Did you know...

  • 1 in 2 children in the Itasca area are food insecure.
  • Over 5,800 of Itasca County citizens are living in poverty.
  • Nearly 5,000 residents are one crisis away from falling into poverty.

This was before the pandemic. Before one of the darkest years in our country’s history. Many more of your friends and neighbors may be struggling as it draws to a close.

But You can change that. Right Now. You can be The Light your community needs. 

When you donate $20.20 or more to United Way, you are helping address specific needs and brighten the lives of men, women, and children.

Addressing the Needs

The generosity of individuals has always been critical to our work in the community, and 2019 was no exception. Together, we will continue to help thousands of our neighbors in their time of need.


young people received educational support and enrichment opportunities


individuals accessed tools and resources to improve their health and well-being


children and adults had their basic needs met, including food, shelter, and safety

Join Us in Strengthening the Education, Health, and Financial Stability of our Region


We are so thankful for everyone who helped us not only meet, but exceed our goal – raising more than $25,000 for our region’s nonprofit safety net.

2020 may be over, but our work isn’t done. A gift to United Way will help us continue building a future for our region where everyone can thrive. 

Your Gift of…

  • $50 provides 200 meals to address food insecurity
  • $100 provides ten hours of tutoring for a school-age child
  • $260 transports a veteran to an out-of-town medical appointments
  • $500 provides an early childhood scholarship for a low-income family

$20,000 GOAL REACHED! 100%
$5,000 MATCH REACHED 100%
$2,020 MATCH REACHED 100%

Donations support more than 24 nonprofit programs that reach children, adults, and families across the region through United Way’s Stronger United campaign.

Gifts can also be made by texting LAKES to 26989 or by check to United Way of 1000 Lakes and mailed to 350 NW 1st Ave., Grand Rapids MN  55744.