Nonprofits of the Northwoods

If you’ve been shopping at the Trig’s in Rhinelander this summer, you may have noticed a group of veterans selling brats at the concession stand.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Rhinelander Post is raising money to support veterans in the Northwoods.

The organization also uses the money to grant scholarships to Rhinelander High School graduates.

Listen to the full interview with Quartermaster Jeff Kataoka to learn more about the organization’s ongoing fundraising effort.

AAUW Wisconsin Facebook

The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls.

Sometimes the group does this by helping women advocate for fair pay.

Other times, it helps women further their education.

To achieve those ends, AAUW's Northwoods branch is hosting a book sale at Rhinelander High School from July 21-24.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships for women returning to college.

Listen to the full interview with AAUW's Northwoods Public Policy Officer Chris Ebert to learn more about how the organization supports local women.

YMCA of the Northwoods Facebook

The YMCA of the Northwoods’ goal is to strengthen the community – literally and figuratively.

With fitness programs for everyone from water babies to active older adults, the Y helps people become stronger physically, but it also serves as a space to connect people with their neighbors and build lifelong values.

The Y has a lot going on this summer. Listen to the full interview with CEO Ryan Zietlow to hear all about it.

Demmer Memorial Library Facebook

The Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes has a busy summer agenda.

Its summer reading programs just kicked off with International Make Music Day and Canoe Night, the library is hosting a Fourth of July book sale, and it hosts a book club and take-and-make craft kits for adults.

Listen to the full interview with Library Director Erica Brewster and Programming Librarian April Lammert to learn more about everything the library has in store for the summer.

Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation Facebook

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of women in Wisconsin.

The organization trains nurses and healthcare providers to do things like lead women’s health education sessions and help pregnant women quit smoking.

Listen to the full conversation with maternal and child health educator Moranda Lopez to learn more about the foundation’s programs and its impact in Northern Wisconsin.

Nicolet Rainbow Hodags Facebook

Rainbow flags wave from some storefronts, businesses, homes and the Wisconsin State Capitol building this month.

That’s because June is Pride month – a time to recognize and affirm members of the LGBTQ+ community.

To celebrate, the Nicolet College Rainbow Hodags are hosting a virtual Northwoods Pride Festival.

Listen to the full interview with organizer Di Wu to learn more about what to expect at this year’s festival.

Great Headwaters Trails Facebook

The Great Headwaters Trails Foundation develops trails – for bicycling and walking – in Vilas County.

The foundation was just named Business of the Month by the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation.

Listen to the full interview with Executive Director Jeff Currie to learn about the organization’s current and future projects, and how developing trails can help the local economy.

Feed Our Rural Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing nutritional support for kids living in food insecure homes.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness supports individuals and families dealing with mental illness.

The two organizations are coming together next weekend for the second annual Concert for the Kids.

Listen to the full interview with FORK President Perry Pokrandt to learn about the link between food insecurity and mental illness.

Campanile Center for the Arts Facebook

The Campanile Center for the Arts is a regional arts center in Minocqua dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, performance and exhibition.

It’s had to put a pause on public performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but live performances are set to resume soon.

Listen to the full interview with the Executive Director Sandy Madden to learn about how the center is reopening and what’s in store for the summer.

Wisconsin Women in Conservation

Wisconsin Women in Conservation is a statewide collaborative effort to bring together women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources and funding opportunities.

Women landowners are a growing demographic in Wisconsin. They make up about 35 percent of the state’s producers.

But they’ve historically been underserved and underrepresented in the media.

Wisconsin Women in Conservation aims to change that.

Oneida County Humane Society Facebook

Animal shelters in the United States take in an estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs each year.

The Oneida County Humane Society alone cares for nearly 100 animals each day. That adds up to almost 800 animals a year.

Listen to the full interview with Animal Care and Operations Director Amanda Haydon to learn more about what it takes to care for all of these animals and how to adopt a new pet.

Eagle River Historical Society Facebook

Archeologists believe people first passed through the Northwoods 12,000 years ago, hunting large mammals as they traveled north.

More recently, settlers came to Eagle River on the quest for timber. Tourists followed not far behind.

The Eagle River Historical Society preserves and displays all of this information at their two museums and through a variety of tours and programming.

Listen to the full interview with President Karen Sailer to learn more about how the organization is showcasing history and documenting the present.

Oneida County 4-H Facebook

Oneida County 4-H is a hands-on learning program that teaches youth between the ages of five and 19 about everything from science and agriculture to leadership and civic engagement.

During the week of Earth Day, Oneida County’s 4-H extension program offered a host of related activities for kids in the Northwoods.

And their programming is continuing straight into summer.

Listen to the full interview with coordinator Anne Williams to learn more about how 4-H started in the Northwoods, and what they’re doing now.

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.