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Winona Volunteer Services

402 E 2nd St
Winona, MN 55987

(18 Miles Away - Go to: Winona, MN Financial Assistance)

Map & Directions

(507) 452-5591


- Provides vouchers for emergency assistance in various situations; before a voucher is given an in-depth conversation will take place between the individual and WVS staff to determine individual's circumstances; vouchers may be issued for the items listed alphabetically below: - - - Bicycles: for individuals without transportation who are either looking for work through an employment agency or are currently employed; must agree to forego all future requests for bus passes, gas, etc. - - - Bus passes (city): for work, school, or seeking employment - - - Bus or train tickets: for individuals or families needing a one-way ticket in verified emergency situations; train tickets only issued when bus tickets not viable; for after-hours transportation emergencies contact Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at (507) 457-6368 - - - Clothing: vouchers may be issued for the WVS Clothes Shop; if specific employment-related clothing is required a voucher may be issued for ShopKo - - - Diapers: for parents/guardians experiencing unexpected financial difficulty - - - Emergency food/grocery store: for individuals who have exhausted food stamps, food shelf card, and financial resources - - - Formula: requires a referral from WIC - - - Gas: for individuals working with an employment agency to job search, or experiencing unexpected circumstance such as reduced work hours; must show valid driver's license and current car insurance - - - Household items: a referral from a service provider is required for individuals needing items such as cooking supplies or a doctor-recommended recliner - - - ID replacement: for individuals needing ID to gain employment; requires referral from Workforce Center - - - Mattresses: request will first be placed on winonashares.org listing, if unsuccessful a service provider may make a referral to WVS; must be approved by regional director - - - Miscellaneous: emergency needs for which no other assistance is available; NOTE: utility assistance is NOT available through WVS

Program Hours:- Office/phone hours 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday - Client service hours 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Wednesday, 3 pm - 6 pm Thursday, 10:30 am - 5 pm Friday

Staff must be able to verify that the need for emergency assistance exists; some vouchers require referrals from other agencies (see details in Service Description); serves Winona County

In life, satisfaction is experienced when activities are brought to a state of completion. Loss of energy and loss of control are functions of incompletion. The result of completing things releases one's ability to create. Prioritize any items that need to be completed, set a completion date, then do it.

-- William Arthur Ward