Helping Hands


When you give to United Way of Crookston, your donation is invested back into the community where it is needed most. Approximately one in three are helped by one or more of the 23 local programs and initiatives supported by United Way of Crookston. Our partners are all 501c3 non profit organizations.

We invest in vital programs and initiatives in three essential elements needed for a good quality of life – health, education and financial stability.

Who does your dollar support?

  • C.A.L.L. (Crookston Alliance for Literacy & Learning)

    • Promoting literacy in Crookston and the surrounding area by sponsoring literacy events/activities/experiences several times during the year for children and families.  At two of these literacy events, age appropriate books are provided to children. 

  • Care & Share of Crookston

    • Works to break the cycles of homelessness and hunger by providing basic needs and strength-based supportive services for individuals and families.​​

  • Crookston Boy Scouts – Northern Lights Council

    • A comprehensive youth development program for all youth that provides leadership skill development, citizenship training and personal fitness instruction through active outdoor experiences and service.

  • Crookston Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizon

    • Unleashing the leadership potential in all G.I.R.L.s giving them the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

  • Home Delivered Meals

    • Providing hot prepared meals on a regular basis to people who are unable to leave their homes, or whose physical, emotional, or social condition would otherwise prevent the preparation of meals that meet specific therapeutic or nutritional needs.

  • Hospice of the Red River Valley

    • Provides quality of life, comfort and dignity to people with terminal illnesses by relieving pain and symptoms while attending to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

  • Kids First United

    • Helping families pay for Parks & Recreation activities with a need-based scholarship.  Families stay involved and active while building relationships with other families in the community.

  • Lutheran Social Services – Meals on Wheels

    • Provides affordable, high quality nutritionally balanced meals to seniors 60 and older and their spouses (regardless of age).  Our mission is to keep seniors healthy and allow them to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible.

  • North Country Food Bank

    • Distributes food to 220 charitable organizations in northwest Minnesota that serve people struggling with hunger.

  • New Hope Food Shelf

    • Distributes food directly into the hands of people in need in throughout the community.

  • PATCH (Pirate Asst. Team Conquering Homework)

    • After school program to assist students grades 7-12 with homework and school projects 3-4 days a week during the school year.  We have two teachers and a community volunteer to help out and provide a snack for the students.

  • Polk County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC)

    • Provides day services to adults with developmental disabilities, focused on the individual needs and skills of our clients.  Programs are both leisure based and employment-based.

  • RiverView Care Center

    • A skilled nursing facility specializing in dementia care from diagnosis to end of life.

  • RSVP

    • Engages people 55 and older in meaningful opportunities for service, creating significant change and impact in the lives volunteers and those they assist.

  • Salvation Army

    • Provides food for the hungry, disaster relief and assistance for the elderly, children, the disabled and ill.​

  • Tri-Valley Foster Grandparents

    • An inter-generational volunteering experience, individuals age 55 and older are welcomed into a setting such as public/private schools and daycare centers to help mentor and assist students with special or exceptional needs grow in their educational development.

  • Tri-Valley Reach Out for Warmth

    • To assist families in an emergency situation when all available resources within the Energy Assistance Program are exhausted.

  • Villa St. Vincent

    • Provides high-quality senior living services. Expert care and rehabilitation guided by compassion.


  • Eat United: Summer Food Program

    • Provides free, healthy, nutrient-dense meals to all youth in the community during the summer months.

  • United4Learning: After School Reading Program

    • An after-school reading program helping students build literacy skills, using research-based interventions so they can become successful readers and thinkers.