Providing opportunities to thrive


Through our programs and partnerships we are helping neighbors meet their basic needs such as safe housing, adequate food, and healthcare. Together we are providing an opportunity for people to move from uncertainty to stability which includes a steady job, a place to call their own and a better tomorrow.


At United Way, we work with individuals to create a pathway to financial stability. Our programs equip people with the tools and services needed to thrive in the workplace. With your help, neighbors in our community can reach financial independence securing a successful future for themselves and their families.


Youth thrive when they receive exceptional levels of attention and support. We work with families and community partners to encourage and foster growth and development in children. Together we are creating opportunities for kids to succeed and have a brighter future.

Families First
United Way has created a new program, Families First, to address the growing issue of homeless youth in the Greater Grand Forks region. The Families First program prioritizes finding stable housing for families experiencing homelessness. Our Families First staff connects families with community services and long-term housing solutions while providing on-going support to each family.
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Kidz Closet
Every kid deserves receive an education without the challenge of finding clothes, school supplies, or other items they need to succeed. Our Kidz Closet provides essential everyday items to children in need. United Way accepts in-kind donations of new or used clothing, school supplies, and hygiene products. These products are then distributed to children in need right here in our community.
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East Grand Forks Backpack Program
United Way’s East Grand Forks Backpack Program fights to end childhood hunger by providing food in students’ backpacks to feed them for the weekend. A donation can help provide up to six meals for kids who need a bit more help and hope when they’re away from school. Together, we are ensuring no child goes hungry over the weekend.
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Wheels to Work
Many neighbors in our community lack safe and reliable ways to get to school or work. For others, an unexpected car repair can be a financial catastrophe. The Wheels for Work program is fueling opportunities to thrive for individuals and families by helping neighbors travel safely through, car repairs, transportation vouchers, and more!
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Winter Wishlist
Each year over 600 gifts are provided to children in the Greater Grand Forks Community. These gifts are given to children who otherwise may not receive presents during the holiday season. United Way collects NEW toys, games, and gift cards for children of all ages. Together, we are warming the hearts and hands of kids in our community!
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Car Seats for Kids
United Way has partnered with Safe Kids Grand Forks to ensure all children are kept safe when traveling in a vehicle. Car Seats for Kids is a collaboration that works together to provide families in need with car seats. Together, we are minimizing the risk of injury to our children in our community.
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Community Initiatives Fund
United Way was founded as a collaboration of neighbors. Today, one of the ways we carry out this mission is through our Community Initiatives Fund. We provide much needed dollars to special projects and events that improve the lives of kids, families, and individuals through our Live, Work & Learn framework.
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