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27th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Chili chefs vie for bragging rights at the region’s largest chili cook-off

Head of the Lakes United Way hosted its Annual Chili Cook-Off at the DECC on Sept. 20. This event is meant to raise awareness about Head of the Lakes United Way along with its partner agencies.

Every year, over 1,500 chili lovers gather to try recipes from over 40 chilies and vote for their favorites. Professional judges are also present to choose the best recipes. This year’s award recipients include:

For photos courtesy of Mark Fitzgibbons, “Fitzphoto”, click here, and scroll down to “2018 Chili Cook-Off.”

People’s Choice
Minnesota Power

Spicy Spirit (Best Booth Decorations)
Whole Foods Co-op

Professional Division
1st Place: Minnesota Power
2nd Place: Duluth Bethel
3rd Place: Essentia Health/Northern Lights Cafe

Amateur Division
1st Place: TIE: Arc Northland
Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes & Pines
2nd Place:  Duluth East Food For Thought Restaurant
3rd Place: Valley Youth Center/Miller Roofing

Hottest-Yet-Edible: Valley Youth Center/Miller Roofing

Vegetarian: Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes & Pines

Most Unique: Duluth Bethel

United We Fight. United We Win.

Head of the Lakes United Way announces new campaign for 2018-19

We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. This will be focus of Head of the Lakes United Way’s 2018-19 campaign.

Each year United Way asks local communities to invest in themselves. United Way then strategically partners with local non-profit health and human services programs that provide residents with critical necessities like food and safe housing, but also support tools for long-term solutions. United Way worldwide promotes partnerships and strategies that are foundational for a good life and strong community: basic needs, education, financial stability, and health.

This year’s campaign messaging is an extension of the 2017-18 campaign created by local advertising agency, Creative Arcade.

On Wednesday, September 19, Head of the Lakes United Way held a news conference at St. Luke’s, an important long-time partner of United Way. Attendees heard from Head of the Lakes United Way President, Matt Hunter, as well as St. Luke’s CEO/President, John Strange. They also learned about one of United Way’s programs, 2-1-1 Information and Referral from Program Director, Rory Strange.

“Stuff the Bus”

Head of the Lakes United Way Sets Students Up for Successful School Year With Supply Drive

Stuff the Bus is a school readiness program that provides backpacks and school supplies to help prepare students for school. From August 1-24, Head of the Lakes United Way asked individuals, employee groups, and service organizations to fight for kids in the Superior and Lake Superior School Districts by donating supplies. These supplies were delivered directly to the districts and distributed locally.

Some of the most requested supplies included: Earbuds, wide-ruled notebooks, markers, scissors, and pocket folders.

1,910 items were collected and distributed in the North Shore, MN, and 2,496 items in Superior, WI.

Thanks to the following businesses for participating:

North Shore of Minnesota:

  • Castle Danger Brewery
  • SuperOne Two Harbors
  • The Lake Bank
  • Harbor Insurance
  • Two Harbors Federal Credit Union
  • Zup’s Silvery Bay
  • Wells Fargo Two Harbors
  • Lake View Hospital

Superior-Douglas County:

  • Barker’s Island Inn
  • Bellisio Foods
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Edward Jones – Jason Rolfe
  • Enbridge
  • Fen-Tech, Inc.
  • Kari Toyota
  • National Bank of Commerce
  • Superior Choice Credit Union
  • Superior Mayor’s Office
  • Superior Police Department
  • Superior Water Light and Power
  • SuperOne
  • WisDOT 

Day of Caring

United Way celebrates volunteerism with the 23rd Day of Caring

On Wednesday, June 20, Head of the Lakes United Way hosted another successful Day of Caring. This community event gave nearly 400 volunteers the opportunity to lend a hand with close to 30 projects in connection to local nonprofits.

Not only does the Day of Caring help complete much needed projects, but it also helps to educate the volunteers about the important work nonprofit organizations do in our community. Some of the projects completed this year include:

  • Fairground cleanup (Douglas County 4-H)
  • Beautification projects at various City of Duluth parks
  • A painting party (Woodland YMCA)
  • Staining garden beds and tables (Valley Youth Centers)
  • A summer field day (Myers-Wilkins Academic and Cultural Enrichment program)
  • Building a garden (Neighborhood Youth Services)
  • A picnic in the parking lot (Damiano Center)

For photos, click here

Annual Head of the Lakes United Way “LIVE UNITED” Luncheon

Recognition of all those who LIVE UNITED

Head of the Lakes United Way hosted its annual “LIVE UNITED” luncheon on Tuesday, May 8. Every year, this luncheon is an opportunity to say “Thank you” to all of our community partners and celebrate the results of our United efforts to make our community a great place to live and work.

At this year’s luncheon, Jennifer Austin (KBJR) was welcomed as emcee as well as Mayor Jim Paine (City of Superior) as the Keynote Speaker.

Among the awards given were Volunteer of the Year, organization recognition, and the Live United award. This year’s recipient of the Live United award was Jerry Fryberger of Hallett Dock Company, who has supported United Way for 50 years.

View the entire list of award recipients in our 2017-2018 LIVE UNITED Luncheon Program Booklet.

For photos courtesy of Mark Fitzgibbons, “Fitzphoto”, click here

12th Annual Bike Swap

Hundreds gather for the 2018 annual Bike Swap

On April 21-22, Continental Ski and Bike hosted the Bike Swap for it’s 12th year in a row, with proceeds benefiting Head of the Lakes United Way and Animal Allies. Hundreds of people showed up to buy and sell gently used bikes in the effort to take part in a healthy lifestyle.

Food, vendors, and bike test drives were available at the Bike Swap as well as a free helmet with the purchase of a youth bike. Qualified bike “pros” were also available to assist in finding the perfect bike for every individual.

When a bike was donated, 100% of the proceeds went towards the two charities involved. When it was sold, 25%. This year, more than 500 bikes were sold and almost $12,000 was raised during another successful Bike Swap.

Local Non-Profit Organization Offers Shelter from the Cold

The Superior Douglas County Family YMCA is proud to offer their facility as a warming center. The Y will be open for use as a warming station from 6am-noon on days where the weather dips below 0 or the wind chill is below -25 degrees. The lobby will be available to the public, as will refreshments such as coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. No pets allowed.

“We would like to thank our partnering agencies for helping us make this possible as the Y strives to meet the needs of our community and fulfill our mission,” said Chris Stenberg, Superior Douglas County Family YMCA CEO. The YMCA is located at 9 N 21st St and the contact number is 715-392-5611.

For information on additional warming centers in the area, call 2-1-1, Head of the Lakes United Way’s Information and Referral Service.

Head of the Lakes United Way Discusses 2017-2018 Campaign, Releases Promotional Video

New campaign asks the question, “What do you fight for?”

Each year United Way asks local communities to invest in themselves. United Way then strategically partners with local non-profit health and human services programs that provide residents with critical necessities like food and safe housing but also support tools for long-term solutions. United Way worldwide promotes partnerships and strategies that are foundational for a good life and strong community: education, financial stability and health.

Keeping United Way’s message fresh can be a challenge. This year’s campaign was designed and created by Creative Arcade. Their videos and materials highlight stories of real people: Krystal who struggled with addiction and job loss; John who was diagnosed with ALS; and Dakota who needed a supportive mentor. You also meet Jerry who is a volunteer driver for friends and neighbors but is clearly so much more. All of these people were helped by your local United Way.

On September 13, 2017, a news conference was held at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center Auditorium. United Way released Creative Arcade’s “What do you fight for?” video. Along with viewing the video, attendees also heard from HLUW president, Matt Hunter, Bob Brigham, chief operating officer for Essentia Health’s operations in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, and Jeff Ruprecht, co-owner of Creative Arcade and creator of campaign theme, video, and materials.

Highlights of the 2017 LIVE UNITED Luncheon – May 3, 2017

Recognition of all of those who LIVE UNITED

Highlights of the 2017 LIVE UNITED Luncheon, held on May 3, 2017

  • Keynote address by Carl Crawford (City of Duluth) – “Together, We Are The Solution”
  • Music by Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners
  • Master of Ceremonies: Jennifer Austin (KBJR)
  • 2016-17 Partner Organization Recognition Awards
    (see list of recipients below)
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Adeline Green, nominated by Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center
  • United Way Partner Agency Story: Cheryl Champion on behalf of Lake Superior Community Health Center
  • LIVE UNITED Award: Presented to Barb Lucia of Grandma’s Restaurant Company.

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