Generous Hearts Through Challenging Times – UPI Holiday Giving 2020

Despite all the challenges 2020 brought, there were some very bright spots this past holiday season and we thank those that joined us in giving back. Across our regions, we were able to support our local dedicated front-line healthcare workers and many individuals and families in need. The spirit of giving within the UPI family is always amazing. Thank you to all! We’re looking forward to being able to continue giving back this year and supporting our neighbors and friends in the communities we work in.


The Duluth Office raised money to support those on the front-line of fighting Covid-19 by supporting staff in a local hospital and those who are experiencing food insecurity. Money was raised for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, and just before we delivered the check we learned that a foundation was matching all gifts, so our donation went even further! We were also able to deliver 120 individual lunches to hospital staff at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth as a special treat and thank you for their tremendous efforts. A big thank you to the team!


The Chicago Region and crews once again teamed up with We Care of Grundy County for their “Adopt a Family for Christmas” program and adopted 2 local families. They were able to provide grocery gift cards for meals, and gifts for 6 children. Through the generosity of the Chicago Region team they were also able to donate meal gift cards to the Daybreak Center of Joliet, the largest homeless shelter in the area. Thank you, team!


We were also able to support Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth this year in a big way! We donated the use of our timber mats so that Bentleyville could be experienced as a drive through. About 2,000 feet of matting (260 mats!) were placed at the Canal Park location in Duluth and protected the walking trails, which is the only way that Bentleyville was able to happen! A huge thank you to the team that made it happen, delivered, and placed the mats: Cory Halberg, Tony Stay, Bobby Brockner, Tim Ayers, and Justin Nos.