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COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

Pack a Backpack!

We're looking for volunteers to help out area students by packing school supplies into backpacks and pencil boxes as part of our annual School Supply Drive. This is an at-home opportunity that can be completed by volunteers of any age. Instructions: 1. Download a school supply list to make sure that your backpack has the right supplies. 2. Pack your backpack! Fill your backpack with required school supplies and additional items like hand sanitizer, headphones, and water bottles. Feel free to write an encouraging note to include! 3. Attach a tag indicating whether the backpack is for a male student, a female student, or is gender-neutral. Please also indicate which grade the backpack is intended for and, if applicable, which school's supply list you referenced. Tags can be placed in the front pocket of the backpack or tied to a strap with string or ribbon. 4. Deliver your backpack(s) to United Way! Bring it to our Stuff the Bus event, or contact us by phone (218-999-7570) or email ( to arrange curbside drop-off.

Through 10/1/20


Medical workers, essential workers, and members of the community are in need of masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re donating masks to an organization, make sure to follow specific instructions for sewing masks (different organizations may have different standards for protective equipment); and always adhere to drop off guidelines: Advocates for Family Peace: Cloth masks can be dropped off at the Grand Rapids and Virginia offices. Learn more Bigfork Valley Hospital: Instructions | Drop off ElderCircle: Masks can be dropped off in a yellow and black outside of ElderCircle’s office at the YMCA. Learn more Essentia Health: Instructions | Drop off Grand Itasca: Instructions | Drop off

Through 12/31/20

Resourcing Volunteer

First Call 211 provides community members a central place to learn about resources and find information on government and social programs. Resourcing Volunteers help ensure information is timely, relevant, and accurately recorded in the 211 databases. Volunteers will communicate with nonprofits to gather locally relevant information. This role is performed virtually using a phone, computer, and Microsoft Excel. Training on appropriate communication protocols and how to accurately document agency information is provided.

Through 12/31/21

COVID-19 Related Updates


COVID-19 Information and Resources

JULY 1, 2020  |  BY UNITED WAY

As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we are closely watching the developments surrounding COVID-19 and how individuals and families throughout our community will be impacted.

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Volunteering Safely During COVID-19


As the state begins to open up, volunteer projects are getting underway again. Some of these projects were planned previously to the pandemic, while other projects will be responding to COVID-19 needs. 

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About COVID-19 Volunteering

Community members are encouraged to help support community needs created by the Coronavirus outbreak, but we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc.
  • Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Of course, you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – hand washing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.


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