Meet our new Fund Development Manager!

Our staff is growing! We are pleased to introduce Kristin Larson, who joined WNC in our newly-created role of Fund Development Manager on May 1st.

Kristin fell into a career in fund development while living in the Seattle area and developed a passion for telling the story of what philanthropy makes possible. Her experience includes annual giving, direct mail and coordinating galas, walks and golf outings for organizations like City of Hope National Medical Center, the University of Washington dental and medical schools, Meriter Foundation, the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance and the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. She jokes that she organized at least one golf tournament a year for 20 years!

A Wisconsin native, Kristin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Mass Communication. She’s an avid reader and dreams of writing a novel. On summer weekends you can find her on the golf course or riding area bike trails to local coffee shops with her husband, Scott.

Kristin’s experience and kindheartedness will be a valuable addition to Neighborhood Connection and our mission to meet the growing needs of our clients for years to come! Welcome, Kristin!

🌟Get to Know our Board Members🌟

This month we are highlighting Cathy Sheffield!

Cathy initially became involved with Waunakee Neighborhood Connection through the Holiday Wishes program in 2016, and expanded her role by joining the Board of Directors in 2018. She formerly served as the Board Chair, and is currently the Board’s Vice Chair, as well as the Family Volunteering Program coordinator. Prior to moving from Ohio to Wisconsin with her family in 2013, she practiced clinical pharmacy at the Dayton VAMC and Miami Valley Hospital, and served as the Therapeutics Curriculum Director at the Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine. These professional experiences gave her an understanding of how difficult it can be for patients to afford medication and healthcare, and she is proud that WNC is able to help community members undergoing such hardships. While living in Waunakee, she has continued to consult in pharmacy education. She also serves as the Waunakee Public Library Board’s President, coaches youth volleyball, taxis her two daughters to their various activities, and cheers on her husband Kelly’s Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball team. 

We are hiring for our Executive Director role!

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection is currently hiring for the Executive Director role. Our organization is growing and we are looking for a leader who will utilize a strategic mindset, along with a heart for building community, to drive the future success of WNC. Please view and share the link below! Applicants must apply through the blue “Apply Now” button on the website.*1jax9qp*_gcl_au*MjA4NDA3NDU2NC4xNzEzMjk5NjA4


Meet our new Office Administrator!

We are pleased to welcome Lindsey Helt to the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection staff! Lindsey originally joined Waunakee Neighborhood Connection as a member of their Board of Directors in October 2023 before being hired as Office Administrator in February 2024. In this role, she manages daily tasks as it relates to the business functions of the organization, including communication, finances, event planning, and other special projects as they arise. Her educational background includes a degree in Business Administration from Indiana University and an Elementary Teaching Certificate earned at Alverno College. With career experiences in both the Business and Education fields, as well as many years of volunteer work, Lindsey brings a wide variety of organizational and interpersonal skills to her role, in addition to her eternal optimism! Lindsey and her family moved to Waunakee in 2022, and they chose to live in Waunakee because of the strong feeling of community here. Lindsey is a proponent of neighbors helping neighbors, and she is excited to help Waunakee Neighborhood Connection continue to grow as a valuable resource for the Waunakee community.

Updated Spring Hours

Beginning April 1st, Waunakee Neighborhood Connection will be implementing a spring schedule.  Spring is a season of growth and change, and that applies to our organization as well!  In order to accommodate staff changes and schedules, we will temporarily change our business hours to:

Monday: 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Tuesday:  Closed

Wednesday: 9:30am – 7pm 

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 9:30am – 4pm

2nd Saturday of the Month:  9am – 4pm

Donors can continue to place donated goods in our outdoor drop box to the right of the entrance doors.

🌟Get to Know our Board Members🌟

This month we are highlighting Amy Sampson!

Amy Sampson (she/her) has been involved with Neighborhood Connection since 2016 when she worked for the organization as Project Coordinator. After leaving this position in 2018 to pursue graduate school for library studies, she returned in 2019 as a Board Member and currently serves as secretary. In volunteering with Neighborhood Connection and in her role as Community Engagement Librarian at the Waunakee Public Library, Amy is passionate about connecting members of the community to each other and to available resources. She currently lives in Madison with her wife and two cats, and enjoys reading, gardening, biking, and spending time with family.

WNC Closed March 23 – 31

Who is counting down to spring break?! Waunakee Neighborhood Connection staff will be taking a break, too! This means our building will be closed from March 23rd through March 31st, but you can always place donations of gently used goods in our large drop box which is to the right of our front entrance doors. 🌼🪻

Freshen Waunakee Neighbor Homes March to April!

A clean home has many benefits for both physical and mental health, and your gift lifts a burden from families knowing they won’t have to sacrifice money budgeted for food or rent on essential cleaning supplies.

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (WNC) serves hundreds of Waunakee area neighbors with essential needs-based programs and services. Further, WNC connects individuals and families with the tools and resources required to overcome hardships. By aligning with WNC, you make a direct impact in your community!