News Release



United Way of 1000 Lakes

350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A

Grand Rapids, MN  55744

t. 218-999-7570 

c. 218-259-9535



United Way kicks off annual Small Business Blitz - Oct. 28th


Grand Rapids area businesses should expect some extra visitors this week. United Way of 1000 Lakes will kick-off their third annual Small Business Blitz on Monday, October 28th.


The Blitz engages support from small businesses in Itasca County for the United Way annual campaign. “Unleash Your Inner Hero” is this year’s campaign theme. Funds raised will be invested in programs and initiatives focusing on helping children succeed in school and life, providing tools for individuals and families to become financially stable, and addressing the critical basic needs of individuals and families experiencing hunger and homelessness.


Starting Monday, United Way volunteers, a.k.a United Way Community Heroes, will be swooping throughout the community calling on small businesses to join them in supporting the United Way campaign. For just $1 per day you can be an “Everyday Hero” and help United Way work to address and alleviate social changes.


United Way has raised $100,470 dollars toward its $305,000 goal. Contributions will not only help United Way reach their goal; more importantly, it will be invested back into the community, where it is needed most. Approximately 1 in 3 people are helped by one or more of the 27 agencies and 40 programs and initiatives funded by the United Way.


If you have made a donation already, thank you. If you have not, please consider making a generous gift to United Way of 1000 Lakes on-line at or by calling 999-7570.



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