Local Resources

If you need specific services, or are/know of an organization offering services, please let us know by emailing UnitedWay@UnitedWaySWMN.org.

If you would like to donate to United Way of Southwest Minnesota's COVID-19 Response Fund, please CLICK HERE.


  • Visit www.unitedwayswmn.org/volunteer for a list of simple volunteer opportunities that can be done while social distancing or from the comfort of your home.


  • Help is only a call away with United Way's 211 hotline. Call 2-1-1 for a list of local resources. Free, confidential information and referrals, available 24/7 in 150 languages.


  • Minnesota Children's Cabinet: Guidance and resources to support you and your family during the pandemic. Document available in: English, HmongSomaliSpanish
  • Open Door Health: Offering medical and behavioral health appointments in-person and via telehealth on a sliding feel scale (based on family size and income guidelines). Also offering emergency dental appointments and free legal services (based on income guidelines). For more information, visit odhc.org.
  • Prescription Medications: Call FamilyWize for free customer support to help coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies. Call 1-800-222-2818.
  • Southwest Health and Human Services: Apply for health care assistance online at mnsure.org. Call SWHHS in your area or visit swmhhs.com for assistance.


  • For questions regarding school closures and childcare, contact the state information hotline between the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m.: 1-800-657-3504
  • For a list of free hands-on and technology based activities for children of all ages that require little to no supplies, click here.
  • For a list of Imagination Library activitiesclick here.
  • Character Playbook is a free educational resource from the NFL and United Way geared toward middle schoolers. It supports mental wellness and healthy character development. Click here to access.
  • Noggin is FREE for 90 days. United Way and Noggin have teamed up to help families learn and play at home. Enjoy a full library of books, games, interactive episodes, and learning videos all for free. Click here to access.
  • Scholastic is providing a free "Learn at Home" curriculum with activities specific to each grade level. Click here to access.
  • Youth Development Program - Lyon County: All youth development group meetings are canceled until further notice. Little Buddies and their Big Buddies may still meet at their own discretion. Staff is working to conduct groups electronically. More information to come. 507-537-1416
  • Wild About Reading: Virtual STEM Classes were created and posted by United Way of SWMN. Click here to access these videos.


  • Southwest Health and Human Services: Apply for cash, emergency, and food assistance (SNAP) online at applymn.dhs.mn.gov. Call SWHHS in your area or visit swmhhs.com for assistance.
  • The Refuge - Lyon County: Still serving clients as usual, but doing as much work as possible over the phone. People who are unable to meet via phone will still be seen by staff. 507-537-1416
  • Your Legal Rights: LawHelpMN has many resources available regarding your legal rights and the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to access.


  • Many local schools are providing meals to children while school is closed. If you have questions, contact your child's school directly for specific information and procedures.
  • Esther's Kitchen - Marshall, MN: Offering to-go meals. For daily updates, call 612-377-9810.
  • Hy-Vee - Marshall, MN: Customers age 60+, expectant mothers, and anyone with underlying health conditions can shop from 7:00-8:00 a.m. All other shoppers please visit during new store hours, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 507-532-2247
  • Kitchen Table Food Shelf - Marshall, MN: Outside pickup services only. The food shelf will be open during its regular days and hours (M, W, F 12:30-4:15 p.m.). Workers will do the shopping. Clients will be given a shopping list and a serving number. Clients should knock on the white door. People using public transportation should call ahead (507-537-1416) and a box will be ready upon arrival. 
  • Lutheran Social Services: Currently offering shelf stable emergency meals and frozen meals for curbside pickup, as well as Meals on Wheels delivery in the following LSS Bistro and Meals on Wheels locations for those ages 60+: 
  • Lyon County:

    Marshall LSS Bistro and Meals on Wheels (507)532-6124

    *currently curbside and Meals on Wheels deliveries available

    Tracy LSS Bistro and Meals on Wheels (507)629-5547

    *currently curbside and Meals on Wheels deliveries available

    Balaton Meals on Wheels (507)629-5547

    *deliveries for Balaton come from our Tracy LSS Bistro

    Lincoln County:

    Hendricks LSS Bistro and Meals on Wheels (507)275-3843

    *currently curbside and Meals on Wheels deliveries available

    Ivanhoe Meals on Wheels (507)275-3843

    *deliveries for Ivanhoe come from our Hendricks LSS Bistro

  • Southwest Health and Human Services: Apply for cash, emergency, and food assistance (SNAP) online at applymn.dhs.mn.gov. Call SWHHS in your area or visit swmhhs.com for assistance.
  • Yellow Medicine County Senior Meal Program: Prairie Five Community Action Partnership congregate meal sites are closed. They are delivering frozen and shelf stable meals. 320-269-9009


  • Crime Victim Services: New Horizons Crisis Center staff are available but doors are locked. When program participants call the local offices, they will be screened for COVID-19 and after screening, Crime Victim Services may be provided in person, via telephone, or via video conferencing. Call 507-532-5764 for more information.
  • Parenting Time Program: In-person services are available with social distancing practices at NHCC offices. Contact New Horizons Crisis Center for more information at 507-706-0162.
  • Domestic Abuse Services: WoMen's Rural Advocacy services will be provided through electronic means, unless staff deems it's essential to meet individuals involving face-to-face contact. The resource rooms will be open to meet individual immediate needs but items will be gathered by the staff and set out for curbside pickup. No donations are accepted until further notice. If you are in need of services, call 800-639-2350 or 507-532-2350 (crisis line) or email director@letswrap.com.
  • Make a Plan, MN: Minnesotans who are responsible for the care of a child are encouraged to make a plan for alternate short term care for their children in the event parents or guardians become ill. For more information, click here.


  • Otto Bremer Emergency Grant: Otto Bremer Trust has created a $50 million emergency fund to support community organizations. For more information, and to access the grant application, visit https://ottobremer.org/emergency-fund/.
  • Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants: Governor Walz proposed $30 million in funding for emergency grants for licensed child care providers serving essential workers during COVID-19. Click here for information and/or to apply.