United Way Looks Toward Recovery

Photo by Jordan Weis

Over the first days of May, people across Minnesota are encouraged to support causes they care about as part of SpringForwardMN, a statewide giving initiative. United Way of 1000 Lakes is one of the nonprofit organizations taking part in the eleven-day campaign. With $24,000 left to raise to make their Stronger United campaign goal, United Way is asking caring community members to step up and help fill the gap.

“We’ve been through a tough year,” says United Way Executive Director Kim Brink Smith, “and now it’s time to look forward to the recovery and rebuilding process, and work on emerging stronger and more united than we’ve ever been.”

United Way plays an integral role in fighting poverty in area communities. Each year, the organization invests in over 30 programs that address the education, health, and basic needs of people across the region. This nonprofit network helps Itascans of all ages and circumstances find help in times of crisis and resources for building better futures.

“Recovery will involve connecting isolated individuals to mental health services, getting students extra learning help, and providing pathways for those struggling economically to build long-term stability,” says Brink Smith. “When you support United Way you’re supporting all of these overlapping needs.”

Whether a contribution consists of $30 or $300, every one plays a role in strengthening the nonprofit safety net. Each gift to United Way goes where it’s most needed, thanks to a group of community members who evaluate the region’s greatest needs and guide each investment. All funds raised stay local, benefiting those who live and work in and around Itasca County. 

Supporters who want to help the organization make the final push toward their annual goal can give through May 11th at uwlakes.org/#donate, at givemn.org, or by texting LAKES to 26989. Check donations can be made to United Way of 1000 Lakes and mailed to 350 NW 1st Avenue, Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. 

To learn more about the issues United Way is fighting for, the organization’s community investment process, and how you can play your part in creating positive change, visit uwlakes.org.