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United Way Board Spotlight: Dick Sackett

Dick Sackett was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He works at Minnesota Power as a Lead Electrician. He has four children: Nathan, Matthew, Mitchell, and Ava. In his free time, Dick enjoys spending time on the lakes fishing and boating in the summer, and ice fishing and snowshoeing in the winter. He and his family are also strong supporters of the arts and enjoy participating in music and theatre.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
I like to help people, and United Way is a community-based organization that values working in collaboration with other groups and people outside your sphere of influence. Being involved with united Way allows me to be out in the community that I grew up in, and it’s rewarding to make a difference for my friends and neighbors.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?

It’s a great avenue to give of my time and talents and see how I can make a difference. I have really enjoyed being in the community working with the PlayStation initiative and engaging with local businesses.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?


What impresses you most about Itasca?
What impresses me most about the Itasca area is the diversity and talent of the people who live here. There is also a strong culture surrounding the arts that is very impressive to be found in a small community.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?
99% of money raised goes right back into the community and the United Way officers and staff are working hard to ensure that the general public has the greatest return on their investment

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

I would assure them that their donations will help their friends and neighbors in our area.