Nonprofits of the Northwoods

Wild Instincts Facebook

Wild Instincts is a nonprofit organization in Rhinelander that rehabilitates baby bears, bald eagles, bunnies, snakes and all kinds of wild animals that have been injured or orphaned.

Spring is an especially busy time of year for the organization because it’s the season of baby animals.

Listen to the full interview with wildlife rehabilitator Mark Naniot to learn about the animals they’re currently caring for.

Trees for Tomorrow

If you’ve ever considered composting, now might be a good time to start.

Trees for Tomorrow, an environmental education center in Eagle River, is selling bins and teaching people how to compost in their backyard.

Listen to the full interview with Environmental Educator Kim Feller to learn about why composting matters and how you can get involved.

Trees for Tomorrow has a calendar full of programs to teach people about everything from outdoor cooking to archery. Visit their website to learn more.

Northwoods Community Garden Facebook

The Northwoods Community Garden is preparing for its inaugural spring.

With 48 garden plots, the garden will be a place for local residents to grow their own food and flowers and to learn about environmental stewardship and nutrition.

Listen to the full interview with board members Pete Zambon and Tabatha Bennish to learn what plans the garden has in store for the growing season.

Calvary Baptist Church Facebook

One thing that marks all of us in common is our need to eat.

But finding enough food isn’t always easy.

That’s where Ruby’s Pantry can help.

The pop-up pantry opens once a month at Calvary Baptist Church to anyone interested in receiving two boxes full of groceries, regardless of income.

The next pop-up pantry will be Tuesday, April 20.

Listen to the full interview with the pantry’s coordinator, Rod Ankrom, to learn more about what this event is like.

League of Women Voters of the Northwoods Website

The next election is just over two weeks away, on April 6.

What’s on the ballot? And why is voting in this election important?

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods has the answers to these questions and more in this episode of Nonprofits of the Northwoods.

For more information about items on the ballot, or to learn how to register to vote, visit this resource from the League of Women Voters: https://www.vote411.org/

WXPR

The pandemic has posed a serious challenge for artists and musicians everywhere.

That’s why WXPR has partnered with Nicolet College and ArtStart to present a project called “Working from Home” to support and share the work of local artists.

One part of that project is the Homegrown Concert Series. Every Sunday evening, local musicians perform on Nicolet’s stage.

Listen to the full interview with Nicolet’s Mike Effinger to learn more about what working on this project has been like.

North Lakeland Discovery Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many people outdoors.

The North Lakeland Discovery Center is connecting some of those people with nature through socially distanced and virtual programming. 

Listen to the full interview with director John Heusinkveld to learn about the center's upcoming summer programming and building renovations.

Videos produced by the North Lakeland Discovery Center can be found on their website: https://discoverycenter.net/discover-at-home/

NAMI Northern Lakes Facebook

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated symptoms of mental illness across the nation.

The Northern Lakes chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness provides services to help.

Listen to the full interview with Executive Director Mick Fiocchi to learn about the support groups NAMI offers and how to support someone dealing with mental illness.

Northwoods Wildlife Center Facebook

WXPR’s Nonprofits of the Northwoods spotlights organizations in our area that are working to strengthen the community – whether that’s by lending a hand to someone in need, educating about the arts, or caring for the environment.

Have you ever encountered an injured animal? Maybe a bird flew into your window or your dog got into a tangle with a raccoon?

The Northwoods Wildlife Center aims to provide a better future for wildlife in our area by rehabilitating animals and educating the public.

ArtStart Facebook

WXPR’s Nonprofits of the Northwoods spotlights organizations in our area that are working to strengthen the community – whether that’s by lending a hand to someone in need, educating about the arts, or caring for the environment.

ArtStart is a Rhinelander organization that fosters creativity by making art accessible to everyone.

They’re involved in projects that range from a Free-for-Wall Quarantine art exhibition showcasing pandemic creations to Valentine’s Day singing grams featuring local musicians.

Gogebic Range Health Foundation Facebook

WXPR’s Nonprofits of the Northwoods spotlights organizations in our area that are working to strengthen the community – whether that’s by lending a hand to someone in need, educating about the arts, or caring for the environment.

The Gogebic Range Health Foundation works to improve community health in the Northwoods by enhancing trails, expanding access to fruits and vegetables, and supporting local clinics.

Rhinelander District Library

WXPR’s Nonprofits of the Northwoods spotlights organizations in our area that are working to strengthen the community – whether that’s by lending a hand to someone in need, educating about the arts, or caring for the environment.

The Rhinelander District Library has gone through some changes since the pandemic started last March.

For example, they’re lending books through curbside pickup and providing subscription book boxes to interested teens.

Listen to the full interview for more about what those changes look like, and for some story recommendations.