Helping older adults and individuals with disabilities remain in their home
Every day, United Way’s 2-1-1 receives calls from older adults and persons with disabilities seeking assistance because they are homebound or do not have any family or friends close by. There are community programs available in Marathon County that can help people age in place and remain in their home.
For Yard Raking Assistance:
Make a Difference Day (MADD) is a volunteer-based, one-day event that offers free yard raking assistance for older adults or individuals with disabilities who do not have friends or family to help or cannot afford to pay for the service. This year, MADD is on Saturday, Oct. 27. To see if yard registration is still open, call 2-1-1 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Faith in Action (FIA) provides supportive services such as transportation to medical appointments for eligible individuals at no cost. For more information, or to find out about other services provided by FIA, contact the main office at 715-848-8783.
For Home Delivered Meals:
Meals on Wheels through the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin in Wausau provides home delivered meals for homebound individuals age 60 or older. Meals are at no cost but there is a donation request of $3.25 per meal. For more information, call 715-261-6070.
For additional information on resources for older adults and individuals with disabilities, or other resources, dial 2-1-1 to speak with an Information Specialist, 24/7. You can now also reach an Information Specialist by texting your zip code to 898211 Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m., by chat Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–noon at www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help or by email at email@example.com. To search the online database or view publications, go to www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help.