NEW! Waunakee Social Services Directory

In cooperation with several organizations in the community, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection has published a Waunakee Social Services Directory. It includes listings and contacts for the nine social services organizations that are based in the community along with information about emergency services and faith communities.

“We hope that this community Social Services Directory will be helpful in learning about the many wonderful services that are available in the community,” said Lisa Humenik, executive director at Waunakee Neighborhood Connection. “Whether residents are in need of assistance or looking for a place to get involved as a volunteer, the directory will provide them with a good overview of their options.”

The directory is available for downloading in both English and Spanish on the Programs and Services page of Neighborhood Connection’s website, www.waunakeeneighborhoodconnection.org. To request a printed copy of the directory, area residents can call (608)849-5740 or send a message to wncteam@waunakeenc.org.  

June 2021 | Updated Mask & Distancing Guidelines

With the lifting of all county-wide health orders on June 2nd, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is implementing the following health and safety guidelines:

All staff, volunteers, clients, and visitors will be required to wear masks through Friday, June 18th, which is two weeks following the date that many of our constituents will receive their second dose of the vaccine at our vaccine clinic.

Starting Monday, June 21st:

  • Masks will be optional in our building for anyone who is fully vaccinated. However, masks are recommended for those who will be here for an extended period of time and have contact with others while here.  
  • Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are asked to continue wearing a mask in our building.
  • Social distancing guidelines will change to allow for multiple volunteers to be in the sorting room and storage room and for multiple clients to shop in the store at any one time.

We will continue to monitor public health guidelines and make adjustments to our policy, as necessary.

Garage Sale Days – Donate your unsold items!

Your unsold garage sale items can help a local family! We’ll be open accepting donations on Friday, May 7th from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and on Saturday, May 8th from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. We accept gently used clothing and household goods that are then made available in our Community Store, free of charge, to area individuals and families who are experiencing financial insecurity. We’re located at 208 S Century Avenue in Waunakee.

If you have furniture that you would like to donate, please email a photo of the item(s) to wncteam@waunakeenc.org. We’ll then work to match it with a client who has a need for the item(s) and coordinate with you to get it from your home to the client’s. Since we don’t have storage space at our facility for large items such as furniture, please do not plan to drop it off at our building.

Items can also be donated during our regular hours in the weeks following Garage Sale Days:

Mondays and Fridays | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Wednesdays | 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

4th Saturday of the month | 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

COVID Vaccine Clinic at Neighborhood Connection!

We are excited to share that we will be hosting a COVID vaccine clinic here at Waunakee Neighborhood Connection on Wednesday, May 12th for the first dose and Thursday, June 3rd for the second dose. Appointment times are available between 4:00 and 7:00 PM. We’ll add earlier times if the late afternoon and evening appointments fill up.

To make an appointment, call us at (608)849-5740. Spanish-speaking clients can call Nikki, Spanish language interpreter, at (608)235-7525 to make an appointment.

The vaccine will be from Pfizer and will be administered by a pharmacist from Vaccine Mobile.

Everyone age 16 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine. You will only need to show a photo ID from your country of citizenship such as a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID to receive it. If you have a health insurance or Medicare card please bring that, also, though you need not have insurance to get the vaccine. Once you make an appointment, we will send you the consent form to complete. 

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Nos complace compartir que organizaremos una clínica de vacuna COVID aquí en Waunakee Neighborhood Connection el miércoles 12 de mayo para la primera dosis y el miércoles 2 de junio para la segunda dosis. Los horarios de las citas están disponibles entre las 4:00 y las 7:00 p.m. Agregaremos horarios más tempranos si las citas de la tarde y la noche se llenan.

Para programar una cita, llámenos al (608) 849-5740. Los clientes de habla hispana pueden llamar a Nikki, intérprete de español, al (608)235-7525 para hacer una cita.

La vacuna será de Pfizer y será administrada por un farmacéutico de Vaccine Mobile.

Todas las personas mayores de 16 años son elegibles para recibir la vacuna. Solo necesitará mostrar una identificación con foto de su país de ciudadanía; como una licencia de conducir, pasaporte o identificación emitida por el estado, para recibirla. Si tiene un seguro médico o una tarjeta de Medicare, tráigala también, aunque no es necesario que tenga seguro para recibir la vacuna. Una vez que programe una cita, le enviaremos el formulario de consentimiento para que lo complete.

We’re open for donations, volunteering, and shopping!

We are open Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, Wednesdays from 9:00 AM-7:00 PM, and the 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. We accept donations, welcome clients in for shopping, and have volunteer opportunities available during these hours. General COVID-related safety guidelines that we have in place include the following:
  • Social distancing practices will be used throughout the office and store.
  • Staff members, volunteers, clients, and donors who have been exposed in the past 14 days or are sick should not come to the building.
  • Frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer is required.
  • We will provide masks and gloves for those who need them.
  • Cleaning supplies and disposable utensils and cups for the kitchenette will be provided.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a face mask when in the building. The only exception is for staff when they are working in their private office and no one else is near them.
  • Frequently touched surfaces including door handles, desks/counters, phones, light switches, faucets, kitchenette, coffee bar, and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • Instructions on the proper use of face masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies will be provided.
  • Staff members, volunteers, and clients who enter and leave the building will sign in and out in case this information is needed for contact tracing.
Store Donations
  • Donors should place their items in the purple bins in the lobby. Ideally, only one donor should be in the area at a time. Others will be asked to wait outside for their turn.
  • Items stay in the bins for at least 48 hours before being moved to the sorting room for processing.
  • During open hours and as weather permits, the inside foyer door will be set to the “open” position to minimize contact with the door handle.
Staff
  • Our team is working in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; they may continue to work at home on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Any meetings with groups larger than 10 people, or fewer if there is no space that will allow for social distancing, will be held online.
Volunteers
  • All volunteers must register for shifts online.
  • We are limiting the number of volunteers allowed in the building at any one time to five – one in each of the following areas: Welcome Desk, Sorting Room, store, back office, and storage room (downstairs). Note: If family members live together, they can volunteer together in the same area.
Clients
  • Clients who are older than 60, medically vulnerable, ill, or who have been exposed in the last 14 days can continue to request items for pick-up or delivery rather than coming in to shop.
  • Any client who is not feeling well should remain at home and can request items be delivered to them.
  • Clients can shop, by appointment, anytime during our open hours. Appointments for shopping can be made online or by calling us at (608)849-5740.
  • Client families are asked to send only one family member for shopping, if possible. We realize there may be times when more than one family member needs to look for clothing or other items that only they can select, but we will encourage the families to keep the number low.
  • Clients will be required to use hand sanitizer upon registration, before starting shopping.
  • If a client touches an item for an extended period or tries on a piece of clothing or an accessory, it should be placed in a designated bin and will not be placed back out on the floor for 48 hours.
If Someone Who Has Been in the Building Becomes Sick If a staff member, volunteer, client, or donor who has been in the building is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed:
  • The impacted individual will have to remain at home until they meet the requirements to discontinue home isolation per CDC recommendations and/or the guidance of their health care provider.
  • We will close off any areas that were used by for a prolonged period of time by the individual. After 24 hours, the area will be cleaned and disinfected. Surfaces will be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfecting. The individual(s) cleaning the area will wear gloves and a face mask.
  • We will notify others who may have come in contact with the person of their possible exposure, but maintain confidentiality of the person who is ill.
  • Those who may have had contact with the person who do not have symptoms should remain at home and practice social distancing for 14 days.
  • We will provide all necessary information to the county public health department for contact tracing, as required.
  • We will evaluate staffing and open hours should an illness or exposure leave us too short-handed to remain open.

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All of these procedures will be monitored, evaluated, and updated as guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and state/county public health departments are modified.

Become a volunteer tutor for English Group

English Group is a free literacy partnership program of Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, the Waunakee Community School District, and the Waunakee Public Library. It is designed to help those who primarily speak another language to improve their conversational skills in English. The group will be held online starting soon and will go back to being in person once public health guidelines allow it.

Volunteer tutors do not need to speak any language other than English, they need only to have the desire to make new friends and help others become more fluent.

If you’re interested in learning more, we invite you to attend an upcoming Virtual Meet & Greet!

Tuesday, April 20 | 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday, April 21 | 6:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, April 22 | 10:00-11:00 AM

These sessions will be held online using Zoom videoconferencing. If you’ve never used Zoom before, we can help you become familiar with it. To register, visit http://bit.ly/EnglishGroupMeetandGreet. If you have questions, call Waunakee Neighborhood Connection at (608)849-5740.

Join us for the Waunakee Community Learning Project!

Registration is now open for the Waunakee Community Learning Project on racism, equity, and inclusion which is being presented by the Village of Waunakee, Waunakee Community School District, and Waunakee Neighborhood Connection. The six-session program will take place online via Zoom from 6:30-8:00 PM on the following Tuesday evenings: March 30; April 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18.

Adults who live or work within the Waunakee school district are invited to participate in this important and engaging community learning experience about systemic racism and how Waunakee can become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. The program is free of charge and will be facilitated by diversity consultants and educators Percy Brown and Rainey Briggs using the book The White Racial Frame as the launching point for the discussion. A copy of the book will be provided for each participant.

Organizers ask that people plan to participate only if they can make it for at least five of the six sessions because each discussion will build on the last and because of the relationships that will be developed in the small groups.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WaunakeeCommunityLearning.

Neighborhood Connection is Hiring!

Client Services Specialist (Spanish-speaking)

To better serve our Spanish-speaking clients, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is adding to our team a client services specialist who is fluent in both Spanish and English. The staff member in this position will provide case management and oversee programs and services for Neighborhood Connection’s Spanish-speaking clients. They will also serve as the organization’s representative in relevant coalitions and organizations.

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is a social service agency that supports individuals and families in the Waunakee school district and Village & Town of Dane who are experiencing financial insecurity. Programs include a Community Store (free), case management & referrals, vehicle repair assistance, Build-a-Bed, scholarships, and holiday programs. Our office is a fast-paced and fun environment that involves regular interaction with clients, volunteers, and community donors. We have COVID safety restrictions in place for onsite interactions and accommodations for remote interactions.

Requirements for the position include having both speaking and writing fluency in Spanish and English; having a bachelor’s degree in human services or social work preferred, OR a combination of training, education and/or experience that can be demonstrated to result in possession of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position; and having two years of applicable experience including social work, case management, social services coordination, community outreach, or a similar field.

This is a part-time position that will average 10-15 hours per week. The compensation range is $22-$24 per hour. Hours are somewhat flexible with some Wednesday evening and Saturday hours required to work with clients when our Community Store is open.

The full job description is available here.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Lisa Humenik, executive director, at lhumenik@waunakeenc.org or by mail to 208 S Century Ave, Waunakee, WI 53597. Application deadline is March 7, 2021.

We’re Open for Donations & Onsite Services!

After closing for the holidays and a week of inventory, Neighborhood Connection reopened for onsite services on Monday, January 11th. We are open Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and the 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. We both accept donations and welcome clients in for shopping during these hours. 

General COVID-related safety guidelines that we have in place include the following:

  • Staff, volunteers, clients, and donors over age 60 and those who are medically vulnerable should continue to stay home, thus will be encouraged to continue to stay home and not come in.
  • Please follow these procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

– Social distancing practices will be used throughout the office and store.

– Staff members, volunteers, clients, and donors who have been exposed in the past 14 days or are sick should not come to the building.

– Frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer is required.

– We will provide masks and gloves for those who need them.

– Cleaning supplies and disposable utensils and cups for the kitchenette will be provided.

Everyone will be required to wear a face mask when in the building. The only exception is for staff when they are working in their private office and no one else is near them.

– Frequently touched surfaces including door handles, desks/counters, phones, light switches, faucets, kitchenette, coffee bar, and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

  • Instructions on the proper use of face masks, gloves, and cleaning supplies will be provided.
  • Staff members, volunteers, and clients who enter and leave the building will sign in and out in case this information is needed for contact tracing.

Store Donations

  • We will be open for donations Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.
  • Donors should place their items in the purple bins in the lobby. Ideally, only one donor should be in the area at a time. Others will be asked to wait outside for their turn.
  • Items stay in the bins for at least 48 hours before being moved to the sorting room for processing.
  • During open hours and as weather permits, the inside foyer door will be set to the “open” position to minimize contact with the door handle.

Staff

  • Our team will work in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; they may continue to work at home on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Any meetings with groups larger than 10 people, or fewer if there is no space that will allow for social distancing, will be held online.

Volunteers

  • All volunteers must register for shifts online.
  • We are limiting the number of volunteers allowed in the building at any one time to five – one in each of the following areas: Welcome Desk, Sorting Room, store, back office, and storage room (downstairs). Note: If family members live together, they can volunteer together in the same area.

Clients

  • Clients who are older than 60, medically vulnerable, ill, or who have been exposed in the last 14 days can continue to request items for pick-up or delivery rather than coming in to shop.
  • Any client who is not feeling well should remain at home and can request items be delivered to them.
  • Clients can shop, by appointment, anytime during our open hours. Appointments for shopping can be made online or by calling us at (608)849-5740. 
  • Client families are asked to send only one family member for shopping, if possible. We realize there may be times when more than one family member needs to look for clothing or other items that only they can select, but we will encourage the families to keep the number low.
  • Clients will be required to use hand sanitizer upon registration, before starting shopping.
  • If a client touches an item for an extended period or tries on a piece of clothing or an accessory, it should be placed in a designated bin and will not be placed back out on the floor for 48 hours.

If Someone Who Has Been in the Building Becomes Sick

If a staff member, volunteer, client, or donor who has been in the building is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed:

  • The impacted individual will have to remain at home until they meet the requirements to discontinue home isolation per CDC recommendations and/or the guidance of their health care provider.
  • We will close off any areas that were used by for a prolonged period of time by the individual. After 24 hours, the area will be cleaned and disinfected. Surfaces will be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfecting. The individual(s) cleaning the area will wear gloves and a face mask.
  • We will notify others who may have come in contact with the person of their possible exposure, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Those who may have had contact with the person who do not have symptoms should remain at home and practice social distancing for 14 days.
  • We will provide all necessary information to the county public health department for contact tracing, as required.
  • We will evaluate staffing and open hours should an illness or exposure leave us too short-handed to remain open.

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All of these procedures will be monitored, evaluated, and updated as guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and state/county public health departments are modified.

FREE Holiday Groceries for Area Families

UPDATE: Thanks to the generosity of so many in the community, we were able to provide Piggly Wiggly gift cards to more than 150 families and delivered groceries for a holiday meal to 25 homebound individuals.

Due to the pandemic, our holiday meal program will operate a bit differently this year. Neighborhood Connection, in partnership with Piggly Wiggly, will provide a $30 gift card to individuals and families so that they can purchase groceries for a holiday meal. We’ll also send along some tips for how to put a great meal together for that amount. The gift cards will be mailed to homes so that they arrive at least a week before Christmas.

We realize that some in our community are homebound or unable to grocery shop due to a health condition or disability. For these individuals and households, we will deliver groceries to make a meal for 4-6 people. As in the past, the meal will include a ham and side dishes. The meals will be delivered on Saturday, December 21st between 10:00 AM and noon. Someone must be home to receive the meal.

The gift card or holiday meal is provided free of charge to anyone within the Waunakee school district or Village/Town of Dane who is experiencing financial insecurity.

To request a gift card or holiday meal, please register online or call us at (608)849-5740. The deadline to register is Friday, December 4th.

If you would like to make a donation to help cover the cost of meals, you can do so online or by mailing your donation to Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, 208 S Century Avenue, Waunakee, WI 53597.