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One in four families in the Itasca area are cost-burdened. These children and adults are feeling the impacts of rising inflation most heavily. Increasingly expensive food, transportation, and housing means that many are struggling to stay afloat while living on low wages that aren’t keeping up with the cost of living – not to mention the cost of other necessities like child- and healthcare.

Our neighbors need their community to stand with them, united.

We need everyone who can to step up and work together to make a future without poverty possible for our region. United, we will build an Itasca that is everything it can be – vibrant, welcoming, and thriving – for everyone who works here, plays here, and calls northern Minnesota home.

Your gift will help give our neighbors the services they need to be healthy and strong; our families the basic needs to survive; every child an equal opportunity to learn; and the next generation the tools and support they need to move out of poverty and build a brighter future.

Every gift matters and will be doubled today thanks to the generosity of our Board and Staff, who have stepped up to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $8,000.

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Join us in helping here.

When you give to the Be the Light campaign, you join us in the pursuit of a community where everyone has what they need to thrive. Together, we will not just ensure that children and the adults in their lives have safe shelter, accessible healthcare, and abundant opportunity. We’ll also address the root causes of poverty – instability, limited childcare options, unaffordable housing, discrimination, and other structural barriers – to make sure future generations don’t face the same challenges.

$22,000 Goal 81%
$8,000 Matching Gift 100%

Click the donate button or text LAKES to 26989; call 218-999-7570; or mail a check (dated no later than December 31, 2022) to United Way of 1000 Lakes at 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.

Donations support local programs and initiatives that reach children, adults, and families across the region through United Way. To learn more about how you can make a challenge match, call United Way at 218-999-7570.

How your gift helps

At United Way, we are careful stewards of your generosity. With our transparent process, your investment goes toward proven programs and agencies that tackle the toughest challenges throughout the Itasca County area.


provides 10 hours of companionship to combat isolation


provides transportation to six medical appointments for a veteran


provides six months of out-of-school programming for a student


provides two months of high-quality early education programming 

Join us in making a better, brighter future.