Kimberly Brink Smith

218-999-7570 /

United Way needs community’s help to reach goal and
maintain vital services — Campaign at 98%

February 19, 2013—United Way of 1000 Lakes is in the final stretch of their 2012-13 annual fundraiser campaign. To date United Way of 1000 Lakes has raised approximately 98% of the $300,000 campaign goal. The funds raised are used to support invaluable services provided by United Way partner agencies. United Way volunteers and staff have worked diligently to ensure that this year’s goal is met and they need your help to close the $4,237 funding gap.

United Way of 1000 Lakes partner agencies help provide community members with basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing; services for those affected by domestic violence; as well as out-of-school time programs for youth; and care for underinsured and uninsured adults and children.

This year marks the beginning of the 2013-15 grant cycle for United Way agencies. A Community Investment Council, made up of trained volunteers, will assess nearly 40 grant applications and assign funding based on the need and most positive impact to the community in the areas of education, income and health. “If we are not able to meet our goal, we know that there will be those in this community who will not have access to the support and services they need,” said Kimberly Brink Smith, United Way’s Executive Director.

We are very grateful to the many businesses and organizations that grew their campaigns significantly this year. Despite a very successful start, we continue to work hard to reach our goal. The need in Itasca County increases every year and this campaign is a vital component to meeting that need,” said Madelen Schuemann, 2012-13 Campaign Chair.

The 2012-13 campaign goal is still within reach! Your gift will not only help United Way reach their goal; more importantly, it will be invested in the programs and initiatives that improve lives in the community. If you have made a donation already, thank you. If you have not, please consider a generous gift through a workplace campaign or by sending a contribution directly to United Way of 1000 Lakes. You may donate on-line at and click on the “How to Donate” button, or mail your contribution to United Way of 1000 Lakes, 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite A, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.

United Way will formally conclude the campaign at an Annual Meeting and Campaign Celebration: Celebrating 50 Years of Generosity on March 21st from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids. This event is open to the public. Cost is free. To register, call United Way at 218-999-7570.

United Way Partnering Agencies:

Advocates for Family Peace; Aitkin Kinship Mentoring (new in 2012); Baby Steps Boutique; Bigfork Valley Clinic (Bigfork Adult Day Stay); Boy Scouts Voyaguers Area Council; Bridges Kinship Mentor; Campus Life/YFC; Cooperative Solutions; ElderCircle;

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital (new in 2013); Itasca County 4 H Federation; Itasca County YMCA; First Call/United Way 2-1-1; Essentia Deer Rive (Friendship Haven Adult Day Stay); GRACE House; Itasca County Long Term Care Trans. Coalition;

Home Visitor Program; Hope House; Second Harvest Food Bank (Grand Rapids Food Shelf); Support Within Reach; Itasca County Food Shelf Coalition (Bigfork Food Shelf); Deer River Food Shelf (Nashwauk Food Shelf); Itasca Hospice Foundation; Itasca Wellness Court; KOOTASCA Programs; Minnesota Diversified Industries - MDI (new in 2011); Project Care Free Clinic (new in 2011); and Project READ.

Last year, United Way campaign helped:

Provide access to healthcare for more than 100 individuals and families who aren’t insured or underinsured

Provide thousands of children and teens with a chance for a successful education through United Way-supported educational programs

Provide more than 300 seniors and those with disabilities assistance so they may live independently in their homes

• Provide 1 million pounds of food for those struggling to feed their families

Assist 948 individuals with income tax preparation assistance

Provide 194 homeless individuals and families with food and shelter

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