Vilas County Resources

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Cell Phone

The Lifeline program provides free or reduced cell phone and/or land line service to eligible households in Wisconsin including Vilas County. Only one person per household can have a Lifeline plan. In order to be eligible for a Lifeline plan, the person must be a recipient of one of the following public assistance programs:

·         BadgerCare

·         FoodShare

·         Medical Assistance

·         SSI

·         Wisconsin Heating and Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)

·         Wisconsin Homestead Credit (Schedule H on WI tax return)

·         Wisconsin Works (W-2)


Wisconsin has a website with full information on the Lifeline program HERE
. Click HERE for a federal listing of Wisconsin landline and some wireless providers.


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 at the above website for the best provider in your area. 

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Child Care

Wisconsin Shares (Child Care Assistance)

Wisconsin Shares is Wisconsin's child care subsidy program that helps families and caretakers pay for child care.  To learn more about the program, click HERE.


The service provider for Wisconsin Shares in Oneida County is:

Eagle River Social Services
330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521

(715) 479-3668

You can apply in person, over the phone at 888-445-1621 FREE, or online at


Northwest Connection Family Resource Center

Assistance with child care referrals for the 14 northern counties in Wisconsin is available here, along with information on how to become a licensed child care provider.

(800) 733-5437

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).  Click HERE to go to the directory to find a child care provider in your area.

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Sunshine For Humanity- HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ONLY

Eagle River, WI


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Nicolet College (Wisconsin Technical College System)

Nicolet College offers more than 70 associate diplomas, certificates, and apprenticeship programs as well as a University Transfer Liberal Arts program.  They also offer basic education, college preparation and GED classes.


Online Educational Resources

For those who are interested in completing self-paced education from home over the internet, the following are some resources to increase basic education skills, job skills and preparation for the GED. 


Adult Basic Ed - PBS Literacy Link  


GCF - Outstanding FREE basic Ed and Computer training 

GCF Aprende Libre - LIBRE educación básica en español!


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Energy Assistance

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.  Please click HERE for information and eligibility requirements.  The local provider is


Vilas County Department of Social Services.

330 Court St

Eagle River, WI 54521

(715) 479 - 3668

The Lac Du Flambeau Tribe also operates WHEAP. Their contact number is 

(715) 588 - 4235


Emergency Assistance

The Emergency Assistance program is operated under the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program.  It is primarily for housing crisis situations but also has an Energy Crisis component. In general, to be eligible for an Energy Crisis payment (of up to $500), an applicant must meet all of the following:

  • You must pass non-financial and financial eligibility for the program;
  • You have already exhausted other funding options and resources;
  • You need financial help to maintain heat, electricity, water or sewer provided by a utility company;
  • The lack of or imminent lack of one of those utilities is likely to be an immediate threat to the health or safety of any member of your EA group;
  • The energy crisis is beyond the control of you or another caretaker relative or has been found to have good cause by the EA worker. 

Forward Service Corporation is the EA provider for the entire NorthCentral FSET Region.  To inquire about Emergency Assistance, please call 800-771-8420.  The local office is located at:


102 N Main St

Eagle River WI 

(715) 365 - 1500

Ashland County Housing Authority

Helping low-income households with weatherization and furnace issues.

For more information, call 1-800-274-8311  or click HERE

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The FoodShare program provides supplemental nutritional assistance to low income individuals and families. To more, click HERE.


You can apply one of three primary way:

Online at

Call 888-445-1621 

Walk in to:

Vilas County Department of Social Services

330 Court St

Eagle River WI

Community Food Pantries and Programs

Northwoods Share Community Dinner

Rock Mission Center 1019 East Wall Street Eagle River  

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from September through May

Doors open at 4:00 , dinner is served at 5:30 

(715) 479-3388


Community Food Pantry, Boulder Junction

Community Church of Boulder Junction

Hours: Thursdays– times alternate weekly 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., OR 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 (715) 385-9350 


Headwaters Food Pantry, Land O’ Lakes

6516 Olympic 76 Dr., Land O’Lakes

Contact person is Jill Rohlohoff

Hours: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays–8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 (630) 306-9189

Eagle River, Vilas Food Pantry

1013 North Railroad Street Eagle River

Hours: Wednesdays–8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. & 1st & 3rd Tuesdays–3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m

(715) 891-0042

Lakeland Food Pantry, Arbor Vitae

1707 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae 

Hours: Tuesdays – 8:30 to 11:30 am & Alt. Thursdays 3:30 to 6:00pm

 (715) 385-9380

(715) 358-2222

Food Distribution Program, Lac du Flambeau

Food Distribution Building

220 Industrial Park Road, Lac du Flambeau 

Hours: Monday – Friday  –  7:00 am – 3:30 pm

(715) 588-4204

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Medical Assistance

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

You can apply one of three primary way:

Online at

Call 888-445-1621 FREE 

Walk in to:

Vilas County Department of Social Services

330 Court St

Eagle River WI

Vilas County Health Department
Provides a wide range of services including immunizations, nutrition education, tobacco cessation, and prenatal care coordination.

330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 
(715) 479-3656

Marshfield Clinic Dental
This clinic provides dental services to all, despite what their insurance situation is.  A dental assistance program is also available to those with limited funds.
Medicaid is also accepted.

2268 N. Shore Dr
Rhinelander, WI 54501          

(715) 420- 1400

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Emergency Assistance - Forward Service Corporation

Emergency Assistance (EA) provides funding to families with a child(ren) who meet all eligibility criteria. Among other requirements, to be eligible for EA, the applicant must be experiencing a current emergency due to fire, flood or natural disaster, impending homelessness, homelessness, or energy crisis. 

EA can help a group avoid eviction by paying a portion of past-due rent or mortgage or can help a group move into new housing.  The group must be at or below 115% of the Federal Poverty Level limit and have less than $2,500 in countable assets.  A group can receive assistance only once every 12 months.

Forward Service Corporation is the EA provider for the entire NorthCentral FSET Region.  To inquire about Emergency Assistance, please call 800-771-8420.   The local office is located at:

102 N Main St

Eagle River WI 

(715) 365 - 1500

Fredrick Place (NATH) 

Serving Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, Lincoln, and Forest Counties.  This is a homeless shelter that provides safe housing and basic needs to individuals and families in need.

204 West Fredrick Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501


Appointments for admission interviews may be made by calling 715-369-9777


There is a full screening process for individuals looking to stay in this house. For more details visit the NATH website by clicking HERE

Salvation Army

Vilas County (715) 617-2179

Meridian Group, Inc.  (low-income housing)

1207 Mason Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501

(715) 362-7855

To apply for housing online, click HERE

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Legal Services

Wisconsin Judicare

A non-profit law firm that allows low-income individuals access to legal help.

401 Fifth Street, 2nd Floor

Wausau, WI 54403

(715) 842 -1681

(800) 472 -1638

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MTM Transportation

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

Call (866) 831-4130

For more information or to schedule a ride online, click HERE

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Other Resources

Wisconsin Works (W-2)

Application and Resource Hot Line

Phone: 1-855-733-1311


Local W-2 Agency

Vilas County

This office is open by appointment only
Forward Service Corp
102 North Main Street
Eagle River, WI 54521

Phone: 715-479-5175
Fax: 715-365-7848

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Shelter


The focus of this shelter is to deal with not only primary victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, but also to help secondary victims of abuse (family, friends, and community).   Offering a safe haven to those in need, Tri-County Council offers support and options to victims.

(715) 362 -6841

(800) 236- 1222 (24 hour hotline)

Lac du Flambeau Shelter

(Domestic/Sexual Abuse)

(715) 588-7660

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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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