“The Mission of the United Way is to improve the quality of life of Crookston area people, by gathering and distributing in an efficient manner, community resources that respond to priority health and human service needs.”

 United Way has three areas of focus

1.  Health

2.  Education

3.  Financial Stability

Many agencies and projects fall into multiple categories and they all provide an important impact to the quality of life for a large number of Crookston residents.



American Diabetes Association – Offers a safe & Fun camp experience for youth with Diabetes.  They meet other children with diabetes and learn how they can manage their diabetes.

Home Delivered Meals – Support goes to pay for meals for 44 people (40 seniors) Mon-Fri.  All labor is donated in this program

Hospice of the Red River Valley – Bereavement service were provided to 140 members of the Crookston community.  Education on grief and support to families through grief specialists and support groups.

Kids First – Scholarships for Kids to participate in Park & Rec Activities and increase the number of children from low income families participating in recreational and educational programs while enhancing the self-respect of the family.

LSS Respite and Caregiver Support – This program helps Caregivers that have a spouse that needs continuous care which nearly always effects the caregivers health adversely.  It gives them a break as well as a support group of people in the same situation.

LSS Senior Nutrition – this funding helps to keep the cost of meals low for seniors that are in need of nutritious meals that they normally could not afford.

Migrant Health Services – 24 hour Crisis support hotline for victims of abuse. Staffed by bilingual English/Spanish intervention advocates.

North Country Food Bank – Providing nutrition support for many families within Crookston.  Nearly 300,000 pounds of food in the Crookston area.

Villa St. Vincent/ The Summit –  Safe Resident handling Program – Purchased 3 electric High-Low beds.

RiverView Impact Concussion Screening – Over 300 high school athletes were pre-tested for neurological function to establish a baseline comparison if a concussion is suspected later during competition.



Boy Scouts – For 102 years they have educated boys on life skills, leadership development, citizenship and values.

Confidence Learning Center – A unique outdoor recreation experience for people with developmental disabilities and the deaf of all ages.  This creates self confidence, interest in life-long healthy activities and communications skills.

Campus Ministry – A resource and partner for Christian churches for exploring spirituality and religion for all students. This organization provides opportunities for self growth and development through peaceful dialogue.

Girl Scouts – 157 Crookston girls work to develop their leadership skills while meeting twice per month during the school year.

Junior Achievement Program – JA programs expose students to a world beyond their neighborhood and arouse in them a thirst for charting their own future. Students grades 2nd – 6th atHighland andCathedralElementary Schools will take part in the program. 25 classrooms in all will participate in the program.

Parents Helping Parents – Parent Support group that seeks to strengthen families and communities.  Several annual Child abuse prevention campaigns per year.

Kindred Family Services – “Special Needs” funds for children in foster care that are not covered.

Polk County DAC – provided supplemental training in Vulnerable Adult Acts, Self Advocacy, Safety Sessions and Autism Education. Training is used by both staff and clients.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program – placing person age 55 and over in meaningful volunteer opportunities throughout Crookston that address critical needs in the community.  Ex: Handyman program, Groceries to Go, Reading buddies in the elementary schools

Tri Valley Foster Grandparents – Volunteer at the following sites: Highland & Washington Elementary, Polk CO DAC, UMC children’s center, Tri-Valley Head Start.  Also, Fertile, Fisher, Climax and RedLake Falls.  73 volunteer grandparents volunteering 1020 hours per week with youth.


Financial Stability

American Red Cross – Disaster Relief for our community, most typically house fires. Education and training materials for CPR/First Aid, manikins and AED trainers.

Care and Share – Over 10,000 Shelter Night provided to families in need.  Over 1550 meals served at the soup kitchen per month not only for those in the shelter, but those in the community.

Crookston Ministerial – Emergency funds for small items that families need.

Habitat for Humanity – Helping provide simple, decent affordable houses for families in Crookston.  Every new owner is required to contribute significant “sweat equity” in the building of the new home.

Salvation Army – providing support of basic needs to people that have no other resources.

Tri-Valley Reach Out for Warmth – Heating Support for families


Click here for images from the 2013 Spring Fling 

The United Wayof Crookston has wrapped up the most successful campaign in its history.  $216,000 in pledges has been received, shattering the old record.  The United Way Board of Directors would like to say thank you to the employees, businesses and volunteers that made it possible.

Board Members in the photo (from left to right) are:
Kathy Hanson, Erin LaPlante, Nell DeBoer, Kathy Benda, Theresa Miller, Gary Garcia, Brad Brekken, Grace Stassen (Shannon’s daughter), Shannon Stassen (Exec Dir) and Richard Jensen.