La Crosse County Emergency Response Fund activated in response to COVID-19. More details here.


La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund – Grants Awarded!

March 19, 2020

Katie Berkedal, Program DirectorBy Katie Berkedal, Program Director

Great Rivers United Way and La Crosse Community Foundation are relieved to announce that help is on the way, as we identify the grant recipients of the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund:

The Hunger Task Force was awarded $10,439 to help support their increase in demand from the 91 local pantries, meal sites, and youth programs they supply. Their local partners together serve 7,200 individuals per month, and need to adapt to providing more “to-go” and delivered meals with more distributions than usual.

The Parenting Place was awarded $3,000 to stock their diaper bank. They provide between 3,000 to 5,000 diapers per month to families. Although their office is closed to the public, Parenting Place remains committed to helping families meet this need with scheduled curbside diaper pick-up times.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater La Crosse was awarded $10,000 to help provide 200 meals daily to Club kids and their families in West Salem and La Crosse. They’re partnering with Waterfront Restaurant, who’ll cover the $7,000 weekly food bill, to ensure their most vulnerable kids get fed evening and weekend meals, despite the clubs being closed. This grant will offset the cost of staff delivering the meals.

Couleecap was awarded a $20,000 grant to provide just-in-time critical bill payment assistance for low-wage workers in La Crosse County who have lost or reduced their employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Outreach will be focused on people laid off from service or retail industries, and funding will be provided to help with critical bills, such as rent, car payments, life-critical prescription costs, utility bills, and more.

While we are humbled to be able to provide these grants, please know this funding will not cover all their needs. If you can help, please do. 


More about the La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund here