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Day of Action: June 21, 2019

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.

United Way of 1000 Lakes has partnered with Itasca County Habitat for Humanity and the Itasca County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to help residents in the Oakland Addition care and maintain their homes. 

Projects can include:

  • Yard: leaf-raking, landscaping, gardening, pruning
  • Exterior: window washing, painting, installing ramps and grab bars
  • Minor Repairs: steps, doors, windows, roof 
  • General Clean-up: dispose of items such as garbage, mattresses, old appliances and electronics

In conjunction with Day of Action, United Way coordinates a community-wide Personal Care Drive throughout June, to help children and adults at risk of meeting their basic needs. The care items will be redistributed throughout the community to help disconnected youth, veterans, and the homeless.

Do you or someone you know need help with a project at home? Complete the registration to request assistance. Once your registration is received, you will be contacted to determine your eligibility for volunteering, funding, and loan program assistance. *Application period is now closed.


Project Map: Navigate Day of Action projects on your phone using our interactive map.


Day of Action Schedule:

8:30 AM Volunteer Check-in (Oakland Park located at 1230 SE 4th Street, Grand Rapids)

9:00 AM Morning Session (volunteers report to project areas)

11:30 AM Afternoon Volunteer Check-in

12:00 PM Lunch provided by Sweet Amelia's - Veteran's Park Pavilion

12:30 PM Afternoon Session (volunteers report to your project area)

3-5 PM  Health & Hygiene Packing Party at Klockow Brewing Company


Parking & Transportation: 
Parking is available along Oakland Park and at Veteran's Park. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation. Arrowhead Transit will be offering free rides through Dial-A-Ride to and from Day of Action. To schedule, call 1-800-862-0175 (option 4).

Safety: 
Use crosswalks when crossing the street. If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to wait for a long enough gap in traffic to cross the street. If possible, make eye contact with the driver of a stopped or approaching vehicle before entering the roadway. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. 

What to Bring: 
Please bring close toe shoes and/or boots, and protective gloves. Also wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring protective eye wear, sunscreen, and/or bug repellent. Optional: water bottle, lawn chairs, blanket for sitting.

Don't Forget: 
Personal Care Items for the Health & Hygiene Drive: (full size) shampoo; deodorant; bar soap; toothbrush and toothpaste; lotion; hair comb/brush; sun screen; lip balm; adhesive bandages; antibiotic ointment; tampons; panty liners; laundry detergent; diapers; (new) washcloths, hand and bath towels; and prepaid gas cards.

Neighborhood Canvasing: Help distribute information about the Farmers' Market hours and



Volunteer on June 21st:

Join hundreds of other active volunteers for a variety of hand-on projects. Projects range from gardening and landscaping to painting and assembling. Volunteers will be matched with the project that most closely aligns with their group size, skill level and interest. You will then be connected with the lead from the volunteer team to ensure that all is ready for a successful volunteer project. Volunteers will receive a Day of Action t-shirt and lunch (t-shirts guaranteed to first 100 registered volunteers). Register for a full day (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) or half day (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Alternate Day of Action June 24th (in case of rain): 

Registration Forms (download):  Registration Form.pdf    Waiver of Liability Form (download):  VolunteerWaiver.pdf

Volunteer


Donate Health and Hygiene Items:

Coordinate a Collection Box at your church, organization, civic group or business. All you have to do is collect the items or sponsor a virtual care pack with a monetary donation. Much needed items include: toothbrushes, FULL SIZE toothpaste, hair care products and deodorant, laundry detergent, first aid supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper products, and (new) wash cloths and hand and bath towels. Day of Action pick-up can be arrange by calling 218-999-7570 by June 20th. 

Drop-off locations: United Way of 1000 Lakes, Deerwood Bank - Grand Rapids, Woodland Bank - Hill City, and the Children's Discovery Museum. To have your business added to the drop-off site list, call 218-999-7570 or email us at info@unitedwayof1000lakes.org. Collection box and posters also available upon request.

Collection Site Toolkit (download)Drive_Editable_8.5x11.pdf |  Drive_Editable_11x17.pdf   |  Fill the Box Poster small.pdf  |  Fill the Box Poster large.pdf

Public Announcement: Media Release

Fill Virtual Box


Help Get the Word Out: 

Spread the word about Day of Action by posting flyers (available at unitedwayof1000lakes.org). Wear your Live United shirt! Shirts can be purchased for $10 (includes a $5 donation to United Way) by calling 218-999-7570. Post a selfie of you and your friends and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Use Day of Action hashtags: #DayofAction, #Volunteer, #LiveUnited and #HealthyCommunities. 

Day of Action Toolkit (download): DOA poster  |  DOA poster 11x17

Get the Shirt

For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the Day of Action, call 218-999-7570. Register as an individual, or grab your co-workers and register as a group! To sign up download and complete Day of Action Registration form and email to: info@unitedwayof1000lakes.org


Day of Action is generously sponsored by:

United Way sponsorship opportunities help raise awareness about United Way and uniquely position your company as a community leader—engaging your customers, vendors, employees and public alongside a recognizable and trusted philanthropic brand. 

Select from one of our various levels of sponsorship or customize a package that aligns with your corporate values. For more information, call the United Way at 218-999-7570.