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

Current Community Needs Wish List

Local nonprofit organizations can submit a request for funding of special projects in this online NPO Wish List. 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.

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Amount: $1,000 – $1,500

Casa Hogar and Fr. Joe’s Legacy Guild

We are requesting several gifts between $1,000-$1,500 to help fund the purchase of new virtual learning equipment. Casa Hogar is the mission outreach of the Fr. Joe Walijewski Legacy Guild and the Diocese of La Crosse. In February 2020, we took in 17 new children bringing our total to 72 children who call Casa their home. Over the years, we have provided many children with a safe and caring environment in the family-based model, where they gain the confidence to develop skills that empower and enable them for a more promising future. Through the help of on-site volunteers and benefactors across the greater La Crosse area, these visitors return home to the La Crosse area to help serve their communities in a variety of ways. As the central hub for an association of 19 orphanages and local service homes, Casa Hogar also aims to impact the community beyond just our children.

Due to the global pandemic, the community at Casa Hogar has been in lockdown since March. We have limited staff permitted to work by the government and the family teachers are doing all they can to keep the kids academically engaged, active and healthy. However, with 72 children we do not have nearly enough technology supplies to support zoom classes, televised classes, and printed worksheets. We are hoping to purchase several additional used computers, tablets, and printers so the kids can continue to learn! Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Submitted: 9/22/2020

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Amount: $2,500

La Crosse Area Family YMCA

The Community Food Forest in La Crosse at the Dahl YMCA is a community space, thus all are welcome. We have many fruit trees and herbs that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Coulee Region Ecoscapes oversees the maintenance of the Food Forest. They have done a remarkable job creating a beautiful outdoor “escape”. Currently, we have some benches available for seating, but no picnic tables. Our vision is to have two picnic tables surrounded by fruit trees. The fruit trees will be planted this fall, however, we are short on the funding for the picnic tables. With the help of Coulee Region Ecoscapes, we have chosen a concrete picnic table that is handicapped accessible- again, creating a space for ALL. We host different activities and programs out in this space and I would love the opportunity for more opportunities with picnic tables. The community is always welcome in the Food Forest and the picnic tables would be such a great addition. I see many picnics taking place, programming happening on the tables, school-age care and after school kids clubs utilizing them, staff utilizing for breaks, and even using them for outdoor meetings to be safer due to COVID. Now, more than ever, we know the importance of being outside and getting some fresh air. The addition of these two picnic tables would be so beneficial. We have them priced out at around $1000 each plus shipping.

Submitted: 9/2/2020

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Amount requested: $1,000

La Crosse Public Education Foundation

School District of La Crosse students are schooling at home due to COVID-19 and many of them cannot afford art supplies and so are unable to participate in on-line art classes. LPEF is seeking $1,000 to create 50 art supply kits for students to check-out for a quarter and return for another student to use the next quarter. Your help is appreciated to help bridge the equity gap and enable all students to be able to be creative and participate in art classes.

Submitted: 9/1/2020

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Amount requested: $400

Heart2Heart Pet Lifeline, Inc

Recognizing the healing power of companion animals, Heart2Heart Pet Lifeline’s mission is to keep pets out of shelters and in loving homes by providing financial help for veterinary care and temporary emergency pet boarding. We serve income eligible pet owners in La Crosse County by providing grants averaging $400 per person. Most applicants are referred by a veterinarian or an animal shelter. Census and pet ownership estimates show that 3200 La Crosse County households with pets live in poverty.

If your life has been made brighter by a companion animal, you know how much pets give us: love, laughter, better health. The most careful and caring pet owner can face financial hardships. When pet owners cannot afford vet expenses, they see two choices: surrender their pet to already crowded rescues or keep their beloved animal at home, where the animal may suffer and pay the cost with poor health. We offer an alternative that helps the pet, the family and our animal welfare community.

Your donation helps us make the world a better place, one pet at a time.

Submitted: 08/18/2020

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Amount requested: $2,500

GROW La Crosse

Help support local, fresh food and small, local restaurants by funding this opportunity.
Thank you to the help of volunteers and interns, GROW is currently putting school garden produce at the free lunch sites and food pantries. We would love to take this a step further and have a local chef create fresh, healthy snack for 250 children at the free lunch sites eight times in September. To do this, we need help funding paper to-go containers, wooden forks, chef stipends and some additional food to combine with garden produce. In total, the to-go materials will cost $1250 and $2000 for chef stipends and additional food. We hope to use a few Thrivent cards for some of the to-go containers. We’re looking for help providing chef stipends and the additional food for the healthy snacks.

Submitted: 07/30/2020

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Amount requested: $1,85o

GROW La Crosse

Two new schools are interested in having school gardens. You can help. We are looking for funding to supply Emerson and Northwoods Elementary with garden spaces. We are looking for $1850. We need $500 of additional supplies for the Emerson garden and $1350 for the Northwoods Elementary School Garden. We continue to maintain garden and build spaces at schools with COVID-safe maintenance policies that we crafted with a national group that worked with from the guidelines of the CDC and John Hopkins. At all of the already build spaces, extra produce is going to free lunch sites and food pantries. These sites will also give teachers and classroom a safe space to spread out once school resumes.
Please let us know if you can make an outdoor classroom possible.

Submitted: 07/30/2020

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Amount requested: $630

Spence Elementary School PTO – Garden

Spence Elementary School Garden is in need of a wheelchair accessible concrete pathway for its main entry/exit and central path through the garden. Our garden was established in 2017 and serves as an outdoor classroom and environmental learning space for the entire student population of the school. The original pathway installed was that of crushed limestone, which has since proven to be a challenge for our students in wheelchairs to navigate. With its uneven structure and lack of necessary slope at the entrance/exit to the garden, along with no smooth wheelchair access for our raised garden beds, students in wheelchairs find it very difficult to maneuver themselves within this outdoor classroom space. The School District of La Crosse has offered their Buildings And Grounds Department to do the labor portion of this project as a cost savings to us, but we are still responsible for the materials needed to complete the pathway. The total cost of the materials needed for this project are $630; to include all that is necessary from the framing boards to the concrete supplies. We appreciate any and all financial assistance towards accomplishing this most necessary project. Thank you in advance for your consideration and your willingness to contribute to this most essential cause of connecting children to the natural world through outdoor learning.

Submitted: 7/9/20

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Amount requested: $2,500

Friends of the Coulee Region Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Inc (Coulee Region RSVP)

The Handyman Program provides the services necessary to enhance the quality of life for limited-income senior homeowners age 55 and older residing in La Crosse County. The goal of the program is to help seniors live safely and independently in their own homes, allowing them to continue to be a viable part of the community. The homeowner is asked to purchase the item(s) that need fixing, many times our handymen are using local resources such as Restore to assist them in saving money. Typically, there are about half of these homeowners who can not afford the item and we pick up the cost for them. The cost of labor is always free, as our skilled volunteer handymen and women donate their time.
Below are some examples:
• Repair minor electrical/ plumbing problems, repair or replace door handles or deadbolts, replace thermostats/ furnace filter, install grab bars & non-flip surfaces in bathroom, install/remove air conditioners, install/replace batteries in a smoke detector, change light bulbs & repair stair treads. This list is representative, not exhaustive. We may do minor repairs not on the list, depending on what is needed. We would like to use some of the fund to purchase gift cards for our Handyman to the following stores: Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Menards. They would be able to purchase items for those individuals who cannot afford the item needed to be fixed. We also would want the ability for them to purchase items that need replacement from their personal tools.

Submitted: 7/9/20


Amount requested: $2,500

La Crosse Public Education Foundation

LPEF is seeking donations towards purchasing books for all of the third grade classroom libraries in the School District of La Crosse. Over $35,000 has been collected so far to purchase books for the elementary school classrooms, with only third grade left to fund and then this project is complete. Last year 27 fifth grade classrooms each received 67 books, serving over 450 students!! Those kids were so excited to open the boxes of books and pick the ones they wanted to read first. Share your love of reading with hundreds of third grade students, and give them the gift of new adventures, knowledge, and curiosity about the people and world around them.

Submitted: 6/23/2020


Amount requested: $50-$500

La Crosse SOUP

SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in La Crosse. La Crosse SOUP’s mission is to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, trust and fun. We value community, creativity, collaboration, change, trust and fun. Gifts support creative projects chosen by receiving the most votes at La Crosse SOUP events.  Past projects include: Showing Up for Racial Justice Barrier Busters Fund, Monofilament fishing line recycling tubes, training for an Educational Facility Dog (a school service dog) at North Woods Elementary, Family & Children’s Center’s totes full of essential basic supplies to set up a new household for foster children transitioning out of the foster care system, and many others.

Submitted: 3/10/2020


Amount requested: $100-$500

Cia Siab Inc

Working to build a culturally vibrant Hmoob community by providing holistic and culturally-specific services with an emphasis on Hmoob language revitalization. In our work, we maintain Cia Siab, Inc. through the four pillars of hope. We understand that our work has to be holistic, address the needs of the community, as well as the root causes of violence, and build leadership skills and positive cultural identity in order to change the hearts and minds of our people. Ongoing gifts help Cia Siab with general operational costs of  their mission.

Submitted: 3/10/2020


Amount requested: $2,500

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area

2020 Faith Build partnership with Thrivent Financial. We are seeking matching funds from the Faith community to build a home for a family in need. We have a lot purchased and are bringing people of all faiths to come together and provide a family with a place to call home. Thrivent has given $87,500 to cover half of the cost and the other half needs to come from the Faith Community in the La Crosse Area. We are raising walls, funds and prayers to make this happen before the end of 2020! Can we count on your support?

Submitted: 2/13/2020


Amount requested: $500

The Parenting Place

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: 2/5/2020