Itascamazing Race: August 2022

The Itascamazing Race is a Grand Rapids area-wide scavenger hunt consisting of teams of 2-8. Teams will be given a series of clues and challenges to complete in a 3 hour time period. Each challenge will be worth different point values, and some will include bonus points, so teams will need to use their creativity and knowledge of the area to race your way to first!

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Lumberjack Mile & 5K: September 10, 2022

The Lumberjack Mile & 5K for United Way, is a fun-run held along the Mississippi River in the heart of Grand Rapids' business district. A highly anticipated annual themed charity run, the event takes place during Grand Rapids Riverfest, featuring live music, food vendors, craft beer, and more.

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Stuff the Bus School Supplies Drive: Fall 2022

Each year, hundreds of students return to school without essential school supplies to succeed in the classroom. Through United Way's Stuff the Bus initiative, you can help address educational disparities that the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified to ensure students go back to school with the essential supplies ready to learn.

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Dining United: October-November

Throughout October and November, visit one of the participating Dining United restaurants for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and a portion of your order will be donated to United Way. Get your family, friends, or coworkers together for a good time and an even better cause! The more you eat, the more they donate.

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Minnesota United Acts of Kindness Week: Nov. 15-19

United Way is initiating a ‘chain of kindness’ as part of the Minnesota United Acts of Kindness Week, which runs November 15th-19th. The statewide initiative, spearheaded by United Ways of Minnesota, was first introduced in 2017.

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Hooked on Itasca: January 2022

Hooked on Itasca is a virtual ice fishing tournament for kids and adults. Using a mobile device and app, anglers will fish for a chance to win cash and prizes! Whether you’re a die-hard fisherman or only occasionally drop a line, you don’t want to miss this exciting event.

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Community Celebration & Best of Awards: May 2023

Each year, United Way hosts a Community Celebration and awards ceremony. Including a social networking hour, live music, and a keynote speaker series, the annual celebration is our way of thanking everyone who makes our work possible.

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Day of Action: June 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.

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