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More than 250 supporters gathered at Old Central School to kick off United Way of 1000 Lakes’ annual fundraising campaign on Saturday, September 10th and celebrate what the organization does to improve lives in our community.

United Way of 1000 Lakes is aiming to raise $300,000 to support local programs and initiatives that focus on three areas: education, income and health. Food pantries, school programs and victims of abuse are just a few of the groups effected by United Way donations.

Each year, United Way invests in more than 30 programs and services across 24 agency partners that collectively help kids reach their potential, help families build financial stability, and help promote healthy lives. These programs and services touch the lives of one-in-three children and adults living in Itasca County and surrounding communities each year.

Each program exists to meet the needs of those they serve, whether educational, financial, emotional, or physical with the purpose of helping area residents live their best possible lives.

This year’s campaign theme, Change the Story, demonstrates the power of giving through United Way and shares stories of individuals whose lives have been changed as a result of programs supported through the campaign. 

“To continue supporting existing programs and identify needs for additional services, United Way is relying on the community’s generosity.” said Kimberly Brink Smith, United Way executive director. “By working together, we can create change and help make Itasca a happier, healthier community.” 

The United Way campaign runs through December. Various giving opportunities are available including workplace payroll deductions, cash gift, direct billing from United Way of 1000 Lakes, or credit card by logging onto unitedwayof1000lakes.org. Donations made to United Way of 1000 Lakes are tax deductible, and are directly reinvested back into local Itasca County communities. 
For more information about United Way or how to donate, visit www.unitedwayof1000lakes.org or call (218) 999-7570.

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