COVID-19 Response

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Manitowoc County, our number one priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and community we serve.

Office Hours

The United Way Manitowoc County office is currently closed to the public. We remain accessible via email or phone – 682-8888.

Free United Way Products and Services

United Way Manitowoc County has a variety of free community resources to help our community meet their basic needs during this uncertain time.


  • 211

    • ​Our 211 helpline remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect our citizens to the vital health and human services necessary to meet their basic needs. As a reminder, you can dial 211 for assistance with rent, food, utilities, housing services and much more.

    • You can also text COVID19 to 211-211 to receive information and updates regarding COVID-19.


  • FamilyWize

    • ​Our FamilyWize  Prescription Discount Cards can instantly lower the cost of your prescription medications – by an average of 45%. Cards can be printed here or downloaded to your phone by searching Rx Discount Card by FamilyWize in the app store.

    • Additionally, because pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens are now offering free delivery of prescription medications, when you call in to get a prescription filled or refilled, you can ask that the FamilyWize discount be applied by providing the following information that is found on a FamilyWize card:

BIN: 610194

Card ID: FW100  

Group ID: FW100



For more information on FamilyWize, click here.


  • Free Tax Filing

    • ​If you have both a simple state and federal return, you can file your taxes online at for free. For other free tax filing options, read United Way’s recent blog post. (Note: The deadline for filing has been extended from April 15 to July 15.)


COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund


United Way Manitowoc County is committed to ensuring basic needs are met in Manitowoc County. Therefore, we have launched our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund to support local nonprofits and other organizations working to provide immediate basic needs relief in Manitowoc County. Efforts to monitor needs will be on-going in order to develop an appropriate short-term response as well as longer-term recovery.


To make a donation to support our community's urgent basic needs, click here

For more information about our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund, please read our FAQ sheet.​ To learn more about Manitowoc County's COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), the community group assisting with funding requests, click here

If you are a nonprofit or tax-exempt organization seeking funding, please direct questions about the application to Ashley Bender by calling (920) 682-8888 or by emailing 

  • Thank You

    • As of July 13, our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund ​has received contributions totaling $85,077 from generous individual donors, our corporate partners - Americollect, Associated Bank, Festival Foods, Meijer, Sargento, UnitedOne Credit Union, and the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation - and United Way Manitowoc County's endowment. Thank you for the support!

  • Phase 1 Awards

    • The following 13 nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations have been awarded grants from our first phase of funding:

      • CASA of East Central Wisconsin - $500

      • Grow it Forward Inc. - $1,000

      • Hope House of Manitowoc County - $2,000

      • InCourage - $3,000

      • Lakeshore CAP - $6,000

      • Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends - $1,000

      • Manitowoc Cooperative Ministry - $150

      • Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA - $1,500

      • Painting Pathways Clubhouse - $1,500

      • The Crossing of Manitowoc County - $1,000

      • The Haven of Manitowoc County - $2,500

      • The Salvation Army Manitowoc County - $1,000

      • United Ministries - $1,000



​Our community's nonprofit organizations still need volunteers during this pandemic! Visit our Volunteer Connection Center to learn more about COVID-19 specific volunteer opportunities, virtual volunteer projects that you can do in the safety of your own home, and in-person needs.


Additional Community Resources

  • Health

    • Parents with kids and teens 18 years old and under can use the USDA's Meals 4 Kids mapping tool to find sites nearby where one can pick up free nutritious meals and snacks

    • To view Healthiest Manitowoc County's resource guide for Manitowoc County, click here

    • For a list of tips for managing stress and challenging situations during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here

    • To learn more about the Manitowoc Public School District's summer food service program, click here

    • The Two Rivers Public School District is running their summer feeding program until August 29. The drive through sites, Magee Elementary and Koenig Elementary, are open 11 am - 1 pm Monday-Friday. When lunch is picked up, the following day's breakfast will be included. Sign up/registration isn't necessary. This service is free to all children 18 and under, as well as special needs students up to age 21.

  • Education

    • For a listing of education companies offering free subscriptions and services due to school closings, visit Amazing Educational Resources

    • Essential workers in need of child care can call Child Care Resource & Referral at 920-886-1211 for an up-to-date list of regulated family child care homes and group child care centers who are remaining open to care for the children of essential workers. 

  • Financial Stability

    • For more information on Catholic Charities' financial resources, visit their website

    • Consumer Credit Counseling Services are available here

    • For more information on Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks), visit the IRS' website

  • For Nonprofit Organizations

    • For a Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act emergency loans small business guide and checklist, click here

    • For more information about how your organization can benefit from the new universal tax breaks, click here

Stay Connected​

​Continue to visit this page on our website or our Facebook page for ongoing updates. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to United Way Manitowoc County staff via email or phone.


​To contact a staff member, visit our staff page for a listing of email addresses.

Call us at (920) 682-8888

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21 E. Waldo Blvd.

Manitowoc, WI  54220


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday


(920) 682-8888

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