Lincoln County Community Resources 

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Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

Assistance includes regular heating and electric assistance, as well as specialized services including emergency fuel assistance, counseling for energy budgets, and emergency furnace repair and replacement. 

Lincoln County Dept of Social Services

607 N Sales St

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-6200

Apply online here (will need valid e-mail address and Social Security Number to apply)

Please click HERE for eligibility requirements. 

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Emergency Assistance

Primarily for housing crisis situations but also has energy assistance component.

Go to "Other Resources" section on this page or click HERE for more information.

WHEAP Heat for Heroes

Provides energy assistance to Veterans.

Ph: 800-891-9276

Cell Phone


Provides free or reduced cell phone and/or land line service to eligible households in Wisconsin. There are a number of national providers for Lifeline including Safelink and Q-Link. Both have service areas in Wisconsin but that does not mean that the cell coverage is very good. It is advised you research HERE for the best provider in your area.

Eligibility Requirements: must be a recipient of one of the following public assistance programs:

  • BadgerCare
  • Food Share
  • Medical Assistance
  • Social Security (SSI)
  • Wisconsin Heating and Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
  • Wisconsin Homestead Credit (Scheduled "H" on the WI Tax Return
  • Wisconsin Works (W-2 Program)

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program - Forward Health WI

Temporary program to help families and households afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. To learn more including eligibility and enrollment information call 833-511-0311 or click HERE.

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Community Action Program (CAP) Food Pantry

Food pantry available Monday-Thursday

10:00am-12 noon.

503 S Center Ave.

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-4505


Open Hearts Food Bank

Food bank available Wednesday & Fridays 2:00pm-4:00pm

Trinity Lutheran Church

107 N State St

Merrill, WI 54452



His Hands Extended Food Pantry

Food pantry available by appointment only. Call number below to set up.

New Testament Church

N 2519 Hwy K

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-8554

United Methodist Church Food Pantry

Food pantry available Wednesday from 1:00pm-3:00pm and Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm

1104 School Rd

Tomahawk, WI 54487

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Breaking Bread Community Meal

Meals served the 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:30pm-6:00pm

Eagle's Club

1205 Lake St.

Merrill, WI 54452

Dinner at Five

Every Monday night a community table at Saint Stephens


St. Stephens United Church

903 E. 2nd St

Merrill, WI 54452


The FoodShare program provides supplemental nutritional assistance to low income individuals and families. You can apply in three ways: Visit the address below in person, call the number listed below, or apply online here.

Lincoln County Department of Social Services

607 N Sales St

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 888-445-1621


Provides emergency food supplies for households to food pantries and soup kitchens/shelters.

Ph: 800-242-7334

Career Closet

Serves men and women in need of clothing for interviewing or employment. Individuals may take up to two outfits at no cost to help them start their wardrobe. 

Tuesdays: (3:00-5:00pm)


Thursdays: (12:00-2:00pm)


705 S 24th Ave.

Suite 440

Wausau WI 54401

(Closet entrance located off of Helmke Street.)


Helping Hands Bargain Center

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm and Saturday from 8:30am-3:00pm

407 Grand Ave

Merrill, WI 54452


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St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday/Saturday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Can get a FREE clothing voucher for the thrift store by visiting the SVDP Outreach office at 503 S. Center Ave, Merrill.

1004 E Main St

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-539-1131

Thrift Cellar

Get a FREE clothing voucher form Tomahawk Salvation Army

St. Mary's Church

320 E Washington Ave

Tomahawk, WI 54487

Ph: 715-453-2878


Peaceful Solutions Counseling

Provides assessments and effective treatment/counseling services for individuals (adults and teens) abusing or addicted to chemical substances.

726 East 2nd Street

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-675-3458

Drug Rehab Guide for Addiction & Mental Health

Guide to answer questions regarding drug rehab center facilities including their focus, treatment options, accreditation, and cost.

Wisconsin Rehab List

Guide to all inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation facilities in Wisconsin.

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North Central Health Care

Provides crisis services, outpatient and inpatient services, OWI assessment services, substance abuse day treatment, community treatment services, and family support services.

Merrill Center
607 N. Sales Street - Suite 309
Merrill, WI 54452
Ph: 715-536-9482 

Tomahawk Office
213 W. Wisconsin Ave
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Ph: 715-453-5381

Crisis Hotline (emergency and crisis care available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week):

715-845-4326 or 800-799-0122


Wisconsin Judicare

Legal aid office for low-income residents. 


401 5th Street

Suite #200

Wausau, WI 54403

Ph: 715-842-1681

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Lawyer Referral & Information

Legal hotline offers general legal information and lawyer referral through the State Bar of Wisconsin. 


Ph: 800-362-9082


Medical Assistance

The IM Central Consortium administers a number of medical assistance programs including BadgerCare Plus, Family Planning, Community Waivers, Nursing Home and Elderly-Blind-Disabled medicare programs.

Lincoln County Department of Social Services

607 N Sales St

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 888-794-5722

St. Vincent De Paul Community Care

Provides individual assistance to anyone who is lacking the basic necessities of life. Free clinic open only Thursday nights at 5:00pm. Offers primary medical care, onsite pharmacy. Patients should arrive between 5:00pm-6:00pm to register and are seen on a first come, first serve basis after registration hour.

401 W Main St.

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-539-9566

Bridge Community Clinic

Provides primary health care and dental services by appointment at reduced cost for income-eligible patients. 

401 West Main Street

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-539-8181 (medical) or 715-627-4383 (dental)



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Aging and Disability Resource Center

Promotes choice and independence through personalized education. advocacy, and access to services that prevent, delay, and lessen the impacts of aging and disabilities in the lives of adults. Available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm.

607 N Sales St.

Suite 206

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-0311

Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center 

Offer financial assistance to provide health care services regardless of ability to pay.  Also provide medical insurance resources.

601 South Center Ave

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-5511

Lincoln County Health Department

Provides services to residents promoting optimal health and safety through prevention, protection, and intervention. Available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm.

607 N Sales St

Suite 101

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-0307


North Central Health Care Center

Provides comprehensive community health care

607 N Sales St.

Suite 309

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-9482


WRAP - Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
This program assists Eligible renters who have had a significant loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need help with their rent. 

The Rental Assistance Program can award up to $3000 per individual in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. 

Information on where to apply can be found here

Emergency Assistance

Primarily for housing crisis situations.

Go to "Other Resources" section on this page or click HERE for more information.

Merrill Area Housing Authority

Provider of decent, safe, maintenance free and independent affordable housing.

Ph: 715-722-1081

Northcentral Community Action Program

Provides emergency rental assistance or emergency lodging. Help for those facing homelessness. Weatherization program for energy efficiency.

503 S. Center Ave

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-9581

Warming Centers


  • TB Scott Free Library: 106 W First Street; Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-8pm, Friday: 9:30am-5pm, Saturday: 9:30am-1pm
  • Riverside Athletic Club: 500 South Center Avenue; Monday-Thursday: 6am-8pm, Friday: 6am-5pm, Saturday: 7am-12pm


  • Tomahawk Library: 300 W Lincoln Avenue; Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-1pm
  • Senior Center: 113 S Tomahawk Avenue; Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
  • Tomahawk City Hall: 23 N 2nd Street; Monday-Friday 8am-5pm         

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Our Sister's House Homeless Shelter

Provide immediate temporary housing to individuals and families. Offers assistance in employment search, education, medical care, and counseling services. Residents allowed to stay up to 3 months.

328 E Washington Street

Tomahawk, WI 54487

Ph: 715-224-3520

Merrill Area Homeless Shelter (MAC)

Warming center open every night for individuals. Intake from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Immediate temp housing for individuals and families. Offer assistance in employment search and finding permanent housing. Residents allowed to stay up to 3 months.

407 W Main St

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-722-1200

Salvation Army

Provides emergency assistance including utilities (max. $300), food, clothing, and shelter vouchers to eligible individuals in an emergency or disaster situation. May also provide rent, mortgage, or security deposit payment assistance.

108 W Somo Ave.

Tomahawk, WI 54487

Ph: 715-453-5939

Lincoln County Housing Authority

Provides housing assistance to low income residents.

402 S Park Drive

Tomahawk, WI 54487

Ph: 715-453-4233

FSET Emergency Housing Assistance

Housing assistance may be provided on case-by-case basis for emergency situations. Available through September 30, 2020. 

The FSET participant needs to contact their assigned FSET case manager.


Wisconsin Shares (Child Care Assistance)

Wisconsin Shares is Wisconsin's child care subsidy program that helps families and caretakers pay for child care. 


The service provider for Wisconsin Shares in Lincoln County is:

Lincoln County Social Services

607 N Sales St

Suite 202

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 888-794-5722

You can apply in person, over the phone, or online at 

Wisconsin Child Care Provider Listing

The State of Wisconsin has an online directory of all regulated child care providers (certified, licensed family and licensed group centers). 

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Childcaring - Central Wisconsin Child Care Resource and Referral Agency

Call or meet with a referral specialist who will conduct a computerized search for regulated child care programs which best meet your needs.


1500 Merrill Ave

Suite 201

Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-301-1800

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (Please call the office before stopping by to ensure a staff member is available)


MTM Transportation

Transportation service to medical appointments (non-emergency) for recipients of medical assistance (BadgerCare, medicare or medicaid).

Ph: 866-831-4130

Merrill-Go-Round Bus Service

Public transportation in Merrill area. Available Monday-Friday from 7:00am - 5:00pm. Cost: General is $2.00 and Elderly/Disabled is $1.00.

1004 E 1st St.


Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-536-7122

Wisconsin RideShare

Free service that brings commuters together for carpooling and bicycle commuting.

Ph: 800-455-7665

Job Access Loan

A short term loan program for individuals with minor children to meet emergency needs related to employment.  

Forward Service Corporation

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311

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Wanta Ride

Provider of taxi service.

Ph: 715-771-0425

Blue Jay Taxi

Provider of taxi service

Ph: 715-539-7112


Wisconsin Association of Mobility Managers

Operate shared-ride taxi services, intercity buses, local transit and paratransit services, teach people how to use transit, coordinate trips between agencies, manage volunteer driver programs, educate communities about transportation options, organize van pools and car pools, run one call centers and more. 

Ph: 608-372-3971 #61556


Ask for Terrance Dwyer - Lincoln County Mobility Manager


No-interest vehicle repair and purchase loans across the service area. You need to be low-income to be eligible for a WETAP loan. You also need to

  • be employed or have a job offer
  • have car insurance
  • have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license

Other Resources

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

W-2 is a time-limited program that provides temporary cash assistance and case management services to low-income parents and pregnant women. W-2 is a work program for adults willing to engage in work activities; it is not an entitlement.

Forward Service Corp - Lincoln County

607 North Sales St.

Merrill, WI 53530

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311

Innovative Services, Inc.

Provide support and services for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as support for people of all ages with varying needs

Wausau Office:

1720 Merrill Ave


Wausau, WI 54401

Ph: 715-298-4087

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Community Services

Provides residents of Lincoln County with parenting skills and numerous methods to strengthen families. Offer Drop-In Playtime; Ask the Experts information meeting and a library of information on various topics concerning parenting and the welfare of families.

Available by appointment

201 B Stange St.

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 715-539-9228

Free Taxes

Every household with a simple return, can file federal and state taxes for free through 

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Emergency Assistance

If you’re about to lose your home or have utilities shut off, Emergency Assistance may be able to help. You may qualify for Emergency Assistance if:

  • Can’t pay your rent or mortgage
  • You have received an eviction notice
  • You received a foreclosure notice
  • Your family is living in a shelter or temporary place
  • You received a disconnect notice for your utilities
  • Your heat or electricity is shut off
  • Lost your home through fire, flood, or natural disaster

Forward Services Corp.

607 N Sales St.

Merrill, WI 54452

Ph: 1-800-771-8420

Lincoln Industries

Provider of services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

912 Memorial Dr.

Merrill, WI 54452


1775 Kaphaem Rd.

Tomahawk, WI 54487

Ph: 715-539-2510

HAVEN (Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network)

Services provided for sexual assault and domestic violence victims and their children.


24 hour crisis line: 715-536-1300

Address: Wood County Human Services - River Block

111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8


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