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

Life House serves annual Fall Harvest Feast

LIfe House offers Safe Harbor for victims of trafficking and exploitation

Life House lifts up LGBTQ youth

Instead of big tree, Minnesota Power donates to nonprofits

Instead of putting up the big tree in the plaza, Minnesota Power is donating $10,000 worth of needed supplies to local nonprofits. Youth at Life House will receive gift bags with winter gear like mittens, socks and hand warmers. 

Life House registry for winter and hygiene needs

Life House, a nonprofit that serves homeless and at risk youth, has a charity registry at Target for their winter and hygiene needs. 

Life House, Community School Collaborative partner during pandemic

Life House and the Duluth Community School Collaborative are working together during the pandemic to make sure at-risk youth still have the support they need. 

Davion's curiosity creates change

A Duluth 10-year-old who saw a couple homeless people on the side of the road was motivated to act. Davion baked cookies and raised almost $1,000 to buy supplies for Life House and other organizations. 

Community Action Duluth invites you to Dream Big event

Instead of their annual fundraising luncheon, Community Action Duluth is generating buzz and funds through their first ever Dream Big event, which is virtual.

CHUM's efforts to keep homeless safe during winter with warming centers

CHUM has efforts in place to keep the homeless safe from the frigid cold ahead. Warming centers will be opening next week at CHUM and City Center West.

CHUM food shelf continuing mission to feed families in need during COVID-19

The CHUM food shelf has always helped families in need with food but during COVID-19 they have stepped up even more with the community need to feed more and more families.

Woman shares positive impact Steve O' Neil Apartments has had on her family

The Steve O' Neil apartments are a safe home to families who have experienced homelessness. It's a place families go to get a second chance in life. A bright example of that is Shaminita Tims, who has turned her life around since moving there.

CHUM keeping the homeless safe during COVID-19

Homelessness comes with countless challenge, especially in the middle of a health pandemic. CHUM has adapted to the times, with help from the community so that homeless people can have a safe place to go.

Second Harvest's BackPack Program feeding children during pandemic

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's BackPack Program is adjusting to still meet the needs of hungry children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second Harvest's NAPS program helping seniors during pandemic

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is making it easier for seniors to access good, healthy food through their Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors or NAPS program.

Second Harvest helping families in need through CFAP distributions

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is helping families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic through their Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) distributions. 

Second Harvest volunteers stepping up during pandemic

A group of volunteers at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank are stepping in to address a shortage of volunteers brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A second transportation coach to help people hit the road

Getting your driver's license can mean a whole new world of opportunity, and that's why Community Action Duluth has a program that helps people in their quest to hit the road.

CHUM distributing 1,400 backpacks to Duluth students

Hundreds of Duluth kids will be better prepared for school thanks to a community effort.

Tech Up program aims to close the digital divide

Community Action Duluth has launched a new program to help connect people without computer access with laptops and WIFI.

Community health workers another part of Community Action Duluth

There's a new program through Community Action Duluth aimed at helping people live their most healthy lives. It's called the Community Health Worker, and five women are going through the training.

Shoot For Fun fundraiser goes virtual

Instead of gathering for an all day event - there are several opportunities for teams to participate in rounds of sporting clays throughout the month of August! Teams will be able to schedule a time on Tuesday-Thursday afternoons and evenings in August.  

Second Harvest holds free food distribution event in Finland

On Wednesday, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank hosted a free food distribution event in Finland. Volunteers distributed over 320 boxes of food for 80 households at the Clair Nelson Community Center.

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

CHUM announces that beginning July 13, they are reopening their West Food Shelf location at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.