Stepping Stones of Dunn County

Food. Shelter. Support. Since 1986.

Join Us for Exciting Events

Empty Bowls

Join us for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for Stepping Stones. Empty Bowls is an inspiring and exciting community event that supports Dunn County citizens in need. Attendees will be able to purchase beautiful handmade pottery and wood bowls donated by artisans and students. Several local restauranteurs will provide delicious soups to fill those bowls. Other generous donors provide fresh bread, desserts and beverages.

Saturday, March 25th, 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Menomonie High School
(note new location)
(Click here to purchase tickets online!)

Advance Tickets $15 with bowl; $5 meal only
Same-Day Tickets $17 with bowl; $7 meal only

There will also be a Silent Auction, a Bake Sale, Children’s Activities, Displays, and Live Music (including Yata, Jay Collins, Heather Jerrie, Wakanda Elementary School Choir and more). Proceeds benefit the Food Pantry, Stepping Stones Shelter and Community Connections Program.

16th Annual Stepping stones’ Garden tour

Tour 5 beautiful Dunn County gardens on the 16th Annual Stepping Stones’ Garden Tour. Enjoy a stunning and relaxing day outdoors while supporting Stepping Stones’ programs.

16th Annual Garden Tour
Saturday, June 25, 2017
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rain or shine!
(Click here to purchase tickets now!)

Advance Tickets $13; Day of Event Tickets $15; Children under 16 no charge when accompanied by parent or guardian.Bid on a variety of silent auction items at each venue. You can also Shop the Stepping Stones’ Garden Market on June 22, 23, and 24. A thoroughly enjoyable summer day in western Wisconsin!

Garden Tour Sponsorship

Garden Tour Sponsorships are available from March 9 to June 25, 2017. We invite you or your organization to become a sponsor of the 2017 Garden Tour that supports all of the Stepping Stones programs. Sponsorships received by May 10, will be listed in Garden Tour Publications.

  • IrisGiving $500 or more – Sponsor recognition on signage at each garden, 4 complimentary Garden Tour passes, Invitation to the Garden Party, Recognition in Local Newspapers, Ticket Booklet, and Stepping Stones’ Website & Newsletter
  • LilyGiving $275 or more – Sponsor recognition on signage at each garden, 2 complimentary Garden Tour passes, Recognition in Local Newspapers, Ticket Booklet, and Stepping Stones’ Website & Newsletter
  • Trillium  – Giving $150 or more – Sponsor recognition on signage at each garden, Recognition in Local Newspaper, Ticket Booklet, and Stepping Stones’ Website & Newsletter
  • VioletGiving $75 or more – Recognition in Ticket Booklet, and Stepping Stones’ Website & Newsletter
  • Sweet PeaGiving up to $75 – Recognition in Stepping Stones’ Newsletter and Website

Click here to become a Garden Tour Sponsor!

Give to Stepping Stones

Serving Dunn County

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

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FOOD PANTRY

The Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in need and is currently averaging 1,400 visits per month. Stepping Stones also has “mini” outreach pantries in rural Dunn County communities to serve at-risk seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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SHELTERS

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.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

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

1485

Average visits to the Food Pantry per month in 2016. That’s an average of 57 families per day, six days a week, nearly 80% of whom are living at or below poverty level and the rest very close.

6,078

Nights of shelter provided in 2016 at either one of the Stepping Stones Shelters or at a local motel for short-term stays when the shelters are full. This is an increase of over 20% from 2015.

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Individuals and families who received over $31,000 in emergency financial assistance for rent, heat, electrical bills, fuel and clothing and critical needs in 2016.

17,923

Volunteer hours contributed in 2016 to help make all of Stepping Stones’ programs and services possible.

Take the Tour

We invite you to visit Stepping Stones during normal business hours to see the work we do.
Stay tuned for an online tour coming soon to this space!