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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 20 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 good quality of life – health, education and financial stability.

Who does your dollar support?

  • 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.

  • CASA/Golden Link

    • Heroes Program provides meals, social interaction and recognition for local veterans, first responders, healthcare workers, police and firefighters.

  • Crookston Boy Scouts – Northern Lights Council

    • A comprehensive 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 girls, giving them the courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

  • Crookston Schools Eat United: Summer Food Program

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

  • Fisher School Backpack Program

    • Ensures children from low income families have nutritious meals and snacks during weekends and school holidays by sending them home with food in their backpacks.

  • 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.

  • Imagination Library

    • Provides a carefully selected, age appropriate book sent to each registered child once a month from birth until age 5.  This free program starts a love of reading at the earliest ages.

  • Kids First United

    • This scholarship program provides funding for fees and equipment for Crookston Parks and Rec programs and activities.  We believe that kids should be kids and fees shouldn't stop them from participating in enrichment activities.​​​

  • Lutheran Social Services Meals on Wheels

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

  • Lutheran Social Services Respite and Caregiver Support

    • Provides support to the families and caregivers of terminally and chronically ill individuals with both online and in person counseling, grief counseling, long term care and end of life planning.

  • New Hope Food Shelf

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

  • North Country Food Bank

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

  • PATCH (Pirate Asst. Team Conquering Homework)

    • After school program to assist students grades 6-12 with homework and school projects 3-4 days a week during the school year.  Teachers and community volunteers help to provide educational support, assistance, transportation and a snack after school.​​


  • Polk County DAC

    • Provides job training, education and social opportunities to developmentally challenged and differently-abled members of the community.

  • Tri-Valley Foster Grandparents

    • An inter-generational volunteering experience, individuals age 55 and older help mentor and assist students with special or exceptional needs grow in their educational development.

  • Tri-Valley Energy Assistance

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

  • Villa St. Vincent/Benedictine Living Community

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

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