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Fund created to help La Crosse area residents now out of work due to COVID-19

Drew Kelly

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Community members in La Crosse are stepping up for workers who have seen their income stop due to the closure of several businesses because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

A fund, created by La Crosse Community Foundation and Great River United Way had a big response early, accumulating over $80,000 since it opened.

La Crosse Community Foundation Executive Director Jamie Schloegel wasn’t surprised by the early total

“It’s been an incredible response in the few hours since it was announced,” Schloegel said. “One thing we can do if we’re in a financially stable position is give.”

The foundations wanted to create a fund for not only individuals but also non-profit organizations that will provide for those in need.

Mary Kay Wolf with Great River says they know the virus will have a great economic impact.

“The ALICE report tells us that here in La Crosse County, there are 24% of households that are in danger of falling into poverty,” Wolf said. “That’s because they live paycheck to paycheck.”

To donate, visit here and here.

Dialing 211 also would help in finding organizations that could assist in the coming days.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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