June 21st, 2022

Each year, United Ways across the country participate in a national day of service called Day of Action. It’s the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves and let your actions speak louder than words. It’s the perfect way to show, by example, what it means to LIVE UNITED.

About Day of Action

Day of Action is an annual day of service sponsored by United Way of 1000 Lakes. Drawing more than 100 volunteers of all skills sets together each year, Day of Action is the largest of United Way’s volunteer initiatives.

Since its inception in 2013, Day of Action has mobilized 975 volunteers who have served a total of 5,624 hours. The impact value from 2013-2020 is $136,536.

Our Day of Action program focuses on building healthy communities by connecting residents to home improvement services and resources for living independently and mobilizing our force of caring volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways – by helping out with a maintenance project, nominating a project recipient, or advocating on social media.

Projects Might Include:

General Clean-up: disposing of items such as garbage, mattresses, vehicles, old appliances, and electronics
Exterior Care: window washing, painting, installing ramps and grab bars
Minor Repairs: steps, doors, windows, roof, deck
Yard Maintenance: leaf-raking, landscaping, gardening, pruning

Do you have any idea for a Day of Action project in your community? Get in touch with United Way to share your idea(s) and learn more about proposing a Day of Action or another volunteer project.

June 21st, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  |  Deer River, MN

In collaboration with Day of Action partners Itasca County Habitat for Humanity, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), city municipalities, and county agencies, volunteers will come together on June 21st to complete neighborhood revitalization projects with small businesses, homeowners, and in public buildings and spaces.

Learn more: “Deer River Selected as Day of Action Site”

Nominate: Could you or someone you know use some help caring for their home or small business? Home- and small business owners in Deer River’s downtown are invited to serve as project sites, where volunteers will lend their time to complete beautification and minor repair projects. Nominate yourself or another for a project by filling out a brief registration form. Project nominees will be contacted by United Way, CEDA, and/or Habitat staff to discuss project details and eligibility. Submit nomination

Volunteer: Sign up as an individual or as a group to help out on a half-day or full-day project.

Individuals and teams can now browse dozens of volunteer opportunities (needs) at area nonprofits and community events, including Day of Action. Again this year, volunteers registrater using United Way’s online volunteer matching platform, Bonfire. You can self-select and match with available volunteer opportunities (needs) through an easy sign-up process. We are excited to bring this free, year-round volunteer matching platform to the Itasca region.

**United Way will be hosting its annual Health & Hygiene drive in the fall. Check back periodically for more information.


Paul Bunyan Communications
Paul Bunyan Communications has the region’s largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,500 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television services, digital voice services and more. PBC is also Northern Minnesota’s Certified Apple Repair Center.



Park State Bank
Park State Bank has become one of the larger independently owned banks in Minnesota with over one billion dollars in combined assets and a history committed to serving clients and small businesses in Minnesota for over one hundred years. Founded in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in 1916 and recapitalized by new ownership in 2015, the bank has grown from two locations to now operating sixteen locations, and a successful mortgage division, all located in communities across Minnesota.

Sponsor Day of Action

United Way Day of Action is held annually nationwide and promotes volunteerism. The day-long effort mobilizes community members to take action in the communities in which they live. Projects range from gardening and painting to donating blood and creating care packages.

The event draws 100+ community members annually. Over the years a collective 5,624 hours have been served, equating to more than $136,536 in volunteer contributions since 2013.



Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor
Promoted as a Platinum sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Radio interview
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event materials, signage, and t-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website with your logo and a link to your website



Recognition as Gold Sponsor
Promoted as a Gold sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event materials, signage, and t-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website

If you’re interested in sponsoring Day of Action or another event, email kimberly@uwlakes.org or call United Way at 218-999-7570.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find opportunities to give your time and talent to causes you care about on Bonfire, the online volunteer platform powered by United Way.

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