Days of Action: Summer 2020


Each year, United Ways across the country participate in a national day of service called Day of Action. It’s the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and let your actions speak louder than words. It’s the perfect way to show, by example, what it means to LIVE UNITED. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways – by helping out with a maintenance project, nominating a project recipient, or advocating on social media.

Our Day of Action program focuses on building healthy communities by connecting residents to home improvement services and resources for living independently and mobilizing our force of caring volunteers. In partnership with the City of Coleraine, Habitat for Humanity, and Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), the Coleraine main street corridor neighborhood has been selected for this year’s efforts.

Traditionally we have convened on or around the longest day of the year, June 21st, to complete large-scale volunteer projects as a team. This year, in light of physical distancing guidelines, we’re planning a virtual outreach event on June 19th, and will gather to complete projects in small volunteer groups throughout the summer. Residents can request or nominate a recipient for a variety of volunteer-led projects including landscaping, window washing, painting, light maintenance, energy efficiency improvements, and more.

Projects Include:

Yard: leaf-raking, landscaping, gardening, pruning
Exterior: window washing, painting, installing ramps and grab bars
Minor Repairs: steps, doors, windows, roof, deck
General Clean-up: disposing of items such as garbage, mattresses, vehicles, old appliances, and electronics

Want to get involved? Here’s what you can do:

Volunteer: Sign up for a project later in the summer – individuals and groups can sign up, and we’re encouraging those who already spend time together to sign up as a group – so gather your family, co-workers, or neighbors! Find a project

Donate Blood: Blood supply is in great need. Help out and donate at our Day of Action Blood Drives, occurring on June 18th in Grand Rapids and June 19th in Coleraine. Missed the Days of Action drives? Donate at a drive happening later in the summer! Sign up

Tune In: Join us for a virtual kickoff on June 19th! Wear your Live United shirt and tell us how you’re playing your part this Day of Action with #LiveUnitedMN. Watch

Submit a Project Request: If you or someone you know could benefit from a home improvement or yard maintenance project in downtown Coleraine, let us know by submitting an online request or calling 218-999-7570. Request

Collect Health & Hygiene Items: In conjunction with Day of Action, United Way coordinates a community-wide Personal Care Drive throughout May and June, to help children and adults meet their basic needs. Care items will be distributed throughout the community to help disconnected youth, veterans, and the homeless.

Our Partners:

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation program works with homeowners who need assistance with interior and exterior repairs to help maintain their homes. Project examples include painting, landscaping, and minor exterior maintenance. Each project is unique to the homeowner’s situation and may include low to zero-interest loans and sweat equity hours contributed by the owner. Learn more

Cars for Homes: Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program recycles vehicles at no cost. Donated vehicles are picked up and sold, with proceeds going towards helping local families attain homeownership. The program accepts cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, and more. Learn more

CEDA: Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) has been working with the rural communities of Itasca County since 2019 through a partnership between IEDC and Itasca County. CEDA’s work is focused on identifying and executing development projects, providing tools and resources, and driving visitors and community involvement. Learn more

ElderCircle: ElderCircle provides critical services to older adults, including pharmacy delivery, grocery services, virtual visits, technology access, and general education on available resources. Learn more

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