Emergency Response Funds

    Great Rivers United Way; local banks and chambers of commerce; and generous business, government, and individual supporters have joined together to create Emergency Response Funds that are rapidly deploying resources to charitable organizations at the frontlines of the COVID-19 response throughout Great Rivers United Way’s seven-county service region.

    For the status of the La Crosse County fund, please visit our fundraising partner’s website: La Crosse Community Foundation.

    We’ve put together a resource guide that details how several area organizations are operating at this time (PDF last updated 7/23/20).

    The information below pertains to the Emergency Response Funds that Great Rivers United Way has set up to support Buffalo, Crawford, Houston, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties.


    Fund total

    Total amount donated as of 10/1/2020:

    $223,671


    Awards

    Total awarded as of 10/1/2020:

    $207,089

    Listed in reverse chronological order

    • Couleecap, Inc. received $5,509 for emergency bill payment assistance in Monroe and Vernon counties.
    • Couleecap, Inc. received $10,000 for its Crawford County food pantry.
    • Families First of Monroe County received $12,500 for emergency bill payment assistance in Monroe County.
    • Couleecap, Inc. received $20,000 for bill payment assistance not covered by the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (WRAP) in Crawford County.
    • SEMCAC received $5,000 for its Houston County Senior Nutrition Program.
    • Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers received $12,591 to purchase equipment for tele-behavioral health services in the La Farge and Kickapoo school districts.
    • Families First of Monroe County received an additional $12,594 to continue its work supporting Monroe County residents affected by COVID-19.
    • Family Promise of Monroe County received $8,800 to serve families in homeless situations. 
    • The Salvation Army received $17,500 to support Buffalo and Trempealeau County residents affected by COVID-19.
    • Couleecap, Inc. received an additional $13,500 to continue its COVID-19 response.
    • Boys & Girls Club of West Central WI received $10,500 for its meal program and on-the-go activity kits.
    • Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council received $22,000 to aid homeless individuals and those at risk of eviction and provide meal packages to families.
    • SEMCAC received $10,000 to develop an emergency assistance program for Houston County residents.
    • Couleecap, Inc. received an additional $10,000 to continue its COVID-19 response.
    • The Parenting Place received $1,000 to purchase and distribute diapers through its Sparta and Tomah locations.
    • Families First of Monroe County received $12,595 to support Monroe County residents affected by COVID-19.
    • Couleecap, Inc. received $20,000 to expand its COVID-19 response to two additional counties.
    • Brighter Tomorrows received $3,000 to support the increased needs of victims of domestic violence.

    Donors

    We are incredibly humbled by generous contributions from the following people and businesses to support our friends and neighbors who are suffering the most as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Listed alphabetically by last/business name

    • 3M
    • AcenTek
    • Larry Butz
    • Festival Foods Fund, a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
    • Dennis & Lauri Ford
    • Jim Fowler
    • Glendenning Family Foundation in honor of Inland Packaging employees
    • Mark Glendenning & Margie Webster in honor of Inland Packaging employees
    • Sandy & Kurt Grunwald
    • Gillette Pepsi Companies, Inc.
    • Gundersen Health System
    • Iverson Construction
    • Monica & Steve Holman
    • Philip & Suellen Kress
    • Lynn & Yvonne La Flash
    • Louise Luedtke
    • Stephen Mau
    • Mayo Clinic Health System
    • John and Maggie McHugh
    • Karen Mischel & David Higgins
    • Quartz
    • Robin Rhoades
    • Hilda Richey
    • Simon Stumpf & Ashely Kiehnau
    • The Toro Company
    • And others who wish to remain anonymous

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