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To make an end-of-year charity gift, check out this area non-profits guide


We are asking charities to send us information so that those wishing to make end-of-year donations will have the information to make an educated choice. 


Below is this year’s list to-date. If you wish to be added to it or to change your information, call Sarah Hirsch, features editor, at 715-356-5236, or email features@lakelandtimes.com.




Boy Scout Troop 564


Boy Scout Troop 564, American Legion Post 89 chartered organization, works with boys ages 12-18 with leadership skills and rank advancement while doing community service. Camping is the favorite activity as well as striving for the highest honor of Eagle Scout.  Our trained leaders volunteer their time to support the troop. Check out our website at www.troopwebhost.org/Troop564Minocqua or samoset.org to learn more about our programs, or email cmpicturetaker@frontier.com. Local donations can be mailed to: 


Troop 564 


6329 Oak Rock Road 


Hazelhurst, WI 54531




Northwoods Children’s Museum


The Northwoods Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enriching lives, supporting families, and encouraging a love of learning through hands on play. A hands-on educational facility, the Northwoods Children’s Museums hosts over 26,000 guests a year and provides over 52 free meals to the community. Free admissions and memberships are provided for those that can’t afford to come to the museum.


For more information, call Rouleen Gartner at 715-479-4623. Donations can be sent to:


Northwoods Children’s Museum


P.O. Box 216


Eagle River, WI 54521




New Boulder Junction Community Center and Library


Plans to break ground for the new Community Center and Library are slated for spring 2013. Tax deductible donations are now being accepted for construction of the new Boulder Junction Community Center and Library. 


The Boulder Junction Community Foundation (BJCF), a 501(c)(3) public charity, has established a special account to receive any donations. Those wishing to make donations can make checks payable to BJCF Community Center  Building Fund, sent to: 


BJCF Community Center Building Fund


P.O. Box 204


Boulder Junction, WI 54512. 


For more information, visit www.boulderjunctioncf.org.




Camp Jorn YMCA Child Care Center


Camp Jorn YMCA Child Care Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to meet the child care needs of local families in the rural areas of the Northwoods. It serves the communities of Manitowish Waters, Winchester, Presque Isle, Boulder Junction and Mercer.  


Camp Jorn is located on Rest Lake in Manitowish Waters and provides a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the wonders of nature in their daily child care life. Our location allows us to educate the children about the seasons, gardens, wildlife and how the natural world enriches our lives. We strive to inspire each child to fulfill their maximum potential in the areas of social, emotional, physical and academic development.  


Camp Jorn YMCA Child Care Center is one of few licensed childcare facilities between Arbor Vitae and Hurley. We offer families in the area safe, affordable, quality care for their children so that parents can go to work each day confident that their children will be well cared for.  All charitable contributions are tax deductible and help fund this center so that young families can afford to live and work in our communities. Donations go towards facility improvements, staff training, upgrading equipment and materials and helping us support low income families through our scholarship program.


More information about our center and programs can be obtained by calling Dawn Holt at 725-543-8390. Tax deductible donations can be sent to: 


Camp Jorn YMCA Child Care Center 


P.O. Box 430 


Manitowish Waters, WI 54545.




New Dawn Pregnancy Resource Center


Opening its doors in the Old Minocqua Boardwalk Shoppes during the summer of 2011, New Dawn Pregnancy Resource Center serves women, men, and families in Northern Wisconsin who are in need of compassionate and confidential support when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Affiliated with Care Net which includes over 1,100 pregnancy centers around the country, support includes pregnancy tests, information on pregnancy options including abortion, educational programs, material assistance and referrals to area resources. 


As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported through the tax deductible donations of individuals, organizations, and churches, all services are provided free of charge. For more information, call 715-358-6700. Donations may be sent to: 


New Dawn Pregnancy Resource Center


P.O. Box 526


Woodruff, WI 54568




Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Northwoods


Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Northwoods’ mission is to help children in need reach their full potential, through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Children primarily served are between the ages of 5 and 17. 


All money raised in this area stays in this area and contributions are tax deductible as BBBS is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters play a leading role in transforming the lives of children, by providing them with a positive role model, giving them a new perspective on life and helping them learn how to make good choices. Extensive training for our case workers is provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America with continuing training courses provided on a regular basis to offer match support for the mentors, the children and their families.


Oneida/Vilas counties joined the Northwoods chapter in 2000. The average annual cost per child served is approximately $1,100.


Any contributions or volunteer inquiries can be directed to the district office by calling 866-839-2843 or the Oneida/Vilas counties case worker at 715-892-2673 or visit www.bbbsnorthwoods.org.




The Compassionate Friends


Founded in our area in 2006, it is part of an international organization that has been in existence for 40 years.


It was founded to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age, and to provide information to help others be supportive. It is a self-help organization offering friendship, understanding and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents following the death of a child. There is no religious affiliation, no membership fees or dues. All bereaved family members are welcome.


The group meets the third monday of every month at 7 p.m. at One Penny Place in Woodruff.


Compassionate Friends has a 501(c)(3) status, with the total amount of any donation, which is tax deductible, going towards the Northern Lights Chapter of The Compassionate Friends in Woodruff.


Donations may be sent to:


The Compassionate Friends


4435 Harmony Point


Boulder Junction, WI 54512




Dr. Kate Hospice


Dr. Kate Hospice was founded in 1985 to care for terminally ill patients in their homes. Seasons of Hospice Home was built in 2000 for hospice patients who are unable to stay in their homes during their last months of life. These are both programs of Ministry Home Care.


As part of its mission, Ministry provides these services to anyone who is medically eligible, regardless of their ability to pay.


They rely on the support of individuals and organizations to assist with this important work. Ministry Home Care is certified as a 501(c)(3) organization and able to accept tax deductible donations.


For more information, call Randi Danner at 1-800-234-3542.


Donations may be sent to:


Dr. Kate Hospice


P.O. Box 770


Arbor Vitae, WI 54568




Headwaters Inc.


Headwaters Inc., Rhinelander, has more than 40 years of experience providing services to people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, chronically mentally ill, brain injury, physically disabled, individuals who are economically disadvantaged, and children, birth to 3, with special needs in Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties.


Our programs and services include: case management services, vocational evaluations, work program, sensory stimulation program, community employment, transportation, adult daily living, community integration/recreation, extraordinary American, the caring connection, assistive technology, work evaluation and work training sites, rest area maintenance, pre-vocational, and birth to 3.


If you have ever thought about helping people with disabilities and children with special needs in the tri-county area, call Headwaters at 715-369-1337 or visit the website www.headwatersinc.org.


Headwaters Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax exempt.


Donations may be sent to:


Headwaters Inc.


P.O. Box 618


Rhinelander, WI 54501




Howard Young Foundation


The Howard Young Foundation was formally established in 1985 to “serve the health care needs of our community with your support.” Its focus is to advance the medical and patient care programs of the Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) and the Eagle River Memorial Hospital (ERMH).


The foundation is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization and can accept tax deductible donations. Seventy-seven cents of each contributed dollar directly supports the programs and services of HYMC and ERMH in meeting the healthcare needs of our communities.


For more information or to give through the foundation’s website, visit www.howardyoungfoundation.org


Donations may be sent to:


Howard Young Foundation, Inc.


P.O. Box 470


240 Maple Street


Woodruff, WI 54568




Junior Achievements of Wisconsin (Lakeland area)


Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. JA was founded in the Lakeland area in 2007.


Annually, it is able to reach more than 300 students in 25 area classrooms. The organization provides JA programming to students in second and seventh grade classrooms at MHLT, AV-W, North Lakeland, and Trinity schools and to students at Lakeland Union High School. 


For more information, call Amanda Krueger at 715-409-0989.


Financial support helps the organization continue to teach students about business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness. The Junior Achievement organization appreciates and recognizes donations and volunteers.


Donations may be sent to:


Junior Achievement


P.O. Box 1205


Minocqua, WI 54548




Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District was established in 1918. Our district remains active with six regions and 180 clubs.


Due to our fund raising efforts, we are able to help many other organizations in our community. Our main focus is on the children in our area, from hosting dinners for our Head Start kids and their families, reading in our local elementary schools, supporting the dental program for elementary children, camp scholarships and our Elaine Bassett Memorial Scholarship at the high school level, we reach out to as many children as we possibly can. 


Donations may be sent to:


Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club


P.O. Box 1182


Minocqua, WI 54548




Lakeland Area Special Olympics


Special Olympics is an organization that provides year-round sports training and competition to individuals who are at least eight years old and are identified as having a cognitive disability.


Donations received go directly to the cost for the training as well as the cost of competition for those athletes. It is the goal of Special Olympics to enhance the lives of people with cognitive disabilities through the participation in competitive sports. Special Olympics also provides the athletes a network providing them with acceptance, resources, hope and a chance to be part of a great organization.


It is the generous support of individuals and other groups that give our athletes those opportunities. Interested volunteers or potential athletes may call agency manager Rhonda Baldwin at 715-356-4337.


Donations may be sent to:


LASO (Lakeland Area Special Olympics)


P.O. Box 704


Minocqua, WI 54548




Lakeland Pantry


The Lakeland Pantry is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization which provides weekly supplemental food, gently used clothing, and gently used books for infants through adults. Diapers, baby clothes, and other infant supplies are also provided. Comforters and blankets, as well as new and used jackets, mittens, caps, and scarves are distributed from Oct. 1-March 1.


More than 6,000 men, women, and children are served monthly with children comprising 40 percent of this number. Ministry Health provides monthly blood pressure readings, free glucose and cholesterol checks and various other medical screenings and social programs throughout the year. Eye Care Associates, Northwoods Dental, and Tri-County Abuse are among the groups offering free services at the pantry at appointed times during the year. A “Family in Crisis” fund is maintained by the pantry to give extra help to families facing a sudden severe crisis.


Lakeland Pantry is located at 1707 North U.S. Highway 51. Hours of operation are every Tuesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., and every other Thursday, 3:30-6 p.m.


One hundred percent of all monetary donations are used to purchase food unless specified for building expenses. 


The pantry may be called at 715-358-2222 for more information. Donations may be sent to:


Lakeland Pantry/HYF


P.O. Box 470


Woodruff, WI 54568


Or, donations may be dropped off at the Lakeland Pantry during hours of operation.




Lakeland Retirement Foundation


The Lakeland Retirement Foundation, Ltd., also known as the Lakeland Community Senior Center, began operation serving the Lakeland community in 1978. 


Our mission is to provide services to residents of the Lakeland area that will assist them to greater longevity as healthy and active members of the community; to enhance the quality of life for those persons whose activities may be limited by physical, financial or emotional handicaps; and to provide such other services beneficial to the community at large that are within the means of the Foundation.


We are a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible. If you would like more information about the Lakeland Senior Center or its many activities, call us at 715-356-9118. If you wish to help the Senior Center in continuing its mission, we always need volunteers and donations.


Donations can be sent to:


Lakeland Retirement Foundation


P.O. Box 1815


Woodruff, WI 54568




Lakeland Rotary Foundation


Chartered in 1974, Rotary has been an active service organization in our area.  More than 75 members of our community belong to the two local clubs.  


They provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  


Some of Rotary’s local projects have included the construction of Veterans Park, the concession area at the new State Highway 70 park, bike paths, playground equipment donations, scholarships, and the youth exchange program.  


The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, our clubs use the money to fund these worthy projects.


Donations may be sent to


Lakeland Rotary Foundation


P.O. Box 620


Minocqua, WI 54548




Lakeland Sharing Foundation


The Lakeland Sharing Foundation supports children and their families living within the Lakeland Union High School District. The organization runs three major programs throughout the year: A Christmas gift program, a backpack and school supply program, and year-round student support program.


Families are referred to the Lakeland Sharing Foundation through churches, schools and social service agencies. Families and children who qualify to receive assistance from Lakeland Sharing programs remain anonymous throughout the distribution process.


The Lakeland Sharing Foundation is a local, non-profit organization. We rely on the generosity of the community to help support our efforts.


The foundation welcomes monetary contributions and donations of school supplies backpacks, new and gently used books and toys, and new hats and mittens year round.


The organization is classified as 501(c)(3) with all tax deductible donations going directly to support the children of the Lakeland area.


Donations may be sent to:


Lakeland Sharing Foundation


P.O. Box 1536


Woodruff, WI 54568




Minocqua Public Library Foundation


The Minocqua Public Library Foundation was established in 2009 to provide financial assistance for the expansion/renovation of the library. 


The foundation’s ongoing mission is to strengthen the library collection, expand library programming, and enhance library services. The Friends of the Minocqua Library continue as a committee of the foundation, providing support and fundraising activities.


The Minocqua Public Library Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.


Donations may be sent to:


Minocqua Public Library Foundation


415 Menominee Street, Suite B


Minocqua, WI 54548.


Donations may also be dropped off at the library.




Northwoods Wildlife Center


The Northwoods Wildlife Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the future for wildlife in the Northwoods through rehabilitation, education and research.


The center provides rescue, rehabilitation and transport services for an average of 800 animals each year. More than 10,000 students and 20,000 visitors participate in our educational programs and tours annually.


The center receives no government funding. It operates solely on donations which will gratefully be accepted at:


8683 S. Blumenstein Road


Minocqua, WI 54548




North Lakeland Discovery Center


The North Lakeland Discovery Center was founded in 1996 through a collaborative effort between community members and the North Lakeland School.  


The center is located in Manitowish Waters, and serves the greater Northwoods region by offering free and low-cost nature education programs and outdoor recreation opportunities.  


The site and program offerings are open to the public, and include naturalist-led snowshoe hikes, wildlife talks, and unique field programs. The center is actively engaged in wildlife research and education, and focuses its efforts on providing such opportunities to school children, adults and mixed audiences.


The Discovery Center is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and does not receive any base governmental funding. All tax-deductible charitable contributions support the center’s educational and recreational offerings, many free of charge – making nature recreation and education accessible to all.


Donations may be sent to: 


North Lakeland Discovery Center 


P.O. Box 237 


Manitowish Waters, WI 54545




Oneida County Humane Society


The Oneida County Humane Society (OCHS) began active management of the Rhinelander Adoption Center (formerly called the Rhinelander Animal Shelter) July 1, 2012. Our mission is to value each life we touch through protection and life-enhancing care and to strengthen the human-animal bond through education, promoting the dignity and well-being of all animals.  


Monetary donations may be sent to the Oneida County Humane Society, 1852 N Stevens Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501. 


Cleaning supplies (especially bleach and ODOBan), dog food, cat food, (please no red dyes in food) clay kitty litter, paper towels, toys, treats, clean bedding, etc., may be dropped off at the Adoption Center, 1852 N. Stevens St., Rhinelander, during business hours Monday through Friday, noon-6 pm, and Saturday, noon-3 pm. These supplies may also be dropped off at Kim’s Cozy Cabin in Hazelhurst. Please call for hours at 715-356-6500.  


Empty aluminum cans are collected at the Adoption Center to raise money for medical care for the pets in our care.  Aluminum cans may also be dropped off at Kim’s Cozy Cabin in Hazelhurst anytime.


Inquiries can be made to the Adoption Center at 715-362-5992 or visit us on the Internet at OCHSPets.org. View our adoptable pets at PetFinder.com. Like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/OCHSWI.


The Oneida County Humane Society is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.




The Pastime Club Adult Day Center


The Pastime Club began in 2006 with a goal of positively impacting the lives of persons with early memory loss – as well as those who care for them.


Pastime offers time to the caregiver, and a safe, caring setting for the participant. It is a place where participants can meet friends in a social setting – and be a part of activities led by a professional staff and trained volunteers. Activities are planned around the participants abilities and interests. A day may include most current events, arts, crafts, games, a hot lunch, a special guest and everyone’s favorite – reminiscing. 


The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Thursday at Ascension Lutheran Church.


The Pastime Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations may be sent to The Pastime Club, Inc., P.O. Box 276, Minocqua, WI 54548.


We are also looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please call us at 715-358-3404. 




Salvation Army


Each year the Salvation Army has a bell ringing campaign at this time of the year.


The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs.


It is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization with 86 percent of funds raised staying local and 14 percent used for administrative costs.


For more information, contact Larry Callahan at 715-358-4061.


Direct tax-deductible donations to the Salvation Army may be sent to:


Larry Callahan


13179 Cherry Lane


Minocqua, WI 54548




The Community Food Pantry


From its location in Boulder Junction, the Community Food Pantry alleviates hunger in the Northwoods serving neighbors in need across western Vilas County. In the past year, more than 6,800 clients were served from 2,200 households. In addition to groceries, the Community Food Pantry distributes basic personal hygiene items and some home cleaning supplies. 


The Community Food Pantry works closely with the guidance departments at area grade schools to help children most in need. Each year, gym shoes and warm winter boots are provided to grade-schoolers. Snow pants are provided to needy children for recess. A children’s Christmas gift program is available for families. 


Nearly 100 volunteers worked some 4,000 hours at The Community Food Pantry last year. None are paid, up to and including the board chairman. All mileage for food pickup, delivery and any other purposes is donated.


The Community Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For information, call 715-686-7515 or visit www. commchbj.org. Neighbors in need are always urged to contact the Community Food Pantry.


Donations may be sent to: 


The Community Food Pantry 


P.O. Box 14 


Boulder Junction, WI 54512. 




YMCA of the Northwoods


The YMCA of the Northwoods’ mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 


Locally organized in 1997, the YMCA of the Northwoods found a permanent home in 2004 in a newly constructed facility that offers programs and services to everyone in Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Lincoln and Langlade counties. All money raised stays in the community and is given in the form of scholarships for those in need. The YMCA does not turn anyone away for the lack of ability to pay for programs or services.


The YMCA of the Northwoods offers licensed child care for children birth to 7 years (held off-site); school-age child care which encompasses afterschool care, youth programs and sports; swim lessons (from infant through active older adults); aquatic safety courses; and much more. 


If you would like to learn more about the YMCA of the Northwoods, take a free tour of the facility or make a donation, call 715-362-9622 or send your requests/donations to:


YMCA of the Northwoods


2003 East Winnebago Street 


Rhinelander, WI 54501




Girls on the Run of the Northwoods


Girls on the Run is a transformational learning program for girls, ages eight to 13 years old. Well-trained volunteer coaches teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. 


Last June, girls from all area elementary school gathered at LUHS for the Girls on the Run Final 5K. Leaders of the Ojibwe tribe kicked off the event with a special blessing and drum ceremony, wishing the girls a safe and enjoyable experience.


Not only do the girls gain confidence by training for and completing a 5K, but they also are empowered with the decision on how they will impact their community. Past impact projects include donating to Juvenile Diabetes by raising funds with a car wash; bridging the generation gap in Lac du Flambeau through letters to the elders; organizing a “stuffed animal drive” and donating them to the Lakeland Pantry; and more


The organization is always looking for dedicated volunteers and sponsors. Further information can be found by visiting the website, www.gotrnorthwoods.org, or emailing program director Lynn Laurence at lynn@GOTRnorthwoods.org 


Donations may be sent to:


Girls on the Run of the Northwoods


P.O. Box 1231


Minocqua, WI 54548




Boulder Junction Community Foundation


The mission of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation (BJCF) is to develop and promote efforts to preserve and enhance the strength and vitality of the Boulder Junction area for present and future generations.


We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. We are able to accept a wide variety of donations – from cash, to stock, to real property, to bequests.


We have established the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Restricted Endowment Fund in order to award grants to qualified organizations for projects which address unmet needs within the town of Boulder Junction, including, but not limited to, the areas of human services, education, health and recreation, arts and culture, the environment, and community development. We also have the ability to establish short-term project funds.


Donations are greatly appreciated and may be sent to:


Boulder Junction Community Foundation


P.O. Box 675 


Boulder Junction, WI 54512


Visit our website at www.boulderjunctioncf.org to donate online or for further details.




Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, Inc. (NATH)


The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing (NATH) is a 501(c)(3) corporation that exists to provide safe emergency housing and basic needs to families and individuals who are homeless. 


NATH operates Frederick Place shelter, which provides emergency, temporary housing for those experiencing homelessness in Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties. Since Frederick Place opened on Jan. 31, 2011, 182 people have called Frederick Place home, including 98 men, 62 women, and 22 children. 


Frederick Place, which provides an atmosphere of encouragement, respect, dignity and hope while nurturing and promoting self-sufficiency and independent living, is staffed 24 hours a day by trained personnel. Every adult resident is assigned a case manager who assists them to develop their personal self-sufficiency plan and monitors progress toward goals. 


Funds are critically needed for the operating expenses of Frederick Place. Donations can be mailed to NATH, P.O. Box 913, Rhinelander, WI 54501 or dropped off at Frederick Place at 204 West Frederick Street, Rhinelander. All donations are tax deductible.


For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Tammy or Becca by telephone 715-369-9777. You are also encouraged to visit our website at www.nathnorthwoods.com.

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