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Gardening at the UW-Extension Plot

Living in Menomonie this summer? Enjoy the sunshine and outdoors? The Menomonie Community Garden is looking for volunteers willing to get their hands dirty for a good cause! Help is needed throughout the summer, so volunteer according to your own schedule!

Volunteers can expect to…

  • Gain gardening knowledge and experience growing various types of vegetables;
  • Meet and connect with community members who have a shared interest in gardening;
  • Help enrich our community by providing food for the Stepping Stones Food Pantry!

For more information and to register online Volunteer Here!

F.A.B. “Stuff the Truck” for Dunn County Humane Society

Volunteers from Fashion Art & Beauty magazine (F.A.B.), a student organization at UW-Stout, have helped raise over $300 along with much needed supplies for the Dunn County Humane Society. In an event called “Stuff the Truck” at Marketplace Foods in Menomonie, F.A.B. set up shop and provided the Humane Society’s wish list to those doing some weekend grocery shopping.

“We had a really great turn out and you could tell the Humane Society is near and dear to the people in Menomonie,” said Anna LeVahn, the F.A.B. Marketing and Events Coordinator. In addition to fundraising for the Humane Society, F.A.B volunteers spent time playing with one of the shelter’s dogs and taking turns wearing a mascot outfit. “If you’re looking for a great place to volunteer as a group or even individually Dunn County Humane Society is definitely worth looking into,” explained LeVahn. “It’s for a good cause and a great way to get to know the members in your organization or make new friends.”

“Without the volunteers from F.A.B. this fundraiser would not have been possible,” said Jim Lilli, the Director of the Dunn County Humane Society. 

If you are interested in helping out at the Dunn County Humane Society, Volunteer Here! or contact the Dunn County Humane Society. 

Dunn County Humane Society
302 Brickyard Road
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 232-9790


Stout Students Rake in Service Hours at the Fall Yard Cleanup!

For over ten years, UW-Stout’s Ally Initiatives Office has partnered with the Dunn County Aging and Disability Resource Center to offer the Fall Yard Clean Up. This year, the program paired 56 Stout students with fifteen yards in need of raking.

The Fall Yard Clean Up provides a triple-bottom-line benefit for Menomonie: homebound seniors maintain their independence at home, Stout students engage with their neighbors, and local garden projects recharge from the composted nutrients that the leaves provide.


Intersections and Film Series

UW-Stout Ally Initiatives will be sponsoring and co-sponsoring the Intersections Film Series with on-campus organizations. These films and videos provide perspective on a number of social issues and offer compelling reasons for community action, involvement, and volunteering. Upcoming film titles and dates are:

“Restrepo”: November 7th
“Elevate”: November 14th
“Maxed Out”: November 28th
Various Ted Talks: December 5th


Save the dates! Locations soon to come!!


Become a Big Brother or Big Sister!

Big Brothers and Big Sisters are looking for volunteers in Menomonie and Dunn County! In this program, the child and the volunteer arrange their meetings based upon when it fits into their schedules. They participate in activities in the community like going out to dinner, playing in the park, going for a walk, flying a kite, and so much more!

The volunteer and child are matched based upon mutual interests, complimentary personality types and what the best match might be. Volunteers must be at least 19 years old, have a valid driver’s liscence, and a vehicle. Each volunteer goes through an in depth interview and background check in order to ensure the safety of the children and to make the best match possible.

Volunteer Here! or email for more information.

Dunn County Humane Society Needs Dog Walkers!

The Dunn County Human society needs help walking dogs!

Help them out by filling in their Online Application!


Did You Know….

Young People Volunteer More Than Adults
Young people volunteered at twice the rate of adults with 55 percent of young people volunteering, compared with only 29 percent of adults.

Volunteering Helps Young People Succeed
Youth who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to feel connected to their communities, and tend to do better in school.

Adult Role Models Are Crucial
A youth who has a parent who volunteers is nearly three times more likely to volunteer on a regular basis.

Millions of Young People Volunteer
15.5 million youths between the ages of 12 and 18 contributed more than 1.3 billion hours of service during 2004.”
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Are you doing your part? Give back to the community!

CONGRATULATIONS! to Blue Devil Productions for sponsoring the HOMECOMING WEEK PENNY WARS that raised $581.28 for Wisconsin Special Olympics.  The following student organizations participated in this year's penny wars event: Gamma Sigma Sigma, ROTC, Fine Arts Association, Team Diversity, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Phi, Hansen/Keith Hall, American Marketing Association, Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. THANKS!!!


Menomonie Youth Day at the Community Garden

The Menomonie Youth Day at the community garden was a success! Perfect weather brought a few young people and parents to experience lots of garden fun - from designing a garden and creating art to harvesting crops!  Everyone went home with some yummy treats from the harvest, too!  Thanks to all for the support and participation!

See the complete photo album of the day's events. 


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