Service and Volunteering

The people of Greater La Crosse are proud of their long tradition of serving the community to improve this little corner of the world. Find many opportunities to give back, develop your faith, and connect with others. Grow our community by getting out, meeting others, and giving of your time!

Great Rivers United Way unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities. Learn more about ways you can make an impact at any of Greater La Crosse’s hundreds of nonprofit organizations.  Visit or

Alzheimer’s Association of Greater WI

American Red Cross – Scenic Bluffs (Southwest Chapter)


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region

Boy Scouts of America – Gateway Area Council

Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse

Catholic Charities

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland

HMOOB Cultural & Community Agency

La Crosse Area Autism Foundation

La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity and ReStore

La Crosse Jaycees

La Crosse Lions Charities (La Crosse)

La Crosse Masonic Lodge 190

La Crosse Promise

Local Lupus Alliance, Inc.

New Horizons Shelter & Outreach Centers

The Parenting Place

Rotary Club of La Crosse

Salvation Army of La Crosse

VARC, Inc.

Neighborhood Associations

Get to know your neighbors and share recommendations, advice, important alerts, and much more by joining one of the neighborhood associations in the La Crosse area. They serve both a practical and fun role, as some even offer classes and social outings. Search your new neighborhood and join today!


With an international student population numbering 400+ and a workforce growing in diversity, the Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council (GLADC) members include large and small major businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits, governments, and individuals. The Council works to advance a vision of Greater La Crosse as an inclusive and welcoming place to work, access opportunities, contribute, and belong.

They provide resources to businesses including trainings, speakers, and networking opportunities. GLADC also produces a publication, the Multicultural Resource Guide, to help facilitate a more accessible and inclusive community. This dynamic guide lists established and emerging resources that reflect and celebrate the cultural diversity of the area and helps connect residents to these valuable resources. 

The Multicultural Resource Guide includes:

  • Civic & Advocacy Organizations and Initiatives
  • City & Regional Government
  • Faith Communities
  • Education
  • Arts/Culture/Entertainment
  • Businesses & Services

Contact GLADC today!


Worship and community are indispensable aspects for believers of any faith. With nearly 60% of the area identifying as religiously affiliated, faith in Greater La Crosse is populous, welcoming, and diverse. Lutheranism, Judaism, Catholicism, Church of Latter Day Saints, Islam and many other faiths are active and embraced in our area, adding rich diversity to our quality of life.  Find a community of faith here


Adult sport leagues are a fun way to meet others and get active! Visit your local municipality’s website to find out how to join, meeting times, and everything you need to know about leagues for basketball, football, softball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, tennis, and more.

City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation

Dahl Family YMCA

Rush Wisconsin West Adult Soccer

City of Onalaska Parks and Recreation


La Crosse County has a VFW and two American Legion posts in the area acting as resources for our local veterans.

American Legion La Crosse Post 52


American Legion Onalaska Post 336


VFW Post 1530


The La Crosse Area Chamber Bridge Builders Program helps those who have relocated to Greater La Crosse learn more about their new community and make connections as they settle in. We match newcomers with a Bridge Builder, a community ambassador with established personal and professional networks and a strong knowledge of Greater La Crosse. Bridge Builders and newcomers are paired based upon their shared interests, and once matched, the Bridge Builder becomes a first friend who can answer questions, make connections, and help our newest neighbors feel right at home in Greater La Crosse.