About Us

Our History

United Way of Greater Duluth (UWGD) was established in 1922 as the Duluth Community Fund, with annual fund drives conducted by hundreds of volunteers for the purpose of raising money to support Community Fund agencies.  While the organization’s name has changed (to Community Chest in 1948, United Fund in 1962, and finally United Way), and its goals have evolved, United Way continues to provide meaningful support to essential health and human services in the Greater Duluth community.  UWGD’s service area encompasses the geographical boundaries of Greater Duluth, including the cities of Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, and the townships of Duluth, Solway, Grand Lake, Fredenberg, Gnesen, Normanna, Canosia, Rice Lake, Lakewood, and Midway.  In 2009, UWGD expanded up the North Shore to include Lake and Cook counties, MN. In 2015, UWGD merged with United Way of Superior- Douglas County (also serving Ashland and Bayfield counties) to become Head of the Lakes United Way (HLUW).

Our Mission

Head of the Lakes United Way carries out its mission by:

  • Being a community leader in:
    • Convening, facilitating and building community partnerships;
    • Assessing health and human service needs; and
    • Developing high-impact strategies and mobilizing resources for effective and efficient solutions
  • Addressing the human service needs of our area by engaging the whole community in fundraising and providing donors the opportunity to invest in community change.
  • Funding health and human service programs that improve people’s lives, strengthening the community in measurable ways.

Our Bold Impact

HLUW works with agencies and community volunteers to invest wisely in our community to create real, lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.  HLUW is committed to:

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

Head of the Lakes United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.


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