Current Community Needs Wishlist

We are trying something new at LCF! Local nonprofit organizations can now submit a request for funding of special projects in our new online NPO Wishlist. The current ‘wishes’ are listed below.

If you’re interested in supporting one of these worthy causes, please give us a call at (608) 782-3223.


La Crosse County Historical Society-Enduring Families Project

Amount requested: $2,500

We are requesting funds to create a video for The Enduring Families (EFP).
Using local African-American actors, the EFP performs live re-enactments of the lives of the La Crosse area African-American historical figures. The purpose of this Project is to bring to light this nearly invisible history illustrating the contributions, struggles, and perseverance of these people. Creating venues to foster pride, resiliency, feelings of belonging in our multi-ethnic community is the mission of the EFP. One A-A mother said, “If you can not see yourself in the past, you can not imagine your future”.
An important component is bringing this history to the Public Schools which was accomplished last year at the Middle School level where ALL of the students attended performances.
The EFP has been invited by Sandy Brauer, Principal of North Woods International School and head of K-12 Social Studies, to contribute to the rewriting of the La Crosse School social study curriculum. In Sandy’s words, “Our vision is for all students in the School District of La Crosse to see themselves in the curriculum, and ultimately, to succeed in our increasingly diverse nation and world.” They will use this video in the curriculum.
The county and city libraries will use the video for schools, programming and in their circulation.
Area historical societies, community groups, religious organization have agreed to use this video.

Submitted:  August 17,2019

The Parenting Place

Amount requested: $500

Donor advisors passionate about supporting parents experiencing poverty and its complicating factors can provide funds to stock our Diaper Bank with the sizes parents need most.

The Parenting Place’s Diaper Bank gives any parent or caregiver access to free diapers when they have a need, putting into action the findings of a study published in Pediatrics (July, 29, 2013) showing that “an adequate supply of diapers may prove a tangible way of reducing parenting stress, a critical factor influencing child health and development.”

The Diaper Bank is stocked primarily by donations from generous individuals and businesses hosting diaper drives throughout the community. As an example of Diaper Bank need, in June of 2019, 2,745 diapers were distributed to parents. We find parents’ need for certain diaper sizes (size 6 in particular) often outpaces donations. By donating funds to the Diaper Bank so that high-demand sizes can be purchased, you’ll be ensuring that parents can find the sizes they need, every time.

Your gift of any amount can be used to purchase diapers, and donations of $2,000 or greater would allow us to pursue the possibility of bulk purchasing options at significant savings.

Submitted: 7/22/19

The Parenting Place

Amount requested: $2,000

Donors passionate about supporting parents experiencing poverty and its complicating factors can provide funds for one or more meals during our Dinner & Diapers programs with gifts of $500-$2000.

Dinner & Diapers provides a meal, free diapers, social supports, and parent education for families who use our Diaper Bank. We aim to host several Dinner & Diapers events a year and the meal cost for each event is approximately $500 to feed approximately 50 people.

Our Diaper Bank gives any parent access to free diapers when they have a need, putting into action the findings of a study published in Pediatrics (7/29/13) showing that “an adequate supply of diapers may prove a tangible way of reducing parenting stress, a critical factor influencing child health and development.” Parents using the Diaper Bank typically do not use other The Parenting Place supports such as parent-child play groups, parent support groups, or evidence-based parenting classes.

Dinner & Diapers aims to provide greater hospitality and connection to these families, by providing a forum to build social supports, and offering small, usable bits of evidence-based parent education. Parents attending Dinner & Diapers often identify as representing disadvantaged populations: people of color, people experiencing poverty, single parents, grandparents or relatives serving as custodial caregivers, blended and step-families, teen parents, and religious minorities.

Submitted: 7/22/19

La Crosse Public Schools

Amount requested: $2,000

“Trauma informed”, “Responsive”, “Meeting students where they are at,” this language is becoming mainstream in our community, thanks to the Rebuilding for Learning Collaborative (RFL). Our community’s students are struggling – with trauma, with cultural misunderstandings and with poverty. Kids are coming to school with a lens that is very different than a student who is ready to learn.

The RFL Collaborative focuses on creating and maintaining a responsive support system that promotes meeting students where they are at by training our community teachers, social workers, youth service professionals, and police officers in language, skills, and tools, assisting them to making connections with the students they work with. Because of RFL, policy changes have helped lead to a preventative approach instead of reactionary as evidenced by the System of Care that includes an MOU with the school district, La Crosse County, and La Crosse Police Department.

The RFL conference is held each year to bring members of each system together to learn tools and techniques as they work with youth. Best practices and evidence-based approaches from nationally known speakers are taught to our teachers, human service staff, nonprofit staff, and other City and County employees. Funds will be used for speaker fees and conference costs to help our youth serving professionals create relationships, connect with the youth they work with, and help our youths’ futures be a bit brighter.

Submitted: 07/16/19

GROW La Crosse

Amount requested: $1,800

We would like to work with Huber Faucheux, an Eagle Scout, to build essential components of the GROW Edible Schoolyard (ESY). We have found that when students get involved in designing the landscape around them, they become much more immersed in the project. The Eagle Scout would help design and install a large willow arch for people to walk through and plants to grow on, along with information boxes. The ESY will be in the front of Hamilton and SOTA with the collaboration of the students and community. Huber, the Eagle Scout, attended the SOTA I for elementary school, which is one of the reasons he chose to help with the project.

An edible schoolyard is a space that is created intentionally to provide a hands-on learning environment incorporating native edible plants. This space will serve over 275 students and 25 staff.

We are looking for $1800 for both the supplies (willow branches, wood, paint, screws, tools) and also funding to pay for consultations from experts who will be guiding the installation of the arch and boxes. This will allow the Eagle Scout to work hand-in-hand with mentors. Huber would like to become an engineer when he grows up, so experiences like this he believes will help him learn skills he will need when he is an engineer.

We would enjoy giving the funder a tour once these are installed.

Submitted: 7/09/2019

Franciscan Spirituality Center

Amount requested: $1,500

Divorce Recovery
This eight-week program (spring and fall) offers support and a path for healing from divorce, separation, or the end of a long-term romantic relationship. Participants learn practices based in self-compassion to help heal, forgive and form new loving relationships. $20 fee for workbook for each participant and FSC subsidizes the class for participants.

Submitted: 7/08/2019

Franciscan Spirituality Center

Amount requested: $2,000

Art As Prayer
This monthly therapeutic watercolor studio is a chance to learn new techniques without worrying about perfection or a finished product. Participants listen to their hearts while painting and need no experience. Offered monthly September through May. $10 per session, FSC provides supplies and subsidizes the program.

Submitted: 7/08/2019

Friends of the Refuge – Mississippi Pools 7 & 8

Amount requested: $350.00

This request is for two, 14-piece ScatCast Replica sets from Acorn Naturalists, at a cost of $151.47 each plus postage and handling.

The mission of FOR78 is to support environmental education, and to connect the community (in our case, the La Crosse area) to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. We also manage the Prairie Wind Nature Store at the Refuge District Headquarters on Brice Prairie.

The Refuge Rangers and FOR78 members conduct environment education programs for adults and children. And children are fascinated by — you guessed it — scat! Refuge creatures are often identified more by what they leave behind and these two scat replica sets (one for FOR78 and one for Refuge staff) include replicas of all the animals on the Refuge, with the possible exception of cougar.

The replicas will give program participants a chance to learn more about the animals on the Refuge, their habitats, behavior and food choices. Having a visual representation will also serve as a conversation starter, especially for more reserved students. Ultimately, participants will have a better understanding and appreciation for the Wildlife Refuge and its charge to protect the resources within it.

Submitted: 6/7/19

Alzheimer’s Association

Amount requested: $1,500

The La Crosse Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus. Over 500 participants are expected to join together, with a goal to raise $90,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. We are asking for your consideration in becoming a 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsor. Every dollar advances the fight against Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization, working to advance care, support and research across the world. Your donations make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s today and those who will face the disease tomorrow.

These dedicated, local walkers are the sons, daughters, friends, spouses, co-workers and caregivers of those affected by or lost by the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.The Alzheimer’s Association educates and offers support to La Crosse area families going through the dementia journey. Through area education programs, support groups, and care consultations, caregivers and people with dementia learn that they’re not alone. We also have a helpline open 24/7. There are 110,000 people in Wisconsin living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to rise. That means we have almost 200,000 caregivers in this state.

Submitted: 5/21/19