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Even though the temperatures are dropping, you may have noticed the United Way of 1000 Lakes Campaign thermometer at Old Central School in downtown Grand Rapids, is on the rise. The United Way kicked off their annual fundraiser this fall to raise money to support nearly 40 local programs serving the greater Itasca community.

Workplace campaign pledges and individual donations received so far have pushed the community campaign past the 50 percent mark, with more than $170,000 raised toward a goal of $305,000. Recently, fundraising efforts, such as the successful Dining United, Small Business Blitz and Ogles Marketplace Taste of the Holidays events have helped contribute to this level.

"Reaching our goal is important not only to the United Way, but to the community residents as well. All funds raised here, stays here to provide grants to critical human service programs delivered by United Way's 27 partners. In many cases, United Way grants are used as matching local dollars by agencies to leverage additional state, federal, and private funding. We are very grateful for the continued generosity of the community." Madelen Schuemann commented.

How can you help United Way raise the mercury level? You can contribute by cash gift, payroll deduction, direct billing from the United Way of 1000 Lakes, or credit card by logging onto and clicking on "how to donate". Any gift to the United Way, large or small, allows the United Way to partner with you in helping children and youth succeed, improving access to health care, promoting self-sufficiency, and strengthening families living in the Itasca area. To learn more about how donations are invested back into the community, call the United Way at 218-999-7570.



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