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