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Seasonal Temperatures are dropping, but Campaign Thermometer is on the Rise

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. 

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Ogles Marketplace Supports United Way Annual Campaign
Ogles Marketplace Foods Store Director, Kurt Ogle (right) presented a $400 gift to United Way of 1000 Lakes Executive Director, Kimberly Brink Smith (center) and Campaign Small Business Blitz Volunteer Luke Garner (left). Ogles pledged to donate 10% of grocery bag sales to the United Way’s community campaign during their Taste of the Holidays event on Thursday Nov. 21st. This year’s Community Campaign has raised $162,086 to date, and is over halfway to achieving its $305,000 goal to advance education, income and health in our community. 

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US Bank Supports United Way
US Bank Sales and Service Manager, Peggy Schagh, left, and US Bank Branch Manager, Heather Dodd, right, presented a $293 US Bank corporate gift to United Way of 1000 Lakes Executive Director, Kimberly Brink Smith, center. The United Way aims to raise $305,000 to support a net-work of more than 40 local programs and initiatives. United Way focuses on helping children succeed in school and life, providing tools for individuals and families to become financially stable, and addressing the critical basic needs of individuals and families experiencing hunger and homelessness.

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Here They Come to Save the Day!

Blandin Foundation, Itasca County and KOOTASCA employees took a moment to embrace their inner superheroes in support of the United Way’s Unleash Your Inner Hero campaign last week. The United Way campaign aims to raise $305,000 to support 27 local health and human service organizations, including Project READ; Campus Life; 4-H; YMCA; Grand Rapids, Deer River, Bigfork and Nashwauk food shelves; and Wellness Court.

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United Way of 1000 Lakes Reaches 30% Mark
United Way Board President, Laura Connelly, Advocates for Family Peace and Board Member, Ryan Davis, DC, Davis Chiropractic posted the 30% mark on the United Way Thermometer located at Old Central School in Grand Rapids. To date the campaign has raised $95,500 towards its $305,000 goal. United Way brought back the thermometer in celebration of their fiftieth anniversary. Since 1963, United Way of 1000 Lakes, its supporters and volunteers, have raised $10 million to help those in need and strengthen the Itasca community. Thank you to Edward and Jennifer Eck of Eck designs, who provide the thermometer in-kind.

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United Way Kicks Off 2013 Campaign
The 2013 United Way of 1000 Lakes 2013 campaign aims to raise $305,000 for greater Itasca County human service programs and initiatives. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Unleash your Inner Hero!”

“There is a hero inside all of us, someone selfless, caring and compassionate, willing to champion for those less fortunate. Together we can help our youth reach their full potential, support the aging, improving people’s health and promoting self-sufficiency”, said Kimberly Brink Smith, United Way Executive Director.


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