Stepping Stones
Food. Shelter. Support. Since 1986.

Join us for the 2019 garden tour!

Want to become a sponsor of one of the summer’s most popular events?

Click here to become a Garden Tour sponsor!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Stepping Stones’ 18th annual tour. This year, six gorgeous local gardens will be in full bloom and ready to delight all your senses!

The host gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about their gardens. And you won’t want to miss the always tempting array of fine silent auction items at each site. And the garden market at Stepping Stones will also return in all its glory, Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29!

Available online, at Stepping Stones and several area locations, tickets will go on sale in May!

Get ready to Run/Walk — and vote — for STEPPING STONES!

Rock the Riverfront!

This year, Stepping Stones has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of Royal Credit Union’s 25th annual charity classic, Rock the Riverfront.

Saturday, June 22nd at Phoenix Park, Eau Claire with an 8 a.m. start for the 10k. Two mile team walk starts at 10 a.m.

Click here to register — and to vote for Stepping Stones!

Early bird registration prices through May 12th. All registered participants receive a free shirt, meal ticket, and charity vote. For the 2-mile walk, the team name is Stepping Stones, team captain is Katherine Dutton.

Activities include: Rock Hunt (your chance to win $500!); youth races; inflatables, dunk tank, face-painting, cash grab booth; food trucks (including health options!); and live music.

We hope you can join us but if you can’t, you can still vote by clicking the site above. Proceeds will go to Stepping Stones, Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, and The Open Door Clinic in Chippewa Falls. All three will benefit — but YOU get to choose the big winner!

One free vote comes with race registration. Additional votes can be purchase for only $2 to help Stepping Stones get the most proceeds: 1st place-$15,000; 2nd place-$7,500; 3rd place-$5,000. In this election, you’re encouraged to vote early and often!




When you’re shopping online please use this Amazon Smile link to have 0.5% of your purchase donated directly to Stepping Stones!  It couldn’t be easier to support Stepping Stones and we will all be smiling.

Note:  You must use the above link or the Amazon Smile link on—using the mobile app does not give you the option to donate. 

Thank you for your support!

Serving Dunn County

Stepping Stones seeks to foster a community that prevents hunger, homelessness and
isolation throughout Dunn County through its three programs.


The Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in need and is currently averaging over 1,400 visits per month. Stepping Stones also provides almost 450 Project SAM weekend kids meal bags to children and youth at local schools each week.


The Stepping Stones Shelters provide emergency shelter, housing assistance, and referral services. Winter Haven operates November 15 through May 31. We are currently seeking volunteers for Winter Haven.



The Community Connections Program connects volunteers to people needing support services and provides direct assistance to people in emergency financial need as funds are available.

Statistically Speaking


Average visits to the Food Pantry per month in 2018. That’s an average of almost 60 families per day, six days a week, nearly 80% of whom are living at or below poverty level and the rest very close.


Nights of shelter provided in 2018 at either one of the Stepping Stones Shelters or at a local motel for short-term stays when the shelters are full.


Individuals and families who received almost $30,000 in emergency financial assistance for rent, heat, electrical bills, fuel, clothing and other critical needs in 2018.


Volunteer hours contributed in 2018 to help make all of Stepping Stones’ programs and services possible.

Newsletter & Memorials Archives

Recent news and Memorial contributions

The Stepping Stones Newsletter is a vital communication tool that lets the community know about all of the great work that’s done each quarter by Stepping Stones’ volunteers, board, and staff. You can read about what’s happening with Stepping Stones’ programs, current events, ways to help, and other news and updates.  The Gifts & Memorials insert is also included.

Newsletter and Memorials Archives

In the archives, all of the issues for each year are assembled into one PDF volume for your reading pleasure.  It’s a great way to get a sense of the enduring work and mission of Stepping Stones!

Every Dollar is Worth Ten

1 in 9 people in Western Wisconsin are food insecure. For children, the rate is 1 in 5.
With every dollar you donate, we are able to buy
TEN DOLLARS worth of food at the food bank.

Your dollar makes a tenfold difference at Stepping Stones!

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