Thursday, March 21, 2019 |Register |Login | Search
    You are here:  EVENTS / Day of Action


Day of Action: June 21, 2019

Each year, United Ways across the country participate in a nationwide day of service called Day of Action. It's the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and let your actions speak louder than words. It's the perfect way to show, by example, what it means to LIVE UNITED.

In 2018, United Way of 1000 Lakes coordinated several hands on volunteer projects from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.), as well as a community-wide Personal Care Drive throughout the month of June, to help vulnerable children and adults at risk of meeting their basic needs, including personal care products. The care items will be redistributed to United Way’s nonprofit partners serving disconnected youth, veterans and the homeless throughout the Itasca area. 

2018 Projects and Locations: 

Grand Rapids Farmer's Market  - Various grounds beautification projects from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Neighborhood Canvasing: Help distribute information about the Farmers' Market hours and location, food assistance program, and their POP Club for children.
  • Parking Lot Striping: Help improve organization and safety by remarking parking stalls.
  • Bench Construction: Help assemble and paint Leopold inspired bench seating at the Market.
  • Container Gardens: Help upcycle wood pallets into beautiful container gardens.
  • Public Art: Work with a local artist to create large public canvases of art influenced by the growing season.
  • Landscaping: Help improve the Markets green space with the installation of plant life.
  • Plant/Flower Sale: Help raise matching funds for the Farmers' Market food assistance program.

Klockow Brewing Company - Family-friendly speed volunteering opportunities, live music, and food trucks beginning at 3 p.m. 

  • Kindness Cards: Create a card filled with words of encouragement to help others feel connected to our community and brightening their day.
  • T-shirt Totes: Repurpose t-shirts into reusable grocery totes.
  • Health & Hygiene Kits: Assemble care packages filled with toiletries for children , women and men in need.

2018 Public Announcement: Media Release  |  PSA  |  Event Recap

Neighborhood Canvasing: Help distribute information about the Farmers' Market hours and

Volunteer on June 21st:

Join hundreds of other active volunteers for a variety of hand-on projects. Projects range from gardening and landscaping to painting and assembling. Volunteers will be matched with the project that most closely aligns with their group size, skill level and interest. You will then be connected with the lead from the volunteer team to ensure that all is ready for a successful volunteer project. Volunteers will receive a Day of Action t-shirt and lunch (t-shirts guaranteed to first 100 registered volunteers). Register for a full day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) or half day (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Alternate Day of Action June 22nd (in case of rain): 

Registration Forms (download):  Registration Form.pdf    Waiver of Liability Form (download):  VolunteerWaiver.pdf


Donate Health and Hygiene Items:

Coordinate a Collection Box at your church, organization, civic group or business. All you have to do is collect the items or sponsor a virtual care pack with a monetary donation. Much needed items include: toothbrushes, FULL SIZE toothpaste, hair care products and deodorant, laundry detergent, first aid supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper products, and (new) wash cloths and hand and bath towels. Day of Action pick-up can be arrange by calling 218-999-7570 by June 20th. 

Drop-off locations: United Way of 1000 Lakes, Active Living Center at Itasca Family YMCAKlockow Brewing Company, Deerwood Bank, Super One Foods (Grand Rapids locations). To have your business added to the drop-off site list, call 218-999-7570 or email us at Collection box and posters also available apon request.

Collection Site Toolkit (download)Drive_Editable_8.5x11.pdf |  Drive_Editable_11x17.pdf   |  Fill the Box Poster small.pdf  |  Fill the Box Poster large.pdf

Public Announcement: Media Release

Fill Virtual Box

Help Get the Word Out: 

Spread the word about Day of Action by posting flyers (available at Wear your Live United shirt! Shirts can be purchased for $10 (includes a $5 donation to United Way) by calling 218-999-7570. Post a selfie of you and your friends and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Use Day of Action hashtags: #DayofAction, #Volunteer, #LiveUnited and #HealthyCommunities. 

Day of Action Toolkit (download): DOA poster  |  DOA poster 11x17

Get the Shirt

For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the Day of Action, call 218-999-7570. Register as an individual, or grab your co-workers and register as a group! To sign up download and complete Day of Action Registration form and email to:

Day of Action is sponsored by these generous businesses:

United Way sponsorship opportunities help raise awareness about United Way and uniquely position your company as a community leader—engaging your customers, vendors, employees and public alongside a recognizable and trusted philanthropic brand. 

Select from one of our various levels of sponsorship or customize a package that aligns with your corporate values. For more information, call the United Way at 218-999-7570.