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Each year on June 20th communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live.

Now in its sixth year, United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by supporting – education, income and health -- the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Locally, United Way of 1000 Lakes is coordinating several Day of Action projects, including a community-wide Personal Care Drive and various hands-on volunteer projects at Veteran’s Park, this year’s Day of Action site. New this year, small team projects will be hosted by satellite sites, including: Advocates for Family Peace; Hope House; Itasca County Family YMCA; and KOOTASCA.

“The Day of Action is a way for all sectors of our community to unite and work towards accomplishing the common vision of helping others. What you see today is a living testimony of our organization’s mission: to improve lives mobilizing the caring power of our communities,” said Kimberly Brink Smith, United Way executive director.

Anyone can participate in this national day of service – from championing a cause to joining a volunteer activity. There is no fee to participate and volunteers of any age and ability are eligible to participate. Sign-up as an individual, a family or grab your friends and co-workers and register as a group. 

Take time out of your day and help strengthen your community. A wide variety of hand-on projects are available, including: painting, gardening, yard activities, window washing, and assembling personal care packages. 

Volunteer assignments are made based upon age, size of volunteer group, and agency/site needs. Each volunteer will receive their volunteer assignment with details on supplies, t-shirt pick-up, lunch and parking at the Veteran’s Park registration tent on June 20th. 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 p.m.). Download registration form at Alternate Day of Action (in case of rain): Tuesday, June 24th. 

Host a Collection Drive:
Coordinate a collection drive at your church, organization, civic group or business. All you have to do is collect the items and deliver to Veteran’s Park on June 20. Donate much needed items including: 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. Download Toolkit at

Get the Word Out: 
Promote the Day of Action in your community by posting flyers; wearing the DAY OF ACTION Button; retweeting and sharing United Way’s posts/events with your friends, relatives and colleagues on Twitter and Facebook. 

Wear your Shirt:
If you cannot volunteer on Day of Action, you can still show your support for United Way by wearing your LIVE UNITED shirt on the Day of Action. Shirts can be purchased for $10 (includes a $5 donation to United Way) by calling 218-999-7570. 

Special thanks to our Day of Action sponsors: Paul Bunyan Communications and Minuteman Press.

For more information about volunteering or sponsoring the Day of Action, contact Kimberly Brink Smith, at 218-999-7570 or For a complete list of activities and registration forms, visit

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