Organizations, Foundations & Clubs

Community Philanthropy


American Legion Post No 314
We are open to the public.

Wood River -Alda VFW
Welcome all veterans with foreign military services. We need new members!

Celebrate Wood River Performing Arts Council
Vince Boudreau, 308-379-7612
The aim of Celebrate Wood River is to bring arts entertainment and education to all central Nebraskans — and it’s FREE!

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is the Crane Trust’s gateway to Nebraska’s fabulous Platte River Valley, with an amazing array of indoor and outdoor experiences waiting to be discovered.  Established in 1978, the Crane Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of critical habitat for the endangered whooping cranes, sandhill cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River.
Karen Krull Robart

Cement Lodge 211
Freemasonry in our community offering friendship, growth in leadership, and providing charity.
Dewey Heminger

Grace Koepp Foundation
Grace was a long time resident of the Wood River rural area.  She started the Grace & Donna Rae Koepp Foundation in 1999, after the death of her only daughter, Donna Rae.  Since Graces passing in 2011, the Foundation is run by a Board of Directors that is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the Wood River Community.
Grant request forms are available from Chris Stewart-Bangs & Stewart  583-2206.
Any other information, Kris Koepp-583-2882 Email – [email protected]

Hall County Corn Producers

Maltman Memorial Public Library
Public library available to all area residents.  No cost to check out books – read your heart out!  Preschool story hour weekly, summer reading program, book clubs plus free WIFI, cake pans, puzzles, copies and fax service.  See our flyer in the digital Welcome Packet for library hours!

Meals on Wheels
The Wood River Senior Center delivers meals to your door, if eligible, Monday-Friday. Simply call to request more information and an application.

Teammates Mentoring program
Our mission statement: To positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.  We are currently seeking individuals to make a positive connection with a youth in our district one hour per week.  This can be during lunch, after school, or during the school day as it works with each person’s schedule.  Contact us for more information!
Lindsay Davis
308-583-2525 or 308-380-5346
[email protected]

Wood River Area Economic Development Corp.
The Wood River Area Economic & Housing Development Corporation is a volunteer organization of individual, business, & professional people whose mission is to increase the economic opportunities of the Wood River area by creating an environment for business expansion, retention, and recruitment through facilitating cooperation among business, government, & community to instill a higher quality of life.
Brian Bangs or Chris Stewart

Wood River Booster Club
Wood River Booster Club is a volunteer organization that supports all the students of Wood River Rural High School/Middle School. The Booster Club conducts one fundraiser a year by operating The Eagles Nest restaurant at Husker Harvest Days mid-September. Teachers, coaches, and student groups can request funding by submitting a grant request form through the school office. The Booster Club raises thousands of dollars each year and reinvests it in school facilities and programs. Monthly meetings are open to everyone. We need YOU to volunteer a half or whole day of your time during Husker Harvest Days to make these generous grants possible!
Sonya Schultz, President

Wood River City Council
Wood River is governed by a City Council and Mayor. We have three Wards, with two elected council members from each ward. Elections are held every two years, with elected officials each serving 4 year terms so that each Ward elects one councilmember each election cycle. To learn more about becoming involved in the Wood River City Council, contact the Hall County Election Commissioner or the Mayor.
Greg Cramer

Wood River Community Club
A non-profit organization with a mission to promote growth in our community, being sensitive and responsive to needs of our businesses and citizens encouraging community involvement in pursuing community goals.  Annual projects include Fun Fest, Halloween costume contests, Santa Claus visits, Easter Egg Hunt, City-wide Garage Sales, Holiday Lights, and more!
Esther Rickert

Wood River Elementary PTO

The Wood River Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) encourages an attitude of support, pride and enthusiasm that promotes a positive school/community relationship, while enhancing our children’s educational environments, and influencing our children’s future success.
Jody Sorgenfrei
Elementary School – (308) 583-2525

Wood River Volunteer Fire Department
Proudly serving Wood River and the surrounding area for all fire, EMS and other emergency situations. Volunteers needed!
Todd King (fire chief) 308-390-2880
Brian Urbom (rescue captain) 380-390-1231

Wood River Community Centennial Foundation
Since its incorporation in 1984 under the laws of the State of NE, the Wood River Community Centennial Foundation has awarded back to the Wood River area grants and scholarships totaling over $373,100. The Wood River Community Centennial Foundation is a 503(c)(3) tax exempt organization, and receives gifts in part from memorial contributions and tax exempt private gifts. Consider supporting your local foundation today!
Judy Wagoner, Executive Secretary

Wood River Community Choir
Part of the Celebrate Wood River Weekend Gathering Series. Community Choir performs twice a year: Christmas and Easter.  All volunteer members – no audition.  Practices usually Sunday 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sept-Dec and Feb-Apr.  Join us!
Vincent A. Boudreau

Wood River Housing Authority
Wood River Housing Authority is a public housing facility composed of 20 one-bedroom apartments. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable housing in an efficient, caring & safe manner.
Peggy Krause

Wood River Housing & Industrial Development Corp.
Organization originally developed in early 1970’s.  Successful tasks include development of subdivisions/housing development north of 13th Street West from Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  Group owns commercial office space along 9th & Main Streets today and is looking to promote additional businesses and services to Wood River community.
Nick Rennau

Wood River Ministerial Association
Participants include the Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist & Presbyterian Churches.
Matt Troyer-Miller

Wood River Rural Fire Board
Wood River Rural Fire Board is a Public Entity, with taxing authority.  It provides fire protection services to the rural area surrounding the City of Wood River. The Wood River Rural Fire District owns some of the fire trucks and other equipment in partnership with the City of Wood River.  The Rural Fire District and the City of Wood River share in the operating expense of the Volunteer Fire Department.  The Wood River Rural Fire Board Members are residents of the rural area, representing their constituency.  They are responsible for overseeing and providing approval on budget matters, including requests for tax levy from the Hall County Board of Supervisors for equipment.
Scott Thesenvitz

Wood River School District 83
Making Education Count is at the center of action and decision making, combining a highly qualified teaching and support staff that work together in putting our students’ educational needs first.  Our school district is composed of the communities of Alda and Wood River, along with rural patrons, which combine to “Make Education Count” for each student at Wood River Rural Schools.
James Haley, Superintendent

Wood River Senior Citizens Center
The Wood River Senior Center provides locally cooked meals Monday-Friday at noon for a suggested donation of $5.00. Please come join us for some great food! The center is open 9:00-2:00 during the week. It also offers a host of other wonderful services for area residents: free blood pressure screenings, flu shots, speakers on health/wellness/nutrition, a foot clinic by an R.N., handiman service referrals, and social activities like cards, games, and crafting.

Wood River Food Pantry
The Food Pantry provides weekly backpacks for elementary students in need of food supplements for the weekend.  Also provide food for people with need on an “on call” basis.  Contact any of the Wood River churches for assistance.

Wood River Vision 20/20
Wood River Vision 20/20, a task force of volunteers, seeks to help connect ideas and resources to make Wood River an even better place to live and work today and for generations to come.
Tyler Doane – 308-380-1731

Wood River Cemetery Association
Charged with oversight of the Wood River Cemetery, located 1/2 mile south of Hwy 30 on Burwick Road, Wood River NE. WR Cemetery Board members include Steve Arnett, Rhonda Denman, Esther Rickert and Gary Luhn. To buy a plot or needs to dig, contact Dennis Wagoner at 3088502554
Contact us at [email protected] for assistance


Youth Clubs/Activities

4-H clubs
Christy Burnett 308-385-5088

Wood River Ball Association
Kipp English – 308-390-1493

Baseball leagues

Softball Leagues

Basketball leagues

Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts
April Opp -308-325-1458

Football leagues

Volleyball leagues

Wood River Wrestling Club