Deer River Selected as Day of Action Site

United Way of 1000 Lake’s Day of Action program began nine years ago, and over the years, nearly 1,000 volunteers have gathered on June 21st, the longest day of the year, to complete community revitalization projects. In recent years, businesses, civic groups, and individuals have lent their time and talents to completing neighborhood revitalization projects in communities such as Bovey, Coleraine, and Grand Rapids.

This year’s event will take place in Deer River, where United Way has again partnered with Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), as well as the City of Deer River, to target this year’s volunteer efforts. 

Volunteers from across the Itasca area are invited to take part in community revitalization projects in Deer River on June 21st.

Projects may include community cleanup, planting flowers at local businesses, sprucing up streets, parks, and other community spaces, and creating public art. Homeowners in the area may be able to get projects done through Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation program, which provides assistance with minor repair and renovation projects to low-income homeowners. 

The annual event engages volunteers of all ages and skill levels in improving the communities where they live, work, and play. 

“I really enjoy getting out in smaller communities where we get to meet such amazing home and business owners, ” said Jamie Mjolsness, Executive Director of  Itasca County Habitat for Humanity. “The feeling of community when the day is done thanks to so many individuals and entities coming together, so many projects get done in a deserving neighborhood.”

Day of Action will take place on Tuesday, June 21st, in downtown Deer River. Volunteer groups and individuals alike are welcome to take part. Volunteers can register at Anyone with questions or seeking to submit a project request is invited to contact United Way at 218-999-7570. Deer River homeowners looking for renovation assistance can contact Itasca County Habitat for Humanity at 218-999-9001 or

About United Way Day of Action
Day of Action is an annual day of service sponsored by United Way of 1000 Lakes. The largest of United Way’s volunteer initiatives, Day of Action annually draws together over 100 volunteers of various ages and skill levels to complete outreach and revitalization projects in Itasca-area communities.

About Itasca County Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation Program
Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation program works with homeowners who need assistance with interior and exterior repairs to help maintain their homes. Painting, landscaping, and minor maintenance and/or repair projects are completed by volunteers led by Habitat staff. 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.

About 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.