Our Work

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, financial stability and 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 United Way, 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 United Way of Northeastern MN 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!           





Meet Up and Chow Down - UWNEMN's free summer lunch program will be held at locations in Chisholm, Ely, Hibbing, Mt. Iron, Naswauk, and Virginia in 2019.





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 un-insured. The service is provided by a mobile dental unit that brings the equipment on-site with a local hygienist and assistant. New in 2019, the program is being operated in the UWNEMN building in summer months!





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, United Way Northeastern Minnesota has an application for funding that is available to veterans in need. Click HERE to view application. 




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.