DEDICATED TO THE IDEA THAT WE CAN GET MORE DONE TOGETHER

For more than 60 years, United Way of 1000 Lakes has been improving lives and our community, including Itasca County, parts of Aitkin and Cass counties, and the Leech Lake Reservation. We are uniquely positioned to harness the power of donors, volunteers, thought leaders, experts, other nonprofits, and government at all levels to ensure positive, sustainable change for every person in our region.

Impact Fund

Powered by Community

Community impact is at the heart of everything we do. It starts with identifying the needs of our neighbors and the resources available to meet those needs. Your support of United Way of 1000 Lakes is an investment in programs and initiatives that work hand-in-hand to close gaps and open opportunities so everyone can thrive.

IMPACT AREA:

READY KIDS, RESILIENT FAMILIES

IMPACT FUND

Ready Kids, Resilient Families

Children and families are supported throughout the entire educational process.

GOAL 1: Access to quality early education and care programs that nurture and stimulate development to support the resiliency of kids and their families.

GOAL 2: Access to quality afterschool and summer experiences that foster academic outcomes, leadership development, social connections, and future ready (ages 4 – 18).

GOAL 3: Provide support services and educational resources that strengthen positive parenting skills and promote a stable and nurturing home environment.

“Without financial help, there was a time earlier this year when we couldn’t continue utilizing the YMCA for our daycare. It has been a humbling experience to have so much love and help funneled in my direction.” View Corrin’s story

IMPACT GRANT PARTNERS-$77,500

Boys & Girls Clubs of Leach Lake
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northland
Itasca County Family YMCA: Child Care
Itasca Youth for Christ: Youth Center
Project Read: FRED Reading Program
Smart North: Deer River Tech Hub

 

IMPACT PROGRAMS

Bonfire: Volunteer Platform
First Call: United Way 2-1-1
Day of Action
Nonprofit Resource Library
Stuff The Bus: School Supplies Drive
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northland

IMPACT AREA:

HEALTHY MINDS & BODIES

IMPACT FUND

Healthy Minds & Bodies

Increase the opportunities for healthy lifestyle choices and promote overall health and wellbeing.

GOAL 1: Access to primary health services, including mental, behavioral, vision, and dental health care services.

GOAL 2: Support individuals’ resilience, social connectedness/capital, and independence.
Provide support services and educational resources to help individuals make healthy choices that reduce risk and harm and prevent crisis.

After financial hardship devastated Travis and Suli’s home, the couple turned to drugs for the answer. As their lives continued to unravel, Suli sought guidance and support from United Way funded programs to keep her family together and re-establish their once happy home. Read Suli’s Story

IMPACT GRANT PARTNERS-$15,000

Project Care Free Clinic

IMPACT PROGRAMS

Bonfire: Volunteer Platform
Day of Action
Flavors of Our Community
First Call: United Way 2-1-1
Health & Hygiene Drive
Nonprofit Resource Library
5-2-1-0 Playstations

IMPACT AREA:

FAMILIES FINANCIAL STABILITY

IMPACT FUND

Family Financial Stability

Families overcome barriers to opportunity, develop economic mobility, and build generational resilience.

GOAL 1: Access to employment appropriate training, and job readiness skills and support to enter, remain, and advance in the workplace.

GOAL 2: Provide support services and educational resources to help eliminate barriers hindering the economic mobility of struggling households (i.e., stable housing, financial counseling, money management education, tax help).

Entering adulthood without stable housing puts homeless youth, like Kayla, at increased risk for food insecurity, untreated mental health issues, and substance abuse. Luckily, she had a network of nonprofits, some of them United Way partners, available to connect her with resources that offered stability during the difficult transition out of her toxic family environment. Read Kayla’s Story

IMPACT GRANT PARTNERS-$15,00

Itasca County Habitat for Humanity

IMPACT PROGRAMS

Bonfire: Volunteer Platform
First Call: United Way 2-1-1
Day of Action
Health & Hygiene Drive
Nonprofit Resource Library
Summer Meal Meet-Ups

IMPACT AREA:

SAFETY NET

IMPACT FUND

Safety Net

Ensuring a safety net for our community that emphasizes basic human needs

United Way remains committed to the most vulnerable members of our community, centering investments and efforts within this impact area pillar to meet basic needs such as food, shelter, health, and safety, including community disaster response.

Entering adulthood without stable housing puts homeless youth, like Kayla, at increased risk for food insecurity, untreated mental health issues, and substance abuse. Luckily, she had a network of nonprofits, some of them United Way partners, available to connect her with resources that offered stability during the difficult transition out of her toxic family environment. Read Kayla’s Story

IMPACT GRANT PARTNERS-$35,500

Advocates For Family Peace
First Call / United Way 211
Grace House Homeless Shelter
Support Within Reach

IMPACT PROGRAMS

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

United for Purpose

How do we create a thriving community for all? It takes you! Large or small, one-time or recurring — your gift to United Way’s Community Impact Fund powers programming that fights the root causes of poverty.

DONATE

Impact Stories & News