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Welcome Spring

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From the Director’s Desk:

Phew… think it is safe to say, “spring has sprung”! How beautiful to experience the return of the Robins and their pleasant “Love Song of Spring”. I enjoy watching the changes of nature; as it peels away the heavy garments of winter with the entrance of refreshing, tiny buds that will soon burst forth to reveal lush new growth.

One cannot mistake how exciting the new advancement and changes that have been popping up at Faith in Action. We have been blessed with wonderful moments of meeting and training those of you who are willing and able to learn our new computer scheduling program called, “Ride Scheduler”. It was developed with senior volunteers in mind and is very easy and user-friendly. The volunteers who have begun to use the program have been amazed of how much more convenient it is. They can stay on-top-of their schedule and enjoy the independence the 24/7 cloud-based program allows. No more phone tag and messages – just instant access.

There are many senior neighbors who cannot drive to medical appointments or grocery shopping. Some are living under the poverty line and cannot afford basic food. Thankfully, you, our FIA volunteers are delivering those provisions through donations from The Neighbor’s Place. Other seniors are in need of prevention measures to help protect them from serious falls. To reach more Marathon County seniors, FIA needs to expand our provisional area to accommodate a growing number of requests for our services. Please seek out other persons you know who would be good at volunteering.

Together, we will accomplish great and mighty new horizons. May we s-t-r-e-t-c-h our reach for the seemingly impossible and be pleasantly surprised how our mutual cooperative effort can burst forth into new growth!

All of our volunteers serve an integral part of the compassionate integrity needed for providing services to our our seniors in this community.

These distinctive, NO CHARGE, but desperately needed services

which are provided strictly through Faith in Action,

continue to be unprecedented!

“Connecting neighbors in need with people who care!”

I look forward to meeting with each of you as we spring ahead together,

With Warm Regards,

Ruth Hebbe
Program Director
Faith in Action of Marathon County

630 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
direct ph#: 715.848.8783

News & Events

WSAW Faith in Action News Brief

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April 2, 2018

WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)– A free service for elderly residents of Marathon County is looking for volunteers. this is the link to view or

Faith in Action seeks people who have a genuine concern for older adults. “I call our volunteers “The Heartbeat of Faith in Action.” We cannot function without our faithful, caring volunteers,” explained Hebbe.

Faith in Action of Marathon County, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services, at no charge, to Marathon County residents age 60 and over, regardless of income, religious belief, or ethnic background.

To talk about the different programs they offer and well as a need for volunteers Ruth Hebbe, Program Director of Faith in Action joined the Sunrise 7 team.

Services are provided by trained volunteers to assist seniors to improve their quality of life and remain independent in their homes for as long as safely possible.

  • Services Faith in Action provides include:
  • Transportation to Medical Appointments
  • Transportation for Grocery Shopping
  • Food Delivery from The Neighbor’s Place = 2-bags/bi-weekly deliveries
  • Senior Home Safety Program = installation of falls prevention apparatus (display Grab Bars, Hand Rails, and Toilet Rails)

Faith in Action relies on the generous financial support from individuals, businesses, congregations and our foundations: Aspirus Health Foundation, B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and United Way.

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Summer 2018

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We MUST have your current Driver’s License and Auto Insurance Card on file.

Food Pantry and Grocery Deliveries
(Excerpt from Care-Receiver Handbook)

“We do provide deliveries from The Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry for those who are homebound or have no other way to get there. The deliveries are every 2 weeks and are always on a Wednesday. There is no financial qualification. If you are interested in using the food pantry, you can just call our office. The Volunteer Coordinator can get you registered with them without additional paperwork.”

Presently, we have made arrangements with two Wausau grocery stores, Trigs (Trig’s-to-go) and Lamb’s Fresh Market, for FIAMC volunteers to deliver groceries directly from the store to your home. This is a delivery service only. Neither our office staff nor our volunteers will help you place an order or handle any money, credit cards, and/or debit cards. If you are interested in ordering groceries from either store, you must call them. They will explain how to get started. If you prefer a different grocer, please check with them. Call our office a week before groceries are ready to be delivered and a volunteer will pick up the groceries and deliver them to you – FIAMC delivers for FREE!

Upcoming Event:
Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 am. at FIAMC Office. Mike/Director of Services, from Aging & Disability Resource Center will present how our agencies partner together and warning signs of Dementia.

As you proceed in the beautiful summer months, remember to take time for your own personal refreshment.

We, at Faith in Action of Marathon County, are grateful for ALL your HARD work
and FAITHFUL service.

There has been a recent change in our Board of Directors. FIAMC’s President, Bill Pogge, stepped down to concentrate his energies in our Senior Home Safety Program, which he was instrumental in developing for our Marathon County Senior Residents.

We are grateful for Bill’s vigorous leadership during a turbulent time in FIAMC’s history. We are on solid ground, moving forward with ACTION.  THANK YOU, BILL!!!

During the next few months, a Leadership Team will share responsibilities of the Presidency: Vicki Bender/VP, Eric Steinbach, Julie Kuehn/SEC, Dwala Smail and Ruth Hebbe/PD. Elections for the new President will be held in October at our Annual Membership Meeting. I will keep you informed.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. In a three-page document, he recommends consumers read their auto insurance policy in detail for information addressing volunteer coverage, as well as, contacting their carrier with any questions or need for clarification.

Since insurance companies can vary in their coverages, exclusions, etc., this is good advice to follow to better understand your insurance coverage.
While most insurance companies cover use of your personal auto for volunteering purposes, as long as you are not receiving any payment, there could be specific conditions or exclusions that your company has that may affect your coverage. Mileage reimbursement within the federal rate is not considered payment.

It can be helpful to have your agent indicate in writing, the coverage you have so there are no misunderstandings. An annual check of your policy is prudent of any changes in the new policy year.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. You can call, email or set a time with me to stop in and chat.

With Warm Regards,


Ruth Hebbe, Program Director