COVID-19 Response


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Emergency Response Fund

Over $175,000 raised for food access, emergency needs, & elderly care


Backpack Buddies Food Packs

Now serving 1,200 Bemidji Area students (normally serve 450)


2-1-1/Community Resource Connections

Collaborating to provide service resource updates through 2-1-1 and


Mobilizing the Community

Mobilized over 1,000 volunteers


Food Access

Packed thousands of food boxes for North Country Food Bank. Stepped in to coordinate volunteers and give over 300 staff hours to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf


Gifts of Hope Fund

Partnered with the Bemidji Alliance to support 100+ local businesses and 100+ struggling families


Step Up to SIT

Matches babysitters and working parents in need of childcare


Face Masks

Bemidji Area donated 3,000+ face masks to service organizations


Activity Kits

Provided over 65 activity kits to kids living in area shelters 


Collaborative Assessment

United Way has implemented an assessment tool with our Partner Agencies. The assessment will help the agencies look at their internal needs and provide United Way with statistics to see common gaps in programming and funding


Sustainability of Community

United Way is continually looking at innovative ways to help our local businesses and local families through this crisis. We will share these updates as they present themselves