Our Work

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Many UWNEMN programs have been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For an up-to-date list of these updates as well as other community resources, click here

The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota is no longer just a fundraising entity. Since 2008, we have worked to adopt our own programs that help to improve education and financial stability as well as promote healthy lives in our communities.

Bright Beginnings - An initiative designed to address the issues surrounding childcare in our communities as well as early childhood education opportunities.

Buddy Backpacks - Children most at risk in our area schools are enrolled in this program and receive a backpack full of nutritious, child-friendly and non-perishable food each Friday or holiday break before they head home from school.

Comforts of Home - Bed Bath & Beyond donates products throughout the year to UWNEMN, and in turn, we make this product available to our agencies and individuals and families across our service territory at no cost through referrals. Last year, $160,000 worth of household items were distributed to families in need.

Imagination Library - Dolly Parton's school readiness program is locally sponsored by UWNEMN  and delivers monthly age appropriate books to children birth to age five for FREE! There are no income guidelines to this program. Since the inception, over 8,700 children have benefited from the program. Sign your child up today! NEW THIS SUMMER: Click here for our early literacy video series, Story Time With UWNEMN. New videos posted every Wednesday at 10 am! 

Lunch Buddies - UWNEMN's Lunch Buddies program is being piloted in Hibbing’s Greenhaven and Washington Elementary schools the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year. The program is serving first grade students who would benefit from additional support, encouragement, and a positive and caring adult mentor. 

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Meet Up and Chow Down - UWNEMN's free summer lunch program will be operating at 9 different sites in Aurora, Chisholm, Hibbing, Mt. Iron, and Virginia this summer. Lunches will be served "grab and go" style.

Smiles United - A preventive dental care program that provides teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral health, and nutritional education to children in a school-based setting with a focus on children who are under or uninsured. The service is provided by a mobile dental unit that brings the equipment on-site with a local hygienist and assistant. 

United for Veterans - A program designed to address the issues and gaps in services for local veterans in our service territory. Over the years, veterans and their family members have expressed the critical need for expanded, wrap-around services throughout out rural communities to United Way staff, board and volunteers. For veterans in need and that are dealing with financial set backs, UWNEMN has an application for funding that is available to veterans in need. Click HERE to view application.

211- United Way has collaborated with other non-profits, government, business people, and professionals around Minnesota to bring 211, a single call that provides callers with one-stop vital information.