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On June 21, on the longest day of the year, United Way's around the world host a volunteer Day of Action to address a variety of challenges. Locally, 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

The application process is now closed to be a project recipient. Please contact United Way with questions at 218-999-7570.

The Oakland Addition neighborhood, where projects will be taking place on June 21, is seen below in blue:

Home Repair Programs

Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) 

The City of Grand Rapids was awarded the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. These funds are to provide deferred loans for residential rehabilitation projects. Project examples include energy efficient modifications, faucets, lighting, and smoke detectors. The Itasca County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (ICHRA) is overseeing the selection process. 

A more detailed description of the program, including information on applicant and project eligibility, project selection criteria, program rules, the complete application, and a map of the target area is available for viewing on the ICHRA website at  

Home Preservation Program

Habitat for Humanity's Home Preservation Program works with homeowners who need assistance with interior and exterior repairs to help maintain their home.  Project examples include painting, landscaping, minor interior, and exterior maintenance. Each project is unique to the homeowners situation and may include low to zero interest loans and sweat equity hours contributed by the owner. Funding is provided in part by United Way of 1000 Lakes and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota Foundation.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit

Day of Action Program

United Way recruits and organizes a volunteer workforce comprised of all skill levels and ages to help with a varity of outside projects. Crews help with tasks such as painting, landscaping, clean-up, power washing, and more.

To learn more about the program, visit