On June 21, 123 local volunteers joined forces with United Way of 1000 Lakes, Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market, and Klockow Brewing Company to complete various community projects for United Way’s 6th annual Day of Action. Projects included landscaping, bench construction, parking lot enhancement, painting, and more, and garnered a total of over 700 volunteer hours.
Volunteers also enjoyed live music featuring Michaela Smith and Kim Nagler at Klockow Brewing Company while they participated in “micro-volunteering” projects to complete the United Way Health & Hygiene Drive. Projects included creating “kindness cards” as well as assembling care packages using items donated during the drive.
“It was more than a day of action, it was a day of community,” said Mike Claypool, Farmers’ Market member. “A community of volunteers worked hard to make our city a better place. As a member of the Grand Rapids Farmers Market, it was greatly appreciated.”
To view highlights and commuity impacts, check out our Day of Action video, here.
Generous sponsorships were provided by Grand Rapids State Bank, Paul Bunyan Communications, State Farm Insurance – Kyle Casey, Arrow Embroidery, and Ground Round.
Top Left: Tracy Clafton of American Bank painting lines to provide handicap parking spaces. Renovating the parking lot was a focus project for the day.
Top Right: Richard Kangas, Dean of Student and Administrative Services at Itasca Community College, volunteers creating murals to beautify and increase awareness of the Grand Rapids Farmer’s Market’s new location.
Middle Left: Glorvigen, Theis, Lind and Co. volunteers complete various building and painting projects on the United Way Day of Action to benefit Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market.
Middle Right: Justin and Jessalynn Francisco showcasing the murals created during the 6th annual United Way Day of Action. Justin and Jessalynn represent volunteers from Deer River Northern Stars 4-H who participated in the day’s projects.
Bottom Left: Target team members participate in the Day of Action, completing landscaping projects and planting trees on the new Farmers’ Market grounds.
Bottom Right: Isabel Hawk and Hanna LaBois, stylists from True North Salon, lend their artistic talent by painting parking and informational signs during the United Way Day of Action.