Holiday Wishes Program – Donor Registration Now Open!

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection has begun donor registration for its Holiday Wishes program (formerly Adopt-a-Family). The holidays and winter season can be especially difficult for low income households. As the community pulls together to make the season bright for everyone, the generosity of donors can make a tremendous difference in the lives of families here in Waunakee that are facing financial hardship.

Through the Holiday Wishes program, donors are matched with a specific family and receive the family’s holiday wish list to help fulfill. Donors can choose how large of a family they would like to assist, and the general guideline is that they spend no more than $100 for each member of the household with which they’ve been matched.

The collection and distribution of gifts will take place on December 15th and 16th at the Waunakee Village Center.

Individuals, families, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate as donors. Those who would like to be matched with a family are asked to register by November 3rd. To register, visit:

Clients wishing to register for our holiday programs can sign up here by November 3rd: 

Si usted es un cliente registrado, puede inscribirse para el Programa de Deseos Festivos en línea antes del viernes 3 de noviembre:

Matching Donation Challenge for Our Next Chapter

The Meester Family Foundation is challenging the Waunakee area community to fulfill a matching pledge!  

For every $1 raised between now and October 15, the Meester Family Foundation will contribute 50 cents, up to $25,000!  

We are currently raising funds for Our Next Chapter Campaign, which supports our move to a shared location with the Waunakee Food Pantry, our growing client programs, Community Store essentials, vital operational expenses such as increased staffing, the development of volunteer opportunities, and more.  Check out all the excitement surrounding Our Next Chapter Campaign at

As of September 15th we have raised 19 percent of Our Next Chapter campaign goal of $200,000.  Help us support neighbors in need by donating before October 15th to increase your impact:

  • Donate online at and select “PULSE Fund”
  • Mail a check or stop by our office at 208 S. Century Ave, Waunakee
  • Questions?  Contact us at or 608-849-5740  

 We appreciate your part in our story as we write Our Next Chapter, and welcome you to keep up-to-date on our move and campaign progress via Facebook.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

THANK YOU to all our Sponsors! Your generous support makes all the difference!!

Join us for a smashing good time at The Lone Girl Brewing Company in Waunakee WI, USA! Dress in your best costume and join us for our family-friendly 5k and 1-mile run/walk. Prizes for best costume will be awarded to one adult and child. All participates will receive race-day swag. This event is prefect for all ages and fitness levels.

Interested in volunteering for this event instead? Check out to see what volunteer roles are still needed!

Registration is open for the Great Pumpkin Smash Dash!

Registration is open for Waunakee Neighborhood Connection Great Pumpkin Smash Dash!!

October 15th- Have a blast at the Great Pumpkin Smash Dash! This family-friendly 5k & 1-mile walk includes a costume contest, pumpkin smash, and prizes!

Wanna smash pumpkins?! Each registration includes two tickets to our pumpkin smash raffle. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the check-in table on event day before the race for $1 each; cash only. Raffle winners will have the exclusive opportunity to throw a pumpkin from The Lone Girl rooftop for a chance to win more prizes!

Additional parking can be found off of N. Madison St. in the Waunakee Library overflow parking.

Register at

Community Coat Drive in September!

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection Community Coat Drive! 

Help Waunakee families in need of new or gently used coats. Drop off coats during the month of September  to any of the following locations:

Sweet Pea Floral
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Endres Manufacturing Company
Waunakee Neighborhood Connection

Meet Our New Team Member: Fatima Macias!

Fatima Macias joined the team at Waunakee Neighborhood Connection in July.  She will be the Bilingual Client and Office Coordinator and will be working with the Spanish-Speaking clients to connect them to our resources.  As a bilingual professional, Fatima has been able to bridge cultural gaps and create a safe space for her clients to express themselves fully. Her ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish allowed her to connect with a diverse range of individuals, fostering an atmosphere of trust and understanding. She believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion work must be integrated into the fabric of an organization from the board, staff, and volunteers. 

In addition to her impactful work, Fatima values her family and roots deeply. She is a compassionate and driven individual who embarked on a transformative journey from her home country, Mexico. She draws strength and inspiration from her culture and personal experiences which further fuels her determination to support those in need and create a more inclusive society. 

Please help us in welcoming Fatima to our organization!

Fill the Bus!

Please join Waunakee Neighborhood Connection in helping students in the Waunakee Community School District whose families may have difficulty affording school supplies this year. Now through Sunday, August 13th, donations of new school supplies can be dropped off in the yellow Lamers school bus located at:

Waunakee Neighborhood Connection         208 S Century Ave, Waunakee                  July 28 – Aug 6

Crossroads United Methodist Church          5901 Hogan Rd, Waunakee                         Aug 7 – Aug 13

The most needed items this year include composition notebooks that are wide lined, solid colors or marbled only, no designs please; pencil pouches with 3 holes to fit in a binder; accordion folders; 8-tab binder dividers; 48 count crayons; 12 count colored pencils; sets of colorful pens; markers; and pink rectangular erasers.

Monetary donations are also accepted at or by mailing a check to Waunakee Neighborhood Connection.  These donations will be used to purchase any supplies that are needed beyond what is collected during the drive. Supplies that are collected will be distributed to students during school registration in August.  Families in need of supplies should contact their child’s school to request them.

Sundae Paper Donation Drive Event

The Pay It Forward Waunakee Facebook Group invites you and your family to Waunakee Neighborhood Connection (208 S. Century Ave, Waunakee) for a Sundae Paper Donation Drive event! Bring a toilet paper or paper towel donation for Neighborhood Connection’s Community Store and enjoy a FREE ice cream sundae!  A big thank you to Thrivent for sponsoring the sweet treats.