UWNEMN asks Iron Rangers to “Volunteer Where You Live”

Most United Ways across the globe will be taking part in a “Day of Action” next month. But the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) isn’t like the other United Ways in the world – and that’s because Iron Rangers aren’t like anyone else in the world.


The UWNEMN has received so many inquiries from Iron Range citizens about volunteer opportunities, the local United Way has created an entire “Week of Action,” a week full of volunteer opportunities next month – June 17-21.


“We often receive calls from volunteers in the community who would like to get involved and from groups who are looking for impactful projects,” said UWNEMN Executive Director Shelley Valentini. “This Week of Action will allow for more than 100 people across our service territory to get involved in a variety of different opportunities.” 

Week of Action projects are available in communities from hour-long to week-long time commitments and include landscaping projects, painting projects, construction projects, and more.


These projects have been coordinated with UWNEMN-supported agencies, including AEOA, Arrowhead Center, Care Partners, Ely Community Health Center & Ely Community Resource, Floodwood Services & Training, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity, Range Transitional Housing, Salvation Army Hibbing, and Salvation Army Virginia. There are also projects taking place directly at the UWNEMN office in Chisholm.


“We are excited to engage volunteers in impactful work across our service territory through Week of Action,” said Erin Shay, Community Impact and Engagement Director for UWNEMN.  “With many options and projects to choose from, there’s something for everyone, including projects for all ages.”

Volunteers who participate in the Week of Action will receive a blue “Give Where You Live” t-shirt to wear while they work on the project of their choice.


For a full list of Week of Action Projects and to register, visit www.unitedwaynemn.org/week-action