WDIO Creating Change

The Northland is a beautiful place to call home, but just like any community, we have our share of problems.
Who do you see as the face of Homelessness in our community? Of Mental Health, Poverty, or Hunger? It may not be who you think.

At WDIO, With You For Life means celebrating the good times and helping with the serious issues. We are partnering with local organizations to tackle these issues head-on, to improve and coordinate our community response.

We can accomplish great things when we come together as a community. Be part of the solution to create change.


CHUM is Duluth's primary safety-net organization where people who are homeless or who have very low incomes can come for assistance and a welcoming, safe community. It was founded in 1973 when 10 churches from Duluth's Central Hillside came together to meet the needs of the neighborhood, and now has 43 member congregations. CHUM offers emergency food, shelter, advocacy, support, and outreach throughout Duluth.

Community Action Duluth

Community Action Duluth (CAD) is a nonprofit organization taking action to fight poverty through economic and asset-building programs, education, advocacy, anti-racism work, community engagement, and public policy advocacy. It is the mission of Community Action Duluth to empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty.

Life House

Life House provides critical basic needs and support for young people who have been left to fend for themselves. Life House provides a place of acceptance, safety, and belonging where youth can reclaim a positive, healthy and hopeful future.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is a charitable non-profit and is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Northland. Each year we rescue and distribute over 6.1 million pounds of nutritious food, enough food for 4.9 million meals, to approximately 44,000 people in need. We are committed to providing nutritious food to our Northland neighbors in need, supporting their healthy lives and our healthy communities.

Creating Change Stories

CHUM reopening West Food Shelf at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Even through pandemic, Life House finds housing for 35 homeless youth

Losing the Locks for CHUM raises more than $3,500

CHUM food shelf in need of volunteers

CHUM is in need of volunteers at their food shelf to help pack the food boxes they distribute weekly to community members in need.

Wellness walks help Life House keep reaching homeless youth

In normal times, Life House's downtown building is the center of its services. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, those services have taken to the streets.

'Giving Tuesday" and 'GiveMN' helping nonprofits during COVID-19 challenges

Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

UPDATE: Northland kids raise more than $5,000 to provide food for frontline workers

The Parrott family children have exceeded their goal of $5,000 to raise money to provide food for workers on the front lines.

Feed the Love: How to help food banks on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

WDIO is partnering with Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank to highlight food banks and personnel working on the front lines of the COVID-19 global pandemic to feed people who need it.

Thousands of pounds of food given away

Hundreds of people lined up for a free farmers market at Bent Paddle Brewery where hundreds of pounds of food were given away.

CHUM adjusts food delivery method in light of COVID-19

CHUM will still make sure people get food during this outbreak, but they are altering their delivery methods to limit large groups.

Winter is Not Over, People are Still in Need

The need to help others remains high, but donations are low this time of year.

Senior Employment Program Helping People Get Hired

Older adults have plenty to offer the workforce, but sometimes need help navigating a new path. The Senior Community Service Employment Program in Duluth is helping dozens each year find meaningful work.

Northland's Largest Baby Shower Helping Struggling Families

Life 97.3 radio station and St. Luke’s are giving back to families in need across the Twin Ports with the Northland’s Largest Baby Shower effort. Diapers, baby wipes, baby clothing can be dropped off at a number of locations throughout the month.

Career Pathways Programs Help People Learn New Skills

The career pathways training programs in Duluth are helping people identify new careers they can start. There's a new CNA class starting in February, and the city is recruiting students.

Single Mom Overcomes Financial Hardships with Community Action Duluth

Some families live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to get themselves in a better place financially. Community Action Duluth has been helping people for years with that by offering valuable resources and tools to get them there.

CHUM Food Shelf Seeking Volunteer Drivers

CHUM is looking for drivers to help bring in the food from around the Twin Ports that they stock their food shelf with. Opportunities include weekly or monthly pick-ups, with some flexibility.

New Warming Center Will Open Thursday Night

As temps plummet again this week, CHUM is happy to announce they have a new warming center. The Lincoln Park Warming Center will be open on Thursday night.

Warming Centers Staying Busy with Dangerous Frigid Temps

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there were 75 cold related deaths last winter. Warming centers in the Twin Ports like the Ruth House in Superior are making a difference to those in need of shelter.

Duluth High Schools Supporting Students with New Mental Health Program

Duluth high schools are focusing on addressing mental health with a new program called Sources of Strength. It creates a positive environment for students to support one another.

Duluth Rotary Club Makes Harvest Feast for Life House Youth

One of Duluth's Rotary Clubs prepared a Harvest Feast for the youth at Life House Tuesday afternoon. Many of the kids and teens won't have a traditional Thanksgiving meal this week. 

5 Years Later: CHUM Reports Success of Steve O'Neil Apartments

The Steve O'Neil Apartments were built on a mission to break the cycle of family homelessness. As they approach the 5th anniversary of operation, CHUM delivered a report with the stories and numbers to support their claim to success.

Local Homeless Shelters Working to Offer More Warming Center Options

CHUM and Ruth House are working on offering more warming center options to the homeless in our community. As a result, CHUM's drop in center will be operating 24/7 moving forward. Ruth House needs volunteers to help operate a warming center they want to open in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

Second Harvest Working to Improve Food Access in Cloquet

Second Harvest is going to be conducting a survey to hear from those in Cloquet experiencing hunger about what they want to see done about it.