Volunteers Give Back in Bovey 

The summer solstice saw 110 volunteers from throughout the Itasca area put their time and effort towards improving the city of Bovey.  

June 21st was United Way of 1000 Lakes’ Day of Action, the organization’s annual event that mobilizes volunteers to complete community revitalization projects in Itasca area communities. Each year, United Way partners with Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) and Itasca County Habitat for Humanity to target efforts toward the communities that will benefit most from the substantial value created by Day of Action. This year’s project partners also included the City of Bovey and Itasca County Environmental Services. 

110 volunteers contributed 678 hours of volunteer work in Bovey on Day of Action.

This year’s volunteers contributed a collective 678 hours of service, helping homeowners out with painting and landscaping, working on Bovey’s new playground, and hauling furniture and debris as part of a city-wide curbside cleanup. 

“Day of Action has been such a great way to impact communities and leave a lasting fresh impression,” says Sarah Carling, CEDA’s Northeast Regional Director. “This year was no different. Working side by side with the community, local organizations, and several partners this year was extremely rewarding. The impact left in Bovey allows the community to shine and flourish.” 

Next year’s Day of Action will again take place on June 21st. In the meantime, groups and individuals looking to get involved can find opportunities to give back year-round on Bonfire, the Itasca area’s volunteer portal powered by United Way, at volunteer.uwlakes.org 

Day of Action volunteers helped build playground equipment and spread mulch in a Bovey park.

Day of Action was generously supported by Platinum-level sponsor Paul Bunyan Communications and Gold-level sponsor Yanmar.