UWNEMN in Koochiching County

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United Way of Northeastern Minnesota is proud to support families, individuals, and agencies in Koochiching County. 

All work in Koochiching County is supported directly by donations made by folks who live and work in Koochiching County. When you Give Where You Live, your donations stay local. 

UWNEMN is offering financial assistance to Koochiching County individuals who have lost work due to COVID-19.
CLICK HERE for more information and for other COVID-19 resources. 


Buddy Backpacks - 183 Koochiching County children 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 - Select Bed Bath & Beyond stores and one Walmart store donate products throughout the year to UWNEMN, and these products are available to Koochiching County families and individuals who have experienced housing crises at no-cost with an agency referral. Last two year, two Koochiching County families experienced house fires and utilized this program. 

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. Sign your child up today!

Smiles United - Through a partnership between UWNEMN and Smiles United, 68 under-insured and uninsured Koochiching County children received  teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, oral health, and nutritional education in 2019. The service is provided by a mobile dental unit that brings the equipment on-site with a local hygienist and assistant. 

United for Veterans - Financial assistance is available for Koochiching County veterans in need 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.


A child with a strong educational foundation has a better chance of succeeding and positively contributing to their community later in life.  Through quality child care, early childhood education, tutoring, mentoring, and more, United Way of Northeastern Minnesota helps our children reach their full potential and prepares them for bright, promising futures.

United Way of Northeastern MN's Buddy Backpack Program

Imagination Library

Smiles United



A healthy life is key to a happy life.  All of our community members have the right to live safe, healthy and independent lives for as long as possible.  United Way of Northeastern Minnesota strives to ensure everyone has access to the quality healthcare and support they need.

Koochiching Aging Options.................................................218-283-7030



A strong community depends on having support systems in place to respond to disasters and help people overcome hard times to get back on their feet.  United Way of Northeastern Minnesota is there to stabilize our communities through access to emergency food, safe shelter, housing services and disaster relief.  We provide support to those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault and work to reduce it.  We help people become self-sufficient, which means stronger communities for all of us.

Falls Hunger Coalition..........................................................218-283-8020

Friends Against Abuse..........................................................218-285-7220

Salvation Army/International Falls........................................218-283-3394


The 2019-2020 UWNEMN funding cycle for Koochiching County agencies has closed. If you are an agency interested in the 2020-2021 funding cycle, contact katy@unitedwaynemn.org.

 "Give Where You Live" today and help us create lasting change in the lives of people right here in our communities.

There are many ways you can invest with United Way of Northeastern Minnesota to support Koochiching County families, individuals, and agencies:

Be aware:

UWNEMN has been made aware of a Facebook scam in which hackers implicate that United Way will give people money in return for a donation. No one from United Way will ever contact you, unsolicited, with a grant offer and will never request a donation in order to provide you financial assistance.

If you are in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19, please click here. If you are a veteran in need of financial assistance, please contact your local VSO and request they reach out to us regarding our United for Veterans program