Getting Help

How can United Way help?

Great Rivers United Way receives phone calls and emails from people seeking assistance on a daily basis. While we empathize immensely with these struggles, United Way is not able to provide monetary support directly to individuals. We only fund programs; however, one or more of them may be helpful to you!

Such requests are referred to Great Rivers 2-1-1, a United Way partner, for a more complete referral. The following may also be of help…

Campaign to Change Direction

The Campaign to Change Direction is a national mental health awareness movement. The La Crosse community is fortunate to be one of only a few regional locations kicking off the campaign. For more information, please visit the Campaign to Change Direction website.

Disaster Response

Great Rivers United Way is a resource for disaster response and recovery. If you need to report disaster-related damage; would like to request the services of a case worker; and/or are interested in helping with a gift of money or time, please visit our disaster response page for more information.

Great Rivers 2-1-1

Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a United Way funded partner offering information and referral and crisis line services. To reach Great Rivers 2-1-1:

  • call 2-1-1 (landline) or 1 (800) 362-8255 (cell phone),
  • live chat at,
  • Or text your zip code to 898211.

Help for Hard Times

Great Rivers United Way has partnered with Great Rivers 2-1-1 to compile a guide to help people who are struggling within the Great Rivers Region. View the Help for Hard Times guide (pdf).

My Free Taxesmyfreetaxes

The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. The MyFreeTaxes Partnership’s online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped millions of families claim nearly $6 billion in tax credits and refunds since 2009. Tax filing software provided through powered by H&R Block. Learn more at

Familywize Prescription Discount CardFamilyWize perscription drug card - Great Rivers United Way

Did you know that more than one out of five people in the United States have no prescription drug coverage? Great Rivers United Way has joined with FamilyWize to provide a FREE prescription drug discount card that can save you and your family an average of up to 30% or most prescriptions. You can use the card at any participating nationwide pharmacy with no signup, registration, or fees. NO income limit, age requirement, eligibility or registration required. Anyone who is underinsured or uninsured can use the card. Simply present your card and prescription to a participating pharmacy to obtain the discounted price. Get a FamilyWize prescription savings card at NO COST to you!

  • Download and print your own FamilyWize card (pdf) at home now
  • Text “family” to 700700 and follow the instructions to save a digital card on your phone
  • Visit Great Rivers United Way, 1855 E. Main St., Onalaska, to pick up a card

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