Marble Announced as 2024 United Way Day of Action Host

June will mark the eleventh annual Day of Action for United Way of 1000 Lakes. A nationwide day of service, the initiative is designed to engage individuals and corporate partners in meaningful projects during the summer solstice on June 21. Across the country, countless volunteers will make a difference in the communities where they live and work – building playgrounds, painting schools and childcare centers, delivering boxes of nutritious food, and more.

Locally, the initiative has activated more than 1,045 volunteers since it began in 2013. More than 6,124 hours of volunteer time have been given, equating to a value of $150,806 for the community, according to the Independent Sector, which releases the national value of a volunteer hour rate each year.

In February 2024, the Marble City Council committed to joining the movement as the 2024 Day of Action host. They join a list of other communities that have benefitted from the initiative to complete new and existing projects, including Bovey, Coleraine, Deer River, and Grand Rapids.

“Day of Action is an annual opportunity for United Way to come alongside our local communities to help further projects through volunteerism,” Kim Brink Smith, United Way executive director. “Whether it’s outdoor planting, community clean up, donation drives, building and painting projects, we are here to serve you and our community.”

In addition to working with municipalities, United Way partners with Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) to revitalize neighborhoods and ensure that residents can live independently and safely in their homes and businesses can thrive.

Proposed projects include a food donation drive, planting trees and flowers, park and Mesabi tailhead enhancements, and creating public art. Homeowners and business owners in the area can get projects done through Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation program, which assists low-income homeowners with minor repair and renovation projects.

“It truly is an honor to be chosen for the Day of Action,” shared City of Marble mayor Daidre Breen. “The City of Marble, along with Greenway Township, are excited to do our part in carrying out projects that will be enjoyed by our residents and visitors alike.”

Individuals and groups interested in volunteering can register at volunteer.uwlakes.org. Anyone with questions or seeking to submit a project request is invited to contact United Way at 218-999-7570 or visit uwlakes.org/day-of-action. Marble homeowners seeking renovation assistance can contact Itasca County Habitat for Humanity at 218-999-9001 or itascahabitat.org/home-preservation.