Day of Action: June 21, 2018
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.
United Way of 1000 Lakes is coordinating several hands on 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 June 1st- 21st, 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.
Examples of projects:
- Park for Health: Hosted by Get Fit Itasca, volunteers will stencil parking stalls at local stores and organizations, encouraging drivers to park farther away.
- Community Gardens: Volunteers will help plant pop-up vegetable gardens and prepare/develop the site for new community garden plot(s).
- Public Walking Maps: Volunteers will distribute walking maps and install way-finding signage throughout downtown Deer River.
- Swing Installation: Volunteers will help install a new handicap accessible playground swing at Lions Park. Activities include framing, leveling, pouring and smoothing cement swing ramp.
- Park Enhancements: Volunteers will help to beautify park space. Activities include assembling and painting field benches, and painting storage shed.
- Food Packing- Volunteers will help fight hunger by repacking bulk food at the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. This food will then be distributed to hungry people in north central Minnesota through their 115 hunger relief agencies.
- Green Space Clean-up: Volunteers will help clean-up green space on 6 Grand Rapids lots with Habitat for Humanity. Activities include prepare soil and plant grass seed, racking, trimming up brush, and assembling park benches.
- Personal Care Packages: To conclude the Health & Hygiene Drive, volunteers will re purpose t-shirts into reusable bags and assemble care packages for men, women, and children in need.