Volunteering throughout the Northwoods




Our last blog about volunteerism features organizations scattered throughout the area. If you have been inspired to pick up a hammer and help build a home for a deserving family or want to be a part of the fight to keep our waters pristine and many more interest groups, below are organizations that would love your help!

Habitat for Humanity has built family homes all over the world, and, yes, here in the Northwoods. Their local office, Northwoods Wisconsin, HFH, is located in Rhinelander and a visit to their website will tell you more about their mission. You can also call (715) 356-7203 for more information.

The Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club is a community program that participates in and sponsors events that benefit several children’s programs. This club meets the third Wednesday of each month at Perkins Restaurant in Woodruff from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

They participate in several area art shows, sponsor a spring 10K race, sell Christmas trees at J & J Nursery and many more great events for great kids causes.

See their website on Facebook or contact them online through Messenger.

OK — here is one that is perfect for that Halloween time of year. Well, actually, this is done in the spring so mark your 2018 calendar for this one  — Bat Monitoring! This is done in the evening (no surprise there) to collect echolocation acoustics. Each species of bat has a signature sound it emits.

Training is required and is held at the end of May at the Vilas County Courthouse. A personal watercraft is preferred, though there is also trail work in addition to observing on the water. Equipment is provided. Children age 10 and up may participate if supervised by an adult.

To learn more about this program, contact Quita by email or call  715-479-3721 

Become a part of the solution and not the problem and volunteer to participate in Citizen Lake Monitoring.

Coordinated locally by Vilas County, the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network explains what they do.

“The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network has established protocols for water quality data, aquatic invasive species monitoring, and many other lake-based data collection opportunities. This data is used by professionals for various analyses that would not be possible without the help of volunteers! Times and locations are quite flexible,” according to the Vilas County introduction.

Training is required but is flexible and volunteers can be as young as 12 years old with adult supervision.

Visit their website or contact Cathy Higley at 715-479-3738 for more details.

For those who love working with fellow community neighbors, the Lions and Lioness clubs are a wonderful way to help out their communities while having a great time.

Each club has specific events they sponsor that are highlights of the season. Below is a list of contact information for Northwoods Lions/Lioness clubs.

Boulder Junction


Eagle River

Lake Tomahawk

Manitowish Waters 



Sayner/Star Lake 

St. Germain 

If you are looking for other venues to which to lend your talents and time, contact your local Chamber of Commerce or the Vilas government offices. They will have lots of great ideas and leads.




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