Local Volunteer Opportunities & Donation Needs

Warming Center Donation Needs

Here is the list of needs for the cleaning volunteers:

  • Window cleaner
  • Tub and tile spray cleaner
  • Lysol (or similar) wipes for cleaning chairs
  • Rags for cleaning (they have a washer/ dryer to reuse)
  • Fabric softener sheets

For the guests:

  • Juice of any kind (gallon size is easiest)
  • Day packs or duffel bags (new or used)
  • Belts (new or used)Gloves (new or gently used) 
  • Long underwear or warm layers, all sizes (new or used)


How to donate:

Bring your items to the UU building during Heather’s office hours (or put in the purple bin outside). Someone on the Social and Environmental Justice team will get your donations to the center. Or, if you prefer, bring your items to the Warming Center directly. Bring your donations to the kitchen door (facing third street) at 6:30 p.m.to 6:45 p.m. any evening 7 days a week and a volunteer or staff member will accept your donation.

Address: 413 3rd St South, La Crosse WI 54601


Fort McCoy Volunteers & Donation Needs

The Social & Environmental Justice team wants everyone to know that, in addition to donating to this month’s Special Collection, there are three more ways that you can volunteer and donate to support our Afghan guests. Click on any of the underlined links to view resources and information about how you can help.

  • Visit ugetconnected.org to access resources and information about volunteering and donating.
  • Looking for shopping lists of items that are needed at Fort McCoy? The Catholic Charities website has three registries (AmazonTarget, and Walmart) for you to choose from.
  • To support the newly-established classrooms at Fort McCoy, a group of community partners launched the “Operation Allies Welcome School Supply Drive.” Those wishing to contribute may purchase items from the campaign’s Amazon wish list, accessible at www.gruw.org/schoolsupplies.

Kane Street Gardens

Our ongoing involvement with Kane Street Gardens includes installing a gravity irrigation system, building handicap accessible raised bed gardens, and making plant identification signs. Many of us help with daily work at the gardens.


Monthly Special Collections

Each month our Social & Environmental Justice Team selects a community organization as our Special Collection recipient. Join us every month in donating to community organizations that manifest our values!

Click Here to Learn About This Month’s Special Collection


Join Our Social & Environmental Justice Team!

UU La Crosse’s team aims to impact the world by acting locally. We have and will continue to take part through 2022 in supporting the Kane Street Garden as part of our work for food sustainability and justice. We have, and will continue through 2022, working to connect up with our national organization, the Unitarian Universalist Association, to take part in “UU the Vote”. 

  • Learn about injustice and its roots
  • Fight racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia
  • Support the building of a sustainable world
  • Raise money for local justice-focused causes
  • Take part in congregational social justice projects in the community

For more information contact Team Chair David Boen: davidlboen123@gmail.com


UU Social & Environmental Justice in the News

photo of four women at a women's march
UU Fellowship members – women and men took part in marches for justice in 2017 and 2018 in Washington, D.C., Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, and La Crosse.