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.  

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. 

Ongoing:  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

October/November:  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.  Boxes will be collected at each campus on October 29, November 5, 12, and 19.  Click here to visit Operation Christmas Child's website.  For details specific to collection here at Highland Community Church, visit the Highland Happenings or contact Joan Piotrowski at 715.539.3639.

November:  Highland's Giving Tree Ministry gives you the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.  Tags will be available in the lobby at each campus beginning November 19.  All gifts must be wrapped and returned by Sunday, December 10.   This is a great opportunity to show the love of Christ over the Christmas holiday, and a way to show your family how to give during the season of Jesus' birth.  Watch for more details in upcoming publications.  For Questions: Weston Campus contact Mary Radtke at radtke.mb@gmailcom; for Wausau  Campus contact Michelle Molinare at , and for Marathon Campus contact Jeanine McCain at    

January - February:  Collection of  essential clothing items for local school children.   Most needed items are socks, underwear, shoes, boots, sweatpants, and leggings as well as personal hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, and deodorant.  Items will be collected at each campus beginning in January.  Watch for more details regarding items needed by local schools in the Wausau, Weston, and Marathon Communities.

March - April:  Blessings in a Backpack food collection for over 600 local school children to take a backpack of food home for the weekend when they don't receive a school lunch.  To learn more about how to bless children with a backpack of food, visit their website.  

May:   Highland's FREE SALES which are hosted at our Wausau Campus on a Friday in early May and at our Marathon Campus on a Saturday in early August every year. Our intent for the FREE SALE is simply to show the love of Christ as Highland attenders share the gracious gifts God has provided to them with the community.  It is all free.  Check the calendar page for exact dates of each event.

June:  Feed My Starving Children is 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.  To learn more about this incredible opportunity click here.

July and August:  As we gear up for school each year, Highland supports the Stuff the Bus school supply collection program.  School supplies are brought to Highland and are donated to the Fill a Backpack Fill a Need Program which provides necessary school supplies for over 6000 children throughout Marathon County.  Click here to learn more about this great program and how you can help in 2018!  

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
  • 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
  • Make a Difference Day - an annual event put on by the United Way of Marathon County that enables people with physical needs to have their yard work done.   This is a great way to connect in the community and serve those who are not able to serve themselves.

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