Vilas 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. 715-337-2124

Eagle River City Hall- 715-479-8682

City of Eagle River only


Lac Du Flambeau Tribe

Ph: 715-588-4235

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.

Ashland county Housing Authority

Helping low-income households with weatherization and furnace issues.

Ph: 800-274-8311

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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Northwoods Share Community Dinner

Dinner served every 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Doors open at 4:00pm and dinner is served at 5:30pm.

Rock Mission Center

1019 East Wall St.

Eagle River, WI 54521

Ph: 715-479-3388

Community Food Pantry

Community Church of Boulder Junction

10445 Main St.

Boulder Junction, WI 54512


Headwaters Food Pantry

Open the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 8:30am - 11:30am

6516 Olympic 76 Dr.

Land O'Lakes, WI 54540

**Ask for Paul Scheffel**


Vilas Food Pantry

Open Wednesdays from 8:30am-10:00am and 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

1013 North Railroad Street

Eagle River, WI 54521

Ph: 715-891-0042


Provides supplemental nutritional assistance to low-income individuals and families. Walk in appointments are welcome.

Vilas County Dept of Social Services

330 Court St.

Eagle River, WI 54521

Ph: 888-445-1621

Lakeland Food Pantry

Open Tuesdays from 8:30am - 11:30am and every other Thursdays from 3:30pm - 6:00pm.

1707 US Highway 51 N

Arbor Vitae, WI 54568

Ph: 715-385-9380

Food Distribution Program

The Lac du Flambeau Food Distribution Program is a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-funded food program for persons (both tribal and non-tribal members) who reside on the Lac du Flambeau reservation and enrolled members of any tribe residing in Vilas, Oneida counties and southern tip of Iron County.

The program provides nutritious food items to eligible participants. It is intended to be a supplemental program and does not provide the total diet.

Open Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 3:30 pm

Food Distribution Building

220 Industrial Park Road

Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

Anna Borchardt- Program manager

Ph: 715-588-4204

Family Food Helpline




Drug Rehab Guide for Addiction & Mental Health

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

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Wisconsin Rehab List

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


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


Vilas County Health Department

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

Vilas County Dept of Social Services

330 Court Street
Eagle River, WI 54521
Ph: 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          

Ph: 715-420- 1400

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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.

Vilas County Department of Social Services

330 Court St.

Eagle River, WI 54521

Ph: 888-445-1621


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 informatio

Frederick Place  


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.


Salvation Army

Provides emergency shelter and other immediate needs for people in crisis.

Ph: 715-617-2179

Meridian Group, Inc. 

Helps with low income housing. 

1207 Mason Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501

Ph: 715-362-7855

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Catholic Charities Bureau

Income-based housing property listing. 

Sunshine for Humanity 

Goal is to find medical services and contributions for the disadvantaged, which will include all aspects of care.

Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am-noon.

1191 US 45

Eagle River, WI 54521


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 Vilas County is:

Vilas County Dept. of Social Services
330 Court Street

Eagle River, WI 54521

Ph: 715-479-3668

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

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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.

For information, call 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). 


Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

Transportation service for non-emergency medical appointments for recipients of medical assistance. You can get rides to/from non-emergency medical appointments or you can get reimbursed for your trips to/from non-emergency medical appointments.

To schedule a ride call: 866-907-1493

Or schedule through the member portal

Must call 2 days in advance.

Trip logs can be found here.

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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Northwoods Transit Connections


Bus Transit serving Oneida and Vilas Counties


To schedule a ride, call 715-420-0585

Wisconsin RideShare

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

Ph: 800-455-7665


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

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


** Effective 07/16/22, call 988

Resource available by call, text and online chat for anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use crisis. 

Lac du Flambeau Domestic Abuse & Sexual Abuse Program

  • 24/7 Crisis Line: (800) 236-7660
  • On-call Advocates to respond to emergencies or crisis situations
  • 24/7 Support Staff
  • Assistance for responding Law Enforcement personnel
  • Emergency Shelter services to Victims and their Children/Grandchildren
  • Advocacy and education for Victims, Children and Elders
  • Restraining order waivers of fees
  • Accompaniment through legal processes and referrals to other resources
  • Assistance with acquiring Judicare assistance
  • Supportive meetings and groups
  • Assistance and support with Financial and Budgeting needs
  • Assistance to families in need as a result of fire or other catastrophic event by distribution of donated items to the shelter
For more information, call 715-588-7660

    Tri-County Council

    Shelter that works with primary victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, but also helps secondary victims of abuse (family, friends, and community). Offers a safe haven to those in need,

    (715) 362 -6841

    (800) 236- 1222 (24 hour hotline)

    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

    102 N Main St.

    Eagle River, WI 54521

    Ph: 715-365-1500

    To inquire about Emergency Assistance:

    Ph: 800-771-8420


    ph# 534-202-5438 

    from Noon – Midnight daily

    Talk to someone who is there to listen and offer support.

    This is a non-emergency service, free and confidential.


    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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