Bluebirds & Blooms

Amount Awarded $16,776 ($11,776 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

The mission of Bluebirds & Blooms is to share moments of joy with those living with memory loss or long-term illness.  They do this through the gift of repurposed flowers.  Every day, millions of beautiful flowers are discarded from stores, events, weddings, and funerals.  They repurpose these donated flowers into cheerful bedside bouquets that are delivered caring volunteers for an unexpected moment of hope and encouragement.

Learn more about this organization at: https://www.bluebirdsandblooms.com/

Bluebirds & Blooms was the selected charity for June, 2021. 

 

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Amount Awarded $16,902 ($11,902 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

As a trusted resource for families, the Nursery focuses on prevention by offering free, voluntary services for parents who face barriers such as unemployment, homelessness, medical or mental health concerns, poverty, domestic violence, or other difficult situations.

They help strengthen families by connecting them to resources, caring for their children during difficult times, and setting goals that promote self-sufficiency and make the relationship between the parent and child stronger.

Learn more about this organization at: crisisnursery.org

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery was selected charity for March, 2021

HopeKids

Amount awarded $18,002 ($11,502 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation) and $1,500 donation to Cambia Hills

HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities, and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. HopeKids surrounds these children and their families with the message that hope is a powerful medicine.

Learn more about the organization at: www.hopekids.org

HopeKids was the selected charity for November, 2020.

The Sheridan Story

Amount awarded $18,985 ($13,985 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation) and $200 donation to The Food Group and $600 donation to Loaves & Fishes

The mission of The Sheridan Story is to fight child hunger. More than 200,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity. Without reliable access to food – such as free and reduced meal programs at school – the risk of hunger is very real. The Sheridan Story works to fight hunger in our community by filling the gaps to food access that children face during weekends, summers and extended breaks.

Learn more about this organization at: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/

The Sheridan Story was the selected charity for June, 2020.

Mental Health Connect

Amount Awarded $18,150 ($13,150 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

The mission of Mental Health Connect is to provide community-based resources, support and education to improve access to mental health services and to connect individuals and families with the services they need.

Learn more about this organization at http://mhconnect.org

Mental Health Connect is the selected charity for March, 2020.

Copper Street Brass

Amount Awarded $19,655 ($14,655 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

The mission of the Copper Street Brass (CSB) is to represent the Evolution of the Brass Quintet. Through inventive concerts, engaging educational programs, and original musical arrangements, we bring a fresh perspective to instrumental music. To express our artistic voice, we use a dazzling fusion of brass, keyboard, guitar, percussion, and electronic instruments to appeal to a universal audience and go beyond ordinary.

Learn more about this organization at  www.copperstreetbrass.org

Copper Street Brass is the selected charity for December, 2019.

Alexandra House

Amount Awarded $21,290 ($16,290 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

Alexandra House was established in 1977, when a group of concerned citizens formed the Anoka County Task Force for Battered Women. Within a year the Task Force established a 24-hour crisis line, with the first emergency shelter opening in 1980.  As the needs of the community evolved, Alexandra House has expanded on its services – adding legal advocacy, therapy and support services, violence prevention programs, elder abuse resources, and community education and professional training.

Learn more about this organization at alexandrahouse.org

Alexandra House is the selected charity for September, 2019.

Theresa Living Center

Amount Awarded $19,795 ($14,795 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

Theresa Living Center is a transitional housing program for women and single-parent families who are striving to reclaim economic independence and dignity after a period of homelessness. They provide affordable housing and basic-needs support services so that clients can achieve self-sufficiency.

Theresa Living Center was founded in 1987 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who continue to financially support, volunteer, and serve on the Board of Directors. Their vision of transitional services to transform lives of women and single-parent families continues to guide the program.


Learn more about Theresa Living Center at www.theresalivingcenter.org

Theresa Living Center was the selected charity for June, 2019.

Family Promise

Amount Awarded: $20,445 ($15,445 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

Family Promise in Anoka County (FPAC) provides temporary shelter, hospitality, and case management to assist families experiencing homelessness achieve housing independence.

In collaboration with 19 congregations and hundreds of volunteers, Family Promise in Anoka County provides hope during a time of hopelessness, safety during a time of uncertainty and dreams realized during a time of darkness for families experiencing homelessness by:Offering a 30 – 90 day program for families living in Anoka County who are experiencing homelessness

Supporting families with advocacy to find permanent, stable homes

Providing ongoing supportive services to help families maintain financial, family and personal stability

Learn more about Family Promise Anoka at www.familypromiseanoka.org

Family Promise was the selected charity for March, 2019.

Haven Housing

Amount Awarded: $20,137 ($15,137 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

Haven Housing

For thirty-six years Ascension Place, Inc. now known as Haven Housing has provided women in crisis or transition with a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future. We have done this through three programs in Hennepin County:

  • St. Anne’s Place, an emergency shelter for women-led families experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness
  • Ascension Place, a transitional housing program where women stabilize, recover and rebuild their lives
  • Next Step Housing, a permanent supportive housing program for women and women-led families working to maintain housing stability.

Learn more about Haven Housing at www.havenhousing.org

Haven Housing was the selected charity for December, 2018.

courageous heARTS

Amount Awarded: $20,796 ($15,796 member donations + $5,000 Schulze matching donation)

creative heARTS’s mission is to illuminate youth as leaders and inspire creativity, courage, and collaboration throughout the whole community.  Community members will discover, heal, and strengthen their hearts so they can thrive as active, engaged, and courageous leaders in their world.

Learn more about courageous heARTS at: www.courageous-hearts.org

courageous heARTS was the selected charity for September, 2018.

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful
committed citizens could change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ Margaret Mead