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.

Each year, families and individuals across our region face challenges and encounter barriers. We love our region, but the truth is, not everyone is thriving.

You have the power to change that. Together, let's rebuild and reimagine a brighter future.

With your support,  we can address the disparities that exist and brighten the future of the Itasca area. Donate today, and your gift will be matched by Huber Engineered Woods dollar for dollar, up to $15,000.

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Join us in helping here.

When you give to Be the Light campaign, your join us in the pursuit of a community where everyone has what they need to thrive. Whether it’s immediate needs, such as food, shelter, and safety; or long-term support, such as childcare, education, and mental health outreach; United Way remains committed to investing in and supporting a strong safety net.

How your gift to United Way helps:

  • $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 appointment
  • $500 provides an early childhood scholarship for a low-income family

Double your impact and donate now. All gifts, up to $15,000, will be matched by Huber Engineered Woods until midnight on December 31, 2021, or until the match total is met.

$30,000 Goal 102%
$15,000 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, 2021) to United Way of 1000 Lakes at 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.

Donations support more than 20 nonprofit programs that reach children, adults, and families across the region through United Way’s Helping Here campaign. To learn more about the challenge match from Huber Engineered Wood, read the full story on our blog.

Addressing the Needs

The generosity of individuals has always been critical to our work in the community, making it possible for us, alongside our partners, to meet the needs of people throughout the northland.


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

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