Catholic Charities operates the warming center and works with United Way and other community organizations to ensure success. The Community Warming Center is an action step of the Wausau Housing and Homelessness Coalition, an initiative of United Way that exists to collaboratively raise community awareness to end homelessness by maximizing and strengthening existing resources, developing new, relevant solutions and creating a seamless delivery of services to end homelessness in Marathon County.

  • Provides a clean, warm and safe environment for up to 25 adult men and women
  • Accepts and encourages guests’ ambitions or hopes
  • Provides a nightly hot meal to our guests
  • Ensures each guest’s personal dignity, safety and respect

We rely on Volunteers are needed to keep our centers open. We know that with the risk of COVID-19 many community members are limited on their volunteer availability; however, the center and those who are currently homeless in our community still need help. Please review the volunteer opportunities listed and consider how you might be able to help.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Overnight Shifts are currently our biggest need. During COVID-19, additional staff have been hired to cover shifts, but volunteer help is always needed and appreciated.

Our current shifts:
9 pm - 12:30 am
12:30 am - 6:30 am
6:30 am - 8:00 am
While these are the shifts we need to fill, any volunteer help you can give would be appreciated. If you would like to learn more on how to become a volunteer, please call Tracy Rieger at 608-519-8069. Thank you!

Guest Needs for 2021
We appreciate your support given to the Warming Center and our guests! Donations can be dropped off at 540 S 3rd Avenue in Wausau. Please remember monetary donations are vital to keep our Warming Center open. Make a monetary donation today!

Bottled Water
Breakfast & Soft Granola Bars
Winter/Waterproof Gloves & Boots
Hand & Foot Warmers
Cleaning Supplies
Men's & Women's New Underwear
Fruit and Applesauce Cups
Men's & Women's Thermal Underwear (Tops and Bottoms)
Laundry Soap/Dryer Sheets