November - December 2024

The annual Home for Good drive is a safety net initiative of United Way of 1000 Lakes. The program helps families with everyday essentials like toothpaste, soap, and laundry detergent. Access to such items allows families to maintain good health and build self-esteem, stretch their wages to meet other needs - supporting their upward mobility.

What is the Home for Good drive?

United Way of 1000 Lakes’ annual Home for Good (previously Health & Hygiene Drive) program seeks to provide low-income families with necessities like shampoo, diapers, and cleaning supplies. Having access to such items helps individuals and households maintain good health and build self-esteem, and relieves families of some expenses, freeing up funds for meeting other needs and building long-term financial stability.

When you support the program by donating, hosting a dropbox, or making an essentials pack, you’re helping meet the needs of people right here in the Northland.

How You Can Help


Churches, organizations, civic groups, or businesses can host a traditional drive where you collect physical supplies or a virtual drive where you collect monetary donations. Donations will be used to purchase supplies for the event. To register, email with your interest.



Individual items can be dropped off at community dropbox locations. You can also support the Home for Good drive by giving monetary funds. Text LAKES to 26989 or click the “DONATE NOW” button on the website and select “Home for Good” from the drop-down menu.



One of the most effective ways you can support the Home for Good drive is by making personal and household essential packs for local families! You’ll package basic necessities into care packages, which will then be distributed to families in need through the Itasca area’s nonprofit network. This can be done on your own or with a group such as your workplace, church, team, or classroom.

To get started, complete the signup form and indicate how many packages you’ll be assembling and where you’ll drop them off. Then, download the guide and start your project!

Download: Home for Good Project Guide



Don’t have time to hit the store or assemble care packages? Shop for items from one of our online wish lists to help out from home! Items can be shipped directly to United Way.


Health and hygiene items and assembled care packages can be dropped off at United Way during business hours (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) or at a dropbox location in our service area.

2023 Community dropbox locations include:

Children’s Discovery Museum (2727 Pokegama Ave S, Grand Rapids)
Coldwell Banker Northwoods (812 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids)
Deerwood Bank (2950 S Highway 169, Grand Rapids)
Essentia Health (115 10th Ave NE, Ste A, Deer River)
Essentia Health (1542 Golf Course Rd Ste 203, Grand Rapids)
Kiesler Wellness Center (3130 SE 2nd Ave, Grand Rapids)
Klockow Brewing Company (36 SE 10th St, Grand Rapids)
KOOTASCA (201 NW 4th St, Ste 130, Grand Rapids)
Park State Bank (117 Central Ave, Nashwauk)
Park State Bank (South location) (1215 S Pokegama Ave, Grand Rapids)
Park State Bank (428 NW 4th Ave, Grand Rapids)
St. Andrews Lutheran Church (501 16th St NW, Grand Rapids)
Echelon Wealth Partners/Ameriprise Financial – Jennifer Bymark (350 NW 1st Ave, Ste C, Grand Rapids)
Compass North (1200 S Pokegama Ave, Ste 160, Grand Rapids)
Itasca County YMCA (400 River Rd, Grand Rapids)


Essentia Pack Partners:

Grand Rapids Orthodontics (615 NE 4th St, Grand Rapids)
Lake Country Power (26039 Bear Ridge Dr, Cohasset)

Needed Items* Include:

Bar Soap
Body Wash
Brush / Comb
Cleaning Supplies
Diapers, Baby Wipes, Ointment
Dish Soap
Feminine Hygiene Products
First Aid Supplies (Adhesive Bandages, Antibiotic Ointment)
Gas Cards
Hand Soap
Kitchen Garbage Bags
Laundry Baskets
Laundry Detergent
Lip Balm
Paper Products (Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Tissues)
Razors & Shaving Cream
Shampoo / Conditioner
Sun Protection
Washcloths, Hand & Bath Towels

*Only new, unopened items will be accepted.

2023 Home for Good Media Center

Home for Good Poster 11×17
Dropbox Signage 12 x18
Project Guides:  Instructions  |  Home for Good Project Guide

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