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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.

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



COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund


In March, United Way Manitowoc County launched our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund to support local nonprofits and other organizations. Launched in partnership with Manitowoc County’s COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), our goal was to provide both immediate basic needs relief and long term recovery in Manitowoc County.

As of September 22, our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund has received contributions totaling $92,777 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. We thank you all for your generosity and support!


Donations to our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund have been awarded in two grant phases. Funds were also used to create over 850 reusable face coverings for Manitowoc County nonprofits. We will continue to monitor the needs of our community and with the COAD, determine how and where to allocate remaining dollars in our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund.

While we are no longer fundraising to support our COVID-19 Basic Needs Relief Fund, if you are interested in supporting United Way Manitowoc County's efforts to meet the basic needs of our community members, click here to learn more about how you can financially support our mission. 

  • Phase 1 Awards

    • The following 13 nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations have been awarded $22,150 in 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

    • To read our Phase 1 impact report, click here

  • Phase 2 Awards

    • The following 11 nonprofit organizations have been awarded $53,500 in grants from our second phase of funding:

      • Ascend Services, Inc. - $5,000

      • CASA of East Central Wisconsin - $5,000

      • CORE Treatment Services, Inc. - $1,500

      • Crusaders of Justicia - $3,000      

      • Grow It Forward Inc. - $10,000

      • Hope House of Manitowoc County - $6,000

      • InCourage - $8,500

      • Lighthouse Recovery Community Center - $10,000

      • Painting Pathways Clubhouse - $2,000

      • St. Mary’s Home for the Aged, Inc. dba Felician Village - $1,000

      • The Crossing of Manitowoc County - $1,500



​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

  • Education​

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

    • For more information on Charter Spectrum's low income internet program, Spectrum Internet Assist, click here.

  • 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. To contact a staff member, visit our staff page for a listing of email addresses or call (920) 682-8888.

Call us at (920) 682-8888

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