In the Community

30-hour Famine, March 3-4

Join us for an ecumenical 30-hour Famine Lock-in, March 3-4, 2017

Click Links Below for More Information:

  • REGISTRATION – we’d like to know approximately how many youth are attending.

  • How to get your youth involved (see information below)

  • What to bring if participating

  • Our WISH LIST – including LARGE refrigerator boxes

  • Where to find us / Our Schedule of EVENTS – coming soon

On Friday, March 3rd starting at 4:00pm through the evening of Saturday, March 4th, ending at about 7:00pm, 8th grade and high school youth will unite together to bring awareness to our global and local famine crisis, by participating in a 30-hour famine.

Youth throughout Whitewater will begin fasting on Friday, March 3rd at noon through 6:00pm Saturday, with a meal to follow. For 30 hours youth will be participating in a lock-in, sleeping in cardboard boxes and participating in community service events to help unite our community in battling against hunger.

Students will be in cardboard box houses on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 – 11:00am in front of the Living Word Fellowship Church located at 212 W. Main Street, downtown Whitewater. They will be taking monetary donations and non-perishable food donations for the Whitewater Pantry. 100% of all funds raised and donated will be given to the local Food Pantry and to Bethel House in Whitewater.

What is it like to not have anything to eat or to live in a cardboard box?
This experience will give our local youth a taste of what so many deal with every single day.  All donations appreciated!

This year, the 30-hour Famine starts and ends at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin St., Whitewater, WI 53190. Questions? (262) 473-4101

All 8th grade and high school students are welcome to join us! An ecumenical opportunity for all youth in our community. Three youth groups are involved already, with room for more. YG leaders can contact the Congregational United Church of Christ.

The 2016 30-Hour Famine was hosted by the First United Methodist Church 2016 Youth Groups Included: Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Patrick Catholic Church, and WARM (Whitewater Area Regional Ministry) United Methodist Ministry. Food donations were given to the Local Food Pantry and monetary donations went to the 2016 Do Something MobilePack that took place at the High School on April 2, 2016.

Besides having lots and lots of fun…. here are some of the service projects we did in 2016:


Packing List For Participants:

  • water bottle
  • overnight items
  • sleeping bag and pillow
  • change of clothes
  • duct tape for your box home


Large Refrigerator or dishwasher boxes
Duct tape

Fleece to make blankets:
1.5 yard pieces of fleece fabric

For Twin Oaks:

General Cleaning Supplies

  • Bathroom cleaners
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Paper Towel

General Personal Hygiene Supplies

  • Soap
  • Shampoo or no-rinse shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Baby Wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Lotion/Lip Balm
  • Razors

Donate Fresh Produce to the Food Pantry

Morgan veggie cartMorgan Radaj and her mom veggie dropoffMaggie built this mobile food bin as part of Morgan’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Residents are encouraged to bring extra produce from their gardens to the bin, which is unstaffed and located across from the SweetSpot during the weekly market., Tuesdays from 3:30-7:30. The Whitewater Food Pantry staff then take the donations to the pantry the same night.veggie flag

Backpack Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn August 16, 2016 the Whitewater Community Clothes Closet will host their 5th Annual Back Pack Distribution Day from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.
Back Packs will contain school supplies and they will again offer a selection of New Socks and Undies (Courtesy of First United Methodist Church). They will also have the Clothes Closet Open during those same hours. Be sure to pass the word to friends..

DO SOMETHING MobilePack – 4/2/16

It’s time for us to DO SOMETHING, and TOGETHER we can make a BIGGER impact. A community united.

Food Packing Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Help us bring an amazing service project to our community of Whitewater! A unique, life-changing outreach project that is geared for those ages 5 – to – 95.

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 We are partnering with:

Feed My Starving Children
. . .to bring a MobilePack food packaging event to Whitewater in the Spring of 2016.

SAVE THE DATE: April 2, 2016 at the Whitewater High School


Our inspiration: Special thanks to – Children’s World Impact – for inspiring us with the song: Do Something by Matthew West

If not us, then who?

If not now, then when?

It’s not enough to do nothing.

It’s time for us to do something.


Our goal is to bring community members together, including: families, churches, youth groups, service clubs and civic groups, university students, and more – all in one place. Together we can make a difference and use the opportunity to learn more about some of the other amazing groups in our own community and surrounding areas.

DSC_0905This is an international service project, but we will also be focusing on the needs of our own local food pantry at the same time. In order to bring this event to our community, we need to commit to paying for and packing at least 100,000 meals. This will not be a problem! In fact, most communities raise more than the minimum amount required. All additional money raised is just icing on the cake = more meals to pack and more volunteers who can help. Believe it or not, we will have to turn down volunteers because there won’t be enough to do. Expect at least three shifts (1.5-2 hours long) of 200+ volunteers each.

There are two parts to this event:
1. fundraising
2. food packing
DSC_0849Before we can pack food, we need your help with the fundraising.

Did you know that it only costs .22 cents to package a nourishing meal for a hungry child? We have decided that we can easily break those 100,000 meals into 22 manageable sponsorship opportunities. For $1000, your group can be a sponsor you can help us bring this event to Whitewater. This is a great fundraising project for your youth group, or for the young people of your group, but people of all ages benefit from the MobilePacking event itself. Ideas: Round that .22 cents up to a quarter and hold a quarter drive, or hold a fundraising dinner and have a free will donation, etc. For more ideas, see our website. Please consider being one of our 22 major sponsors.

"I volunteer to pack food whenever I can. It is also a great thing that my son can help as well. Not many places allow children to volunteer. Thank you so much for being there!"  - Susan, FMSC Volunteer

“I volunteer to pack food whenever I can. It is also a great thing that my son can help as well. Not many places allow children to volunteer. Thank you so much for being there!” – Susan, FMSC Volunteer

It’s time for us to DO SOMETHING, and together we can make a BIGGER impact.

Please contact us SOON if your group would like to be one of the main sponsors.

Email Morgan: and provide your group name and a contact person (including best phone number and email so we can send updates). Partial payments toward your donation is appreciated.

Checks made out to:

Feed My Starving Children

Please include “1604-018AU”  in the memo section so that your donation is credited to our MobilePack here in Whitewater. Your group name should also be included somewhere with your donation.

Mail Checks: Do Something MobilePack, Congregational UCC Church, 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI 53190

Additional donations appreciated. All groups who donate toward this event will be recognized, no matter the amount of their donation. There are other ways to help, too. We will be posting additional ideas here soon. You will also find photos there to give you a better idea of what this event will look like. Thanks for your consideration!


Morgan Radaj (UCC church member, Girl Scout Senior, and M.A.D.Monday Mission Club)

Feed My Starving Children –

Here are some photos from a similar MobilePack event that we participated in on Oct 4th, 2014 in Delavan, WI.

We have already had a small taste of the great things that can be done together as a community... Pictured are members of youth groups, service clubs and Girl Scouts - working together at a similar event opportunity in Delavan a few weeks ago.

We have already had a small taste of the great things that can be done together as a community… thanks to the efforts of Bridget from “the 19 days” who organized this event in Delavan, WI. Pictured is the crew from Whitewater who went (members of a youth group, service club and Girl Scout troop) – working together on Oct 4th, 2014. We packed individual food portions for: Feed my Starving Children. Special thanks to “the 19 days” for inviting us to help. Not many places allow CHILDREN to volunteer. They had a blast! We hope to bring an event like this to Whitewater, too.


Chili Cook Off – Fri, Nov 20th 5:30-7:30pm


During this Thanksgiving Season:
Be THANKFUL for what you have & Help those who are HUNGRY!
Local and surrounding area friends.
Calling all Chili makers – We need your CHILI!!
Please consider helping with this ecumenical fundraiser – even if you can’t stay. Chili donations need to be dropped off between 5-5:30. Cash prize to the chili that takes in the most donations.
All proceeds go to the Do Something MobilePack coming to the Whitewater High School on 4/2/16.
For more information about what a “MobilePack” is – and the motivation behind why we are holding this fundraiser – please watch this short video:

All local residents are welcome to attend this Chili Cook Off!
Save the date: Friday, November 20th. Location: Congregational UCC Church, 133 S. Franklin St.
Pop in anytime between 5:30-7:30pm and for $5, try as many different chili samples as you’d like. VOTE for your favorite.
We are also working on acquiring some AMAZING raffle items – especially right before Christmas.
Raffle donations appreciated.
Look for event posters around town and coming soon here on this website, too…

Members in the Community – August 2014 eNEWS

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(August 18) Richard Telfer, UWW Chancellor, will give his State of the University address on Monday, Aug. 25.

The annual event marks the beginning of the academic year, and will be held in Young Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend.


memberscommunity – August 16, 2014

(August 16) School Supplies and Clothes at the Whitewater Community Clothes Closet on Saturday August 16th at Congregational UCC Church was an overwhelming success. Now however is time to replenish the school supplies and particularly backpacks to prepare for the Tues. Aug 19th Clothes Closet “helping Whitewater children succeed.”

Contact Kay Robers at 262-379-0187 for any help that can be provided or questions on the program.



memberscommunity – August 14, 2014

(August 14) The public is invited to attend an organ dedication concert on Friday September 19, 7:30pm at the Congregational United Church of Christ 133 S. Franklin St.


Internationally renowned concert organist Bruce Bengtson will be performing. Mr. Bengtson is recognized as an accomplished organist throughout the United States. He has also claimed an international audience through concerts in Mexico, Canada, Finland, Sweden, France, Austria, and Denmark. An award winning musician, he has played for the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society, and the National Conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians(ALCM). He has also led hymn festivals across the country. Bruce is an active clinician and member of the ALCM. Augsburg Fortress Publishing Company has two of his anthems in print. He has appeared in broadcasts of Wisconsin Public Radio. Bruce is Director of Music at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 1978. Besides the duties of organist, he is responsible for the choral and instrumental program of the parish. There will be a reception following the concert. Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.

memberscommunity – August 13, 2014

(August 13) The public is invited to join the members of the Whitewater Congregational United Church of Christ at 133 S. Franklin St. for an old fashioned (Wisconsin style) Shrimp Boil. Save the September 13th date. The seating will begin at 5pm and will continue until 7pm.

In addition to jumbo shrimp, they will be serving organic, homegrown boiled red potatoes, Mississippi caviar, coleslaw, cornbread, all topped off with homemade peach cobbler. There will be a children’s meal available as well. The cost will be $15 for adults and $5 for the kids menu.

Advanced tickets are required. Please contact them at (262) 473-4101 or drop into the Congregational UCC church office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 1pm to purchase tickets. The proceeds of this event will go to Back Bay Mission. Back Bay is an on-going outreach project of the United Church of Christ serving the homeless population in Biloxi Mississippi. Come and join the fun and become a part of an important mission project.

Hosted by: Grace United Church, Fort Atkinson, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Fort Atkinson, and Congregational United Church of Christ, Whitewater. THIS IS THE CHURCH DINNER YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!

memberscommunity – August 13, 2014

(August 12) The 65th Anniversary of the Ordination of the Rev. Dr. Carroll J. Olm as a minister of the United Church of Christ will be acknowledged at a worship service on Sunday, August 24th, at 10am at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 South Franklin Street. Everyone is invited to attend this celebration of ministry.

Rev. Dr. Carroll J. Olm and Rev. Phil Milam


The Rev. Olm will preach the sermon titled “If I Had a Thousand Lives to Live” focusing on the Call of the Ministry. The Rev. Phil Milam, pastor, will conduct the liturgy. Pastor Olm was ordained on August 7th, 1949, at Community United Church of Christ, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He served in parishes: Trinity UCC, Mulberry, IN, Calvary Memorial UCC, Wauwatosa, WI, Providence UCC, Racine, WI and at St. Paul’s UCC, Sheboygan, WI. In 1960 he accepted the call to become the Founding Director of the Wisconsin Conference UCC Fairhaven Retirement Services in Whitewater, WI, where he served for 29 years. Since his retirement in 1990 he has supplied church pulpits and has participated in Whitewater community activities such as serving on six city boards and commissions and as a member-at-large of the City Council. Currently he serves on the Whitewater Community Foundation Board. He continues in his 36th year as a member of the First Citizens State Bank Board of Directors.

A period of fellowship and sociability featuring ice cream sundaes will be held immediately after the service.

4th July Booth

Our 4th July Booth will be openFourth of July 7

  • Thursday, July 3rd – 5pm – Midnight
  • Friday, July 4th – 10am – Midnight
  • Saturday, July 5th – 12pm – Midnight

We need volunteers for set-up, to work in booth, and take-down.  We are also looking for donations of food/drink items or monetary donations.  The sign-up sheets are hanging in the narthex.

  • Load Truck – Monday, June 30th – 6pm
  • Set-up – Tuesday, July 1st – 6pm
  • Take-down – Sunday, July 6th – 1pm


Our Menu

  • Chicken Wraps
  • Walking Tacos
  • Frozen Go Gurts
  • Frozen Candy Bars
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Freezer Pops
  • Carmel Apple Sundaes
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Pop and Water
  • Glow Sticks

For more information about the Whitewater July 4th Celebration please go to


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Members in the Community – June 2014 eNEWS


June 10, 2014
Four young people from our church will be participating in the 4th of July Miss Whitewater Pageant – on July 3rd, 2014. ALL money raised from this event, will go to: Honor Flight Network.
Emily Radaj – Sponsored by Bookwood Systems, ltd.
Morgan Radaj – Sponsored by Dick and Judy Triebold
Natalie La Breche – Sponsored by Fero’s Auto Repair
Hannah Delaney – Sponsored by Mills Automotive

As part of the 2014 Whitewater 4th of July Family Festival celebration, with a theme of: Flying High over the 4th of July, these young ladies will be participating in the Miss Whitewater Pageant. This is not your typical Glamor Pageant. It’s not about what you wear – but more about practicing public speaking, building self-esteem and self-image, community service, and raising money for a group or organization. The majority of the score is based on interview skills and community involvement.

They are excited that this year, ALL proceeds from this event support HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK and their mission to transport our WWII heroes to Washington DC to visit and reflect at their memorial 🙂

Here are a few ways to support the girls and our HONOR FLIGHT Heroes:

  • Raffle tickets – the girls are selling raffle tickets until July 3rd for 12 gift baskets – tickets $1 each or 6-for-$5
  • Cash donations

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.


June 6, 2014

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Whitewater Community Development Authority (WCDA) announce that a second grant ($250,000) from WEDC’s Capital Catalyst Program has been awarded to the Whitewater Community Development Authority.

(l-r) Jeff Knight, Chairman of Whitewater CDA; Lisa Johnson, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of WEDC; Cameron Clapper, Whitewater City Manager; Reed Hall, Secretary and CEO of WEDC; Chancellor Richard Telfer, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Patrick Singer, Whitewater Common Council President.
This is the second Capital Catalyst grant award to the Community Development Authority, following a 2013 award that made $300,000 available to area companies. The award was presented by Reed Hall, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, at the Whitewater University Innovation Center.

WEDC’s Capital Catalyst program provides matching grants to communities and other entities to assist startup or early stage businesses as they are in their initial stage of development and growth. While the program generally limits awards to technology-based businesses, WCDA manages the fund and is allowed to provide capital to businesses in one of several forms. These include a grant to make additional capital available to the business prior to its ability to generate substantial revenues. These grants do not require a repayment by the business.

WCDA may also provide a loan with repayments based upon a pre-negotiated percentage of the gross revenues. This allows for the business to begin its operations without the need to capitalize its initial repayments to the WCDA.

The third aspect is now the WCDA will have the ability to become an investor in the business. Under this award, the business will not have a set debt repayment schedule. Rather, the WCDA will participate in the profits of the business similar to any other private investor. This is a unique part of this program.

Funding decisions made by WCDA are based upon the needs of the business rather than a funding allocation based upon the number of jobs being created or retained. WCDA may also provide funds to be used outside of the city if it can be shown that the city will have a direct benefit from the investment.

In addition to the WEDC award of the second round of funding, businesses that received funding from the 2013 award will be recognized for their new business ideas and programs. These businesses have all been able to continue their growth with the assistance of this program. These businesses are all in the early development stages. The companies are:

Slipstream LLC – Grant award $10,000 – Slipstream is a software development company that has reached the final stages of design of a new software program that will allow citizens to register for city sponsored Parks and Recreation programs remotely.

Bomboard LLC – Grant Award $10,000 – Royalty Investment $100,000 – Water sports are a very large component of summer recreation activities for everyone. Bomboard LLC. has developed a new modular jet ski that is both less expensive than current products and easy to transport in the trunk of a compact car.

iButtonlink LLC – Grant Award $10,000 As this company sought to expand its operations, they relocated their operations to Whitewater rather than leave the state. iButtonlink LLC is a leading research and manufacturer of climate control monitoring sensors.

DP Electronic Recycling – Royalty Investment $50,000 – As the computer industry has grown in its use, so have the hardware products that are used by consumers. This has also led to an increase in waste products. DP Electronic Recycling has developed a process to help reduce excess discarded products. Using the old computer viewing screens, they are able to reuse these waste products by converting them into a durable tile product.


June 3, 2014
Whitewater Girl Scouts gathered recently at Cravath Lakefront to celebrate all their accomplishments from the past year!

Whitewater has six troops ranging from Daisies all the way up to Cadettes. Morgan Radaj, a Cadette shared her accomplishment of earning her Silver Award. They also celebrated Troops #3336, #2332 and #2674 for bridging to the next level of Girl Scouts. A huge thank you to all the leaders who continue to pursue the Girl Scout Mission of building girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place. For more information on Girls Scouts, click here.