Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Highland Community Church strives to make an impact in and around the Wausau, Weston, and Marathon communities.  We encourage our staff and our attenders to be active and participate in local events.  See the bottom of the page for ongoing opportunities to serve in our community!

Here are some upcoming opportunities for you to Connect, Grow, and Go into our community.  Watch for updates as each event approaches or contact Janna Janke at  for more information. 

Highland's Giving Tree Ministry:  We will have gift tags available early this year.  On October 28, November 4 and 11, stop by the Connection Point at each campus to learn how you can bless a child with a Christmas gift this year.   Gifts are due back by November 25.  Each child will receive one fun gift and one practical gift.  Gift limit is $25.00.

This year, we will again partner with local school districts to help provide Christmas gifts for children who may not otherwise receive one.   Each year, over 100 families are given gifts to help make their Christmas season a bit more joyful!   We are excited this year to to join with "One Starry Night" Children's event on Saturday, December 8.  Gifts will be distributed during this event. Contact Lyn Skrzypchak at   for more information.

Operation Christmas Child gives you the opportunity to pack shoe box gifts for children in need from all around the world.  Many parents use this as an opportunity to teach their children about giving.   Pick up a box at the Connection Point now through November 11.  More information can be found in Highland Happenings or by contacting Joan Piotrowski at 715-359-3639.  Click here to visit Operation Christmas Child's website. 

Food Collection/Turkey Baskets:  On November 14, our One Way Club kids and G180 students will be collecting food that will be placed in Thanksgiving Baskets.  These baskets will go to families who are less fortunate during the upcoming Thanksgiving season.  Additional food is being collected for local school food pantries.  Food collected and leftover items from the Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed to local school pantries.  See the Connections Point or contact Janna Janke  for the list of foods being collected.  

 January - February:  Collection of  essential clothing items for local school children.   Most needed items include: socks, underwear, shoes, boots, sweatpants, and leggings as well as personal hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, and deodorant.  Items are now being collected at each campus in the Connection Point area.  There are lists of essential items at each location as well as in mailboxes at the Weston and Marathon campuses.  Please consider donating items to help local children.

May:  Blessings in a Backpack food collection! Over 1200 local school children from 16 different schools receive a backpack with food items to take home each weekend.  Please consider donating items during the month of may to benefit hungry children.    To learn more about the Blessings in a Backpack program, and to learn how to bless children with a backpack of food, visit their webs.

July/August:  Stuff the Bus is a great way to donate school supplies that are given to children in need throughout Marathon County.  Over 8000 children in the Marathon County area are given the opportunity to receive a backpack full of necessary supplies to have a successful school year.  Watch for updates in June of 2019 for items needed for this great program! 

September:  Feed My Starving Children a protein base food packing event that takes place each year.  Thousands of children from third and fourth world countries receive necessary nutrition through this life-saving food packing event.   Over 500 volunteers pitched in to pack thousands of meals for starving children.   A HUGE thank you to those of you who participated in this amazing ministry!  See you next year.

Make a Difference Day:   Thank you to the many volunteers who came out to "Make a Difference" in the Wausau area.  We were able to rake 5 very large yards and bless these individuals with a neat and tidy yard.  Thank you for  making a difference!

Thank you to all who donated items for Stuff the Bus  in the 2018 school supply collection program!  Over 8000 children throughout Marathon County will be able to receive necessary school supplies for a successful school year because of the generosity of so many.   Thanks for helping  so many children in need throughout Marathon County!


Samaritan's Purse is organizing teams to travel to locations throughout the United States that have been affected by the recent hurricanes.  Their North American Ministries team has been preparing all week‍—packing up equipment and stocking their disaster relief units full of tools and supplies. They are ready to deploy just as soon as the storm passes, and they need an army of volunteers to serve homeowners in the hardest hit areas. They are going to be coming alongside people to help them recover while also offering the hope of eternal salvation found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. Please consider volunteering in their effort to help those who have lost everything.  Click on this link to volunteer:

Rides for Veterans.  Do you have one or two days  a  month to be a volunteer driver for Veterans?  The Disabled American Veterans Transportation network is in need of drivers for Marathon County.  The van, which is provided, provides free rides for Veterans to appointments at Tomah VA, Madison VA, Milwaukee VA, Green Bay VA, Wisconsin Rapids VA, Wausau VA as well as VA approved hospitals and clinics.  We just need your time!  If you are interested, please contact Rose at 608-504-1313 and she will get you started in the application process.

Did you know you could be a mentor for a child in one of our local elementary schools?  By simply volunteering for just 30 minutes a week, you can help develop a child's character, and advance the student's resiliency, social development and growth.  For more information, please contact Janna Janke at

Other Community Service Opportunities we have participated in:

  • Monthly meals provided to the local organizations that serve our community such as Police and Fire Departments and the Women's Community
  • Adopt a Classroom at Weston Elementary School
  • Law Enforcement appreciation event
  • Preparing and serving a meal for the homeless
  • Children and Youth Ministries volunteering at The Neighbors Place
  • Youth Ministries yearly spring clean-up efforts at local camps
  • Nursing Home visits to play games, carol, and fellowship

Questions about opportunities to make an impact in our community?  Contact Janna Janke at