RHINELANDER - WIPFLI accounting firm isn't just about crunching numbers—it wants to be a business that is dedicated to giving back. That's why every year it has "Community Day".
WIPFLI closed up shop and sent its employees out for a day of giving back. Volunteers split their time between painting and gardening with Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
Randy Beard is a partner with Wipfli and has worked for the company for 35 years.
"The heart of community day is giving back," says Beard.
Giving back is exactly what Sally Latimer feels is important for a group like Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
"I feel full of joy," shares Latimer. "When we found out that there were going to come, we were going-"yippie!--It's just so great, because it's something we need to do. And here they are doing it for us."
For 9 years, Community Day has helped a number non-profits in the Northwoods. Beard says WIPFLI likes being involved in service.
"I think the Northwoods community really shows how much they help various non-profits—activities, with all the events going on, and fundraising. It's very vibrant in that, and we want to be a part of that."
Community Day isn't limited to the office in Rhinelander. More than 1,100 Wipfli employees all across the Midwest--and even in Washington--donated their time to service Thursday.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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