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‘Giving Tuesday’ is a great way to give back to your community
St Pats CCD donates to food pantry
SENECA ST. PATRICK’S 3rd and 4th grade CCD class challenged the other grades to beat their Thanksgiving donation to the Gays Mills Food Pan-try. The total food collect-ed was 235 pounds. This yearly event is coor-dinated by Sarah Sime and Sonya Lenzendorf.

 CRAWFORD AND VERNON COUNTIES - ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ‘Giving Tuesday’ kicks off the season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. What follows is a partial listing of local giving options:

Gays Mills 

Swimming Pool

The Friends of the Gays Mills Swimming Pool have been involved in a steady and diligent fundraising effort over the course of the last year. Their purpose is to raise the funds necessary for needed repairs and updates to the beloved pool enjoyed by so many in the community over the years.

Donations can be mailed to the Village of Gays Mills, 16381 State Hwy 131, Suite 1, Gays Mills, WI 54631.

Public Libraries

Gays Mills Public Library, Friends of the Library – send checks to Gays Mills Public Library, 16381 State Highway 131, Gays Mills, WI 54631. In the check memo, write ‘Friends of the Library.’

Soldiers Grove Public Library, Friends of the Library – send checks to Soldiers Grove Public Library, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655 In the check memo, write ‘Friends of the Library.’

Community building

WDRT- Driftless Community Radio, 91.9 FM,311 S. Main Street, Viroqua, WI 54665  

Lions Camp

It's deer hunting season!  If you are a deer hunter and want to put your deer hides to good use, local Lions Clubs are sponsoring a Deer Hide Collection at Royal Bank, Gays Mills; Desperado’s Wonder Bar in Soldiers Grove; McCormick's Bar & Grill, Rolling Ground; Bill McCormick's residence in Rolling Ground; and Greener’s Corners in Seneca.  

All proceeds from the deer hides will be used for the Wisconsin Lions Camp to help serve the needs of others.  The Wisconsin Lions Camp began in 1956 and has been dedicated to providing a quality camping experience for people with disabilities.  

Fire and Rescue

Ocooch Mountain Rescue, Gays Mills. Send checks to 111 North Royal Avenue, Gays Mills, WI, 54631. Put ‘Donation’ in the memo line.

Seneca Fire and First Responders: P.O. Box 211, Seneca, WI 54654. Put ‘Donation’ in the memo line.

Gays Mills Volunteer Fire Department, 16381 State Highway 131, Gays Mills, WI 54631. Put ‘Donation’ in the memo line.

Soldiers Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 100 Passive Sun Drive, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655. Put ‘Donation’ in the memo line.

North Crawford Rescue Squad, 102 Legion Drive, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655. Put ‘Donation’ in the memo line.

School Districts

North Crawford School District: 47050 County Road X, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655

North Crawford Community EducationFoundation: the North Crawford Community Education Foundation provides private resources to enhance educational project and programs of the North Crawford School District and provides scholarship awards to North Crawford graduating high school seniors who pursue post-secondary education.

Donations to the established funds may be made online at and by mail at NCCEF, 47050 County Rd X, Soldiers Grove WI 54655.

Seneca School District: P.O. Box 34, Seneca, WI 54654

Seneca Education Foundation: the school district, teachers, and students receive tremendous support from the Seneca Education Foundation–from Chromebooks to supplies. 

Southwest Tech

The ‘Charger Dream Fund’ is a fund at the Southwest Tech Foundation to provide emergency grants to students who are faced with an unexpected financial emergency that may cause them to drop out of school. A small grant can help a student stay in school and complete their degree. Those who are interested in joining Southwest Tech’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit and click on the Donate Now! Button.


Crawford Stewardship Project:CSPs mission is to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources.

CSP has been involved in training citizen scientists in water quality monitoring, surface water quality monitoring, mapping of the county’s sinkholes, well water testing and community conservation education events. 

Your support for CSP will be doubled, thanks to a generous anonymous donor. Every tax-deductible dollar you donate will be matched to double your impact. Donations can be sent to: Crawford Stewardship Project, P.O. Box 284, Gays Mills, WI 54631.

Valley Stewardship Network:VSN works to protect the land and waters of the Kickapoo Valley and neighboring watersheds through water quality research, public engagement, education outreach, and networking that involves community in stewardship for the social and economic benefits of sustainable agriculture, land use, and recreation. 

VSN trains citizen scientist volunteers, helps to foster farmer-led watershed councils, and community conservation education events. Donations can be sent to 110 S. Main Street, Viroqua, WI 54665.

Economic Development

Crawford County Community Foundation: the Crawford County Community Fund was established in 2008 as a permanent endowment for the benefit of the county. The fund’s mission is to support economic development in the county. Once per year, a portion of the fund’s earnings are returned to area communities in the form of grants for projects consistent with the fund’s mission. Donations to the Crawford County Community Fund are tax deductible, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 13, Seneca, WI 54654.

Community Wellness

InHealth Community Wellness Clinic:the Mission of InHealth Community Wellness Clinic is to strengthen community health and well being by providing free basic health services for the uninsured through the help of volunteers, local health services and community support. We promote education supporting personal health and wellbeing and work to assist the ongoing needs of our patients. Donations can be sent to 109 East Bluff Street, Box 35, Boscobel, Wisconsin, 53805.

Passages Shelter:a private, non-profit organization with the mission of supporting those individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Passages has a 20-bed shelter for individuals needing emergency safety housing. Passages also operates a 16-unit housing complex for families coming through the shelter or for families with low income. Passages offers options counseling in the areas of medical and legal advocacy, sexual assault services and youth services. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 546, Richland Center, WI 53581. In addition to cash donations, Passages is also always in need of clean clothing for women and children, and women’s personal care and sanitary supplies.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter:a passionate advocate that will provide quality care for companion animals in need as we seek their forever homes and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 421 Prairie du Chien, WI 53821. Your donation is tax deductible.