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Mailing Address: PO Box 813, Merrill, WI 54452

Location:  503 S. Center Ave.,Merrill, WI  54452

Phone:  715-536-2016

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The Merrill Area United Way held its Annual Meeting on February 3, 2020, at AmericInn, Merrill, WI.  This meeting provides for the election of new Board members and officers for the 2020 year.  


Stepping down as President of the organization is Leah Burbach; however, she will remain active on the Board and serve as the Past President.  Re-elected to the Board for additional 3-year terms were:  Joe Breaman II, Laura Forester, Jamie Koch, and Nancy Kwiesielewicz.  


Newly elected to 3-year terms were:  Kevin Cohrs, Matt Bahlow and Mandi Klockow. Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Robin Smith who resigned in July, while Dale Bacher and Nate Nelmark completed their terms.


The election of the 2020-21 Officers and the remaining Executive Committee resulted in the following:


President:  Kelly Zagrzebski, Wisconsin Public Service Corp

1st Vice President:  Becca Klessig, Clifton, Larson, Allen CPA’s.

2nd Vice President:  Debbe Kinsey, Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer:  Brian Richards, Richard Mamer CPA SC

Secretary:  Jane Dehnel, One Way Collision 

Past President:  Leah Burbach, Church Mutual Insurance Company

Executive Committee Members:  Shannon Murray, Merrill Senior High School; David Johnson, City of Merrill; Joseph Breaman 11, Breaman Merrill Ford, Nancy Kwiesielewicz, Reindl Printing, and Clyde Nelson, retired from mBank.


Additional action included approval of the 2020 Annual Budget, acknowledgment of service to the Board. Leah Burbach was thanked for her leadership this past year and for heading up the Church Mutual United Way Campaign each year. The 2019 Annual Report was presented to the Board and is available on the United Way Facebook page or website: merrillareaunitedway.org.


Burbach thanked the Board for the great progress made to achieve the organization's goals in 2019 and for their dedication in overseeing the ongoing development of the Merrill Area United Way.  Incoming President Zagrzebski noted “this is a great organization that serves many facets of the community and helps meet the important needs of people who live in the area.  2020 will be a year we can continue our progress and it promises to be yet another great year”.  


Link to 2019 Merrill United Way Annual Report

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Pictured from left are MCHCI board members Denis McCarthy, Sue Norenberg, Kathy Gruett and Don Heyel; Robbie Johnson; Dennis Grefe of Merrill Habitat for Humanity, which funded the purchase; MCHCI board members Mike Ravn, Dee Olsen and Pastor Susan Christian; and Trina Johnson.


SUPPORT the MAC Home in 2020!


Since starting our fledgling non-profit, we have purchased a building that required extensive remodeling to meet regulatory and ADA codes as well as reconfiguration to meet our needs.  MAC Home is located at 407 West Main Street, Merrill.  It has a warming center on the first floor 4 units for temporary-transitional housing on the second floor. MAC Home operates with limited part-time staff and volunteers to oversee the operations.  The homeless shelter is available 365 days a year.