According to Sue Haupt, Communications Director for the United Way, “this award was given to the WVC because their projects align with several or all of the UW focus areas. The WVC’s investment of time and resources are so important to low income families and individuals who are struggling to provide for their basic needs and to get their kids ready for school success.”

The purpose of WVC is to promote community volunteerism, identify new opportunities for employee involvement, promote networking among member businesses, and serve as a communications vehicle between businesses and the nonprofit sector.

The mission of the WVC strives to enhance the quality of life in Marathon County by promoting volunteerism to address issues of community concern. The WVC anticipates and responds to the changing need of Marathon County.

The WVC has three ongoing service projects to meet their mission that are unique in scope: 

  • Fill A Backpack Fill A Need (FABFAN) - Supplies both a backpack and school supplies to Marathon County students, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, who qualify for the free (and now also reduced) lunch programs at their school. 2015 distribution was the 17th year for this program.
  • Back to Basics - The collection and distribution of personal care items through Marathon County agencies for their clients with unmet needs. This program started in October 2010, and in 2015 alone supplied over 212 families with personal care items such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste to name a few.
  • Bare Necessities - Responds to an unmet need for people in Marathon County who do not have the basic necessities of everyday life such as clean undergarments and stockings. Since 2007 this WVC project has answered the request for donations, again through County agencies. In 2015 almost 1,500 pairs of socks and almost 1,500 pairs of underwear were distributed.

 Ruder Ware is proud to be a member company of the Workplace Volunteer Council of Marathon County.