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Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minnesota Vikings Invite Community to Welcome Local Students Back to School

A backpack is placed in front of the Vikings stadium

United Way Staff


Action Day 2022 to Provide School Supplies for 50,000 Students, Easing Cost Burden for Families

MINNEAPOLIS (July 19, 2022) – With rising gas and food prices and a 7 percent increase in the cost of school supplies, many families in the Greater Twin Cities – especially people experiencing poverty – are struggling to make ends meet. Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Minnesota Vikings are teaming up to ease that burden by hosting “Action Day 2022.” On July 21, 1,500 volunteers will gather at U.S. Bank Stadium to pack backpacks full of school supplies for 50,000 local K-12 students.

“Action Day is United Way’s signature volunteer event of the year, and one of the many ways we partner with the community to support our youth from cradle to career,” said John Wilgers, President and CEO, Greater Twin Cities United Way. “Thanks to changemakers across our region, thousands of local students will head back to school ready to thrive.”

“As students prepare to head back to school, the Vikings are proud to partner with Greater Twin Cities United Way and other Minnesota professional sports teams to help provide those students with the tools they need to achieve success in the classroom,” said Vikings Vice President of Social Impact Brett Taber. “It is truly inspiring to have so many volunteers from our team and across the community come to our home at U.S. Bank Stadium to make a positive impact.”

Over 100 of United Way’s nonprofit and school district partners will pick up the backpacks filled with supplies from U.S. Bank Stadium and distribute them to students in the region.

United Way partnered with 16 company sponsors and all seven of Minnesota’s pro-sports teams to make Action Day 2022 possible.

To volunteer at Action Day, sign up at

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Greater Twin Cities United Way unites changemakers, advocates for social good and develops solutions to address the challenges no one can solve alone to create a community where all people thrive. Together with our partners, we’re meeting immediate community needs while transforming inequitable systems in the areas of housing, food, education and jobs.

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