Getting Help

How can United Way help?

Great Rivers United Way regularly receives phone calls and emails from people seeking assistance. While we empathize immensely with these struggles, United Way is not able to provide monetary support directly to individuals. We fund programs only, and after a thorough vetting process; however, a number of those programs, or the following partnerships, may be helpful to you.

Requests for direct assistance are referred to Great Rivers 211, a United Way partner, for a more complete referral.

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.

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Great Rivers 211 is a United Way funded partner offering information and referral and crisis line services. To reach Great Rivers 211:

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

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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 billions of dollars in tax credits and refunds since 2009.

SingleCare prescription savings card

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Great Rivers United Way partners with SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize) to provide community members with access to affordable prescription medications, ensuring greater health and financial stability. Real people living right here in our region are saving money — see the number helped and their savings below — thanks to SingleCare!

The SingleCare prescription savings card:

  • Always free to use by everyone—just show it to the pharmacist
  • Save up to 80% on 10,000+ prescription medications
  • Accepted at major pharmacy chains nationwide
  • No registration or eligibility requirements. Use it
    right away!
  • Sign up on for additional member savings
  • Works whether you’re insured or underinsured
  • Unlimited uses

How do I get a card?

  • Click the “Get the SingleCare Card” button above
  • Contact Great Rivers United Way at:
  • Download and print a card on
  • Text “family” to 700700 to receive a card on your phone*
  • Download the free SingleCare mobile app from the App Store or Google Play Store

*Message and data rates may apply

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