Helping Here through the Combined Charities Campaign

October marks another year of giving through the Minnesota Combined Charities Campaign. Designed to make it easy for state employees to make a difference in their communities, the Campaign is a workplace giving program that allows employees of the State of Minnesota to designate a portion of their paycheck towards participating charities. Throughout the years, state employees have raised over millions for charitable organizations in Minnesota.

Employees of state agencies such as the Department of Natural Resources, Itasca Community College, and Department of Health, as well as retirees, can pledge to an organization that has successfully undergone the Combined Charities Campaign’s vetting process. One such charity is United Way of 1000 Lakes, giving employees of state agencies who live, work, or play in the Itasca area a chance to make a difference in a place that matters to them.

Giving to United Way through workplace campaigns means that workers can play a role in advancing the education, health, and financial stability goals of northland communities. Every dollar given supports more than 20 nonprofit programs and agencies, all located within the greater Itasca area, that provide services that are more needed than ever as our state navigates through this health and economic crisis.

State employees can give through payroll deduction at the State of Minnesota Employee Self Services website, or by visiting

To learn more about United Way of 1000 Lakes’ work, impact, and how you can make a difference, visit or call 218-999-7570.