Mission: Our mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen our communities. Our vision is that all individuals and families in our communities will achieve their full potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.
Programs: Fund distribution program - united way volunteers, with the support of united way staff perform an in-depth review and allocate funds from the annual pledge drive to 74 local programs at 26 local partner agencies. The programs must address identified community needs, track program outcomes and achieve positive results in the following impact areas: education, financial stability, health and community basics.
community building program - community problem solving efforts include, but not limited to, united way staff involvement and resources for la crosse county family policy board, family policy board executive committee, la crosse county prevention network, la crosse county housing commission, la crosse area to end homelessness collaborative, rebuilding for learning community retreat, health science consortium - population health committee, homeless collaborative, heroin task force, la crosse mental health coalition, monroe county mental health coalition, monroe county job skills initiative, monroe county safe community coalition, la crosse area family collaborative and la crosse county volunteers active in disaster (voad). Born learning trails are an outdoor literacy tool for pre-school age children and their care giver. Installed trails include, evans bosshard park in sparta, van riper park in onalaska, red cloud park in la crosse, chad erickson memorial park in la crosse and fireman's park in tomah. This program consists of coordinating the installation and maintenance of the trails. United way is updating the compass now health and human services asset and needs assessment with the support of local partners. This effort helps identify health and human service critical issues, what resources currently exist for these issues and what resources may be missing to address these needs in a six county area (houston (mn), buffalo, la crosse, monroe, trempealeau and vernon (wi)). The compass report provides valuable information and presents the results of data collected through a community survey, focus groups, an extensive review of socio-economic indicators, and an inventory of community resources. The purpose of the compass report is to serve as a reference tool and foundation for action plans that solve problems long term. The new compass now analysis will be available in summer 2018 at gruw. Org or compasssnow. Org and provides detailed data and assessment results for each of the six counties surveyed.
great rivers hub - is a system to bridge the gap between health care delivery and the social service sector for cost savings, improved population health outcomes and increased client experience and engagement. The hub model is focused on risk reduction through outcome-based pathways. There are 20 identified pathways that revolve around healthcare and social determinants of health. Each pathway has a defined outcome based on clinical best practice and evidence based models. The hub utilizes community care coordinators through contracts with community agencies to complete pathways for an identified at-risk population.
better together in la crosse county is an 8-year project funded by the healthier wisconsin partnership project of the advancing a healthier wisconsin endowment at the medical college of wisconsin. La crosse county is one of 10 communities in the state of wisconsin who received funding to work on improving behavioral health among its youth. The better together project seeks to reduce the number of youth, ages 12-18, who are at risk for depression. To achieve this goal, they have identified four strategies which can be found at www. Bettertogetherlaxco. Org. Race to the top grant - the race to the top grant funded a process to bring together early childhood experts, creating a collaborative. The goals of the collaborative are to emphasize the importance of early childhood experiences and interactions, reaching the community where they were - not starting a new program. This has evolved into a community awareness campaign called sparks, that will continue to bring focus on the importance of positive early childhood experiences. Volunteer center - the great rivers united way operates a volunteer center that promotes and facilitates volunteer activities to enhance the quality of life in our community. The volunteer center promotes the value of volunteerism, serves as a resource to non-profit agencies, businesses and educational facilities in effectively utilizing volunteers and provides valuable volunteer service opportunities to the community. The volunteer center can be accessed at our website: gruw. Org. Labor relations program - partnership between great rivers united way and organized labor. This program is focused on improving health and welfare services of the community and involving organized labor in the ongoing activities of the united way. This program supports projects that include, but not limited to intervention services, letter carriers food drive, and holiday food programs.