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Days of Action Projects

Grant Writer

Do you enjoy writing? Would you like to use your way with words to make a difference? We're looking for volunteer grant writers to help us write community development grants to allow us to continue our work improving downtown Coleraine. This is a great way to make an impact while staying safe at home! Volunteer writers will receive support and guidance from United Way. This opportunity can be completed virtually and is a great way to get experience in the nonprofit sector.

Through 10/31/20

Additional Date Options:

Days of Action projects take place primarily outdoors, with small groups of volunteers practicing social distancing. Volunteers are screened and required to use protective equipment such as masks and gloves. If any of the published dates above do not fit your schedule, individuals and groups can request a specific date by calling 218-999-7570 or emailing info@uwlakes.org.

 


Before Volunteering

PRIORITIZE HEALTH AND SAFETY: 

The health and safety of our volunteers is our highest priority. We’ll be implementing a safety plan on project sites, and we ask that all volunteers wear a mask, follow physical distancing guidelines whenever possible, and stay home if they’re feeling sick. Read the safety plan to familiarize yourself with best practices. 

SIGN A WAIVER:

Save time by downloading and signing the volunteer waiver. You can email your signed waiver to info@uwlakes.org, or print it and bring it with you on the day of your volunteer project. 

WHAT TO BRING: 

Volunteers should wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes or boots and wear a mask. Volunteers may also want to bring protective eyewear, sunscreen, bug repellent, a rain jacket, pocket hand sanitizer, snacks, and/or a water bottle. Lunch will be served outdoors. Volunteers will provided a bag lunch, but may want to bring a chair and/or a blanket to sit on. 
 


About Days of Action

United Way’s largest volunteer initiative is becoming a summer-long event called “Days of Action,” taking place June through August. Coleraine was selected as this year’s recipient following conversations about neighborhood revitalization between United Way of 1000 Lakes, Itasca County Habitat for Humanity, Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), and the City of Coleraine.

Over the summer, United Way and its partners will be matching volunteer interests and skills to a variety of projects, which may include anything from helping an older adult plant flowers to cleaning up a community park. 

SUBMIT A PROJECT:

If you or someone you know could benefit from a home improvement or yard maintenance project in downtown Coleraine, let us know by submitting an online request or calling 218-999-7570. Request

PROJECTS:

Yard: leaf-raking, landscaping, gardening, pruning
Exterior: window washing, painting, installing ramps and grab bars
Minor Repairs: steps, doors, windows, roof, deck
General Clean-up: disposing of items such as garbage, mattresses, vehicles, old appliances, and electronics

OUR PARTNERS:

Habitat for Humanity: The Home Preservation program works with homeowners who need assistance with interior and exterior repairs to help maintain their homes. Project examples include painting, landscaping, and minor exterior maintenance. Each project is unique to the homeowner’s situation and may include low to zero-interest loans and sweat equity hours contributed by the owner. Learn more

Cars for Homes: Habitat for Humanity’s Cars for Homes program recycles vehicles at no cost. Donated vehicles are picked up and sold, with proceeds going towards helping local families attain homeownership. The program accepts cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, and more. Learn more

CEDA: Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) has been working with the rural communities of Itasca County since 2019 through a partnership between IEDC and Itasca County. CEDA’s work is focused on identifying and executing development projects, providing tools and resources, and driving visitors and community involvement. Learn more

ElderCircle: Provides critical services to older adults, including pharmacy delivery, grocery services, virtual visits, technology access, and general educuation on available resources. Learn more

350 NW 1st Ave, Suite A
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
218-999-7570
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