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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.

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.-3:30 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. Items can be dropped off at United Way office, SuperOne (all three locations in Grand Rapids and Deer River), Salon Brad, Grand Rapids State Bank, Northview Bank (Deer River), Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, Essentia Health Deer River, and Itasca County Family YMCADay of Action pick-up can be arrange by calling 218-999-7570 by June 20th. Read more from our drive last year.  

Drop-off locations: United Way of 1000 Lakes. To have your business added to the drop-off site list, call 218-999-7570 or email us at

Collection Site Toolkit (download):  Drive_Editable_8.5x11.pdf |  Drive_Editable_11x17.pdf 

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:

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