Families in Need
Nonprofits We Are Supporting
Ampersand Families provides permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare, and champions systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity and hope.
Gifts for Seniors
Gifts for Seniors provides gift resources and life-affirming personal contact for isolated older adults. With the critical support of donors, volunteers, and community partnerships, we support over 7,000 seniors.
Second Stork helps new parents in need by providing immediate access to the essential care items required to keep their newborn safe and healthy. Partnering with over 100 hospitals, Second Stork gives babies a safe and healthy start by supplying diapers, wet wipes, newborn clothing, receiving blankets, and playards with bassinet attachments.
Each year Tubman helps about 20,000 people who have experienced relationship violence, exploitation, homelessness, addiction, mental health challenges and other forms of trauma. In addition to being Minnesota’s largest provider of domestic violence shelter beds, we also offer transitional housing, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling and treatment, youth outreach, in-school violence prevention education, community education and more.
Events this Month
Virtual Charity Fair
Join us for a virtual opportunity to meet the charities we are supporting this month. You can learn about their important work, their programs & services as well as any volunteer needs they have. This is a 60-minute Zoom session including a Q&A session to ask any questions that you may have.
Informational Webinar: The Child Welfare System of the Future - Supporting Child & Family Wellbeing
Participants will have an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of how the child welfare system currently works, and about innovations and practices that are helping keep children and youth connected to relatives, kin, community and culture even as their parents struggle. The child welfare system is fraught with racial disparities, and all over the country efforts are underway to transform it into a system that focuses on family and child wellbeing. This is a good session for folks who are curious about how the system works.
Fundraising Event: Virtual Bingo!
11:00am - Noon
Donate a minimum of $10 and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join a fun-filled hour of Zoom bingo on August 10th at 11 AM! While you’ll only be able to win once, there will be fabulous prizes for the winner of each Bingo round. Want a chance at an extra vacation day, a dinner out or a month of parking in the Wells Fargo Place underground garage this winter? Register NOW by selecting the Register Here link and making a donation!
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 6TH
Informational Webinar: “Families in Crisis: Safe Sleep and Other Basic Needs for Newborns”
When a family is in crisis at the same time they deliver a newborn, life can feel pretty stressful. What happens when they have no funds, but also no support of family, a community or others to give them the essential items needed to keep their baby safe and healthy? What are those items? And what is “safe sleep” for any newborn, even when a family is financially sound? And why is it so critical to give these families information and safe sleep options?
AgriBank Virtual Happy Hour
Join our resident mixologist, Matt Waite, for a Zoom Happy Hour on August 17th filled with fun and great cocktail recipes! Make a minimum donation of $10 and you’ll receive a Zoom invite and a list of ingredients you may want on hand for the event! You are welcome to attend without having the ingredients as Matt will be demonstrating how to make the cocktails, but if you want to participate in the cocktail crafting, the ingredients will add to your experience! There will also be a drawing for a $100 gift card to Total Wine and you must be present to win! Click “Register Here” to register for the event and make your donation. Cheers!
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 12TH
Informational Webinar: Violence and Trauma - The Impact on Families
Over the past year, families experiencing violence have faced the pandemic from a place of increased isolation, danger and barriers to seeking help. During Violence and Trauma - The Impact on Families you’ll hear about types of relationship abuse, why someone would stay in an unhealthy relationship, how trauma affects the whole family and the heightened challenges to finding safety. We will also touch on helpful tips on how to offer support to someone experiencing violence and access resources.
VOLUNTEERING: Virtual Card Writing Activity
Join us for a card writing event. During this event, our volunteer group will attend a session led by Ampersand Families. AgriBank will provide the cards for us to write thank you notes to Buddy Families and Birthday Cards for teens who are in foster care awaiting adoption. During this session Ampersand Families' staff will share why these two kinds of cards are so important.
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 13TH
Informational Webinar: Our Aging Population & the Loneliness Epidemic
Over the past year, we all isolated due to the deadly COVID-19 virus. Sadly, many older adults have had plenty of practice with social isolation well before the pandemic. Loneliness is a key risk factor for physical and mental decline as we age. Living alone with little external stimulation can be deadly. Devastatingly, loneliness is also associated with a 40% increased risk of dementia. The loss of connection to community and loved ones is a daily challenge for many of our senior friends in the community. Please join us for a presentation highlighting the significant demographic shift, examples of why so many are struggling, and tips for supporting your own older adult family members and neighbors.
VOLUNTEERING: Pack Diaper Kit for Newborn Mothers (and their newborns)
12pm - 3pm
Location: BioStar Room
Second Stork provides a unique package containing diapers, wipes and other items critical to the health, safety and care of a newborn in their first few weeks. Second Stork relies on volunteers to help package these bundles of supplies so please join us in the BioStar on August 31st to help put packages together. The room will be open from Noon to 3PM and you are invited to come at any time during those hours. Join us and pack as many “baby bundles” as you’d like! We need you to register via the Register Here link to ensure we get an appropriate number of items from Second Stork.
REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 20TH