St. Croix Valley COVID-19 response fund distributes nearly $200,000

Charitable foundations rapidly give away donations to support people struggling financially because of virus.




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Via the St. Croix Valley Foundation:

Water smartweed and the sun, St. Croix River (Greg Seitz, St. Croix 360)

The COVID-19 Response Fund for the St. Croix Valley this week distributed $195,500 to 22 nonprofit organizations working to meet basic needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The 22 organizations received grants ranging from $20,000 to $500 to help respond to needs for food, shelter, financial assistance and mental health.

The COVID-19 Response Fund for the St. Croix Valley was established as a collaboration between the St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF), United Way St. Croix Valley (UWSCV) and United Way Washington County East (UWWCE). The Response Fund will support community organizations responding to COVID-19 related needs in Chisago and Washington counties (Minnesota) and Burnett, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties (Wisconsin).

Initial funding was provided by the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation ($150,000), the Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation ($150,000) and the SCVF ($35,000). Contributions have also been made by SCVF fund advisors, community businesses and the general public. Contributions may be made online at

Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund for the St. Croix Valley will continue to be made weekly. Local nonprofit organizations responding to basic needs are encouraged to apply at The application deadline for next week’s grants is 9am Monday, April 6.

Funded organizations

Week of March 30, 2020

GranteeAmountBasic NeedCounty
The Salvation Army-Faith House (Siren, WI)$5,000.00Financial Assistance, HousingBurnett
Yellow Lake Food Distribution (Danbury, WI)$2,500.00FoodBurnett
Burnett County Foster Closet (Siren, WI)$500.00FoodBurnett
Friends of Grantsburg Library – Little Free Pantry (Grantsburg, WI)$500.00FoodBurnett
Center for Independent living for Western Wisconsin (Menomonie, WI)$5,000.00Food, Mental HealthN/A
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence (River Falls, WI)$15,000.00Housing, Mental HealthPierce
Assistance & Resource Center (River Falls, WI)$10,000.00Financial AssistancePierce
Our Neighbors’ Place (River Falls, WI)$10,000.00Food, HousingPierce
St. Croix Valley Restorative Services (River Falls, WI)$5,000.00Mental HealthPierce
Community Referral Agency (Milltown, WI)$15,000.00Housing, Mental HealthPolk
Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County (Milltown, WI)$10,000.00Food, Mental HealthPolk
Clear Lake School District – Backpack Program (Clear Lake, WI)$1,000.00FoodPolk
The Salvation Army- Grace Place (New Richmond, WI)$20,000.00Financial Assistance, HousingSt. Croix
West CAP (Glenwood City, WI)$20,000.00Food, Financial AssistanceSt. Croix
Operation HELP (Hudson, WI)$10,000.00Financial AssistanceSt. Croix
UWSCV John Coughlin Food & Resource Center (Hudson, WI)$10,000.00FoodSt. Croix
Five Loaves Food and Clothing (New Richmond, WI)$2,500.00FoodSt. Croix
Somerset Community Food Pantry (Somerset, WI)$2,500.00FoodSt. Croix
Hudson Area Backpack Program (Hudson, WI)$1,000.00FoodSt. Croix
Canvas Health (Oakdale, MN)$20,000.00Mental HealthWashington
FamilyMeans (Stillwater, MN)$20,000.00Mental HealthWashington
Youth Service Bureau (Stillwater, MN)$10,000.00Mental HealthWashington


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