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Each year on June 20th communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live.

Now in its sixth year, United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by supporting – education, income and health -- the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Locally, United Way of 1000 Lakes is coordinating several Day of Action projects, including a community-wide Personal Care Drive and various hands-on volunteer projects at Veteran’s Park, this year’s Day of Action site. New this year, small team projects will be hosted by satellite sites, including: Advocates for Family Peace; Hope House; Itasca County Family YMCA; and KOOTASCA.

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United Way Receives Donation from American Bank
The United Way of 1000 Lakes is nearing the end of its annual campaign, with less than a month to raise funds for the 27 local agencies it supports. United Way of 1000 Lakes recently received a donation of $1,500 from American Bank. American Bank also conducted an annual campaign in the fall, which raised $3,500.

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Magnetation Gift Pushes United Way Toward Goal
With the end of its annual campaign in sight, United Way of 1000 Lakes recently received a $2,000 gift from Magnetation to put toward their 2013 campa...

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The United Way Needs Final Push

The organization’s annual campaign has reached the 80 percent mark, or $244,000 of its goal, but needs a final push to ensure that adequate funding continues for partnering agencies. “So far in this campaign we have seen generous support from local businesses and individuals that we truly appreciate,” said Kimberly Brink Smith, executive director of United Way. “We are hoping this call for help will bring in the additional donations needed to meet goal."

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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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